Rising from the Depths Programme Opens Final Call

The Rising from the Depths network aims to identify and utilise the Marine Cultural Heritage (MCH) of Eastern Africa to create tangible benefits in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar. The network will fund a range of Innovation Research Projects in the region. These are network funded, co-created research projects that aim to identify new opportunities and methods for using and protecting MCH.

This programme is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

The third and final call of the programme will fund challenge-led, coordinated and multi-disciplinary engagement with Eastern Africa’s rich MCH. The programme envisages commissioning a diverse programme of MCH orientated research projects across Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar and Mozambique. They will consider any project that is relevant to, or deals with MCH in one of these countries, as long as they are collaborative, co-produced and challenge led, producing a clear benefit (economic, social or cultural) for those living in coastal regions in Eastern Africa. Projects must be rooted in the Arts and Humanities.

The project team will be composed of a Principal Investigator (responsible for the leadership of the project) and up to three Co-Investigators. These investigators should include at least one researcher from Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Mozambique and at least one from the UK.

Applications including/led by early career researchers are strongly encouraged. AHRC also encourage teams to work across local communities, with NGOs, third sector partners or with marine industry stakeholders. Project teams must be interdisciplinary, and we encourage groups to consider equality, diversity and inclusion when forming the group.

The network has an £800,000 budget to fund projects over all of their funding calls.

Projects are divided into:

Small (£1,000-£5,000).

Medium (£5,000-£10,000).

£100,000 of this budget is ring-fenced for the development of innovative, multidisciplinary arts and creative industry approaches to MCH under the title, People, Time and the Sea.

Awards can be for up to nine months in duration and must be completed by the end of September 2020.

Applications must be submitted by the 11 October 2019 deadline.

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