The Network will manage award of pump-priming resources to establish and develop UK – Japan research collaborations within the core themes, at three levels of investment, through an open and competitive process, with appropriate peer review scrutiny. Mechanisms will be open to application from established and early career researchers; applicants must register as Network member to submit a proposal. Expenditure should primarily support UK beneficiaries, however, funds may support, for example, travel and subsistence of Japan counterparts if well justified. Three levels of pump-priming activity are initially envisaged:
- Collaboration building, meeting or public engagement fund: one-off scientific meetings, short collaboration forming visits, of up to one month duration, or public engagement activities.
- Collaboration development fund: secondment visits of up to 3 months to an external organisation to undertake a defined piece of collaborative research or policy study, preference will be given to international visits.
- Collaboration pilot research fund: to pump prime a collaborative pilot research project or policy study up to 6 months, with the intent of producing original research that could form or contribute to a peer reviewed journal publication or grant proposal.
Monitoring of collaborations supported through pump-priming mechanisms will be through submission of short pro-forma reports tailored to the scale of the investment. Each project will be required to produce a poster report of outcomes, using a pro-forma template, for dissemination via the Network website and meetings.
Further details will be forthcoming shortly.