Doctoral research students and early career researchers within the Digital Economy Network were able to bid for DEN funding on an ongoing basis, in order to support collaborative activities within the five themes listed below.
- Theme 1: Sharing Best Practice – DEN organised events key events for this theme each year such as the Annual ‘All-Hands’ Meeting, CDT Directors Meetings and CDT Managers/Administrators Meetings.
- Theme 2: Large Scale Shared Events e.g. To develop new and bespoke national and international conferences, symposiums, residential Summer Schools, Hackathons. The annual Digital Economy Summer Schools were funded from this theme.
- Theme 3: Sustainable Impact e.g. entrepreneurial competitions, knowledge transfer activities, industry mentoring, Digital Economy YES related events.
- Theme 4: New Collaborative Initiatives -e.g. New bespoke cross-CDT themed events/workshops focusing on a particular research area or theme that engage students from across the network, or specific CDTs/Research Groups. Could also apply to run new ‘fringe’ events at established conferences.
- Theme 5: Community Outreach and Dissemination – e.g. Public engagement events, digital research outreach workshops, Digital Shoreditch, public festivals and faires.
Applicants were required to demonstrate how activities and events would add value to the DEN community above and beyond existing provision that was already delivered via their CDT.
Specific and theme-focused DEN ‘Calls for Collaboration’ were also released at various times, providing details of the levels of funding available and application instructions.
For reference, you can download the two-page DEN Application for Activity Funding form as a pdf.
The Digital Economy Network put equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) at the heart of all its activities, and expected our events to accommodate and attract a diverse group of participants as possible. In particular, we asked all DEN events to demonstrate that they have considered EDI in their planning and design, particularly in considering membership of panels or invitations to keynote speakers.