Research Grant Scheme Celebrates a First Year of Success

The Learned Society of Wales’ research workshop grant scheme reaches its first anniversary having funded 23 research projects that range from martial arts to Parkinson’s Disease, dolphins to community farms. 

The scheme awards grants up to £1000 to allow researchers to run workshops that bring partners together at the early stage of planning and developing a collaborative research project. 

The aim is that these workshop then lead to the creation of a network or bids for additional funding to develop the project further. 

The schemes we have funded in the first year are (listed with the lead proposer): 

Health and Disability in Public HistoryDr Emily CockCardiff University
Decolonising the University in the Welsh ContextDr Ahmed MemonCardiff University
The Wales Martial Arts Researcher-Practitioner NetworkDr George JenningsCardiff Metropolitan University
Raising Awareness of Speech Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) Amongst Employers When Recruiting Individuals with a Learning DisabilityDr Rebecca WardSwansea University
Making Active Travel Accessible for Children in WalesDr Amy MizenSwansea University
Welsh Writing in English and its Borders: A Digital BibliographyDr Elizabeth EdwardsUniversity of Wales Trinity St David
‘The ground beneath our feet’: Sites of Deep Time in WalesDr Andrew WebbBangor University
Interrogating Social Prescribing; Swansea Community FarmDr Menna Brown Swansea University
Welsh & Basque Cooperation Workshop SeriesDr Igor CalzadaCardiff University
Feminism in South Wales, 1974-1999: From the Women’s Liberation Movement to the National Assembly Dr Rachel Lock-LewisUniversity of South Wales
Mapping the Historical Fictions of Wales: an Inter-Disciplinary Approach Professor Diana WallaceUniversity of South Wales
Understanding Key Issues and Priorities for Research into Care-Experienced Children and their Families in Wales Using Linked Administrative DataLaura CowleySwansea University
Reading Displacement: Displacement of Communities in Policy, History and ArtProfessor Mererid HopwoodAberystwyth University
Care Research Interest Group (CRIG)Dr Maria Cheshire-AllenSwansea University
An ECR-Led Research Workshop to Critically Discuss Psychological Support for People with Parkinson’s Disease – Bringing Together Mindfulness and Acceptance Based Therapy in Wales Dr Lucy BryningBangor University
‘Languages Connect Cs’: Developing Teachers’ and Learners’ Vocabulary Knowledge and Skills in Line with the New Curriculum for WalesEllen BristowCardiff University
Developing the Wales Sexual Health Research and Evaluation Network Adam DN WilliamsCardiff University
Welsh Language Communities and Dementia Dr Hanna BinksAberystwyth University
Climate Change Response Through Natural and Cultural Heritage Management: A Network for Wales (ClicherNet4Wales). Dr Lynda Yorke Bangor University
Addressing the Barriers to Inclusive Cycling in WalesProfessor Sin Yi CheungCardiff University
The Unknown Dolphins of the Gulf of Suez, Red Sea. Gemma VenerusoBangor University
Reducing the Impact of Childhood Trauma in Wales: A Coproduction ApproachProfessor Sinead BrophySwansea University
Public Legal Education in Wales: Opportunities for Welsh LawDr Huw PritchardCardiff University

Cathy Stroemer, our Programme Manager for Researcher Development, said: 
“The first year of the workshop grant scheme has been a huge success. 

“We are thrilled with the quality and range of applications we have received. Many of the projects have delivered impressive outcomes. 

“Perhaps most importantly, several of the schemes have already used our grant as a springboard to successfully bid for further funding to develop the project. 

“This was the purpose of our grant scheme and we are thrilled at the impact it is already having. 

“One of the Society’s strategic aims is to create an environment that supports Wales’ current and future experts. 

“The success of the first year of the grant scheme demonstrates how we are meeting that objective.” 

The next round of the scheme will open later in the autumn of 2023.