You may make an application for funds to start a a conversation about your research with a non-academic audience or pursue the impact potential of your work with the private or public sectors through knowledge exchange or public engagement projects. Doctoral researchers can make applications individually or as part of an organising group.
Is my idea eligible for KEP funding?
Can you identify a target group who would benefit from learning more about your research. Benefiting groups may be as diverse as schools, local history societies, private businesses or a group of relevant opinion-formers or policy-makers. If you can describe a tangible benefit to the group, then you can make an application.
Have a look at the latest WRoCAH Annual Report for some examples of recent Knowledge Exchange Projects.
The key for KEPs is that the activity stems directly from your research. If you are interested in doing something that isn’t so closely allied to your research but you believe has true impact potential within your broader field, you can consider a Student Led Forum (SLF) outreach activity application.
How do I apply?
Application is in two stages:
- Stage 1: Register your KEP
- Stage 2: Work up a fully costed application
You may register your KEP at any time during the year. The registration step is to confirm that you have the support of your supervisor to pursue this project at this point in your studies prior to working up the full application. Your registration will be copied to them. You must register your KEP at least 2 months before the project is due to begin.
What goes into the full application?
The full application must be fully costed and include a clear set of objectives to be achieved as well as the impact anticipated for the target group or organisation. You will also be asked to outline how you intend to evaluate the impact of your project.
As part of the application you will need a supporting letter from the organisation you are working with.
What costs are eligible?
We expect claims for KEPs to range between around £400 to £2,000. The more WRoCAH students you have involved in your project, the more funding we can make available so innovative and larger collaborative bids are warmly welcomed. Eligible costs are:
- Standard class rail travel
- Mileage – to the same maximum value as a standard class rail fare, claimed at local institutional rates
- Economy air travel
- Bus fares
- Taxi where no bus is available or arriving late
- Accommodation to maximum of £90/night (£140/night in Central London)
- Project-related consumables.
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks – if your project requires you to work with young people.
Institutional procedures vary so you should contact the finance contact at your institution to confirm how your award funds will be released.
When should I do a KEP?
You can complete a KEP at any time. The factors that will inform your decision regarding timing will be the quantity and quality of research data and analysis you have to offer, along with other factors such as your research workload and the availability of you target group or organisation.
Registering your KEP
You must register your KEP at least 2 months before it is due to commence. This is so that you can take some time work up a full project plan, in consultation with the target group or organisation to ensure that the project is a meaningful experience for all concerned.
Once you have registered your KEP, you will be sent a link to complete a full project plan which must include all the parts and costing detailed above.