South West Research Co-op

Call for applications - Funding for Short-Term Collaborative Postgraduate Research

 After a successful first year, the SWRC is again offering this funding opportunity, available to all postgraduate students at the Universities of Bath, Bristol and Exeter. The only criteria are: 

  • That the collaboration is of a short-term nature, lasting no more than five days (although these can be spread out and do not have to be consecutive)
  • That the project conducted is with a partner organisation local to the South West
  • That the project has clear benefits to the local community 

The funding enables students to be financially compensated for the time that they put into the project, at a rate of £75 per day. To apply, please read the guidance notes and complete the short application form and return it to us by Friday 10th February 2017.

Please note that if you have previously applied you can reapply with a new proposal or an updated version of a previously unsuccessful proposal.

We also have a highlight call for University of Bristol students in collaboration with the Brigstow Institute, see the guidance notes for details. 

If you have any questions or if you would like to apply, please send us an email at this address:



The South West Research Co-operative (SWRC) is a student-led venture that gives PhD students from Bath, Bristol and Exeter support for collaborations with small charities and social enterprise groups. Such groups often have very limited resources, and may benefit from focused research projects undertaken over a short time period, i.e., less than a week. The Co-operative assists in identifying such groups, projects and students for a twofold aim:

  • Creating a community of research, and offering support and input for small, resource-limited organisations
  • Creating opportunities for students to apply their research expertise in non-academic environments 

If you an external organisation that is interested in engaging with the Co-operative please email

About the Co-op

The Co-operative offers PhD students the opportunity to develop a collaboration with an external organisation and apply for up to five days of funds in support of this. Students submit a brief application explaining their proposed project and the Co-operative Council decide on each application on its merits.

Collaborations do not have to involve ‘research’ per se. They could, for example, come in the form of a half day at a local Carer's Centre, advising them on incoming government legislation, to a five day stint facilitating focus groups for a community initiative.

External organisations are also invited to submit requests for up to five days of student support. The request is considered by the Co-operative Council, if it is given the go ahead, an advertisement is sent out to the student body and applicants are selected on their merits and suitability for the collaboration. 

The Co-op Council is the decision-making body of the SWRC. It is made up of students from Bath, Bristol and Exeter Universities and Rob Keegan, SWDTC Collaboration Facilitator. The Council decides on funding applications and manages ongoing collaborations. 

See what has been funded and read the case studies.