Applications received from units other than the four academic divisions (eg GLAM, OUDCE) must be submitted to one or more of the academic divisions for comment on the academic case.
Only main award applications (ie bids for more than £7,500) may be considered 'cross-divisional'.
For an application to be considered as ‘cross-divisional’, two or more divisions must agree that the project is of strategic importance to their division. Projects which involve collaboration between co-applicants in different divisions would not normally be considered as ‘cross-divisional’, unless the other division(s) involved has/have a major strategic interest in the application.
If the department considers an application to be cross-divisional, they should contact the relevant divisional officers to discuss their application as soon as possible, and no later than two weeks before the relevant termly John Fell application deadline. If insufficient notice is given, the division(s) may recommend that the application be deferred to a subsequent application round. A flow chart (below) is available to assist departments and details of divisional officer contacts are given in the 'Advice' tab of the FAQs.
By highlighting applications that have been agreed to be 'cross-divisional' the John Fell Committee aims to strengthen support for major interdisciplinary research initiatives at the University. Examples include a project that seeks to foster a new culture of cross-divisional research collaboration in a given area, such as digitisation; the development of a research centre or network that aims to promote new collaborative research initiatives extending beyond a single division; or a project that has a strategic focus, for instance in terms of engagement outside the University, that will have an impact on a range of subject areas.
In all these cases, the departmental approver should indicate on the approval tab of the online application which division(s) they would wish to review and rank the application.