AHRC Launch Call to Engage Young People with Climate Research

Funding available to engage young people aged 14 to 18 with climate-related research and the research process.

To mark the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) international summit, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) are looking for innovative proposals for public engagement activity. Activity that will engage young people, aged 14 to 18 years old, in climate-related research and the research process.

The summit will take place in Glasgow from 1 to 12 November 2021.

Applications are particularly welcome that propose collaborating with or engaging young people from hard-to-reach communities.

Applicants are encouraged to think widely about how they might engage with the theme of ‘Mobilising young people to climate action’.

Example types of activities:

  • Interviews, focus groups, surveys and consultation with young people or co-designed by young people
  • Oral history activities
  • Design sprint activities
  • Place-based participatory activity that relates to the environment
  • Film screenings with Q&A discussions or introductions
  • Displays and exhibitions (virtual or physical)
  • Creation of media outputs
  • Theatre, music, visual art and craft, or creative writing and poetry that tells the story of climate change and is rooted in place and based on the ideas of young people
  • Schools sessions, workshops and educational packs that make relevant and creative use of the national curriculum covering one or multiple subjects.

Applicants must be a researcher at doctoral level or higher based at a UK research organisation from an arts and humanities discipline, or a related interdisciplinary background.

Applications are welcome which engage in interdisciplinary research and collaborate outside of arts and humanities, however, the primary focus must fall within an arts and humanities remit.

The total fund amount is £60,000 and £10,000 is available per project.

Projects must take place between September and December 2021.

The deadline for applications is 16 June 2021 (4pm UK time).