Putting communities 'at the heart' of research

The Community Research Networks programme is a new funding opportunity from UKRI, supported by The Young Foundation, that seeks to put communities at the heart of research. The project gives funding to organisations that are interested in supporting local people across the UK to play a more active role in research and innovation.

About the project

‘If the research sector is to truly reflect our diverse communities, we need new forms of partnerships’ 

Tom Saunders and Emily Morrison stress the need for more equitable and sustainable models of community engagement in research

New funding will help put communities ‘at the heart’ of research

Acting on new research findings, £4m in new funding is now available for Community Research Networks supporting local engagement in research.

An equitable future for research and innovation

This report focuses on how the research and innovation (R&I) system can more equitably involve community groups and organisations with less power or representation.

How to apply

Watch the full recording of our webinar, which took place on 27 July to support those interested in applying for the UKRI Community Research Networks funding opportunity.

Webinar debrief: presentation to support applications

This presentation provides information supporting applications for the Expression of Interest phase of the UKRI Community Research Networks funding opportunity.


Answering your questions about the Community Research Network funding opportunity.


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