You can submit an application through the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system from 28 September 2022 until the deadline of 13 December 2022.
Please make sure you leave sufficient time to create a Je-S account if you do not already have one.
Please ensure that you gain any required approval from your organisation and ensure you submit before the deadline on 13 December 2022 at 4:00pm UK time.
How to apply using Je-S
You should submit your proposal using our Je-S system.
To prepare a proposal form in Je-S you should:
- Log-in to your account and choose ‘Documents’ from the menu.
- Select ‘New Document’.
- Select ‘AHRC’ as the council.
- Select ‘Standard Proposal’ as the document type.
- Select ‘Development grants’ as the scheme.
- Select ‘NHS 75 Public Engagement Call 13 Dec 2022’ as the Call/Type/Mode.
- Select ‘Create Document’. 8. Je-S will then create a proposal form, displaying the relevant section headings. Using the blue question marks and the ‘Help’ link at the top of each section will provide guidance relevant to that section of the form.
All investigators named on the Je-S application form, must have a Je-S account. Where a named investigator does not already have a Je-S account, one can be easily set up, but please note that the process can take a number of days. It is therefore strongly recommended that the process is started well before the application deadline.
Je-S accounts can be created on the Je-S site. During account set-up, an account type of ‘An Applicant on a Standard/Outline Proposal’ must be selected.
If you require assistance with the process, please contact the Je-S Helpdesk at email@example.com or +44 (0)1793 44 4164
The following are a list of attachments that are permitted for this opportunity. Unless otherwise stated, please see section four of the AHRC research funding guide for further information about these attachments.
Case for support
This is compulsory. It should not more than seven sides of A4.
You should structure your case for support using the following headings:
- project title
- topic eligibility
- project summary
- public audience or audiences
- partner organisation or organisations
- programme of public engagement activity
- outcomes and impact
- monitoring and evaluation.
Please state your project title at the top of your case for support.
Topic eligibility (maximum 100 words)
Select and state the primary focus of your current research activity from within the list of AHRC disciplines. If your project is interdisciplinary, please select further areas of research from the following council disciplines:
Outline your project, briefly summarising:
- your research and proposed public engagement activity
- how your project will examine the future of healthcare and social care (please note that projects may be based on existing or new research)
- the objectives and intended outcomes of your project
- the public audience or audiences and project partner or partners you intend to work with (please note, you will have further opportunity to discuss these in the next two sections).
You must demonstrate:
- public engagement activity and research that demonstrates strong relevance to the theme
- ambitious, creative and innovative projects that aim to inspire and engage the public
- clear objectives and positive outcomes.
Public audience or audiences
Tell us about your public audience or audiences:
- explain the rationale behind how and why you have identified this public audience or professional group and why you want to engage with them
- explain how the project is relevant to this audience group’s needs and interests, telling us how it will benefit and engage them.
You must demonstrate:
- a clearly identified, well defined and relevant audience group
- demonstration of relevance and benefit of project activity to public audience
- project activity that actively engages the public or professional audience in research and the research process.
Project partner or partners
Tell us about any project partner or partners. Describe:
- how you identified your project partners
- how the project partners are relevant to your project
- how you intend to ensure this partnership is equitable.
You must demonstrate:
- clearly identified partners, appropriate to the project
- potential for excellent and equitable partnership working that is collaborative.
Programme of public engagement activity
Describe your public engagement activity and methods and explain how you plan to make your research, activity and methods engaging, accessible and relevant to your public audience or professional audiences.
Please provide estimated dates for each activity. Your project must take place between June 2023 and March 2024.
You must demonstrate:
- public engagement methods and activities that are:
- collaborative and actively engage a public audience or audiences in the research, the research process or both
- inspiring, creative or innovative
- appropriate and relevant to the needs and interests of the public audience or audiences
- well-planned, achievable within the proposed timeframe and represent good value for money
- adaptable to potential changing COVID-19-related restrictions
- an understanding of potential barriers to access for public audiences and a plan of how to remove barriers.
Outcomes and impact
Describe how your project will make a change to the public audience or audiences and partner or partners it engages with.
You must demonstrate:
- clear positive outcomes
- potential for meaningful and positive long-term impact
- potential for project learnings to be shared with the public, researchers, professionals (including those working in healthcare or social care), policymakers or partners
- potential for scoping of future areas of research, partnership opportunities, public engagement, or more than one of these.
Monitoring and evaluation
Tell us how you will monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of your project.
You must demonstrate:
- appropriate evaluation methods for the project activity that capture the impact of the activity on the public audience or audiences, the partner organisation or organisations, and the research team
- achievable and measurable outcomes
- potential to share findings with the public audience or audiences, people working in social care or healthcare, the partner organisation or organisations, and the research team.
Ethics and safeguarding plan
It should be no more than two sides of A4. You must demonstrate:
- plans to ensure health, safety and wellbeing of public audiences is effectively planned for and well-managed
- appropriate safeguarding, consent and ethical processes are put in place, which align with university and partner regulations
- risk assessment.
Please upload your ethics and safeguarding plan to Je-S via the attachment type ‘Other Attachment’.
You will be expected to provide proof of an up-to-date Disclosure and Barring Service certificate if you are planning to work with children or young or vulnerable people, and your application is successful.
Data management plan
It should be no more than two sides of A4. The data management plan should outline the project’s approach to managing data. See our funding guide for writing the data management plan.
Justification of resources
It should be up to two sides of A4. This should be a description of the need for the resources requested. Please ensure you justify all of the resources you request. See our research funding guide for writing the justification of resources document.
- explain why the indicated resources are needed (note that it is not sufficient merely to list what is required)
- have regard for the breakdown of resources into the summary fund headings:
- directly incurred
- directly allocated
- (where appropriate) exceptions.
AHRC will fund this award at 100% full economic cost. For the award to be paid at 100% full economic cost, you must:
- put all costs in ‘other directly incurred’
- tick the ‘exceptions’ tick box in that section.
This will include staff costs. In the staff section, fill in all the relevant staff details and put a 0 for the cost, making sure to instead include the actual cost under ‘ODI exceptions’.
As the full costs of the proposed activities will be covered, estates and indirect costs are ineligible under this opportunity.
Summary curriculum vitae (CV) should be attached as separate documents for each principal investigator and any co-investigators. These should be no more than two sides of A4.
CVs should include basic information about:
- employment history
- academic responsibilities.
Summary lists of publications
Summary lists of publications or research outputs should be attached as separate documents for each principal investigator and any co-investigators. These should cover major publications or outputs in the last five years and should be no more than one side of A4 paper.
Project partner letter or letters of support for all named project partners
Each project partner must provide a project partner letter of support, of no more than two sides of A4 or equivalent on headed paper by email in exceptional circumstances. The letter should be written when the proposal is being prepared and should be targeted specifically to the project, it must therefore be dated before submission of the proposal.
The letter of support is intended to provide reassurance to AHRC and to its reviewers that the appropriate authorisation has been given to the proposed contribution or commitment from the project partner.
To provide assurance that the project partner has authorised the proposed contribution or commitment the letter or email should be signed by the named contact, stating the capacity in which they are providing the sign off.
A well written project partner letter of support will confirm the organisation’s commitment to the proposed project by articulating:
- the benefits of the collaboration
- its relevance
- potential impact.
The project partner letter should also identify:
- the value, relevance and possible benefits of the proposed work to the partner
- the period of support
- the full nature of the collaboration or support
- how the partner will provide added value.
Where relevant to the project, details should be provided of the projected market size, customers and sales and how the organisation will commercialise the technology beyond the project. Project partner contributions, whether in cash or in kind, should be explained in detail in the project partner letter of support.
You should attach all documents as PDFs to avoid errors. They should be completed in single-spaced Arial 11 font or similar-sized sans serif typeface.
For further details and help in applying, please read the research funding guide.
Your host organisation will be able to provide advice and guidance on completing your application.
After completing the application
You must click ‘Submit document’, which will send your application to your host organisation’s administration.
Your host organisation’s administration is required to complete the submission process.
Applicants should allow sufficient time for your organisation’s submission process between submitting your proposal to them and the funding opportunity closing date.
AHRC must receive your application by 4:00pm UK time on 13 December 2022.
Successful applicants will be notified in April 2023.