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Two new public engagement funding opportunities help deepen links between research and the wider society

Date: 26/09/2019

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has launched two new public engagement funding calls which will offer arts and humanities researchers the opportunity to work with community partners and experiment with citizen science.

The £500,000 Enhancing place-based partnerships in public engagement funding opportunity encourages researchers to co-develop new approaches to place-based public engagement activities, through either developing new or enhancing existing partnerships. Application deadline: 21 October 2019.

Successful pathfinder bids will receive between £10,000 and up to a maximum of £40,000 in funding, enabling eligible UK research organisations to plan, develop and test new ways of working, in collaboration with communities in areas of the UK that are socially disadvantaged.

Projects should be driven by the needs of a community with the aim of helping to shape and generate new knowledge.

As part of their application, bidders will need to reflect which challenges they will be looking to address as part of their collaboration, such as consultation, intelligence gathering, developing capacity, delivery and accountability.

The second call launched as part of UKRI’s new public engagement vision, encourages researchers to explore the use citizen of science. The £400,000 Citizen Science Exploration Grants will enable diverse groups of people to participate and collaborate in research and innovation, such as through crowdsourcing data, working with volunteers to analyse existing datasets, or through working with communities to design research programmes. Application deadline: 12 November 2019.

Dr Paul Meller, Associate Director of Programmes, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) said: “UKRI is committed to closing the gap between researchers and the public, and ensuring that the research we fund provides a tangible difference to society. We're excited to be able to share these new opportunities with our researchers. They provide a vital platform for engaging underrepresented communities and encouraging the public to become more embedded in the research itself.

“Public engagement, as reflected in our new Delivery Plan, continues to be a key focus for us at the AHRC. We are constantly striving to find new and innovative ways of engaging the public with the research we fund, and these new calls provide a fantastic opportunity to help deepen these relationships.”

These calls will also help to provide vital insight and intelligence for UKRI and the wider HE sector on best practise as well as helping to showcase world-leading examples of community engagement within research and innovation.

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