What is research?
The University seeks to produce internationally excellent and world leading research. According to the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF), research is ‘a process of investigation leading to new insights, effectively shared’. In CARA, our research aims to explore the ways that the arts can have significant real-world impact.
What do research partnerships look like?
Research partnerships take different forms depending on the kind of work being carried out. Some projects are established by the University but require input from practitioners and professionals, for example, as members of an advisory board or committee of stakeholders. Other projects include direct contributions from partners as co-researchers, creative practitioners or industry partners. Some projects are generated by partners in collaboration with researchers (usually called co-created research).
How are research partnerships funded?
Researchers make applications to one or more funding bodies in order to finance a research project. These can include large, high-profile funders (for example, those associated with the organisation UK Research and Innovation2) and/or smaller, independent funders, some of which are only available locally or regionally. All funders have their own application procedures that must be followed.
The University has a Research and Innovation Funding Office (RIFO) that provides support to researchers who are preparing funding bids. There is an internal University process for the development and review of funding bids before they can be submitted. Some bids are announced with very short turnaround times, leading researchers to approach partners with requests for information at short notice. Please be prepared for this possibility.
Competition for funding is high, and bids are frequently rejected. As a result, researchers may need to apply to a number of funders before securing funding. Securing funding for a project can take a long time, and researchers will endeavour to keep you updated with the progress of funding applications.
CARA is committed to fair remuneration for artists. We do not ask artists to create work for our projects for free. If you are invited to create work in collaboration with a CARA research project, we will ensure that a fee for your work is included in the funding bid to support the research.
If you have any questions or are interested in collaborating with researchers at the University on a project as part of CARA, please email the CARA Steering Group at CARA@hull.ac.uk. We look forward to working with you!