Connected Communities Showcase 2013

 

There is an invitation to submit Expressions of Interest to contribute to the Showcase and opportunity to apply for Supplementary Funding to support Project Contributions to the Showcase.

Closing date for EOIs 1600hrs Friday 4th January 2013

As part of the Connected Communities Programme’s wider engagement activities, we are planning a one-day showcase event in London in early March 2013 (date to be confirmed mid-December 2012 and details will be circulated as soon as possible) targeted at policy-makers, practitioners, community-focussed organisations, social enterprises, professional bodies, media and a wide range of other potentially interested stakeholders from the business, public, voluntary and community sectors. The event will seek to showcase the outcomes and impacts of Connected Communities projects (both completed and on-going) and to provide opportunities for networking and discussions about future research directions, knowledge exchange and potential collaborations.

The Showcase will also act as a launch event for new projects supported under a number of recent or current calls, including large grants under the ESRC/AHRC Community Engagement and Mobilisation call and from the Communities, Cultures, Health and Well-being workshop follow-up, as well as smaller projects (for example in follow-up to the 2012 summit and Environment and workshop and under the Research for Community Heritage call). Applications from these new projects are also encouraged (we will contact applicants informed of the outcomes of their grants after the closing date for EOIs of 4th January about arrangements for them to participate).

Range of Activities, and Funding

Applications from award holders may involve any combination of the following options:

Posters – costs of preparing a poster display for projects (within an overarching template supplied by AHRC), including the costs of transporting this to the venue and for up to two academic team members and up to two project partner representatives to attend the Showcase and discuss the poster with participants during the networking session. These posters must be specifically targeted at a non-academic audience. Total costs up to a maximum of £5,000 per project may be claimed.

Publications – costs of producing additional publication materials (leaflets, reports, guides etc) for the Showcase event. These must be specifically targeted at a non-academic audience. Template guidance for publications will be provided by AHRC. Expressions of Interests should include any costs of transporting the publications to the venue and for one academic team member and up to one project partner representative to attend the Showcase and discuss the publication with participants during the networking session. Total costs up to a maximum of £5,000 per project may be claimed.

Project Stands – costs of preparing a project stand with various visual materials, artefacts, and / or interactive / participatory activities with the aims of communicating Connected Communities research to a wide audience in an engaging and accessible way. Total costs up to a maximum of £10,000 per stand may be requested. However, as we are looking for inputs to be of a high presentational quality and / or highly interactive / creative, exceptionally proposals may request up to £15,000 where this is necessary for example to produce a highly interactive or creative stand. The funds requested should include the costs of transporting materials for the stand to the venue, hiring any equipment (e.g. if using laptops or screens) and for up to two academic team members and upto two project partner representatives to attend the Showcase and staff the stand during the networking sessions.

Break-out Sessions – total costs, normally up to a maximum of £15,000 per breakout-session, may be requested. However, as we are looking for inputs to be of a high presentational quality and / or to be highly interactive, exceptionally proposals may request up to £25,000 where this is necessary for example to produce a high quality film or to engage high quality creative / performance inputs. In such cases, we would normally expect there to be proposals to use the inputs prepared in other ways in addition to the Showcase itself.

Other activities such as performances, exhibitions etc – We are keen that the event has a strong arts and humanities feel to it and are open to ideas for other activities such as performances or exhibitions or other activities that might be incorporated into the showcase event or directly linked with it.

Re-use of Existing Materials

It is not a requirement to propose to produce new materials for the showcase and it is recognised that in some cases projects may already have materials which might be suitable for use at the Showcase. It is also not a requirement for Expressions of Interests to include a request for supplementary funding (e.g. where costs can be met from within an existing grant). Where existing materials are to be used, it is also possible to submit more modest funding applications (e.g. to transport and display existing materials, produce additional copies of materials and for project team members to attend the Showcase).

Supplementary Knowledge Exchange and / or Dissemination Activities using Showcase Materials

We wish to encourage projects to consider the potential to use any materials prepared for the Showcase more widely. This might include, for example, community, local or regional events or exhibitions, other conferences targeted at non-academic audiences or through the use of partner organisation networks. The potential use of websites, social networks and digital media more generally is also strongly encouraged. Funding of up to £10,000 may be requested for such activities which must have taken place by the end of the 2013 calendar year (although the legacy of these, e.g. in terms of on-line presence, may of course continue for longer).

Further information

Myriam Volk

Programmes Co-ordinator (Languages & Literature)

Arts & Humanities Research Council

Polaris House, North Star Avenue

Swindon SN2 1FL

T: 01793 416076;  M.Volk@ahrc.ac.uk;