You can submit a project proposal that details your planned activities by filling in this form.
Your proposal will be reviewed, and we will get in touch within 2 weeks to discuss feasibility and put you in touch with the relevant teams. Site access will be granted based on your access needs, site capacity, feasibility, and potential for impact.
Details on eligibility, scope of projects, funding and on-site support can be found below.
Projects will initially be led by part- or full-time Oxford University researchers and staff (including OUI and Colleges). We encourage students, businesses and community members to be involved in the developments of Living Lab projects and to be listed as collaborators whenever possible.
Scope of proposals
The ‘Living Lab’ pilot aims to support research, innovation, and knowledge exchange projects directed towards one of- or at the intersection of the following Begbroke Innovation District elements:
- The Built Environment
- Land Use
- People and Community
- Fostering innovation
A non-exhaustive range of themes has been identified as suitable workstreams on the Begbroke site:
- Agriculture and food systems
- Nature-based solutions
- Sustainable construction
- Data and digital
- Energy systems
- Connected and autonomous vehicles
We welcome both short- and long-term projects focused on the existing Begbroke site or the future developments of the site. Projects with external partners such as businesses or community groups are encouraged to apply.
This pilot is supported by the Knowledge Exchange Seed Fund, which can provide up to £5,000 of funding directed towards supporting knowledge exchange activities. This funding can cover a breadth of knowledge exchange activities. You can find more information about the KE Seed Fund here. For the year 2022-2023, KE Seed Fund awards have to be spent by June 30th 2023.
We also accept proposals that are already supported by existing internal or external funding.
If you would like to feature ‘Living Lab’ activities in a grant proposal, please contact the team to discuss feasibility first.
Support and facilities on site
Teams in Estates, Begbroke Science Park and OUD aim to support Living Lab activities as best as they can during the pilot phase.
Use of existing on-site facilities and resources may be included and will be assessed for each application, limited to project-specific activities, and depending on availability.
We are currently accepting project proposals on a rolling basis, until 30th June 2023 in the first instance. We are open to discussing proposals of any given time lengths.