In line with our mission to sustain collaborations between academic research and non-academic research users, REAlab Projects fosters interdisciplinarity and social responsibility by inviting research teams (2+ members) to respond to our cultural partners’ challenges.

The programme is open to PhD and Early Career (2 years from PhD award) researchers from all faculties of the institutions of the NWCDTP. We invite individual researchers interested in Projects who are not part of a team to attend the REAlab Training Series where they will have the possibility to team up with like-minded colleagues with common interests and ideas around one particular project.

Participants will be trained to develop ideas into feasible project plans and teams will be invited to pitch their plans to partners and the REAlab Board in order to be accepted into the delivery stage. Projects which will demonstrate feasibility and sound project management will be delivered over a period of 3 to 5 months, and teams will be supported through further tailored training opportunities and mentoring until completion. All successful projects will receive the REAlab Project Award 2018 of the value of £1000.

By participating to REAlab 2018 researchers will access:

  • High-quality professional training led by experts in professional development, with a focus on strengthening all the skills required for effective project management, research consultancy and partner engagement within an interdisciplinary team-work environment;
  • A mentorship scheme tailored to each project team  from start to completion
  • Further team-building training opportunities during the delivery stage (June and September, see dates below) with our communication/engagement experts;
  • The REAlab Project Award (£1000) to each team successfully completing their projects.

See available partner projects and researcher-led projects.


May – Training Series and project development (see details here)

28 May (week of) TBC – Project proposals are pitched to partners/REAlab Board

1 June – Successful teams start project delivery

22 June 14-16.30 –  Team training session pit-stop I – led by Dee-Ann Johnson

14 September 14-16.30 – Team training session pit-stop II – led by Dee-Ann Johnson

1 November – Deadline for project completion, final report and team awards


In order to apply please send a REAlab Projects Expression of Interest and a recent CV by H.17:00, 29 April 2018 to

You can apply to attend the training as a team or as an individual. In this case you can take the opportunity of the training course to find one or more collaborators to work on a specific partner project or a researcher-led initiative.

Download REAlab Projects – Additional Information

Download the REAlab Projects Expression of Interest

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