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CREST Interactive Sandpit 9 & 10 November 2017

The first CREST Sandpit, working in collaboration with the NCCPE, aims to inspire the sharing of ideas between colleagues who work in different sectors and disciplines and between researchers and practitioners.

Our primary focus is on enabling collaboration and relationship development between the different attendees. The sandpit is an experiment for CREST members and others to learn how to work best together.

Our overall theme is focused around societal or industrial challenges within communities and how they can be addressed at a UK wide level. We are particularly interested in:

  • How to apply and generate knowledge within communities to lead to broader UK change
  • How (local) challenges can be addressed through academic, nonprofit and businesses working together

Thirteen CREST member institutions are supporting this initiative.

Find out more and download the full Call for Participants here


Output & Outcome

As a result of the CREST Sandpit, we will be seeking to providing seed funding for several project teams to work up their ideas from the event.

Successful projects will be announced by the end of January 2018 and will run from March 2018 until March 2019. A report and participating in a knowledge-development event when the projects finish are expected outputs of the event.

We also envisage one eventual outcome of the sandpit and the initial research is expected to be a major collaborative funding bid to the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund or other similar funding streams.


Costs (non CREST members)

Due to the generous support of participating CREST members, there will only be a limited charge for non-members to attend.

For the full two days, including accommodation and all meals the cost will be £200 per person.

We hope this encourages a wide range of non-academic organisations to apply and participate in this unique experience.



We encourage applications from CREST members, nonprofit organsiations and businesses.

Complete the application form below for a chance to participate in this sandpit.

CREST Sandpit Application Form 2017

Please complete this form if you would like to apply to participate in the sandpit. Places will be allocated as described in the accompanying invite to apply. Please note that the form cannot be saved and returned to later, therefore please make sure you complete and submit in one sitting. Content above the word limits provided will not be reviewed by the sift panel - so please ensure that you bear this in mind when submitting your answers. If you have any questions about the process, please contact
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  • 500 words max Use this space to describe the particular challenge that you think the sandpit could address.
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  • Researchers/ academics only to complete this section 250 words max
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