Call for Collaborative Proposals

REMINDER: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask that all applicants include a Resilience Plan in their application – see the application link below for further information.

The Not-Equal 2020 Call for Collaborations is now closed

Closing Date: 5pm on May 29th 2020.

Projects can be up to 8 months in length and applicants can request up to £40,000 (80% FEC claimable).

What we are looking for…

We are seeking innovative cross disciplinary projects from UK Higher Education Institutions in partnership with one or more non-academic entities.

Projects should align with our Not-Equal Challenge Areas:

  • Algorithmic Social Justice
  • Digital Security for All
  • Fairer Futures for Business and Workforces

And should also respond to our Second Call Key Topics:

  • Recognition
  • Redistribution
  • Enablement and Radical Trust
  • Proactive Resilience and Reparation
  • Accountability and Care

For further details please see our Call for Collaborations Guidance Brochure.

Application Process

This year, Not-Equal have made some exciting changes to the application process based on feedback from network partners. The Call will not have an Expression of Interest (EoI) stage. Applicants will have the opportunity to post their ideas to the new Catalyst website prior to application, in order to find a project partner. Not-Equal will also host several events to assist finding partners, developing ideas and writing applications – see the next section for more details about these activities.

To submit an application please fill out the Project Application Form and email to before 5pm on 29th May 2020. 

Following submission, applications will go through three rounds of shortlisting. Initially applications will be reviewed by a panel of academic experts, then by the Not-Equal Community Panel and the final funding decisions will be made by the Not-Equal academic team.

To learn more about the review criteria and application process please read Terms of Reference 2020.

Supporting Collaboration


Catalyst is our online matchmaking tool. If you are seeking a collaborator for your project please submit your idea via this online form. To browse other project ideas and search for potential project partners please visit the catalyst website. This site will go live on 20th January 2020.

  • Networking Events

    The Not-Equal Newcastle site will host a networking event on 6th February from 5:30-6:30pm. This is an informal event designed to assist interested parties in connecting with a project partner. Refreshments will be provided.

    Sandpit Events

    Not-Equal will host two Sandpit Events, 27th February 2020 at the Catalyst Building, Newcastle University and 6th March at Digital Catapult, London.

    These one day events will bring together partners from across the Not-Equal network, with the aim to facilitate collaborations, drive innovation and lay the foundations for potential research projects.

    To attend, please sign up here.
    Not-Equal Networking Hour (6th Feb),
    Newcastle Not-Equal Sandpit,
    London Not-Equal Sandpit

    If you require childcare assistance for either of the Sandpit Events, please email

    Additionally, travel and accommodation can be provided on a first come first served basis for non-academics, early career researchers and post-docs. To make arrangements please email

  • Virtual Q&As

    Not-Equal will host two Virtual Q&A sessions from 2-3pm on 9th April 2020 and 7th May 2020 to enable applicants to ask any questions about the application and review process.

    To view current FAQs, please see the FAQ Document.

  • ECR Writing Surgery

    This session will give Early Career Researchers practical writing advice and provide training in the art of grant writing.

    Our Network Manager Rachel Sparks, who has extensive experience in proposal writing and grants management, will host this session on 19th March 2020 from 10:00-12:00. This two hour workshop will take place at Newcastle University and can also be attended virtually.

    To attend, please sign up here 

Key Dates

20th January 2020

Call for collaborations goes live: Catalyst online

27th February 2020

Sandpit Event: Newcastle

6th March 2020

Sandpit Event: London

March – May 2020

Virtual Q&A sessions

March 2020

Early Career Researchers writing surgery

29th May 2020

Proposals due

30th July 2020

Applicants notified of outcomes

1st September 2020

Project Start date

Important Documents

Project Application Form

Terms of Reference 2020

Call for Collaborations Guidance Brochure