Apply to run an Innovation Project

The Rising from the Depths network aims to identify and utilise the Marine Cultural Heritage (MCH) of Eastern Africa to create tangible benefits in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar. The network will fund a range of Innovation Research Projects in the region. These are network funded, co-created research projects that aim to identify new opportunities and methods for using and protecting MCH.

We are looking to fund challenge-led, coordinated and multi-disciplinary engagement with Eastern Africa’s extraordinarily rich Marine Cultural Heritage. We envisage commissioning a diverse programme of MCH orientated research projects across Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar and Mozambique. To this end, we will consider any project that is relevant to, or deals with MCH in Eastern Africa, as long as they are collaborative, co-produced and challenge-led, producing a clear benefit (economic, social, environmental or cultural) for those living in coastal regions in Eastern Africa. You can read more about the research challenge here. Projects must be rooted in the Arts and Humanities and may have interactions/ramifications in other areas.

The network has £800,000 to fund projects from, of which £100,000 of this budget is ring-fenced for the development of innovative, multidisciplinary arts and creative industry approaches to MCH under the title, People, Time and the Sea. This is the first call for applications and is divided into small (£1,000-£5,000), medium (£5,000-£30,000) and large (£30,000-£100,000) projects. All awards can be for between 6 and 18 months in duration, but must be completed by the end of June 2020. A second call for small and medium grants will open in 2019. Applications must be made through our application forms, and submitted to risingfromthedepths@nottingham.ac.uk by 12pm (UK time) on the 14th of September 2018.

This programme is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Global Challenges Research Fund, and is being coordinated by the University of Nottingham in collaboration with the Universities of Roehampton, York, Bournemouth, Cambridge, Uppsala (Sweden), Ulster and Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique). The programme ends in September 2021.

The first call closes on the 14th September 2018, 12pm (UK time).

Download our application packs for innovative projects below:

Small Projects (£1,000-£5,000)

Medium Projects (£5,000-£30,000)

Large Projects (£30,000-£100,000)

For all applicants