NCCPE are working with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to provide support for 25 funded projects that enable members of the public to actively contribute to research and innovation projects that affect their lives.
Through the EPPE programme, UKRI have allocated £1.4m of funding to the projects; they are all driven by a geographically defined community’s need, which can be addressed by research and innovation in order to shape and generate new learning.
The projects cover a diverse range of topics from plastic pollution to period poverty, and net zero carbon emissions to air quality. Each of them are actively encouraging people who would not usually get involved in research to take part in ground-breaking discovery and innovation.
NCCPE are the project coordinators for the EPPE programme, which includes establishing monitoring and evaluation structures, sharing learning, and creating sector relevant online resources for others wanting to develop their approach to place-based engagement. We are collating insights from the programme for UKRI in order to develop their strategy to improve participation in research and innovation from under-represented groups.
We held two coordination meetings for the funded groups, in February and April, as well as a celebration event in June (stc).
NCCPE are also providing support for a further 40 projects across the UK who applied for the EPPE programme but weren’t allocated funding this time around. We will be working with them to develop their skills in community engagement practice through training, networking, consultancy, peer to peer support and mentoring.