AHRC/ESRC Launch Call for Engaging the Public with Census 2021

It is anticipated that the next census, due to be run on 22 March 2021 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, may be the final traditionally organised census in the UK.

To mark this event, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are looking for innovative and ambitious proposals for public engagement activity that will capture the public’s imagination in the census.

AHRC/ESRC are looking for projects that:

Demonstrate relevance to the census

Demonstrate excellent two-way public engagement and equitable partnerships with audience groups and/or collaborative partners, by making research relevant and beneficial to a non-specialist audience, and by responding to the needs and interests of this group

Prioritise access to participation, diversity and inclusion, and target a specific audience group – AHRC/ESRC welcome proposals that involve people from under-represented audience groups and communities

Demonstrate potential for community or cultural collaboration, consultation and/or co-production methods that are equitable, while using partners that are relevant and/or appropriate to the project

Public engagement activity should take place between mid-February to April 2021, and ideally centre around March 2021 when the censuses for England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be taken.

Eligible applicants must be a UK-based researcher at doctoral level or higher placed at a UK research organisation that is eligible to receive funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Research must focus on arts and humanities, or economic and social sciences.

The total fund amount is £100,000. Applicants can apply for grants of up to £10,000.

100% of the full economic cost of applicants’ activity will be funded.

Applications must be made online by the deadline of 15 December 2020 (4pm UK time).

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