Enhancing Place-Based Partnerships in Public Engagement

Supporting capacity building in collaborative, place-based public engagement between research organisations, partner organisations and communities.

A new £500,000 funding opportunity will support research organisations UK-wide to pilot place-based public engagement partnerships and activities.

Projects and partnerships will be driven by a geographically defined community's need that can be approached by engagement with research and innovation and therefore shape and generate new learning.

Through this call UKRI aims to support engagement that works with community partner(s) / organisation(s) from the 40% most socioeconomically deprived areas of the UK, defined as those areas listed in the bottom two quintiles of the Indices of Multiple Deprivation for the respective part of the UK EnglandNorthern IrelandScotlandWales.

Funding Objectives

  • Initiate or enhance partnerships between research and community partner(s) / organisation(s) in areas of the UK experiencing significant disadvantage, where there is an opportunity to engage with research and innovation;
  • Align with the objectives of other place-based funding and policy work in recognising the role of 'place' in research and innovation;
  • Demonstrate collaborative engagement with research and innovation through research organisations, communities and partner organisations, investing in new or tried-and-tested co-production methodologies;
  • Learn from these approaches and utilise that learning to build collaborative capacity that supports productive interactions between research organisations and communities.

Bids and Deadline

Funding is available to all UK research organisations who are eligible to receive funding from UKRI. It's expected that at least 15 awards will be granted and bids should request between £10,000 and up to a maximum of £40,000 pathfinder funding from UKRI to support proposed activities. Bids will need to match fund a third of the total project cost. 

For application information including bid templates and FAQ visit the UKRI Website.
The deadline for submitting a full bid is 17:00 on Monday 21 October 2019.

Make an application

Resources and Support

The NCCPE worked with UKRI to host a webinar on the 12th September 2019 to provide information on the funding call. This also included an opportunity to put questions to the UKRI team. A recording of the webinara Q&A, and the slides used at the event are now available. Please note, attendance at the webinar was not a pre-requisite for submitting a bid. 

Webinar Q&A
Webinar Slides

A stakeholder event was also held on the 26 September 2019 and the slides from this event are available.

Stakeholder Slides

The NCCPE has also produced a report which shares the finding of a rapid review we conducted earlier this year into how university research, innovation and engagement might be better aligned to the needs of areas of the UK experiencing disadvantage. 
This provides useful background and context for the call: 'Achieving equity in place-based research, innovation and public engagement'

We will be working with the UKRI to provide support to both successful and unsuccessful (but deemed fundable) projects.