2022 - 2023 | Brookes - TORCH Creative Industries Collaboration

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Oxford Brookes and the University of Oxford have launched a collaboration to work together with a partner from the Creative Industries. As Universities in the region, we are collaborating to create a space for a mutually beneficial research and innovation project working with organisations locally, nationally and internationally.

We welcome applications from University of Oxford Humanities researchers to work with researchers from Oxford Brookes University as part of this new Creative Industries collaboration.

This open-call will fund a 12-month project between a researcher from the University of Oxford Humanities Division and a researcher from Oxford Brookes, with an organisation from the Creative Industries.

For this application you will need to have identified a researcher at the partner university (i.e. someone at the University of Oxford if you are at Brookes, and someone at Brookes if you are at the University of Oxford) along with an external partner (a creative industries organisation). We will host an online networking session to give researchers from both universities an opportunity to meet one another (date and time TBC). As a starting point, we encourage University of Oxford researchers to look through the Oxford Brookes Creative Industries Research and Innovation network webpage to get a sense of ongoing clusters and projects that might be of interest.

This opportunity is open to existing collaborations looking to develop further, and also for colleagues looking to develop a new relationship in this collaborative space. If you would like help identifying a collaborator in either University or an organisation in the Creative Industries, please feel free to get in touch with Tasha Patel (Creative Industries Officer, University of Oxford; tasha.patel@humanities.ox.ac.uk) in the first instance.

What do we mean by Creative Industries?

The Creative Industries represent one of the fastest growing areas of the UK economy – contributing £115.9bn in gross value added (GVA) in 2019 alone. The Creative Industries include (but are not strictly limited to):

  • Advertising and marketing
  • Animations and visual effects (VFX)
  • Art
  • Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)
  • Video games
  • Architecture
  • Crafts
  • Design (product, graphic, fashion)
  • Film, TV, video, radio and photography
  • IT, software and computer services
  • Publishing
  • Museums, galleries and libraries
  • Music and sound arts
  • Heritage
  • Theatre, Performance and Dance



Purpose and aim of fund

This fund is set up to support a collaboration between researchers in the Humanities Division of the University of Oxford and those at Oxford Brookes, particularly those in the Creative Industries Research and Innovation Network. It offers funding for strategic projects that use innovative research approaches and practice. It is essential that projects must work in a mutually beneficial way with the external partner and the researchers at the two Universities.

We hope that projects will:

  • Develop new, and build on existing, research-led relationships and mutually beneficial projects between Oxford researchers and the creative industries external partner.
  • Connect with the external partner on their priority research and development areas.
  • Illustrate innovative and entrepreneurial practices within Humanities research engagement and collaboration.
  • Provide an opportunity for researchers to trial and experiment ideas, develop collaborative projects and demonstrate the breadth of collaborative opportunities across different disciplines.



All applicants must either be postholders with an employment contract containing a research mandate or an Early Career Researcher (ECR)/Junior Research Fellow (JRF). The academic post must last until at least to the end of the KE Fellowship (from the agreed start date to 31 July 2023). Applicants MUST have the support of their faculty AND in the case of ECR/JRF applicants, agreement from their line-manager or Senior Tutor to be released from their current post to undertake the fellowship. To qualify as an ECR/JRF, you must have submitted your doctoral thesis not more than five years prior to the start of the KE Fellowship (pro-rata for career breaks and/or work part-time).


Funding available | Total budget for this scheme: £24,000 (Jointly funded by the 2 Universities)

Funding available to support each researcher

Mid- to Late-career: This may include buyout of teaching, either as one term or pro rata across several terms, and/or hourly paid research or teaching assistance (up to £9,000).

Early-career: An early-career option is also available for those who submitted their thesis no more than five years (not including any breaks) prior to the start of the project. The early-career fellowship will award up to a 0.2 FTE staff contract at (pro rata) grade 7.1 (up to £9,000).

Funding available for activity

The total funding available for activity by an applicant is £6,000. Please outline in the application form clearly and specifically what you would propose to spend this on. Please also include detailed justification for this expenditure.

All funds awarded must be spent by 20 July 2023 with events, workshops, travel etc. to be completed before this deadline.


How to apply | Guidance Notes

Applications are made using the IRAMS online form. Please provide your research partner’s name and email, and the external partner organisation’s name.

The budget tab must be completed with an estimate of all costs; the staff contract cost for early-career researchers should be included at £9,000.

Eligible Costs/Activities

  • Public engagement with research projects, events, workshops
  • Travel and expenses for meetings
  • Partner research and development workshops and activities (expenses, direct activity costs)
  • Prototypes and pilot/testing
  • Any other justifiable activities for this project

Please use the application form and the Case for Support document to outline the justification.

Ineligible costs 

  • overheads
  • indirect/estates costs or equivalent ‘bench fees’
  • books
  • general office supplies
  • computer hardware.

Please consult the Guidance Notes document for further information.

Applications will be submitted online and must then be approved by your faculty through the IRAMS approval system. Please discuss your application in advance with your Research Director and/or Head of Administration and Finance.


Queries and surgeries

Applicants with questions regarding the scheme or application process, including queries relating to eligibility, should email kesupport@humanities.ox.ac.uk for further advice and assistance.

We may be able to connect potential applicants with external partner contacts before applications are submitted. For those who want further advice on their application, please email Daniela Treveri Gennari (dtreveri-gennari@brookes.ac.uk) and/or Tasha Patel (tasha.patel@humanities.ox.ac.uk).


Application deadline
Trinity Term  |  Week 4  |  Monday, 16 May 2022  |  12:00 noon BST


Application submission
Online via IRAMS (SSO) webform only


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