Emphasis is on investment in people and creating new ongoing posts. SRF investments should normally create permanent posts and this is a standard requirement in relation to senior level SRF-initiated posts (e.g. RSIV, senior research fellow, APTF posts). One model is to contribute to the package of support around a new institute/centre/research area, including the research team (researchers, postdoctoral staff, technicians and support staff), start-up package for an incoming research leader / director, and relevant DI non-staff costs with appropriate links to other sources of internal funds within the University, as well as external funders. Initial SRF investments in Oxford NetZero and the ZERO Institute are examples of this model. An alternative model (such as seen in the SRF investment in Digital Scholarship @ Oxford) might be for a current research leader to develop a new capability that underpins and significantly advances research across a broad spectrum of disciplines through the activity of these ongoing posts.
More details can be found in the case studies on the SRF how to apply page. Please note that these are not the only approaches. The SRF is open to creative approaches to meeting its goals which are consistent with the expected features set out above. The SRF Board also particularly welcomes investments that contribute to the University’s strategic commitment to develop an increasingly diverse staffing profile.
SRF is intended primarily as a people-focused scheme. However, some SRF investment cases may seek elements of equipment matching-funding where there are major strategic opportunities that fall outside the scope of the large equipment category of the John Fell Fund or external sources, and where this forms part of an essential start-up package for an incoming research leader and research team.