The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) invites institutions, through a two-stage process, to submit expressions of interest and subsequently outline funding proposals for projects that will proliferate good practice in Access to Resources for external parties (Strand I) and Open Innovation (Strand II).

JISC Grant funding 14/11: Access to resources and open innovation phase 2: Call for projects

The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) invites institutions, through a two-stage process, to submit expressions of interest and subsequently outline funding proposals for projects that will proliferate good practice in Access to Resources for external parties (Strand I) and Open Innovation (Strand II). 

Strand Theme/Context Description Funds 

Access to Resources Phase 2 

Demonstrator projects of provision-in-partnership of integrated knowledge and information services online, utilising existing local networks and relationships.  

Total funds: £500,000

Up to 6 projects

£80,000- £100,000 each

Up to 12 months duration. 

II 

Open Innovation Phase 2 

Demonstrator projects in online marketplaces as an effective platform for co-development of ideas with target external sector(s) 

Total funds: £500,000

Up to 6 projects

£80,000 - £100,000 each

Up to 12 months duration. 


The purpose of this funding call is twofold. Firstly, it is to develop higher and further education institutions’ capability to take a leading role in facilitating and generating innovation through the provision of online knowledge and information services and opportunities, in partnership with local organisations, and through online marketplaces. Secondly the work is intended to result in improved access to information and knowledge resources for external parties.

This investment builds on that of Phase 1 Access to Resources and Open Innovation. The intention is to extend successful models of integrated information services provision and online marketplaces more widely through the higher and further education sector.

A two-stage bidding process will be undertaken as outlined below:

Stage 1: Institutions should submit short two page ‘pitches’ which outline the institution’s response to the programme objectives - ‘pitching’ the idea, the partnerships and services / sectors involved.

Stage 2: Proposers shortlisted from the first stage will be invited to the second stage and will be required to present and ‘pitch’ their proposed project in person to an evaluation panel in January 2012 (as well as submit a project delivery plan).

The deadline for receipt of Stage 1 proposals in response to this call is 12:00 noon UK time on 19 October 2011.

Funding is available for projects starting from 1 March 2012 for 12 months. All projects must be complete by 31 February 2013.