25k call for research projects on Future Makespaces & Local Connections event

We have 25k to fund a feasibility study about makespaces, redistributed manufacture and local connections. (deadline 2nd September)

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ABOUT THE RESEARCH CALL

We have 25k to fund a feasibility study about makespaces, redistributed manufacture and local connections.

Our EPSRC criteria requires a RCUK eligible organization to be involved, and we would prefer partnerships with makespaces or manufacturers. We are keen to receive proposals that have a hypothesis or idea and use the study test it out with makespaces and/or manufacturers.

Study proposals may involve action research activities that lead to the identification and deeper understanding of how makespaces can help their local area with respect to manufacturing and manufacturing business development. Successfully responding to economic (business generation), social (employment, training and skills), environmental (local manufacturing, supply and waste management), and technological changes.

APPLICATION FORMS

Heres a list of links to forms related to this call :

word doc application form
pdf application form
excel budget template
Missing something? – Let us know by emailing futuremakespaces@rca.ac.uk

MORE DETAILS AND CRITERIA

25k call for research projects at the Local Connections Level

Proposal Brief & Guidelines

Research activities at level 2 (local connections) may involve research activities that lead to the identification of how makespaces can help their local area with respect to manufacturing and manufacturing business development, and to successfully respond to economic (business generation), social (employment, training and skills), environmental (local manufacturing, supply and waste management), and technological changes.

Research being a “process of investigation leading to new insights effectively shared” (Research Excellence Framework), which can be viewed as taking two approaches 1) identifying and responding to things we don’t know in order to find them out 2) testing things we suspect in order to prove them one way or another.


Proposals

Your proposal should address one or more of the challenge areas at Level 2 (local connections). We will produce a document outlining our learnings from the symposium that will be linked *here* after the event, and recommend you attend the symposium to inform and shape your proposal.

Our core challenges are :

Technological – Manufacturing tools and technologies (with a focus on small-scale and flexible manufacturing equipment) // Manufacturing processes // Materials (utility and sustainability)

Social – The changing dynamics of work and communities (people and cultures within and using makespaces)

Economic – Business models // membership and access models (with reference to RdM)

Organisational – Management and distribution (materials, information, skills, services, products)

Educational – Training, skills and cultures.

Sustainability – How can this be an opportunity to move towards a Circular Economy? and what are the main challenges?


Eligibility

Guidelines on eligibility can be found here. Eligible organisations include all UK Higher Education Institutions that receive grant funding from one of the UK higher education funding bodies, along with research institutes for which the Research Councils have established a long-term involvement as a major funder. Other independent research organisations (IROs) may also be eligible and a list of such organisations is available here.


Costing

Costing for feasibility studies should be up to £25k at 100% full economic costing. The feasibility studies should be completed by Early March 2016.

Budgets can include investigator/researcher time, travel and subsistence appropriate to delivery of the project, and small scale consumables. Equipment is eligible following EPSRC standard conditions: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/research/facilities/equipment/

As the grant holder, the Royal College of Art is responsible for allocating funding to successful proposals and will reimburse subcontracting organisations at 100% full economic costing.


Submitting proposals

Proposals should be submitted using the structure of the template provided here. Please try to limit proposal text to approx. 1200 words and maximum of 5 figures. This proposal should be accompanied by a completed budget template provided here.

Proposals for Level 1 (Makespace) need to be submitted to futuremakespaces@rca.ac.uk by 2.30pm on the 2nd of September – Please title your email – Feasibility Project Proposal & your name – in the header.


Selection criteria

Proposals will be assessed by a panel comprised of members of the project executive group, with funding decisions based on the decision of this panel. Applicants should consider that the following criteria will be considered by the panel when assessing the proposal:

Research opportunity

Strategic importance: how well does the proposed study link to issues identified by policymakers?

Future potential and impact: what is the potential impact of conducting this study?

Opportunities for synergy: how well does the proposed study complement other projects and engagements?

Learning potential: how novel is the anticipated learning from the study?

Timing and relevance: how important is it that this study be conducted now?

Feasibility criteria

Quality: how well is the complete plan articulated?

Applicant’s domain expertise: how capable is the applicant in the proposed area of study?

Alignment with applicant’s existing research: how well aligned is the proposal with the applicant’s existing research?

Resources: does the applicant have the necessary researcher(s) available to complete the project within the first year of the network and submit deliverables by Early March 2016?

Management: are clear management processes and responsibilities articulated in the proposal, as well as plans for reporting insights and results?

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