Community Research Networks Expression of Interest Competition

Closing Date: 14/09/2022

UK non-profit organisations and public bodies working in collaboration can apply for funding to support proposals to form a Community Research Network in their area.

This programme is provided by Innovate UK (IUK), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has confirmed it will invest £4.4 million over the next four years in the creation of a series of Community Research Networks across the UK. This will form part of its goal to deliver economic, social, and cultural benefits from research and innovation to all UK citizens.

The funding is intended to help local areas by investing in organisations which can support the sustainable and equitable involvement of communities in research.

According to UKRI, community organisations, charities and local authorities, alongside research organisations play a crucial role in the production, interpretation and use of research. This investment is expected to give these organisations the capacity to collaborate effectively, unlocking the potential of community-centred research and research engagement approaches.

The aim of the Community Research Networks Expression of Interest (EoI) Competition is to support up to 20 initial collaborations with the potential to form a Community Research Network at the implementation phase.

Funding at this EoI phase will support initial collaborations in building relationships and to develop plans for the implementation phase. Only successful applicants at the EoI phase will be invited to apply for the implementation phase in April 2023.

Funding for this EoI phase must be used to support the collaborative development of applications for the implementation phase. This can include:

  • Building collaborations and partnerships.
  • Convening discussions.
  • Hosting workshops.
  • Engaging communities.
  • Collaborative bid writing.
  • Desk research.

Collaborations do not need to focus on a specific research theme or topic area. All types of research can be funded, and applicants are encouraged to think in broad terms about the role of communities in producing, shaping, influencing, engaging with and using research.

IUK expects that themes or focus areas will develop based on a combination of the existing interests and expertise of organisations in the collaboration and the needs and priorities of local communities.

Funding body Innovate UK (IUK)
Maximum value £25,000
Reference ID S24103
Category Economic and Social Research
Fund or call Fund