Funded projects

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.

Our Networks

Heritage Protection Network

Showcasing and growing research focused on cultural heritage and its protection, particularly within communities and in fragile situations such as conflict and post-conflict environments.

More about the Heritage Protection Network

Identification Network

Bringing together molecular, mathematical, biomedical, imaging, anthropological and legal concepts and expertise to explore advances in identification of individuals.

More about the Identification Network


Bringing together researchers from across the University and the NHS to facilitate multidisciplinary activities, which will lead to a step change in successful strategic funding.

More about LeMID

Tiger Teams

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.

More about Tiger Teams

Artificial Intelligence Research Network

Bringing together 10 different departments and 3 different colleges, the founding members collaborate studies in technical, social, legal and business-related aspects of AI to develop innovative research.

More about the Artificial Intelligence Research Network

Leicester Prisons Research Network

This network aims to deliver ambitious, transformative and innovative prisons research that crosses disciplinary boundaries.

More about the Prisons Research Network