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Opportunity profile: Clarity required for cross-cutting science


Bids to the interdisciplinary Apex Awards should put a premium on plain talking

Top tips

  • Projects must fall within the remit of more than one of the academies.
  • Bids mixing humanities, social sciences and engineering are particularly encouraged in this round.
  • Give particular importance to the lay summary and avoidance of jargon.
  • Remember that the scheme exists not just to further interdisciplinarity but to push forward novel research.
  • Avoid bids that are strongly led by one discipline, and make sure you demonstrate the benefits for everyone involved.

Now in their fifth annual round, the Apex Awards, which are run by the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society, with support from the Leverhulme Trust, aim to support interdisciplinary research that falls within the remit of more than one of the academies but would be unlikely to win funding from other sources.

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