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Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement

Date: 15/10/2012

Funds to support engagement with new audiences was the aim of the AHRC's pilot Follow-on Funding scheme, as a result of an internal review, the scheme will change to have a greater focus on innovation, creativity and external engagement in reaching those new audiences. These developments will provide greater clarity on the scope of the scheme to applicants and provide a more efficient application process. The changes to the scheme will support researchers to focus their activities on innovation, creativity and engagement from the New Year.

The pilot scheme will close on 29 November 2012 and the new call will open as Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement in January 2013, from which date revised guidance and criteria will apply. A summary of the main changes include:

  • The upper limit is now £100,000 fEC;
  • All applicants will be required to provide evidence of a well-defined non-academic need and engagement with potential users and stakeholders in developing the project;
  • Applicants will no longer complete an academic beneficiaries section in the JeS form;
  • Eligibility criteria have been revised to reflect the cross-Research Council funding agreement. Therefore AHRC will accept projects originally funded by another Research Council where the Follow-on proposal falls directly within AHRC's remit. Likewise with projects funded under schemes such as the HERA Joint Research Programme;
  • Other eligible members of the original research team are able to apply as PI;
  • The scheme will allow international co-investigators to be costed into the project.

For applications over £30,000 fEC;

  • Applicants will be offered a PI response;
  • The assessment time will take 14-16 weeks;
  • Applications will be subject to sifting following peer review
  • The start date of a project should be no earlier than 5 months from submission and no later than 9 months after submission.

For applications under £30,000 fEC;

  • AHRC aims to communicate a decision within 6 weeks.
  • The start date of a project should be no earlier than 3 months after submission and no later than 9 months.

The Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement scheme will continue to operate on open deadlines and applications may be submitted at any time. Applicants must ensure they read the revised scheme guidance prior to developing and submitting a proposal. Guidance will be published in the AHRC Research Funding Guide.

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