AHRC Launches Call to Engage the Public with Research about the BBC

Funding available to engage the public in the context of the centenary of the BBC in 2022.

To mark the centenary of the BBC in 2022, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), in partnership with the BBC and the NSMM in Bradford, is supporting public engagement activity relating to research around the occasion.

Public engagement grants of are available to support arts and humanities researchers to deliver innovative and creative projects that actively engage the public in research related to the BBC centenary and the research process.

Activities and outputs could include:

  • Pop-up radio station or podcasts
  • Social media campaign using Instagram or Facebook live
  • Short seasons of thematic or place-based podcasts
  • Thematic e-books
  • Online or face-to-face memory bank, or oral history interviews
  • Interviews, focus groups, surveys and consultation
  • Design sprint activities
  • Place-based participatory activity that relates to the BBC and broadcast media
  • Film screenings with question and answer discussions or introductions
  • Displays and exhibitions (virtual, physical or both)
  • Creation of media outputs (vlogs, podcasts, radio and tv programming, films, apps or zines)
  • Theatre, music, visual art and craft, or creative writing and poetry
  • Schools’ sessions, workshops and educational packs that make relevant and creative use of the national curriculum, covering one or multiple subjects
  • Activity that can be linked to the 2022 Being Human Festival and other place-based festivals.

Projects can be delivered at any time between 9 May and 30 November 2022, linking into the timeframe of a major exhibition in the NSMM in Bradford.

Eligible applicants must be a UK-based researcher at doctoral level or higher, and have a primary research focus in arts and humanities.

As part of this scheme, AHRC are helping applicants to match up with the BBC or NSMM (or both), should they wish to work with them on the project.

The full economic cost of projects can be up to £20,000. AHRC will fund 100% of the full economic cost.

There are two parts to this funding opportunity:

  1. Optional application for applicants who wish to express an interest in working with the BBC, NSMM or both. Deadline: 12 November 2021 (4pm UK time).
  2. Application to AHRC: main application process, for all applicants. Applications should be submitted through the online Je-S system from 30 November 2021 with a closing date for submissions of 1 February 2022 (4pm UK time).

(This report was the subject of a RESEARCHconnect Newsflash.)