Call for Co-ordinating Centres to Commemorate the Centenary of the First World War
The AHRC, working in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), wishes to invite applications for a small number of co-ordinating centres to support community engagement activities to connect academic and public histories of the First World War and its legacy. The Co-ordinating Centres will be expected to act as beacons for community outreach, engagement and collaboration at a local/regional and a UK-wide scale between research organisations and researchers and community groups, including young people, who are interested in researching and commemorating the First World War, the broader historical and cultural context of the War and its legacy and impact. Over the longer term, these Centres are intended to lay the foundation for the creation of sustainable relationships and practices that systematically build dialogue between academic and public historical research.
This is a joint initiative between the cross-Council Connected Communities Programme and AHRC’s Care for the Future: Thinking Forward through the Past Theme and the co-ordinating centres will be expected to contribute to relevant activities within both the Programme and the Theme.
A key focus the Co-ordinating Centres will be to provide support for community groups funded through a range of HLF funding programmes, particularly its new £6m First World War: Then and Now community grants scheme which will be launched in May 2013. Centres will also be encouraged to support other HLF-funded community projects with a First World War-related theme. Links to other AHRC activities associated with the centenary and to the broader national programme organised as a part of the First World War Centenary Partnership (led by Imperial War Museums) will be encouraged.
Co-ordinating Centres are expected to be highly collaborative, drawing together research expertise across research organisations and working in partnership with each other, with HLF (both nationally and locally) and a range of organisations in the cultural and community sectors and beyond. Each centre will be expected to co-ordinate an open and inclusive cross-institutional network of researchers, with a particular focus around areas of particular local/regional, methodological, thematic and/or subject areas of expertise.
Through this call we seek to work in partnership with research organisations in opening up their resources to communities, in developing their strategies for supporting community engagement and partnerships, in developing skills and capacity for community engagement, including amongst early career researchers and in generating exciting collaborative research with communities that builds bridges between academic and public histories of the First World War.
AHRC funding of up to £2.5m is available to support 5-7 co-ordinating centres under the first three-year phase of this initiative. Applications for co-ordinating centres may seek funding of up to £500,000 on a full economic costs basis and the AHRC will fund 80% of the full economic costs.