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Small Research Grants Scheme

The Trust and Technology Initiative welcomes applications from University of Cambridge researchers of up to £500 for interdisciplinary projects.

The aim of this scheme is to support interdisciplinary research and networks related to the themes of the initiative: to explore the dynamics of trust and distrust in relation to internet technologies, society and power; to better inform trustworthy design and governance of next generation tech at the research and development stage; and to promote informed, critical, and engaging voices supporting individuals, communities and institutions in light of technology’s increasing pervasiveness in societies. 

Projects may include small research projects, workshops, seminars, podcasts or any other activities that support the scheme’s aim and involve an interdisciplinary element; projects must include at least two applicants engaged in research (PhD students, post-docs, UTOs) belonging to at least two different departments.  Within a term of the conclusion of the project, successful applicants will produce content on their project for the Trust and Technology Initiative website and write a short report on project outcomes.  They should also disseminate project outcomes more widely to the Trust and Technology Initiative’s network and beyond – for example through speaking at an Initiative event, through peer-reviewed publication or by writing blog posts for other outlets. 

We consider applications for our small grants scheme on a rolling basis. To apply, please complete this application form and return it by email to

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The Trust & Technology Initiative brings together and drives forward interdisciplinary research from Cambridge and beyond to explore the dynamics of trust and distrust in relation to internet technologies, society and power; to better inform trustworthy design and governance of next generation tech at the research and development stage; and to promote informed, critical, and engaging voices supporting individuals, communities and institutions in light of technology’s increasing pervasiveness in societies.

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