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The Collaborative Provision Fund

The Collaborative Provision Fund is designed to provide initial funding for Schools or Departments to help support activity which develops collaborative provision and partnerships. For example, it can support activities to develop student or staff exchange or to explore possible research collaboration with potential partners, or to investigate potential TNE developments.

Funding is to support visits overseas or inward visits to develop opportunities.

Key target countries for Collaborative Provision for the University are currently: Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, India and the Gulf States. Bids for activity in other countries which are priority areas identified in a School International Strategy, can however be considered too.

Any bids for funding must be clearly linked to the School or Department’s international strategy and any bid for funding should have clear objectives and measurable outcomes. 

The expectation is that Schools/Departments will normally provide matched funding on a 50/50 basis.

Applications should be submitted on the Collaborative Provision Application formby email to Julie Kaul in the International Office for initial comment by Wendy Yip/Stewart Comfort, and will then be submitted for approval by Prof Helen Higson – PVC External Relations.

A report, which will go to the PVC External Relations and the International Office, will be required within one month of completion of the visit.

Applications are encouraged at any time during the year but there is a final deadline date of 31 March.

Whilst the allocation of funding is dependent on the bids supporting the School and University international strategies we would expect to be able to make up to £2.5K available to each School in the 2009/10 financial year.

If you are interested in applying for matched funding, please ensure that this is co-ordinated through your School Representative:

Prof Gina Rippon (LHS): ext 4080 or g.rippon@aston.ac.uk

Dr Beverly Adab (LSS): ext 3746 or b.j.adab@aston.ac.uk

Dr Matthew Hall (ABS): ext 3120 or m.j.hall@aston.ac.uk

Dr John Fletcher (EAS): ext 3389 or j.p.fletcher@aston.ac.uk.

Words by Stewart Comfort, Helen Higson