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Design Exchange Partnerships

Design the Green Transition - Round Two

Apply for funding to develop design-led solutions to address specific challenges facing biodiversity in the UK.

Design Exchange Partnerships (DEPs) are three-way collaborative projects which bring together early career design researchers, an academic supervisor and a non-academic organisation, such as a small business, NGO or public sector organisation.

The partnerships seek to demonstrate tangible impact on local communities by stimulating the real-world application of high-quality arts and humanities-led design research to address challenges related to achieving green transition goals.

The full economic cost (FEC) of each project can be up to £62,500 for six months or £125,000 for 12 months, plus a five to 10% contribution from the non-academic partner organisation. The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) will fund 80% FEC.

DISCIPLINE multidisciplinary
ELIGIBILITY based at a UK research organisation eligible for AHRC funding
THEME biodiversity

We welcome broad interpretations of the theme of biodiversity, including but not limited to one or more of the following areas:

  • natural resources

  • materials

  • land or marine use

  • health and wellbeing

  • regeneration and planning

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Awards will be announced in July 2023