Hub Lead/PI eligibility
A suitable academic ‘Hub Lead’ or Principal Investigator who is willing and able to invest significant time should head each hub. Specifically, Hub Leads are expected to have a publications record of ‘internationally excellent’ research, and demonstrate prior experience of research leadership and securing external research funding.
Hub Leads must be based in a Social Science department and be permanent members of staff.
If not a permanent member of staff, the PI must have a contract that outlasts the hub by a few months, and be based in a Social Science department. Also, the hub must include a co-I who, in addition to being a permanent member of staff, is based in a Social Science department too.
Please see the application form (“Mandatory attachments”) for further details.
Co-Is can be on a permanent contract or a fixed-term contract, and they can be based in any division. However, if the Hub Lead is not a permanent member of staff, the hub must include at least one co-I that is a permanent member of staff and is based in a Social Science department.
Whilst all themes that can be led by a PI based in a Social Sciences department are of interest to this call, for an application to be competitive, the theme to be explored should be relevant and timely. Also, the theme would be likely to attract and bind a wide and interdisciplinary community of researchers, and would be appealing to potential external funders. In addition, hubs should be inter-disciplinary in nature, and should include collaborators based in different departments/divisions. Collaboration outside the Social Sciences Division, and Oxford, is encouraged.