You should ensure you are aware of and comply with any internal institutional deadlines that may be in place.
Applying using Je-S
You must apply using the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system.
We recommend you start your application early. You can save completed details in Je-S at any time and return to continue your application later.
When applying select ‘new document’ then:
- council: AHRC
- document type: standard proposal
- scheme: development grants (AHS203)
- call/type/mode: indigenous research methods: 9 August 2022.
Once you have completed your application, make sure you ‘submit document’.
You can find advice on completing your application in the Je-S handbook.
Your host organisation will also be able to provide advice and guidance on completing your application.
AHRC must receive your application by 9 August 2022 at 16:00.
Late submissions will not be considered and you will not be able to apply after this time. Please leave enough time for your proposal to pass through your organisation’s Je-S submission route before this date.
Once the proposal form has been completed, you should upload all attachments required for the scheme (and if applicable, any attachments listed as optional for the scheme), and submit your proposal.
You must ensure that you have obtained the permission of any other person named on the proposal form (for example, any co-investigators or project partners) for:
- the provision of their personal information to UKRI
- the processing of their data by UKRI for the purpose of assessing the application and management of any funding awarded.
The following are a list of attachments that are permitted for this funding opportunity.
All attachment guidance mirrors that used for AHRC’s standard research grants scheme, as outlined in the AHRC research funding guide, with the exception of:
- opportunity-specific requirements within the case for support and an associated extra page allowance for this attachment
- the optional addition of a work plan.
Case for support
The case for support is a compulsory attachment and should be a maximum of eight sides of A4.
It is important that this includes the information described below and that you format the attachment as requested. If you choose to include footnotes or a bibliography (you are not required to do so) these must be included within the page limit.
While you should aim to make the case for support as concise, specific and clear as possible, the work to be undertaken should be fully explained. Failure to provide adequate detail on any aspects may seriously prejudice your application.
In short, you are advised to focus your application and to provide sufficient evidence to enable peer reviewers and panellists to reach a considered judgement as to the proposal’s:
- value for money.
For this funding opportunity, equitable and ethical partnership between indigenous and non-indigenous researchers and communities should be evidenced and embodied throughout your application.
However, the case for support in particular will be utilised by peer reviews and panellists to also assess and moderate the nature of the engagement and collaboration proposed.
You should describe your proposed project or programme of research using the required headings below.
Research questions or problems
You should describe clearly the research questions, issues or problems that you intend to address. What are the issues that you will be exploring in the course of your research?
You should describe the research context for your project or programme of work:
- why is it important that these questions or issues are explored?
- what other research is being or has been conducted in this area?
- what contribution will your project make to improving, enhancing, or developing creativity, insights, knowledge or understanding in your chosen area of study?
- to whom will the outcomes of your research be of particular interest?
You should address the following questions:
- what research methods will you be using to address the questions or issues that you have set yourself, or solve the problems you have identified, or to explore the matters you intend to investigate?
- why have you chosen these methods?
- why are they the best way to answer the research questions or problems you have identified?
- what will be your role?
- if there are other people involved, what will their roles be and why are they the appropriate people to be involved?
In describing your research methods it is not sufficient to state, for example, that you intend to visit a particular archive, or an exhibition abroad. You must provide adequate details of sources to be consulted, and you should state briefly:
- what kinds of material you will be consulting
- why they are relevant to your programme of research
- how you will interrogate them.
Depending on the approach you are using throughout your research, you may also need to explain clearly the creative and performative aspects of the work, explain how you will develop a new process, product or tool, or provide details of who you have consulted or will be involved in the process of research.
Under the research methods heading you should also outline how any copyright or intellectual property issues relating to the project and the production of any outputs will be addressed.
We would also expect you to outline within this heading how your partnership with indigenous communities has been developed, how it is equitable and how you have embedded principles of co-design within the project.
You should address the following questions:
- how will the project be managed?
- what will be the roles of the members of staff involved (including you and, if applicable, any co-investigators or research assistants)?
- what is the timetable for the project?
- does it include appropriate milestones and is it realistic?
- when will the outputs of the project be completed?
- how will you ensure that they meet the needs of your audience?
- can the costs be justified?
- how will you ensure good value for money?
The project management section should also include the management of the digital and data management aspects of the projects, if applicable. It should be coordinated with the information in the data management plan.
It should be clear what the milestones for the completion of this element and the work should be incorporated into the timetable for the whole project.
The project management of the data management aspects of the project should include an assessment of risk in relation to the complexity and delivery of the project.
If a postdoctoral researcher is to be employed, you should state clearly the nature of the work they will be undertaking, and describe clearly the working relationships that are envisaged between all the members of the research team.
You should describe fully the arrangements for supervising and managing the research assistant, including their professional development.
If the researcher is unknown you should state the skills and qualifications sought, as well as outline the professional development opportunities this project will offer them, and how you will adapt these development opportunities to their individual needs.
Similarly, if the project involves a visit to or a secondment from a member of staff from another organisation, you must state clearly what work they will pursue and describe the working relationships envisaged with other members of the team.
In terms of supporting the research staff funded on the project, you should clearly outline the development opportunities which the project will make available.
These should include opportunities both in relation to research expertise, and wider opportunities to acquire transferable skills, for example, in connection with proposed impact activities.
UKRI is one of the signatories of the concordat to support the career development of researchers.
Read AHRC’s statement of commitment to the concordat.
Outputs, dissemination, and impact
The outputs, dissemination and impact section is your opportunity to describe in more detail how the potential impacts of the research will be realised.
Information under this heading should build on details given in the summary and academic beneficiaries sections of the Je-S form whilst also elaborating further on other areas of the case for support.
You should address two main questions:
- who might benefit from the research?
- how might they benefit?
Taking into account what is reasonable and appropriate given the nature of the research you propose to conduct, please provide examples of how the proposed research will be managed to:
- engage any users and beneficiaries that have been identified
- to identify potential users and beneficiaries as the research progresses
- to increase the likelihood of achieving impacts.
In presenting your plans, you should tailor and target your dissemination activities to ensure that they are relevant to the specific user and beneficiary groups likely to be interested in your research. They should also be appropriate for supporting the potential research impacts outlined.
You should consider (and address if appropriate) methods for communications and engagement, collaboration and development. You should also detail who will be undertaking any dissemination activities and include any resource implications in the financial summary and in the separate justification of resources attachment.
Please also explain further how the research will benefit other researchers in the field and, where relevant, academic beneficiaries in other disciplines.
Opportunity-specific statement of eligibility
Use this heading to outline why the form of indigenous and non-indigenous collaboration, partnerships proposed, and in particular the co-investigators included in the application, are appropriate and justified for the specific contexts of which you are working in. This includes the regions of focus, subject matter, and disciplines or expertise required.
You should evidence how the collaboration and partnership between indigenous and non-indigenous researchers and communities is equitable, ethical, responsible and meaningful.
The CV is a compulsory attachment and should be a maximum of two sides of A4.
A summary CV should be attached as separate documents for each principal investigator, any co-investigators and named postdoctoral researchers.
CVs should include basic information about education, employment history, and academic responsibilities.
The publication list is a compulsory attachment and should be a maximum of one side of A4.
Summary lists of publications and research outputs should be attached as separate documents for each principal investigator, any co-investigators or named postdoctoral researchers.
These should cover major publications and outputs in the last five years. Brief articles and conference papers should not be included.
You should asterisk those of particular relevance to your current research proposal.
Justification of resources
The justification of resources is a compulsory attachment and should be a maximum of two sides of A4.
This statement should be used to justify the resources required to undertake the research project.
- explain why the indicated resources are needed, taking account of the nature and complexity of the research proposed. 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 and, where appropriate, exceptions
- where costs incurred by international co-investigators are sought, a breakdown of these costs should be fully justified under a subheading of ‘international co-investigator exceptions’
- in some cases, such as investigator time, use of internal facilities and shared staff costs (all likely to be directly allocated costs), the basis of the costing need not be justified, but the need for the resources does need justification
- try to be explicit about the need for the level of investigator time sought, bearing in mind the complexity of the research, the need to manage the project and supervise staff and any wider considerations such as collaboration, research communication or facilities usage
- not justify estates and indirect costs
- include a clear and detailed justification for both why items expected to be found in a department (if sought) are required for the project and why they cannot be provided from the research organisation’s own resources (including funding from Indirect costs).
In drafting the justification of resources, you should ensure you identify which headings in the summary of resources the costs relate to, in order to make cross-referencing more transparent.
Project partner letter of support
The project partner letter of support is a compulsory attachment and should be a maximum of two sides of A4.
A project partner letter of support must be included for all organisations named as a ‘project partner’ on the application.
The letter should be written when the proposal is being prepared and should be targeted specifically to the project. It must therefore be dated within six months before submission (or resubmission) of the proposal.
Read the AHRC research funding guide for further information, including what should be addressed within the letter.
Data management plan
The data management plan is a compulsory attachment and should be a maximum of two sides of A4.
The data management plan should outline the project’s approach to managing data. Read the AHRC research funding guide for further information, including what should be addressed within the document.
The work plan is an optional attachment and should be a maximum of one side of A4.
The work plan should outline your timetable and schedule for the project. For example, a Gantt chart could be included that details important tasks and milestones and indicates the staff member responsible for each component.
The visual evidence is an optional attachment and should be a maximum of two sides of A4 non-textual, visual evidence in support of the proposal, to illustrate the proposed aims and objectives and/or research methods.
It is not permitted to include this material to supplement or replace your CV or publications list or to illustrate previous work in any way nor should it be used to circumvent the page limit for the case for support.
International co-investigator head of department statement
The international co-investigator head of department statement should be a maximum of one side of A4.
If your proposal includes an international co-investigator, their institution must submit a head of department statement. This statement must include the following information:
- what the international co-investigator is bringing to the project and why they are best placed to conduct the research
- how they will deliver the project’s objectives
- how their institution will support them during the lifetime of the project
- the letter should be dated and should be written when the proposal is being prepared. The letter should be targeted specifically to this project.
It is strongly advised that you use the recommended naming conventions for all attachments as this will make it easier for peer reviewers, panel members and staff to identify documents.
Read the AHRC research funding guide for the recommended standard.