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Funding opportunity: Apply to be a researcher on NHS Untold Film Stories

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Apply to be a researcher on Untold Film Stories to:

  • work with a BFI curator to support film teams creating films inspired by the BFI’s NHS on Film archive
  • support film teams to deliver community engagement programmes that engage diverse audiences during the filmmaking process

AHRC will fund around 3 film teams on a new scheme, ‘Untold Film Stories’, funded by AHRC, in partnership with BFI.

We are inviting applications from arts and humanities researchers for up to £10,000 (including VAT and at 100% full economic cost excluding indirect and estates costs).

You must be able to support the film teams between March and November 2023.

This is part of the NHS’ 75th anniversary in 2023.

Who can apply

To apply for this opportunity you must be:

  • a UK resident
  • over the age of 18
  • currently working or studying at doctoral level or higher at a UK research organisation that is eligible to receive funding from UK Research and Innovation in section 2 of the AHRC research funding guide
  • working in a relevant area of research in or related to the arts and humanities

We encourage applicants from a diverse range of:

  • backgrounds
  • experiences
  • expertise
  • career stages

What we're looking for

We are looking for an arts and humanities researcher to support around 3 film teams between March and November 2023.

You will be expected to work collaboratively with the BFI’s Head of Non-Fiction Archives, whose expertise covers the films within the BFI’s NHS on Film archive.

The film teams will be each creating a new film (of any genre) inspired by the BFI’s NHS on Film archive, to be completed by October 2023 for screenings in November. The archive comprises 75 public messaging films, created by the NHS between 1948 and 2012 and covers themes from mental health to smoking and polio.

The films will be considered for preservation in the BFI National Archive and exhibition on other BFI platforms.

We are looking for a researcher who can demonstrate:

  • evidence of a broad research background that is relevant to the theme of the NHS and healthcare (for example, the medical humanities, social history, the history of medicine and social care, arts and health, or related subjects within the arts and humanities)
  • evidence that their research background could complement the BFI Curator’s expertise across the NHS on Film archive, its films and their contexts; and wider themes related to the archive
  • experience of working collaboratively and flexibly with creative practitioners (for example, filmmakers, artists, media professionals) and arts professionals to support the development of projects
  • experience of working with archival material in their research, and using it to engage with professionals outside of academia or with members of the public
  • experience of working on community or public engagement projects, and an ability to work flexibly to support film teams to deliver engagement activities with diverse public audiences
  • an understanding of the safeguarding, ethical and accessibility issues involved in engaging members of the public, and an ability to offer guidance to film teams to deliver engagement activities which are safe, inclusive and accessible

If successful, you would be expected to meet with each of the film teams (online or in person) and the BFI Curator and to provide AHRC and BFI with a brief workplan at the outset of the delivery period. This workplan should include time spent:

  • working with each of the film teams (online or in person) to refine their scripts, working collaboratively with the BFI Curator and using your research expertise to provide guidance on the thematic content of their films
  • providing guidance around the use of archives and archive material
  • supporting the film team’s community engagement activity (online or in person, where possible)

As part of their films, the filmmakers  will be delivering a programme of community engagement activity. This programme will include:

  • plans to work with diverse public audiences during the filmmaking process (for example, by gathering their stories about the NHS and healthcare system; by running practical workshops teaching filmmaking skills, etc.)
  • plans for local screenings with communities in November 2023

You would be expected to support the film teams in delivering this programme.

If successful, you will receive guidance from AHRC and BFI around:

  • communications and branding of any activity: use of logos, credits, advice on social and digital media
  • an orientation meeting and keeping in touch days to provide ongoing advice and support during the delivery period
  • running community engagement activities, such as workshops or sessions to gather stories and ideas from people and communities with lived experience of the NHS which relate to the film topic, as well as local screenings in community settings when the film is created

How to apply

You can submit an application via SurveyMonkey from 25 October 2022 until the deadline of 15 December 2022, 4:00pm UK time. If you need support in completing the application form, please email us: engage@ahrc.ukri.org

When filling out the survey you will be asked to answer questions on the following areas:

  • the amount of funding (up to £10,000 including VAT and at 100% full economic cost excluding indirect and estates costs) you are applying for and an outline of how you would approach your engagement with the film teams, providing a rough breakdown of costs against anticipated activity
  • your research background and how it relates to the themes presented in the BFI’s NHS on Film archive
  • your experience of working collaboratively with creative practitioners and arts practitioners
  • your experience of working with archival material
  • your experience of working on community or public engagement projects

You will also be required to submit a CV.

Once the application deadline has closed, you will be sent a survey on equality, diversity and inclusion data. This is a voluntary survey and any data you share will be anonymous; the data you share will be used by AHRC to better understand the reach of our opportunities.

Deadline

AHRC must receive your application by 15 December 2022, 4:00pm UK time.

You will not be able to apply after this time.

How we will assess your application

What happens to my application?

Once you have submitted your application, you’ll receive an email confirmation that is has been received.

Eligibility

We will check that your application is eligible for funding, using the criteria identified in the ‘Who can apply’ section. Incomplete applications will be considered ineligible so please ensure that you complete all sections of the application form with the information requested.

Assessment criteria

Your application will be assessed against the following criteria:

  1. The researcher demonstrates relevant research expertise and the ability to provide appropriate academic guidance to film teams. For example, the researcher has an academic specialism in a subject that is relevant to the themes of the NHS on Film archive and of the NHS and healthcare, such as the medical humanities, social history, the history of medicine and social care, arts and health, or related subjects within the arts and humanities.
  2. The researcher has experience of supporting and working collaboratively and flexibly with creative practitioners and arts professionals on projects.
  3. The researcher has experience of working with archival material in their research and using it to engage with professionals outside of academia or members of the public.
  4. The researcher has experience of working on community and public engagement projects and an understanding of issues around safeguarding, ethics, access and inclusion.

What happens to my application?

There will be a longlisting and shortlisting process, delivered by AHRC and BFI, to review the applications against the assessment criteria using an agreed scoring system. A shortlist of applications that score highly in the review process will then be invited to interview in the first week of March 2023.

Successful applicant

If you are successful in your application you will be made an offer of funding, in writing, by AHRC. This will include the terms of conditions of the funding and details of how you’ll be supported by AHRC and BFI during the project.

Your institution will be asked to submit a quote which will be used to raise a purchase order. Your institution will then be asked to submit an invoice using the purchase order number and payment will be issued to your institution.

You will be required to join an orientation meeting with AHRC and BFI and the successful film teams. This will take place, either face to face or virtually, in spring 2023. It will cover topics including:

  • communications and branding (use of logos, references on websites and social media)
  • engaging communities
  • planning around the projects
  • use of archival material from the BFI’s NHS on Film archive
  • evaluation

Details will also be shared around planned engagement activities for when the films are ready to be released in November 2023: both in the places where they have been filmed and at a possible event at BFI Southbank in London.

At the orientation meeting we will explore with you around keeping in touch days. These are intended as an opportunity to update on progress as the production schedule and delivery against the budget plans; and for an exchange of ideas.

Contact details

Ask about this opportunity

AHRC public engagement team

Email: engage@ahrc.ukri.org

Include ‘NHS Untold Film Stories’ in the subject line.

We aim to respond within 5 working days.

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