Capital Funding Call for Digital Transformations in Community research Co-Production in the Arts and Humanities

As part of the cross-Council Connected Communities Programme, the AHRC is inviting applications for Digital Community Research Co-Production Projects. The AHRC has a total of £4m capital funding available under this call.

This call seeks to explore new research opportunities at the interface and intersections between the Connected Communities Programme, AHRC’s Digital Transformations in the Arts and Humanities Theme, the Cross-Council Digital Economy Programme and other AHRC activities relating to the Creative Economy. Building on the creative capacities of communities and their immense interest in exploring their cultures and heritage, the call aims to harness the transformative power of digital technologies to stimulate innovative engagements and research co-production between communities and researchers.

The call is designed to be open to a wide range of applications for high quality co-produced research projects that use, re-use, remix, link, represent, visualize, map, reconfigure, re-purpose, enhance and/or co-create open data and which involve a wide variety of forms of data and content. A key focus of, and output from, the projects funded under this call must be some form of new, or significantly enhanced, research-based asset of enduring value for communities and for future research. These assets may take a variety of forms, such as open datasets, integrated search facilities, mash-ups, visualizations and mappings, enhanced gateways and portals, galleries, tools, hardware, interfaces, software, material artefacts, or other forms of innovative cultural and creative resource or asset. We hope that the outputs from projects will demonstrate the ways in which the more widespread availability of data and digital technologies, and the associated potential for juxtaposing, linking and representing data, combined with distinctive insights and approaches from the arts and humanities, can allow for, and inspire, novel ways of engaging communities in the investigation of new research questions.

Applications are invited for between £50,000 and £600,000 on a full economic cost basis and the AHRC will fund 80% of the full economic costs (with the exception that equipment costs may be included under this call). The closing date for the submission of applications through Je-S is Thursday 27th June 2013.

Please Note: This is the first of two capital funding calls from the AHRC planned for 2013. This call is distinctive from the second call later this year in its focus on community engagement as a part of the Connected Communities Programme. Applicants interested in capital funding projects relating to digital transformations and open data where community engagement is not a central component are advised to consider applying under the later Digital Transformations Theme call.

Town meetings

We are currently planning three town meetings across the country to launch the call for Digital Community Research Co-production projects in the Arts and Humanities. This call relates to both the Connected Communities Programme and the Digital Transformations in the Arts and Humanities Theme. The Town Meetings will be held on the following dates:

Edinburgh – Thursday 23rd May 2013, 1.30pm - 5pm, at The Apex Hotel

Birmingham – Thursday 30th May 2013, 1.30pm - 5pm, at Mac Arts

London - Monday 3rd June 1013, 10am - 1.30pm, at Avonmouth House

Please note that delegate slots will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. If you are interested in attending one of these town meetings please contact us on ahrccreativeandperformingarts@ahrc.ac.uk and put 'Connected Communities: Digital Community Research' in the subject field.