Connected communities capital town meeting collated presentations
Connected Communities ProgrammeDigital Community Research Co-ProductionBriefing Meeting for Capital Funding CallWelcomeGary GrubbAssociate Director of Programmes AHRC
Introduction to the ConnectedCommunities Programme
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
Understanding Changing Community Cultures and Histories & Patterns of Connectivitywithin & between CommunitiesCurrent Reviews, Pilot Demonstrator Projects, Researching Community Heritage & SummitsCommunityvalues,participation,self-relianceand resilienceESRC/ AHRCMobilisationcall - 2 LargeGrantsCommunityhealth andwell-being2011Workshop& 3 LargeFollow-uplarge grantsCommunitycreativityprosperity ®eneration2010workshop &3 follow-uplarge grantsSustainablecommunityenvironments,places andspacesMay 2012workshop &Follow-upConnecting Research with Communities & other Organisations, Stimulating ResearchPartnerships and Enhanced Harvesting of Research for ImpactPartnership Activities & Summits (esp 2012 summit )Connecting Research on CommunitiesSummits , workshops & follow-up projectsCommunitycultures,diversity,cohesion,exclusion &conflictPossibleworkshop2013Programme Themes & Activities
Larger Projects:Communities & the Creative Economy• Understanding Everyday Participation – ArticulatingCultural Values (Ied Dr Andrew Miles, Manchester University)• Cultural Intermediation: connecting communities in thecreative urban economy (Ied Dr Phil Jones, BirminghamUniversity)• Media Community and the Creative Citizen (led by ProfessorRichard Hargreaves, Cardiff University)
New ProjectsCommunity Engagement and Mobilisation• The social, historical, cultural and democraticcontext of civic engagement: Imagining differentcommunities and making them happen led byProfessor Graham Crow, University of Edinburgh• Productive Margins: Regulating for Engagement, ledby Dr Morag McDermont, Bristol University
New ProjectsCommunities, Cultures, Health & WellbeingThree new large projects being launched today:•Dementia and Imagination: connecting communities anddeveloping well-being through socially engaged visual artspractice, led by Dr Gillian Windle at Bangor University•Representing Communities: developing the creative powerof people to improve health and well-being, led by ProfessorGareth Williams at Cardiff University•Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery: connectingcommunities for mental health and well-being led byProfessor Paul Crawford at Nottingham University
Other Current Projects• 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• 11 projects on the theme of communities cultures, environmentand sustainability following up a research development workshopheld in Bristol last year• Research for Community Heritage supporting 18 research teamsacross the UK to support hundreds of community groups that areundertaking small projects to explore their community heritagewe are as a part of Lottery Fund’s All Our Stories Programme.
Leadership Fellowships• Prof George McKay (Salford Univ.) will play 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.) will play 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 CallsCommunities & the Centenary of the First World War• Further collaboration with the HLF to supportresearchers and communities, including youngpeople, to come together to developinitiatives to commemorate the centenary ofthe First World War and its legacy• Call to create 5-7 co-ordinating centres willclose on 16 July. Briefing meeting in Londonon 14 June.
Current CallsResearch Development Workshop on theProgramme’s Legacy• Call for expressions of interest to attend aresearch development workshop inEdinburgh on 2 July to support thedevelopment of ideas for research projectsto explore and enhance the sustainabilityof outcomes from, and legacy of, researchunder the Connected CommunitiesProgramme and to provide new insights onthe potential broader cultural, economicand societal value of research under theProgramme.• Deadline for EOIs to participate 7 June
Current CallsDigital Community Research Co-Production in theArts and Humanities£4m ‘capital funding’ for a new call to harness thepower of digital technologies, creative communitiesand community interest in exploring their cultures andheritage to engage communities in the digital co-production of research. It aims to develop cultural andcreative digital research ‘assets’ (e.g. as new orenhanced databases, archives, galleries and creativeoutputs) which will be a sustainable resource andlegacy for both future research and for communities.
Professor Andrew Prescott, Theme Leader FellowAHRC Digital TransformationsStrategic Theme
Digital Transformations Theme• How can we use the digital resources and tools now atour command to change the way in which weundertake research in the arts and humanities?• What happens to our scholarly alignments,assumptions and roles when we start to use newdigital resources and methods?• How can we encourage new alliances in the arts andhumanities: more cross-disciplinary working, newconversations, greater risk-taking, more imagination• What is rolling down the hill towards us? What next,and how can we help drive that forward?
Digital Transformations Theme:Characteristics• Pluralistic: no one approach or solution; encouragingexperimentation• The aim is to produce exciting research which is inspiringand transformative – not primarily concerned withinfrastructure, standards, integrated tools, etc.• Projects creating strong links between the arts andhumanities, and also seeking out new cross-disciplinaryalliances and forms of collaboration• Wow factor: but how do we link that to high-qualityresearch?• Developing links with other themes (Translating Cultures;Science in Culture; Care for the Future)
Activities to Date• Initial research networks e.g. Data – Asset – Method:Harnessing the Infinite Archive at University of Nottingham• Exploratory grants, e.g.– Ian Gwilt (Sheffield Hallam) Enhancing the understanding of statisticaldata through the creation of physical objects– David Gauntlett (University of Westminster) Community-PoweredTransformations: a research network exploring digital transformations inthe creative relationships between cultural and media organisations andtheir users– Tom Cheesman (Swansea University) Version, Variation, Visualisation:Multi-lingual crowd-sourcing of Shakespeare’s Othello– Bronwen Thomas (Bournemouth University) Researching Readers Online– Claire Squires (Stirling University) The Book Unbound: Disruption andDisintermediation in the Digital Age• Digital Transformations Moot, November 2012
Ian Gwilt, Sheffield Hallam University: www.behance.net
Translation Arrays, Tom Cheesman, Swansea:www.delightedbeauty.org
Researching Readers OnlineBronwen Thomas and Julia RoundBournemouth Universitywww.researchingreadersonline.com
David Gauntlett, University of Westminster:www.digitaltransformations.org.uk
Transforming Artists’ Books: HelenDouglas, Leda and the Swan (2006)
Possible Future Activities• Another round of exploratory grants• Calls relating to big data in the arts andhumanities• Possible round of larger grants (but maybe not asbig as the first call)• Further events showcasing the research beingundertaken as part of the theme• Other events and activities organised with themefellow
Role of Theme Fellow• Not programme director: providing scholarly input toenhance transformative quality of work funded undertheme• Building links between projects and encouraging synergybetween them• Ensuring wider academic and public awareness of workundertaken in theme• Building links with other themes and theme fellows• Organising seminars, workshops and other events which willhelp achieve aspirations of theme• Developing online presence of theme
Not a Programme or a Project but a Partnership• A number of partners in developing theme• Theme Advisory Group• Theme Fellow• AHRC team• Previous and existing grant holders• One of the outcomes of the theme should be an activeand well-integrated community whose continuing workwill reflect the vision of the theme
Digital Community Research Co-ProductionKey Features of the Capital Funding CallGary GrubbAssociate Director of Programmes AHRC
Contributing to Strategic Themes• The call seeks to explore new researchopportunities at the interface andintersections between the ConnectedCommunities Programme, AHRC’sDigital Transformations in the Arts andHumanities Theme, the Cross-CouncilDigital Economy Programme and otherAHRC activities relating to the CreativeEconomy• Open Call – prior involvement in any ofthe above initiatives is not arequirement
Key Features -Community Co-Production• Novel ways of engaging communities usingdigital technologies and data in theinvestigation of new research questions & inthe co-production of research-based assets• Community engagement – stimulating,shaping, challenging - at all stages of theprocess – before, during and after• Discussion of the nature of the communitiesinvolved and the connectivity andinteraction between community participants• Careful attention to the ethics ofengagement, inclusion etc
Key Features –Producing Assets of Value• A key focus of, and output from, the projects must be someform of new, or significantly enhanced, research-basedasset of enduring value for communities and for futureresearch.• Assets may take a variety of forms, e.g. open datasets,integrated search facilities, mash-ups, visualizations andmappings, enhanced gateways and portals, galleries, tools,hardware, interfaces, software, material artefacts, or otherforms of innovative cultural and creative resource or asset.• Consideration of legacy, sustainability and long-termcuration of the assets produced is essential (5-10 years ormore).• Application of open data principles, standards & formats.
Key Features –Inter-disciplinarity• Applications should be inter-disciplinary combining attheir core arts and humanities researchers, communityengagement experts, and specialists in digitaltechnologies• As this is part of the cross-Council ConnectedCommunities Programme we will welcome proposalsbringing in other areas in addition to these core arease.g. from social sciences, physical and natural sciences,engineering, medicine etc.• Important to demonstrate the distinctive arts andhumanities contribution as a part of the mix.• Broader collaborations outside the HE sector welcomed
Key Features –Innovative & Transformative Research• Exploring the potential for digital &multi-media technologies to transformapproaches to research co-production• Innovative use of new technologiese.g. to co-create, use, re-mix, link,represent, visualise, map, reconfigure,re-purpose, enhance, open data.• Creating novel assets or content orexploring different contexts for use• Not about doing ‘more of the same’• Recognise some projects may involve ahigher degree of risk
Key Features –Research Reflection• Embed opportunities for criticalreflection on, and learning from, theresearch co-production processes,ethics, application of open accessprinciples, the value of the assetsproduced and the project legacy.• Consideration to the broadercontribution to ConnectedCommunities (e.g. what can we learnabout communities and connectivity?),Digital Transformations etc (e.g.implications for future A&H research)
Range of Proposals• Open to a range of proposals, large andsmall from innovative experimental ordemonstrator projects through to largerprojects or projects which build ininnovative ways on existing projects• Open to proposals involving orcombining a diverse range of contentand ‘data’ or covering a wide range ofissues, provided that there is a clear linkto the arts and humanities researchdimensions of the project.
Assessment Criteria• Quality• Value of cultural research-based assets• Community engagement• Innovation and transformative potential• People, skills, expertise and collaboration• Fit to call• Potential contribution to Connected Communitiesand Digital Transformations• Pathways to impact, legacy, outputs anddissemination• Achievability and feasibility• Value for money
Digital Transformations in CommunityResearch Co-Production in the Artsand HumanitiesApplication and Assessment Process
• Grant details• Key eligibility criteria• Equipment costs• International collaboration• Community partner costs• Call and assessment timetable• Successful awardsSummary
Grant Details• Awards of between £50,000 - £600,000• Maximum duration of 18 months• Awards must start on 1 October 2013• Awards must have finished by 31 March 2015
Key Eligibility Criteria• Contribution to both the ConnectedCommunities Programme and the DigitalTransformations in the Arts and HumanitiesTheme• Collaboration outside of the HEI sector• Engagement with Community groups ororganisations• Inter-disciplinary
Equipment Costs• Individual items in excess of £10,000 can beincluded• For items between £10,000 and the OJEUthreshold (£135,668 inclusive of VAT) theResearch Council contribution will be 80% forfirst £10,000 then 50% for any amount above£10,000• Justification made with the ‘Justification ofResources’ section
Continued….• Items above the OJEU threshold potentiallyfunded at 100%• A business case is required for items overthreshold• 3 equipment quotations must be includedfor items over threshold• Optional quotes for equipment between£25,000 and threshold
International collaboration• International Co-Investigators can be costed into project at 100%• Total direct costs for International co-investigators is no more than 30% of the FeCof the proposal• Must be from eligible institution• Must be of Post doctoral standing
Inclusion of CommunityPartners and Costs• Community groups and organisations may beincluded as project partners or collaborators.• Funding for communities to undertake specificadditional activities as an integral part of the projectmay be requested where appropriate.• Guidance on this for applicants the ConnectedCommunities programme on AHRC’s website may behelpful. http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funding-Opportunities/Research-funding/Connected-Communities/Documents/CC-community-partner-costs.pdf
Application and AssessmentTimetable• Applications through Je-S System• Deadline 4pm on 27thJune 2013• Applications will go to an Assessment panel in July2013• Outcomes to be sent in August or early September2013
Continued…• All Awards are expected to start on 1 October 2013• All projects must finish by 31 March 2015
Successful Awards• All awards to produce a Final report suitablefor publication• Participate in activities planned by AHRC orthe Leadership Fellows• Provide AHRC with information on how toaccess assets and resources• Follow-up surveys
Please contact us with any queries prior to submission:Laura Bones, Programmes Co-ordinator – firstname.lastname@example.orgWendy Matcham, Portfolio Manager -email@example.comDr Pamela Mason, Strategy and Development Manager –firstname.lastname@example.orgQuestions?