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Connected Communities Highlight Notice on Creating Living Knowledge

Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement Scheme: Connected Communities Highlight Notice on Creating Living Knowledge: Enhancing the Impacts and Legacies from Community-Engaged and Participatory Research Projects

Following the publication of the Connected Communities Programme report on Creating Living Knowledge in April 2016, the AHRC has launched a highlight notice in its Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement Scheme (FoF) for innovative community engaged , participatory or co-produced pathways to impact activities. The highlight notice provides an opportunity to build on the reflections and learning from the Connected Communities Programme on participatory research processes and practices which sustain high quality research collaborations between academics and civil society, as discussed in Creating Living Knowledge, and/or to address some of the important areas the report identifies as needing future attention. The highlight notice will be open to applications until Wednesday 5 October 2016.

Highlight notices are intended to stimulate proposals addressing strategic priorities or emerging research areas in order to encourage innovation, new thinking and/or the development of collaborations in these areas. Highlight notices are offered as opportunities within existing AHRC research schemes, although in this case highlight applications will be considered through a different assessment process to other FoF applications. Find out more about our current Highlight Notices.

This highlight notice seeks to encourage innovative applications that seek to explore new, unanticipated, ‘participatory’ or ‘co-produced’ pathways to impact which have emerged or evolved from other AHRC-funded collaborative / participatory research engaging with communities. Applications within the highlight notice are expected to be highly collaborative with community groups or organisations and/or with relevant ‘intermediary’ organisations (e.g. in the cultural, creative or heritage sectors) and to demonstrate the potential to significantly enhance the economic, social, cultural and/or policy impacts or legacies from research and lead to outcomes which will be of value for communities.

Other features of the highlight notice include:

  • an opportunity to include community co-investigators
  • encouragement to consider the potential to diversify community collaborations and/or engage with minority groups
  • an expectation that applicants will consider how the proposed FOF activity would contribute to the development of relationships with community groups, including issues such as expectations, sustainability and legacy, and reflect on other issues raised in the Creating Living Knowledge report.

Further details on the context and aims for, and scope of, the highlight notice, as well as further information on how to apply can be found in the Highlight Notice document (PDF, 113KB)

Applications which do not fit under this highlight notice can continue to be submitted to the Follow-on Funding (FoF) scheme as usual.