About the BII

The Balliol Interdisciplinary Institute was established in 2010 to cultivate and support interdisciplinary research in Balliol College, straddling the humanities, the social sciences, and the physical and medical sciences. The Institute gives Senior Members and Graduate Students the opportunity to propose and develop advanced research that requires contributions from more than one discipline, has high potential impact, and may be radical or speculative. Where appropriate, it fosters and facilitates engagement by interested and supportive Alumni. Participation from elsewhere in the University is welcome, but the research must be led by one or more Balliol Fellows, Lecturers, or Graduate Students.

The Institute supports both gestation projects and more fully-fledged projects. Good interdisciplinary research sometimes requires a period of open-ended exploration and time to build strong teams. Gestation projects therefore have relatively low barriers to entry and fairly modest cost (up to £3,000 per project) allowing experiential freedom with low risk. They can also be more mature in conception or development, but simply small in scale or require only modest resources. Fully-fledged projects are more mature and oriented towards more sharply defined outcomes. They may require more resources, possibly leveraging the BII to attract external funding.

For more information, please see the Projects pages. A BII WebLearn site is available to logged-in users: you can ask to join by contacting the relevant lead investigator or by emailing bii@balliol.ox.ac.uk.

We are not currently accepting proposals for new projects. The next funding round is expected to take place in Trinity Term 2014. 


A new book summarising the insights generated by the Duty of Care in Finance project has been accepted for publication. Capital Failure: Rebuilding Trust in Financial Services, edited by Nicholas Morris and David Vines (Balliol), is forthcoming with the Oxford University Press in 2014. 

The Conceptual Foundations of Systems Biology issue of Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology has now been published. The issue is based on articles developed from seminars held as part of an interdisciplinary research project supported by the Balliol Interdisciplinary Institute. Individual articles are available here.


See the project pages for more details, and the events page for upcoming talks, seminars, and conferences.

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