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Call for Networks

Call for expressions of interest in participating in network bids and potential future research programmes.

[Call for Research Networks - April 10 2018]

[Contract Pro-Forma]


If you are interested in being involved in a network, you may wish to view the video introduction given by Dr Charles Boulton during the recent Research Network Scoping Workshop - in which he explains some of the thought behind the framework used during the event and in mapping the landscape.

Details of the network call are below. If you are interested in establishing a network, or being part of one already being developed, then please complete this Expression of Interest. Once you have completed this we will provide a link for further material developed during the Research Network Scoping Workshop, including details of those interested in similar areas.


We are very keen to bring together a community interested in the research to be done around enhancing the performance of built assets and the services that depend upon them by better use of data. In future work, CDBB will be commissioning research to underpin the development of capabilities needed to embrace DBB and we envisage the collaborative networks will be a key mechanism to allow partners to offer the multidisciplinary perspectives that will be essential for this work.

The purpose of the networks is to build teams to bid to continue the activities of the workshop – but with greater depth, scope and precision; to articulate the state of the art in research and capabilities in the targeted topics, to identify communities of practice and available resources, and to identify the future research needs, their significance and priority. The networks are likely also to be key potential players in subsequent research activities in future years.

We envisage the networks containing several institutions with an identified lead partner.  We strongly recommend networks that enrole practitioners. The duration of each network is envisaged as about 6 months but we hope to be able to support extensions where appropriate. CDBB plans to fund networks with budgets of between £10-£50k per network.

We aim to establish several networks of collaborating researchers able to:

  • Help us to articulate the state of the art in their area
  • Identify important resources and capabilities
  • Help us to define and prioritise future research needs

We will invite people to tell us of networks that they are forming or intend to form and we will disseminate this information if they wish to encourage others to join.

We recognise that because we are moving so fast it is unlikely that all networks will be complete immediately. Therefore, within the request for the network bids we will ask people to define how they would cater for the later inclusion of others within their networks. This will be highlighted as a key selection criterion.

We will let more than one network grant in a domain if we feel that the bids are complementary, do not overlap and hold out the promise of a better result.

Research Network Scoping Workshop – Network Brainstorm

The first opportunity for this community to meet was held during the ‘Research Network Scoping Workshop’ on 10/11 April at the Moller Centre, Cambridge. It consisted of a series of work streams in order to support the creation of networks to explore the current and needed capabilities of the UK in moving towards DBB. The Workshop brought together a wide range of interested people to join exploratory work streams and plenary sessions to help us to understand the research and capabilities landscape.  Note specifically that participation in, or leadership of network bids will be welcome from people who couldn’t attend the workshop or its work streams.

At the Workshop we issued the formal invitations for bids for creating, managing and delivering from the networks, expecting responses some four weeks later. The details of the contractual structures around the networks were announced at the conference.

Expression of Interest – Research Network - if you are interested in a network development please complete this form, or email

We remain keen to hear of your areas of interest, independently of the workshop, the work streams and networks, and we will keep you informed as the Centre and its activities unfold.

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