Monday, 1 August 2011

JISC Grant Funding 12/11 and 13/11: Digital Infrastructure Portfolio

Please note that Scottish institutions can lead on bids for 12/11 below, but not 13/11. Edinburgh (and JISC) will not be restricting the number of applications the University can make to 12/11, but please note that there may be a limit on how many awards are made to Scotland as a whole.

The JISC invites institutions to submit funding proposals for projects to be funded as part of its Digital Infrastructure Portfolio. The deadline for receipt of proposals in response to these calls is *12:00 noon UK time on Monday 12 September 2011.* Please note the different eligibility criteria for these two calls.

On 11 and 18 August 2011, the relevant members of the JISC Executive will be available for 30 minute sessions (via telephone and/or Skype) for prospective bidders to ask questions and seek clarification. Those wishing to avail themselves of this opportunity should email the relevant programme manager (contact details are within the calls). These sessions are optional for bidders. Furthermore, members of the JISC Executive may be available at other times and will endeavour to respond in a timely fashion to /ad hoc/ queries. Any general clarifications offered to prospective bidders will be shared publicly via an FAQ post on the "Information Environment" Blog at Prospective bidders are advised to check this before contacting the JISC Executive.

JISC Grant Funding 12/11 <>

This call has three strands:

Research Information Management -- 3-5 projects exploring the possibilities of two-way data exchange by producing a stable,reusable system for frequent or real-time exchange between two or more live organisational systems using CERIF. Funding of up to £650,000 is available for this work.

Digital Preservation -- 8-10 projects looking at active case studies, enhancing capabilities within institutions and a support and enabling project. Funding of up to £425,000 is available for this work.

Mobile Library -- 9-13 projects undertaking rapid innovation,developing mobile library content and a project supporting the mobile library community. Funding of up to £430,000 is available for this work.


Proposals may be submitted by HE institutions funded via HEFCE, SFC, HEFCW and DEL Northern Ireland, and by FE institutions funded via BIS, SFC, DFES Wales and DEL Northern Ireland.

With regard to bids from Scottish institutions, SFC has applied a significant budget cut to JISC in 2011-12 AY. Following consultation with Scottish institutions, SFC has requested that the impact of this budget cut falls on the number of innovation projects JISC is able to fund at Scottish institutions, rather than to cut or increase charges for national services, such as JANET, JISC Collections and JISC Advance. Whilst Scottish institutions therefore remain eligible to bid for project funding in response to this call, depending on the quality of the submissions, JISC may need to limit the number of projects awarded to Scottish institutions.

*JISC Grant Funding 13/11* <>

This call is looking for projects to develop services that can contribute to the national infrastructure that supports discovery and reuse of resources in collections held by libraries, museums and archives. It is anticipated that 5-12 projects will be funded between November 2011 and July 2012. Funding of up to £900,000 is available for this work.


Proposals may be submitted by Higher Education (HE) Institutions funded by HEFCE. FE institutions in England that teach HE to more than 400 FTEs are also eligible to bid provided proposals demonstrate work that supports the HE in FE agenda. HE and FE institutions in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are not eligible to bid but may be involved as partners in proposals led by HE institutions funded by HEFCE or FE institutions in England which meet the criteria outlined above.

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