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Community Design

Research Grants Highlight for Connected Communities and Design

The highlight notice sought to stimulate projects which intersect across the three areas of Arts & Humanities, Connected Communities and Design with funding through the standard Research Grants call with a maximum fEC budget of £1.5million.

As well as meeting all the normal requirements for research excellence for standard / early career research grants, applications were also required to:

  1. Be inter- or cross- disciplinary combining perspectives, approaches and expertise from design and from arts and humanities subject areas.
  2. Engage with communities through all stages of the research process.
  3. Involve strong collaborative partnerships with organisations outside the HEI sector and include a highly developed or innovative approach to creating pathways for impact for the research;
  4. Demonstrate a strong fit to the aims and objectives of the Connected Communities Programme, including giving consideration to how the research could build upon, complement and/or contribute to, other research under the Programme.

Applicants under the highlight notice were also encouraged to consider how the research activities might contribute to the development of national research capability in design, for example through contributing to research training activities, the development of early career researchers and/or strengthening the inter-relationships between design research and design practice.

Six awards (PDF, 67KB) were made under the highlight call with start dates between 1st September 2014 and 12th January 2015.

Design and Communities Workshop

In June 2011, the AHRC in collaboration with the Design Council, organised a small research development workshop on the them of Communities, Culture and Design. The workshop, facilitated by Professor Tom Inns, aimed to build upon the AHRC/ESPRC Designing for the Twenty First Century Programme and design-related research under the Connected Communities Programme to explore future ideas for research under the Programme. These four small follow-up projects (PDF, 54KB) which emerged from the workshop were funded.