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University Partnership Open Call 2019-2020

University Partnership Open Call for Collaborative City of Culture Research Projects 2019-2020

Deadline now extended to 17:00 Monday 4 November, 2019

Coventry University and the University of Warwick are offering funding of up to £2,000 for projects to undertake locally impactful research that invites the general public to participate and respond. This call builds upon the Partnership’s two previous calls, which have funded 26 innovative and inclusive projects, whilst also building upon other initiatives such as the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value, the City of Culture Partnership, and Coventry City Council’s Cultural strategy.

City of Culture planning and activities have rapidly progressed in the last year. Key roles for the City of Culture Trust have been filled and Producing Teams established for the programme’s three key themes; Collaborative, Caring and Dynamic City. We encourage applicants to consider specific issues for Coventry and it may be useful to refer to the city’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, which is summarised on this link and/or Coventry Council’s various strategies (such as, but not limited to, Connecting Communities, Economic Growth, Green Space, Health and Well-Being). You can also find examples of CoC2021 related research projects and inspiration here.

 Criteria and Eligibility

  • The project team must include at least one academic from each university.
  • The project must use your academic research, work with an organisation in the Coventry area and have a clear demonstrable link with Coventry.
  • The project needs to support one (or more) of the key themes; Collaborative, Caring and Dynamic.
  • We are particularly keen to see proposals involving communities that are traditionally under-represented, whether because of ethnicity, disability, or socio-economic status. The Cultural Strategy provides details on which areas of Coventry are the most deprived (page 10) and those that are the least culturally engaged (page 14).
  • Organisations could be arts, community, health, well-being, digital or cultural etc. We take a very wide view on this.
  • The project will NOT have received previous City of Culture University funding via internal or Open Calls. This fund is for NEW projects, applicants may have previously received funds as long as the project proposed is new and not simply an extension of what was previously funded.
  • Applications should be for either complete small-scale work or groundwork for larger projects/external funding applications.
  • The proposed activity will ideally begin December 1st 2019 and be complete and fully spent by July 31st 2020.


Application process

  • Complete this application form and send to Ura Martin - - before midnight Thursday 31st October 2019, deadline now extended to 17:00 Monday 4 November, 2019
  • A Partnership Panel aims to review all applications and send responses by Friday 15th November 2019

For any questions, please contact or Abbie Milsom