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Pump-priming Opportunity Closed Friday 8th January 2021

The GENIUS Network is offering opportunities to apply for pump-priming funds to conduct small-scale focussed exploratory or feasibility research to support larger grant applications, which will develop interventions and initiatives in school settings to improve children’s diets and sustain the network.

Pump-priming projects may range in size/scope.

Pump-priming funding applications must be ideas coming from practice and must involve more than one institution and include a non-academic partner.

Applications will be assessed against pre-defined criteria, including:

  • Scientific strength and innovation
  • Relevance to network aim
  • Future funding strategy
  • Resources required (including availability of matched funding)
  • Inclusion of transdisciplinary and non-academic partners
  • Plans for capacity building.

A network pump-priming assessment panel will consider all applications and will be trans-disciplinary but will include at least two senior academics with experience in nutrition/schools, one non-academic member and be chaired by an independent senior academic.

You must be a network member to apply. We would like to encourage collaborative and trans-disciplinary working, as well as support of early career researchers. Whilst not mandatory, priority will be given to those applications which can demonstrate this. It is a condition of the award that an update report is submitted to the Network Administrator by October 31st 2021


Applications must be submitted by January 8th 2021

Final selections will be made by the pump-priming panel by March 31st 2021

Update report submitted by October 31st 2021.  The project must have commenced by this stage and the report should include dissemination plans and potential feedback to participants, schools and other stakeholders.

Deadline for project completion March 31st 2022

To download a pump-priming application form please follow the link below

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