Institute of Advanced Studies

Open programme

We are delighted to announce that the second round of the Institute of Advanced Studies’ ‘Open Programme’ funding call for 2017/18 is now open.

This scheme is funded through the Institute of Advanced Studies, under the Here to Stay programme of the CALIBRE framework, and offers funds to support a short term visiting IAS Fellow or group of external visitors.

Visits funded by this scheme are expected to initiate collaborations leading towards publications and substantive joint funding proposals, enhancing Loughborough’s international research reputation and driving up research income. We are looking to fund applications up to £3,500.

We welcome interdisciplinary proposals as well as proposals located within individual disciplines. Priority will be given to applications geared towards generating new research initiatives.

Unspent funds cannot be rolled forwards into the next financial year: you must demonstrate funds will be spent by 31st July 2018.

Visiting IAS Fellows should be outstanding academics operating at the cutting edge of their disciplines. The programme is expecting to fund short visits, and applicants must demonstrate the intended outcome of the visit as part of their application form. We expect that during their stay the visitor will take part in an event on campus open to all staff and students – this could be a lecture, seminar or workshop for instance. Please see our Events Guide for suggested activity. 

Eligible Costs – Travel and accommodation for visiting academics, costs associated with events organised (e.g. catering, room hire).

Successful applications will receive dedicated support from the IAS, including

  • Profile on IAS website and social media
  • Profile in IAS annual report
  • Promotion to a wider audience

Successful applicants will be expected to submit a report immediately after the visit, and a follow up report subsequently.


Please complete the attached form and return to by 4pm on Monday 5th March 2018. Successful applicants will need to provide an account code to which funds will be transferred. 

Further information