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Research & Collections Programme

Growing research through the convening power of Cambridge’s collections

What are Research Growth Networks?

Research Growth Networks (RGNs) offer researchers the opportunity to explore and develop big ideas and build capacity for collaborative, interdisciplinary, collections-focused research projects. The key aims of RGNs include:

  • Build a team of experts from across the University of Cambridge Museums, Cambridge University Libraries, and/or the Schools.
  • Develop and refine research questions inspired or informed by one or more of Cambridge's collections.
  • Foster collaborative research, internally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Develop major funding bids and/or seek major philanthropic support.

The first three Research Growth Networks and 2020-2021 projects are as follows: 


Project: Thinking Paper, Dr Orietta Da Rold and Dr Suzanne Paul
Project: The Cambridge Heritage Science Hub (CHERISH) Initiative



Project: Provenance in History, Theory and Practice, Professor Nicholas Thomas and Dr Mary-Ann Middelkoop


The Digital 

Project: The Archive of the Future, Professor Caroline Bassett, Cambridge Digital Humanities & GLAM Digital Champions


*Note that there is not yet an open call process for proposals, but expressions of interest are welcome and can be made through the Contact Form.