Research England has given Participatory Research Funding (PRF) to Oxford University since 2021.
The Participatory Research Fund (PRF) aims to strengthen research outcomes by supporting projects in which researchers and non-academic partners work together to co-create knowledge, whilst sharing power and responsibility. Partners can include organisations, creative practitioners, and communities of interest, identity and/or place.
Research England’s definition of participatory research: ‘Participatory or co-produced research strengthens research outcomes by involving the communities and users of research, better recognising their experience, needs and preferences, and giving greater agency to communities to implement findings’.
In GLAM, the PRF has been used to support:
- Projects that use innovative models and methodologies for participatory research. These could include a) pilot projects that test participatory approaches, b) projects that build upon an existing participatory project;
- Public engagement with research activities that use a participatory methodology and/or are related to participatory research.