Research opportunities  Bradford Impact Collaboration Fund

Supporting the development of collaborative projects in arts, humanities and culture.

The Bradford Impact Collaboration Fund, jointly delivered by the Cultural Institute and Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute, is now open for researchers across the University of Leeds to apply.

Key details

  • Amount: £5,000 maximum per project
  • Time frame: All project expenditure and activity to be completed by 31 July 2024
  • Deadline for applications: 5pm on Wednesday 20 March 2024

If you have any questions not answered on this page, please email the Cultural Institute at

About the fund

What is this funding scheme for?

The Bradford Impact Collaboration Fund is open to colleagues across the University of Leeds to develop an impact project rooted in the arts with a view to long term collaboration and partnerships.

What are we looking for?

The overall aim of the fund is to support the development of collaborative, cultural interdisciplinary projects that have the potential to effect change outside the academy.

We are interested in receiving proposals that are rooted in genuine and meaningful community co-production. Funding decisions will be taken, and support provided by the Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute and the Cultural Institute. 

We require an indicative budget for each application.

Fund aim, strategic priorities and assessment criteria

Applications will be reviewed against the following strategic priorities, so it’s important that you explain these aspects of your project in your application. 

The overall aim of the fund is to support the development of collaborative, cultural interdisciplinary projects that have the potential to effect change outside the academy. These projects might be conceptualised in terms of research ‘impact’ or ‘engaged research’. They are likely to have strong potential to develop into ambitious funding applications.

While we do not expect that project proposals will address all of these, the priorities of the scheme are to support projects which will: 

  • generate or lead to step-change in partnerships with creative and cultural organisations  
  • include external collaborators 
  • have the potential to leverage external funding (especially large grant applications planned for submission within the 12 months of the award).

Suitable applications may include (but are not limited to):  

  • convening meetings/sandpits/events with collaborating academics/external partners 
  • develop collaborative research proposals with cultural and creative sector partners 
  • market analysis to demonstrate the need for future research
  • providing focused research development towards a grant proposal
  • running pilot projects necessary to ensure grant development (including with external partners).


Applicant eligibility

  • The lead applicant must be an academic member of staff from the University of Leeds, based in any Faculty or discipline.
  • The lead applicant must be employed by the University of Leeds until at least 31 July 2024 and cannot be a postgraduate researcher.
  • There must be at least one co-applicant who is not based in higher education.
  • Other co-applicants can be academics from Leeds or other institutions.
  • All co-applicants must have a clear link to Bradford.

Project eligibility

  • Applications from any academic discipline are welcomed.
  • The projects must aim to develop longer term collaboration or partnerships and must involve genuine and meaningful community co-production. 
  • We will not provide recurring support for projects supported in 2022/23.
  • All activity must occur, and funding be spent, by 31 July 2024. 

Eligible costs

  • Travel for the lead applicant and other project members 
  • Fees for partner organisations/artists 
  • Creative materials
  • Room/venue hire 
  • Catering
  • IT/equipment hire

Ineligible costs

  • IT/equipment purchase 
  • Buying out the time of staff who are already contracted at Leeds 
  • Conference attendance

How to apply


The deadline is 5pm on Wednesday 20 March 2024.

Applications must be approved by your Head of School before submission. Please allow time for this. 

If you are successful, you may start your project immediately. You will be asked to report on your project 6 months and 12 months after it has been awarded. This reporting is light touch, but mandatory.

You can submit an application in an alternative format, such as an audio or video file. Please upload your file to OneDrive or Google Drive and email a link to the Cultural Institute at

The panel will comprise academic and professional staff at the Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Cultural Institute and the University of Bradford, as well as individuals from Bradford Producing Hub.

If you wish to discuss your potential application, please email the Cultural Institute at