As an RCUK DE Network+ with a broad scope above and beyond a typical Network, NEMODE will be headed by a “Champion” (the Principal Investigator or PI). The PIs, together with their Co-Investigators, Coordinator and with the direction of a Steering Committee, will engage with the Network+’s diverse communities that include ICT, Engineering, Social Sciences, Economics, Arts and Humanities. The NEMODE Network+ will progress the vision of the DE theme; to rapidly realise the transformational impact of digital technologies on community life, cultural experiences, future society, and the economy.
NEMODE’s activities are expected to widely benefit all the communities involved, and to help them to take forward and exploit the outcomes of the research and training investments already made through the DE theme. In the coming months, the NEMODE Network+ will engage with its relevant communities through various activities that include:
- Pro-active networking activities (workshops, meetings and interactive fora) that reach out to all areas within the RCUK DE portfolio and allied areas. The Network+ will make and maintain links with industry and users, including the third sector, and use this opportunity to establish global leadership in research in New Economic Models.
- Horizon scanning – identifying and prioritising the research and societal challenges in New Economic Models and develop future “Grand” challenges in the DE area, and generating various reports and other outputs; e.g. working with government departments to help inform and influence policy.
- Placements/secondments for students and research fellows in commercial and government organisations. A big feature of each Network+, this will encourage ideas generation and knowledge exchange between users and the knowledge base.
- Supporting up to 10 ‘scoping study funds’ for prioritised activities at up to £50,000 each, to help create higher quality research grant proposals.