The vision for the Connected Communities Programme is to …. (As on slide) The programme seeks to help develop greater understand the changing nature of communities in their historical and cultural contexts and the role of communities in sustaining and enhancing our quality of life.
Connected Communities is very much a partnership Programme As well as being a partnership between five Research Councils (AHRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC and the NERC) and between the many varied research communities represented by those Councils, the Programme is a partnership with a wide range of national, local and community organisations. The first phases of the Programme have involved over 400 different project partner organisations from outside academia and have involved 100s of communities across the UK. These are not just local communities of place, but also communities of practice or interest, virtual communities, cross-national diaspora, historic, transient and mobile communities.
The total number of projects funded under the Programme to date since 2010 - when the first group of awards started to – is now over 250. These initial projects have included a large number of research reviews and small scoping and development awards many of which have now ended or are coming to an end. A significant number of initial research reviews and scoping studies are now published on AHRC’s website,
We are also funding 10 projects that are developing ways to co-create and co-design research with communities through a two stage process with the first phase now underway to work with communities to identify research questions and collaborative research approaches to be pursued in the second phase of the research to start later this year.
As a part of highly successful collaboration with the Heritage Lottery Fund’s All Our Stories Programme we are pleased to funding 18 awards to support multi-disciplinary research teams across the UK to support hundreds of community groups undertaking small projects to explore their community heritage. I am delighted that Karen Brookfield , Deputy Director of Strategy and Business Development, Heritage Lottery Fund is here today and will be saying more about this collaboration later. In addition to working with All Our Stories projects the first phase also stimulated a range of ideas for new community heritage projects and we are also funding 11 new projects to pursue some of these further. To give a flavour of the range of projects and their spread across the UK they include research uncovering the archaeology of the Caerau Iron Age hillfort located within two large housing estates on the edge of Cardiff with local young people and community groups, delving into the history of a 19 th century farming community at Bennachie in northeast Scotland and the archaeology of Colonsay in Argyll, exploring the histories of footpaths and green lanes in Norfolk, Nottingham’s historic parks and navigation along the River Trent , the heritage of new towns around London and working with community music groups in Sheffield to explore the city’s multi-cultural ethnic music heritage
The current call builds on the successful partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund’s All Our Stories Programme and will support researchers to work with community groups, including young people, wishing to commemorate the centenary of the First world war and the legacy of the war, including community groups supported through a new £6m 6-year programme to support small projects to mark the centenary.
With the unenviable task of bringing together this diverse portfolio of projects we have appointed two leadership fellows Professor George McKay and Professor Keri Facer . As well as undertaking their own research projects the fellows are helping to support networking between projects and helping to identify new areas for research for the Programme and to develop potential future research partnerships
A brief mention of other current Connected Communities funding opportunities. The first of these is a highlight notice within AHRC’s research Grants Scheme to stimulate innovative applications which further explore the contributions that design can make to the Connected Communities Programme. In particular it encourages the development of research proposals that connect communities, designers and arts and humanities researchers in the co-design and co-production of research. It also contributes to design as one of the AHRC’s national capability strategic priority areas. The highlight notice, which also includes provision for larger than normal research grant applications of up to £1.5m (fec) and for up to 3 linked phd studentships through the standard route, will be in place until 15 January 2014 . To support creative thinking in the development of applications under the highlight notice we have published some stimulus materials produced by the Madano Partnership in consultation with designers, arts and humanities researchers and community partners. These also include case studies, including four films, featuring current connected communities design-led projects.
This current call complements and builds upon existing and past activities under the Programme and aims to support research to harnessing the power of digital technologies to help communities to explore their cultures, creativity and heritage. It will seek to develop new ways to engage with communities in the digital co-production of research-based ‘assets’ such as new or enhanced digital databases, archives, galleries and creative outputs which will be a sustainable resource and legacy for both future research and for communities. The call was issued in May and closes on 27 June.
Connected Communities Programme/ Care for the Future/ HLF Co-ordinating Centres for Community Engagement in the Centenary of the First World War
Connected Communities Programme/Care for the Future / HLFCo-ordinating Centres for CommunityEngagement in the Centenary of theFirst World WarBriefing Meeting for Funding Call
Welcome and Introduction fromAHRCGary GrubbAssociate Director of Programmes AHRC
Timetable for the Day9.30am Registration/coffee10.00am Welcome, AHRC context and fit to the ConnectedCommunities Programme (Gary Grubb, AHRC)10.20–10.40 Contribution to the Care for the Future Theme(Prof. Andrew Thompson, Theme Leadership Fellow)10.40-11.00 Overview of HLF WW1 Centenary activities & the‘WW1: Then and Now’ Programme (Karen Brookfield &Anna Jarvis, HLF)10.50–11.20 Key Features of Co-ordinating Centres Call (Gary Grubb)11.20-12.00 Co-ordinating Centres - Discussion / Q&A Session12.00-12.30 Overview of AHRC-BBC WW1 partnership and Q&A(Philip Pothen, AHRC)12.30-2.00pm Networking Lunch & InformalDiscussions and Questions
AHRC Strategy 2013-2018• Through themes fund transformativeresearch that takes a widerperspective, develops cross-disciplinary and cross-cutting enquiry,draws on multiple perspectives andstimulates challenge and exchange• Public engagement – making explicitthe contribution of A&H research tounderstanding national life in aninternational context• Developing partnerships (e.g. in civic,cultural and heritage sectors)
• Themes- Digital Transformations- Translating Cultures- Care for the Future- Science in Culture• Cross- Council Programmes- Leadership of ConnectedCommunities Programme• National Capability Areas- Design- Heritage- Languages• Responsive Mode Funding – over70% of research fundingAHRC’s Priority Areas
Introduction to the ConnectedCommunities ProgrammeGary GrubbAssociate Director of Programmes AHRC
Connected Communities Programme:Connecting Research for Flourishing CommunitiesProgramme VisionTo mobilise the potential forincreasingly inter-connected,culturally diverse, communitiesto enhance participation,prosperity, sustainability,health & well-being by betterconnecting research,stakeholders and communities.
Evolving Understandings of CommunityEvolving approach but see communities as:“dynamic processes through which groups come together, throughchoice or necessity, to share some common bonds or values or toco-operate and interact over a sustained period of time in pursuitof a collective need or interest in particular issues or outcomes.Communities may be real or imagined, may share a virtual orphysical environment and/or may share aspects of identity (such aslocation, race, ethnicity, age, history, practice), culture, belief orother common bonds, connections or interests but may alsotransform over time, be culturally diverse and involve significantdissent and conflict”.
Evolving Understandings of Community• Importance of temporal as well as spatial dimensions• Interest in the processes which constitute and ‘connect’communities and the ways that they are enacted, ‘performed’,experienced and change• Recognise that there are many forms of community (e.g.ascribed, elective, imagined, transient, etc.) & many differentforms of connection (language, place, virtual, practice, culturalactivity, etc)• Consider both the positive and negative aspects• Interested both in the relationships within communities and theinteractions between communities (past and present) and theiroutcomes for broader society and economy.• Applicants expected to explain the ways in which they are usingthe term community and thinking about issues of connectednessand to justify why this is appropriate for their proposed research
Examples of Current Activities• 10 community co-creation and co-production projects where theresearch teams are working with community partners in the firststage to determine the research ideas to be explored in thesecond phase• 2 large grants with ESRC on Community Engagement andMobilisation• Large grants on communities, cultures and creative economy (3)and communities, cultures, health and well-being (3)• 2013 Summit exploring project legacies & support for early careerresearchers• 2014 international conference planned
Researching Community Heritage• As a part of the second phase of our collaboration withthe Heritage Lottery Fund’s All Our Stories Programmewe are supporting 18 research teams across the UK tosupport hundreds of community groups that areundertaking small projects to explore their communityheritage as a part of the All Our Stories Programme.• We are also funding 11 new research projects to supportthe co-production of cultural heritage research withcommunity groups.
Current CallCommunities & the Centenary of the First World War• Builds on research for community heritage & partnershipwith HLF but different structure reflecting the morefocused subject remit and on-going nature of activities over6 years• Capacity building, working with NCCPE and cross-disciplinary aspects continue• Opportunities for a more critically reflective approachlinking into Care for the Future and ConnectedCommunities issues and other centenary activities
Leadership Fellowships• Prof George McKay (Salford Univ.) plays aleadership role in relation to the Programme’scross-cutting theme on “Understandingchanging community cultures and histories andpatterns of connectivity within and betweencommunities”.• Prof Keri Facer (Bristol Univ.) plays aleadership role in relation to the cross-cuttingtheme on: “Connecting research withcommunities and other stakeholders”Helping to bring together this large portfolio and map out futuredirections and connections for the Programme we have appointed2 Leadership Fellows:
Current CallsResearch Grants Highlight for Design & Communities• Highlight notice to stimulate innovativeapplications to explore thecontributions that design can make tothe Connected CommunitiesProgramme and encourage proposalsthat connect communities, designersand arts & humanities researchers inthe co-design & co-production ofresearch• Stimulus materials including casestudies and films of ConnectedCommunities ‘design’ projects• Applications £50k- £1.5m (fEC)• Highlight ends 15 January 2014www.ahrc.ac.uk/cchighlight
Current CallsDigital Community Research Co-Production in theArts and Humanities£4m ‘capital funding’ for projects to harness thepower of digital technologies to engage communitiesin the digital co-production of research. It aims todevelop cultural and creative digital research ‘assets’(e.g. as new or enhanced databases, archives, galleriesand creative outputs) which will be a sustainableresource and legacy for both future research and forcommunities.Closing date 27 June 2013.