Co-ordinating Centres for Community Engagement in the Centenary of the First World War


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Key Features of the Funding call. Presentation by Gary Grubb, AHRC

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Co-ordinating Centres for Community Engagement in the Centenary of the First World War

  1. 1. Co-ordinating Centres forCommunity Engagement in theCentenary of the First WorldWarKey Features of the Funding Call
  2. 2. Key Features of Co-ordinating Centres:Open Call• Open Call - No need to have had any priorinvolvement with Care for the Future orConnected Communities or HLF.• Lead research organisation needs to beeligible for AHRC funding but looking forproposals with a wide range of collaborations• Not a route for funding specific researchprojects already identified which relate to theFirst World War – these can be directedtowards responsive mode or other routes
  3. 3. Key Features of Co-ordinating Centres:Cross-cutting Research Themes• Two-way dialogue between ‘academic’ and ‘public’histories• Contributing to Care for the Future Theme e.g.understanding processes of commemoration; concepts ofmemory, legacy, heritage; emotions evoked by reflectionson the past, transitions from trauma and conflict, etc.• Contributing to the Connected Communities Prog., e.g.around processes & ethics of community engagement/participatory research / co-production, understanding thetemporal dimension to communities & connectivity etc.• Identify areas of specialist expertise relating to the FWWfor support at a UK level plus (normally) local / regionalsupport
  4. 4. Key Features of Co-ordinating Centres:Collaboration with HLF• Working with HLF, locally &nationally across all its fundingprogrammes for community heritage• Responsive support and advice to adiverse range of community groupsacross the UK seeking & awardedHLF funding• Opening up expertise and resourceswithin research organisations tocommunities
  5. 5. Key Features of Co-ordinating Centres:Wider Collaboration• Applications should be collaborative across all threeof the following dimensions:- across research organisations;- across disciplines in the arts and humanities (andbeyond if appropriate);- with partners outside the higher educationsector• Proposals involving international collaborations willalso be welcomed
  6. 6. Key Features of Co-ordinating Centres:Access to Research Expertise: Co-ordinating a Research Network• Broad, inclusive multi-disciplinary network ofresearchers with relevant expertise willing to provideadvice, mentor and support community groups (e.g.historic context, methods, project management etc.)• Network members will need support from theirinstitutions for their role.• Centre to help make connections, provide training andsupport.• Initial network identified but expected to grow overtime.
  7. 7. Key Features of Co-ordinating Centres:Connecting with Communities: Communityengagement, responsiveness and outreach.• Beacons for outreach, engagement and collaborationat a local/ regional and UK-wide scale (e.g. open days,road shows, exhibitions, tours of facilities, on-line /digital media activities, etc.)• Proactive approach to developing new links, issues ofinclusion and not just existing collaborators / thosealready well-connected• Encouragement / moral support; nurturing innovationand creativity; advising; etc.• Not advice on whether applications are appropriate forHLF funding
  8. 8. Key Features of Co-ordinating Centres:Supporting Community Research: Advice,Training and Access to Resources• Provision of training and support based on a needsanalysis, especially those groups with less access toother heritage expertise• Access to archives, collections, libraries, and otherfacilities and sign-posting to other resources• Feedback and self-evaluation• Outline broad approach and ideas in proposal
  9. 9. Key Features of Co-ordinating Centres:Supporting Collaborative and Co-producedResearch Projects• Collaborative research project fund of at least one thirdtotal centre application (c£170k)• Collaborative / co-produced projects to extend orfollow-up & add value to HLF funded activity throughmore substantial engagement and supplementaryactivities leading to additional outputs / outcomes• Process for allocating these funds to applications fromnetwork members and community groups but projectshould emerge and not be specified at this stage
  10. 10. Key Features of Co-ordinating Centres:Critical Research Reflection• Critical reflection on processes of connectingacademic and public histories and the legacy thisleaves.• Reflecting on the portfolio of commemorativeactivities being undertaken, e.g. what is/ is notbeing remembered, whose voices, who is involvedand who isn’t, what tensions emerge etc• Reflecting on learning and input to Care for theFuture and Connected Communities and broaderacademic and public debates
  11. 11. Key Features of Co-ordinating Centres:Building Capacity: DevelopingInfrastructure, Skills and ECRs• Support for post-graduate students and earlycareer researchers, working with NCCPE• Support for research network around issuessuch as ethics• Infrastructure to support engagement,guidance, tools, case studies• Building partnerships and developing ways ofworking together
  12. 12. Key Features of Co-ordinating Centres:Wider Connections: Connecting to BroaderInitiatives• Centres will need to work with each other & withConnected Communities & Theme LeadershipFellows and with AHRC, NCCPE & HLF & participatein relevant Programme / Theme events• Linkages to other activities organised as a part ofthe First World War Centenary Partnership• Links to other AHRC partnerships and activities e.g.with BBC or around the digital legacy
  13. 13. Other Issues:Grant Leadership and Management• Careful attention should be given to issues ofintellectual leadership and project management giventhe ambitious nature of these centres and wide range ofobjectives.• Time commitments and leadership / managementstructure should be commensurate with the scale andambition of the grants and their roles within the Theme• Clear contact point / co-ordinator for communities andlinks with NCCPE and other partners• Roles should be clearly identified and if necessaryspecialist support included if appropriate.
  14. 14. Other Issues:Institutional Support• As these are major strategic objectives we will belooking for alignment with strategies within, and/orsupport from, the research organisations.• Support for research network members to engage withcommunity groups is essential.• This will also be particularly important in, for example:embedding and sustaining some activities & securingthe longer term legacy of the centres; supporting thedevelopment of wider research capabilities andcollaborations; and, opening up resources and facilitiesto communities.
  15. 15. Assessment Criteria• Fit to call• Capacity to inspire, encourage and nurture innovation• Appropriate plans for outreach activities and brokeringconnections• Effective strategy for supporting community activitiesand research• Plans for supporting high quality collaborative researchwith communities• People, skills and expertise• Partnerships, networking and capacity to make widerconnections
  16. 16. Assessment Criteria (cont.)• Contribution to the Connected CommunitiesProgramme and Care for the Future Theme• Contribution to building capacity• Leadership, management, achievability and feasibility• Strength of research organisation commitment & longerterm sustainability• Pathways to impact, outputs and dissemination• Overall value for money“lay the foundations for a sustainable legacy ofrelationships, practices, resources and structures forbuilding dialogue between academic and publichistorical research”
  17. 17. Further Information on the Call:Funding Available• Applications can be for up to £500,000 (fEC)• Centres to start on 1 January 2014 and be for aninitial 3-year period ending on 31 December2016.• We expect to fund 5-7 Co-ordinating Centresthrough this call subject to quality• Some adjustments to plans may be required tomaximise coherence and reduce duplicationacross the 5-7 centres
  18. 18. Further Information on the Call:Timetable• April 2013 Full call details published• 14 June briefing meeting• 16 July 2013 (16:00hrs) Closing date for full proposals.• September / October 2013 Assessment Panel• By end of October 2013 Inform applicants• November 2013 Outcomes publicly announced• 12 December 2013 Meeting between centre teams toshare plans• 1 January 2014 Co-ordinating centres start
  19. 19. Further Information on the Call:Timetable• 31 January 2015 First Annual report from centres• End of 2015 Interim report from co-ordinating centres• First half 2016 Review progress & consider options forphase 2• End of 2016 First phase funding ends• 2017-2019 Possible second phase activities
  20. 20. Further Information on the Call:Submission of Proposals• Submission through JeS• 10 page case for support – guidance on format in thecall document• Only one application can be submitted from any oneResearch Organisation (but can also be involved as Co-Is,collaborators in other proposals). Early strategicengagement with RO leadership and managementteams & research / public engagement offices essential.• Please make sure you allow time for your institution tosubmit your application to AHRC ahead of the deadlineof 1600hrs on 16 July 2013 and try to avoid leaving it tothe last minute!
  21. 21. Other Funding Opportunities• Shoehorning existing research project ideas into this callwon’t work! – only proposals that fully meet the aims ofthe call will stand a chance. Other types of research projectshould be directed towards other funding routes.• Other thematic or Programme opportunities e.g. Care forthe Future:- Theme large grants call closes on 10 October 2013- We are planning a workshop for early careerresearchers in December 2013/ January 2014 withfollow-up funding. Call for participants expected inautumn 2013• Responsive mode grants, fellowships and networkingschemes –potential to link into the theme / Prog. - OpenDeadlines
  22. 22. Questions?Contacts for further queries in Team CJill Mustard (, tel: 01793416085) orPaul McWhirter ( tel:01793 416083) orSusan Hanshaw ( tel:01793 416063)