Please use the headings below for your Case for Support.

Aims and objectives

You should describe the aims and objectives of your proposal and explain the specific targets to be achieved at milestones as well as by the end of the award.

You should explain how your proposed activities demonstrate impact, innovation, creativity and engagement as this is the principal criterion for support. Proposals that fail to demonstrate this will not be considered for support, no matter how high the quality of the original research.

Context

You should describe the context for your proposed activities, clearly identifying the existing piece or body of research the proposed activities are based on and how the FoF proposal will strengthen the impact of that research.

You should provide evidence that the completed research is of direct relevance to the wider audience(s)/organisation(s) that you intend to work with. Ability to demonstrate that there is a well-defined need and that you have consulted and involved potential users and/or stakeholders in developing the proposal is an important requirement.

Where your proposal is for an emergent activity within the current lifespan of a grant, you should explain how this opportunity has arisen, why it wasn’t foreseeable at the application stage, the timeliness of the activity and how it will enhance the impact of the research.

Proposed activities

Please provide a clear and concise description of the activities to be undertaken. The proposed work should be fully explained, taking into account the scheme criteria. Justification should be provided for the chosen approach/methods. If you are seeking travel, subsistence or event costs then you should describe their purpose and why they are relevant to the programme of work. If you are proposing a feasibility study or shorter, higher risk activity you should identify specific risks and explain how they will be managed.

Timetable

Describe the timetable for the project, including appropriate milestones and dates for when outcomes/outputs of the project will be completed.

Project management

You should describe the respective roles and responsibilities that you, your host RO and the project partners or stakeholders will undertake and the process by which a shared understanding of this has been reached. How will the project be managed on a day to day basis and how will it be monitored to review progress and ensure delivery against the aims and objectives.

Collaboration

Where appropriate, detail the partner organisation(s) that you are working with, their role in the project and how you will work together to develop and deliver the outcomes. It is vital that the project responds to a well-defined non-academic need and that there has been a joint or consultative approach to its development. Where you are not working with a named project partner detail the methods used to consult with relevant stakeholders and user communities to formulate the project.

If you have an existing working relationship with the partner(s) briefly describe the nature of that relationship. How will this project enhance that relationship? If you are seeking to establish a working relationship with a new partner then please describe the steps you will take or have taken to make that happen.

The reviewers will want to know that you and your partner(s) have considered any relevant issues of ownership/intellectual property arising from the project.

Outcomes and impact

Describe how this project meets the FoF scheme aims and eligibility criteria especially in terms of delivering pathways to impact by developing creative and innovative engagements with new audiences and user communities. Who will benefit and how and why does it matter? How will you ensure that outcomes and outputs can be disseminated as widely as possible to maximise the value and reach of any impact generated? How do you intend to capture information about these anticipated benefits and how will you demonstrate success in meeting the specified aims and objectives?

You should also consider the longer-term sustainability of the proposed activities and the likely transformative effects of any outputs on the target audiences and user groups, or within an organisational or policy context. What do you envisage will happen after the end of the funding period?

Technical Summary

All proposals must complete this section.

If digital outputs or digital technologies are essential to the planned research outcomes of your proposal, then you should:

  1. use this section to provide a brief description of the project’s proposed digital outputs and/or digital technologies
  2. complete a Technical Plan and add this as an attachment to your proposal (for more information on see the Technical Plan section).