We are creating a unified UKRI website that brings together the existing research council, Innovate UK and Research England websites.
If you would like to be involved in its development let us know.

Event Originated Funding

Connected Communities Summit June 2010

A summit was held in Birmingham in June 2010 bringing together about 60 researchers from current research projects, centres and programmes funded by the Research Councils of relevance to the Programme. Dr Bert Provan from the Department of Communities and Local Government also provided an update on the new policy context post the election.bThe event discussed the shape and distinctive role of the Programme and also aimed to facilitate networking between existing Research Council activities.

Connected Communities research development workshop 2010

In 2010 AHRC held a research development workshop which led to awards made under a follow up fund. Further details can be found on the creative economy in Connected Communities page.

2010 crime and communities workshop development projects

Following the ESRC/AHRC Crime and Communities workshop in July 2010, 9 small follow-up development projects were jointly supported by the ESRC and AHRC. A list of these projects can be found below.

Crime and Communities projects (PDF, 100KB)

Connected Communities Summit 2011

A second summit was held in Clydebank, near Glasgow, in July 2011. This was an invitation event for around 80 researchers drawn from principal investigators or other representatives from each of the development projects / activities currently being funded under the Programme. The Summit helped to network existing projects, inform the future shape of the programme as well as explore opportunities for further collaboration and development activities under the Programme.

Following the summit a further 8 follow-up projects involving collaboration between three or more Connected Communities projects were supported. In addition, 10 one-year 'pilot demonstrator' projects were funded to develop distinctive and innovative Connected Communities approaches to research that are cross-disciplinary (including a significant arts and humanities dimension) and involve close working with communities.

The following document link shows a list of 2011 Summit Follow-up and Pilot Demonstrator projects (PDF, 89KB).

Research development workshop 2011: communities, culture, health and wellbeing

In 2011 AHRC held a research development workshop which led to further funding, full details of which can be found on the Health and Wellbeing in Connected Communities page.

Research development workshop 2012: Communities, cultures, environments and sustainability

In 2012 AHRC held a research development workshop which led to further funding, the full details of which can be found on the Environments and Sustainability in Connected Communities page.

Summit 2012 follow on – community Co-creation and Co design

Following the July 2012 summit in Manchester, a further 8 follow-up projects involving collaboration between three or more Connected Communities projects were supported. In addition 10 Co-Production Development Awards were funded to work closely with communities to explore methods and approaches for community co-designed and co-delivered research, with significant arts and humanities dimensions, across a wide range of Connected Communities research themes.

The following document link shows a list of 2012 Summit Follow-up and Development Awards (PDF, 105KB).

Connected Communities Showcase Event

The first Connected Communities Programme showcase event took place at Congress Hall in central London. There were around 300 participants with a further 400 joining in at various points during the day through live streaming of the event. Through a mix of presentations, workshops, interactive and participatory break-outs, posters, exhibitions and performances, the event highlighted the rich and exciting research being undertaken through the Connected Communities programme across the UK.

Rather than being aimed at an academic audience, the Showcase was focused on providing opportunities to further extend and deepen the Programme’s engagement with organisations, communities and individuals from outside the higher education sector. There were opportunities throughout the day to network with a wide range of researchers and community partners engaged in the Programme and to contribute to discussions about future plans for the Programme.

A film documenting the Showcase has been made

2013 Connected Communities Edinburgh Showcase & Summit

The second Connected Communities Programme showcase event took place in July 2013 at Edinburgh Conference Centre at Heriot Watt University after the Connected Communities annual summit. Through a mix of presentations, workshops, interactive and participatory break-outs, posters, exhibitions and performances, the event highlighted the rich and exciting research being undertaken through the Connected Communities Programme across the UK.

Rather than being aimed at an academic audience, the Showcase focused on providing opportunities to further extend and deepen the Programme’s engagement with organisations, communities and individuals from outside the higher education sector. There were opportunities throughout the day to network with a wide range of researchers and community partners engaged in the Programme and to contribute to discussions about future plans for the Programme.

Following the summit there were 7 awards made for development projects and 9 follow on fund awards made (PDF, 81KB).

Connected Communities Festival, July 2014

As part of the Connected Communities Programme’s wider engagement activities in July 2014 we held a Connected Communities festival in Cardiff. The ‘Festival’ aimed to provide researchers and community and other partners within the Programme with an opportunity to reflect, share learning, discuss and increase the public profile of the research. It brought together participants already engaged with the programme and researchers, communities and community organisations not currently involved in the Programme. The Festival took the role of previous summits and showcases as the major open public outreach event for the Programme in 2014 as well as main large forum for networking across the whole Programme.

As part of the event one day was also dedicated to an Early Career Researcher (ECR) development workshop through which there was a funding opportunity for small awards to take forward ideas developed at the workshop.  The purpose of these awards is to further develop and support ECRs to become future leaders of community engaged research through collaborative research and networking projects.