Bridging the Gaps

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The Bridging the Gaps (BTG) initiative at Strathclyde seeks to stimulate research across the boundaries of the traditional disciplines, with the aim of addressing global challenges.

Bridging the Gaps (BTG) aims to initiate new, long-term collaborations between disciplines, thereby increasing the cross-fertilization of ideas and the take up of advances across the boundaries of disciplines. This aim is achieved by stimulating innovative approaches to collaboration, and by encouraging and embedding multi-disciplinary research between the faculties, thereby alleviating the barriers to collaboration. BTG support is available to University of Strathclyde researchers and academics under Strathclyde's four broad priority sectors: Energy; Future Cities; Manufacturing; and Health.

The University of Strathclyde seeks to foster and embed an interdisciplinary culture within the University through a range of mechanisms, including:

  • Short Project funding is provided to cross-disciplinary research groups to develop research to a point that external grant applications can be submitted, and/or papers published.
  • New Joiners Meetings are held once or twice a year and seek to embed a multidisciplinary culture within the University structure.
  • University Research Day is held each year in June, and is a celebration of the excellent research undertaken at Strathclyde.
  • Themed Workshops are run throughout the year, focusing on cross-disciplinary themes. Recently BTG has been focusing on the University's priority themes with the aim of widening participation across all faculties, and ensuring the global challenges we face are addressed by combining expertise from different disciplines.

If you have any suggestions for activities BTG could engage in to stimulate cross-disciplinary working including any workshop ideas please email

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Information for University staff, including the BTG application form, can be found on the RKES Portal