The Institute has three dominant funding mechanisms: a fellowship programme (forthcoming), a pump-priming for new interdisciplinary networks and 'tiger teams'. Three networks are currently supported by LIAS. Each of these will:
- Develop innovative solutions to some of the most pressing societal and global challenges.
- Build on some of our well-established research strengths, through the development of interdisciplinary teams focusing on core challenges.
- Tiger teams, offering small groups of interdisciplinary collaborators £5,000 over short term periods to seed new work, explore new partnerships and methodologies.
- Networks, offering groups within and beyond the University up to £30,000 for two years to establish new networks of interdisciplinary scholars.
- Fellowships, bringing outstanding scholars to Leicester.
The Identification Network brings together molecular, mathematical, biomedical, imaging, anthropological and legal concepts and expertise to explore advances in identification of individuals.
As well as the two-year network programmes, the IAS supports ‘tiger teams' made up of interdisciplinary groups of researchers working on short-term, exciting, innovative projects.
Artificial Intelligence Research Network
Bringing together 10 different departments and 3 different colleges, the founding members of AIRN collaborate on studies in technical, social, legal and business-related aspects of AI to develop innovative research.
Leicester Prisons Research Network
The LPRN aims to deliver ambitious, transformative and innovative prisons research that crosses disciplinary boundaries.
Heritage Protection Network
The Heritage Protection Network showcased research focused on cultural heritage and its protection, particularly within communities and in fragile situations such as conflict and post-conflict environments.