Design Exchange Partnership (DEP) 2022-2023 Webinar
Monday Sep 12, 2022
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Building on the success of the 2021 pilot round, AHRC is inviting proposals to the scaled-up Design Exchange Partnership scheme, part of our Future Observatory: Design the Green Transition programme.

Design Exchange Partnerships are three-way collaborative projects that offer early career researchers and research organisations the opportunity to collaborate with UK-based non-academic partners, embedding highly qualified arts and humanities-led design researchers on short-term, intensive placements.

For this round we are focusing on the green transition challenges faced by the UK’s island and coastal communities. In particular, we are keen to see this in places where investment can make the biggest difference to everyday life, for example areas that experience high levels of poverty and deprivation, or that otherwise suffer from stunted productivity, lack of employment opportunities, poor community cohesion, or lack of local agency.

For the purposes of this call a coastal community may be interpreted to include any coastal settlement within a UK local authority area whose boundaries include UK foreshore, including local authorities whose boundaries only include estuarine foreshore. Coastal settlements include seaside towns, ports and other areas which have a clear connection to the coastal economy.

We welcome proposals for, and will support a diverse portfolio showcasing, a range of different types of design intervention, from product or service level innovation through to strategic, systems-level design thinking. Examples of projects funded under the pilot DEP round can be found here.

Design Exchange Partnerships will connect directly with the wider Future Observatory: Design the Green Transition programme, including but not limited to the engagement hub based at the Design Museum.

This event will enable you to :

  • Identify whether the scheme is a good fit for your project or partnership

  • Hear more about the opportunities and common pitfalls of academic, industry or public sector collaborations

  • Receive in-depth guidance on the application process

  • Ask questions of the panel (including representatives from AHRC, Future Observatory and KTN)

For more details about the scheme and eligibility requirements see here.