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Open Funding Calls

Current funding opportunities available through CDBB.

Research Calls

CDBB invites proposals from eligible research teams, and early career researchers for research projects aligned with the CDBB mission 'to develop and demonstrate policy and practical insights that will enable the exploitation of new and emerging technologies, data and analytics to enhance the natural and built environment, thereby driving up commercial competitiveness and productivity, as well as citizen quality of life and well-being’.

Applications are now open for the following calls.

Delivering a Digital Built Britain General Research Call - deadline for submissions 23:59 hrs 8 September 2018

CDBB is searching for multiple projects covering different disciplines to support the breadth of the Centre’s mission. There will be opportunities for collaboration between the projects during the funding period. The call is for applications ranging from £50,000 to £250,000 (to include VAT if relevant) for a period of nine months. The funding period is from the 10th of October 2018 to the 10th of July 2019.

Delivering a Digital Built Britain Early Career Researchers Call - deadline for submissions 23.59 hrs 8 September 2018

CDBB is searching for multiple projects covering different disciplines to support the breadth of the Centre’s mission. There will be opportunities for collaboration between the projects during the funding period. The call is for applications ranging from £50,000 to £100,000 (to include VAT if relevant) for a period of nine months. The awarded researchers are required to invest at least the 50% of their working time in the development of the CDBB research project during the 9 months funding. The funding period is from the 10th of October 2018 to the 10th of July 2019.

Call for Tenders: CDBB Research Agenda and Landscape 

CDBB also invites proposals to draft reports which describe the capabilities the UK will need to create, exploit and enjoy digital built Britain over the next several decades, the research agenda needed to deliver these capabilities and the landscape of research competence available today to act as a starting point. 

This is a continuation of the work started with the Research Scoping workshop earlier in the year and the current Research Networks to develop the Centre’s ‘Research Landscape’. This call is open to industry and academia.

CDBB invites proposals to draft reports that answers to three key questions, for each the various topic areas that comprise the digitalised service and built infrastructure landscape of the future:

1. What new capabilities the UK will need (and when)

2. What research, development and demonstrations are necessary to build, deploy and disseminate such capabilities

3. Where there is, today, the basis for such development and demonstration

Each Tender will be competed separately. Deadline for submissions 23.59 hrs 9 September 2018.

Interim reports are due on the 12th of November 2018, and final reports on the 20th of December 2018. CDBB will integrate the results from these Tenders and from the work of the current Research Network to create a single report during the first quarter of 2019.  During that time, CDBB will invite comment and contribution as appropriate on emerging drafts either by email or by participation at workshops and seminars. 

Previous Calls

Previous calls are listed below for reference only.


FAQ's

What is an ‘early career researcher’?

We have deliberately not included a definition of an ECR, as it varies considerably across disciplines. CDBB wants to be as inclusive as possible. An established academic would not be appropriate. However, a newly appointed lecturer with no other funding might, as might someone holding a recently awarded PhD. Someone with vast experience in another field (e.g. industry) who has recently transferred to academia might also be appropriate. Age is not a criterion – an ECR could be 20 or 120. Students are not considered ECRs.

Can commercial organisations put in a proposal for the research call?

Proposals for the research call (and ECR call) must be led by a UK HEI (higher education institution) eligible to receive UKRI/RCUK funding. However, commercial organisations could be involved in a proposal. The ‘work’ of the projects must be research, in the academic sense.

What security considerations should I include in my proposal’s risk register?

Proposals should provide the following information as part of their risk register where appropriate:

  1. Personnel and physical security arrangements that are, or will be, in place to promote and maintain an appropriate security culture in relation to the proposed research;
  2. The measures that are, or will be, in place to prevent unauthorised access, modification or destruction of data and/or information created, collected, processed and stored as part of the research;
  3. Where the proposed research involves design, development or deployment of products, systems or services, how a Secure by Design approach will be addressed.

For further information on security-minded practice, see British Standards PAS 1192-5:2015 and the CPNI website.

What type of organisations should bid for the tenders?

We envisage both commercial and academic institutions bidding in to the tenders. The tenders are specific in nature and are commercial contracts with fixed deliverables and timeframe, rather than research projects.

Are the tenders follow on pieces of work?

The tenders are not follow-on pieces of work, although they will fit with previous and current work outputs to expand the knowledge base.

Does an organisation need to have already engaged with CDBB in order to be eligible to bid?

There is no pre-requisite for a bidder to have been previously involved with CDBB.

May the ECR work for less than 50% of his/her time, if other researchers working on the project make up the balance of the time?

The ECR must commit at least 50% of his/her time to the project. Any additional researchers do not count towards this 50% figure. 

May projects be shorter than 9 months’ duration?

Projects could be shorter than 9 months. Value for money is a criterion, and we would expect the budget to reflect the shorter duration

What format should we use when expressing intentions to bid for the tender?

A simple email, to research@cdbb.cam.ac.uk, letting us know which Tender you intend to address.


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Welcome to the Centre for Digital Built Britain.  

The Centre for Digital Built Britain is a partnership between the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the University of Cambridge to deliver a smart digital economy for infrastructure and construction for the future and transform the UK construction industry’s approach to the way we plan, build, maintain and use our social and economic infrastructure.