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Recent Interdisciplinary Grant Awards

Creating successful interdisciplinary research grants requires talented leadership, startup time, sustained and open communication, and above all willingness to collaborate and share ideas.

Listed below are a selection of Cardiff University's recent interdisciplinary successes and the contact details for Researchers willing to share their expertise and insights into writing successful interdisciplinary research proposals.

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ARC Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre

Funded by the Arthritis Research Campaign for £2.5M the ARC Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre brings together researchers from seven of the University's Schools. This Centre drives interdisciplinary studies across a team of internationally recognised researchers and clinicians to improve patient care. The team will apply a 'molecule to man' approach to investigate normal joint biomechanics and determine how this is influenced by pathology to inform clinical intervention and rehabilitation in musculoskeletal disorders. The Centre will apply established research strengths and collaborations in biomechanics, bioengineering, mechanotransduction, pain and inflammation, to define, identify and target mechanical mechanisms underlying arthritic pathology.

For further information please contact (Lead Investigator) or (Research Development Officer)

To visit the Centre website click here


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ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (cesagen)

Funded by the ESRC for £8.37M cesagen brings together researchers from six of the University's Schools as well as researchers in the University of Lancaster.

Cesagen is a multidisciplinary centre in which staff from social sciences and humanities work closely with natural and medical sciences to address the social, economic and policy aspects of developments in genomics.

For further information please contact (Lead Investigator) or (Research Development Officer)

To visit the cesagen website click here


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The ESRC Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS)

Funded by ESRC and recently renewed, with continued funding of £5.2M BRASS brings together researchers from three of the University's Schools.

BRASS specialises in business sustainability and corporate social responsibility with a particular focus on the relationships between businesses and their key stakeholders (customers, suppliers, investigators, workers, local communities and regulators).

For further information please contact (Lead Investigator) or (Research Development Officer)

To visit the BRASS website click here


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Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD)

WISERD is jointly funded from the Welsh Assembly Government (HEFCW) and the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to draw together and build upon the existing expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods and methodologies at Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth, Bangor and Glamorgan Universities. WISERD will embark on an ambitious data integration, primary research and capacity building programme in Wales.

For further information please contact (Lead Investigator), or


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SOCIALNETS: Social Networking for Pervasive Adaptation

The SOCIALNETS project is a part of the Pervasive Adaptation Initiative (PERADA) started in the Future Emerging Technologies (FET) section of the 7th Framework Programme. The target outcome of this initiative are "Technologies and design paradigms for massive-scale pervasive information and communication systems, capable of autonomously adapting to highly dynamic and open technological and user context".

For further information please contact (Lead Investigator) or (European Research Development Officer)

To visit the SOCIALNETS website click here


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MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics

Funded by the MRC for £2M the Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics brings together researchers from six of the University's Schools. The Centre will use genetics and genomics to inform understanding of the aetiology, pathogenesis and classification of the major psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders, and to train a cadre of clinical and non-clinical scientists capable of delivering this discovery and translational agenda.

For further information please contact (Lead Investigator) or (Research Development Officer)

To visit the centre website click here


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Building Blocks: Evaluating the Family Nurse Partnership in England, a Randomised Control Trial

Funded by the Department of Health and managed by the Policy Research Programme for £4.2M, Building Blocks brings together researchers from ten University Schools across the UK and Ireland and the Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust.

Building Blocks is a multidisciplinary random controlled trial involving the Family Nurse Partnership which is a structured preventative programme offered to vulnerable young parents from early pregnancy until the child is two years old. The programme is delivered by nurses drawn mainly from health visiting and midwifery and specially trained in Motivational Interview (MI) techniques.The study will involve 18 trial sites across England recruiting more than 2000 participants under the age of 20.

For further information please contact (Lead Investigator) or (Research Development Officer)

To visit the Building Blocks website click here