Just a quick update on the Fusion Investment Fund. The application deadline is fast approaching and I am aware of lots of activity. Last week the selection committee for each of the three funding strands met for the first time and discussed the selection criteria they would use in making their assessments.
There was a range of different views but all three committees decided to adopt a very similar approach based on five criteria which would be scored one to four and supplemented with textural comments.
These assessment criteria are included within a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs FIF V3), based on questions that I have been asked in the last couple of weeks. I would encourage you to read these carefully since there are some key hints in fine tuning your applications.
The budget allowances for each funding stream have changed too following the committee’s first meetings; The committee for ‘Staff Mobility and Networking’ confirmed awards from £1,000 and up to £10,000 will now be made. The committee for the Co-Creation and Co-Production strand confirmed awards from £5,000 and up to £75,000 will now be made.
The SL Committee recognises that in some cases it may need to make grants larger than £15k in order to support some periods of study leave. Applicants requesting larger sums should make this clear on the application form and in the case of support.
During the last few weeks we have run a series of surgeries and workshops to help staff in preparing their applications. There is still opportunity to gain further support:
- On Friday the 22 June I will be running a bid surgery between 11.00 and 13.00 in P403, details and the booking form are available on the Staff Portal. Just bring your draft proposal or idea along and I will see what we can do to help.
- On Monday 25 June I will be running a telephone workshop between 10.00 and 11.30 simply drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your extension number or the number you will be on during that period and I will give you an individual call at some point during the session. It is your chance to ask an individual or specific question.
If you have any other queries don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly and I wish you all good luck with your applications.