What happens after Ideas Bazaar?

Festival of the Mind 2018 - themes and how to apply for funding


Thank you so much to everyone who attended and helped to make our fourth Ideas Bazaar event such an amazing success and for all your brilliantly creative ideas so far!

Attendees and exhibitors can now start applying for funding to showcase their projects at Festival of the Mind 2018.

Festival of the Mind 2018 themes

Six themes have been identified for Festival of the Mind 2018 and we are looking for projects that can fit into any one of them. These are:

• Dystopia/Sanctuary
• Creative
• Digital
• Community
• International

These themes will enable us to collaborate and bring the University’s amazing research to everyone in our city.

Funding and how to apply

If you have an idea or project that you wish to seek funding for please complete the application form

You can apply for funding for anything between £500 and £5,000 (including VAT). Any project requesting over £5,000 will not be considered unless you are able to match the funding.

  • Deadline for Applications: 31 January 2018.
  • Projects must be about University of Sheffield research.
  • Practitioners must be located within the Sheffield city region.
  • Only one applicant can lead on one project but can act as a collaborator on others.
  • Notification of successful applications will be made in February 2018.

We won’t be able to consider any applications received after this date. The projects/ideas must take place during the festival dates (20-30 September 2018) and must be a joint collaboration between the University and an external partner in the city. The University’s Cultural Engagement Committee will meet in January to consider all applications and you will be notified by the end of February as to whether or not you have been successful.

We will also continue to provide further information about the Festival of the Mind 2018 via this website, as well as from the University's Twitter feeds, using the hashtag #FestivalMind - so please be sure to follow @UniShefEngage @sheffielduni @sheffuniwhatson and @FestivalMindfor updates.

For further information and queries please contact Polly Wilson: E: ideasbazaar@sheffield.ac.uk, T: 0114 222 5322

fotmFestival of the Mind 2018

...is YOUR opportunity to showcase research and work, engage with the public and create something different.

Further information about previous Festival of the Mind projects can be found here.

Highlights from the Festival of the Mind 2016 included:

  • 50,000 visitors
  • 75+ events and exhibitions
  • 16 venues throughout the city