EPSRC Ideas Factory has been the ‘home of innovation since 2004’ designing and developing the Sandpit model of idea creation. Created by Susan Morrell of EPSRC, Sandpits bring together a director, up to 50 stakeholders and mentors in the same place for five days to immerse themselves and clarify, create, ponder, develop, investigate, forge and agree on new directions for scientific discovery, with the carrot of potential funding for the ideas that make it through the final day of evaluation.
Creativity@Home was a special project created and developed in 2010 by the Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC) to allow more research teams to access training in creative problem solving with a view to adding value to existing and future grants for scientific research and getting more people involved in idea creation more of the time.
facilitate this!was one of three companies selected by EPSRC to develop training in the use and application of creative problem solving tools and techniques and pilot them with three leading teams and major grant holders at UCL, Imperial and Cambridge Universities and their identified grant partners. The success of the project led to EPSRC offering grants to all major grant holders since 2011. facilitate this! since worked with a large number of project teams including Bristol, Lincoln, and Oxford; Cambridge(IfM); UCL (CHI+MED, CMIC and CRUICIBLE and Grand Challenges), Warwick, University of Aberdeen and Aberdeen Business School, Sheffield, Leeds, Durham, Southampton and Salford (FIRM) to offer some or all of the following:
As a result of the work, breakthrough thinking was achieved and major grants have been awarded. If you wish to explore how we can bring the creativity@home experience to your research team and help you to develop the skills of facilitating creativity then please contact us.
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