September 1, 2023

Funding opportunity: DARE UK invites applications for funding from new and existing community groups

With support from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), DARE UK (Data and Analytics Research Environments UK) is offering a unique funding opportunity for community groups working to advance sensitive data research in the UK. Applications are now open for new and existing community groups until Thursday, 28 September 2023 (18:00).

Following the launch of the DARE UK community groups initiative in April 2023 and consultations with key stakeholders and the public, DARE UK is offering a unique funding opportunity to new and existing DARE UK community groups, with support from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Are you passionate about advancing sensitive data research in the UK? If so, this is your opportunity to make a difference!

What Are DARE UK Community Groups?

DARE UK community groups are community-led initiatives highlighting the importance of working together towards common goals. Endorsed by the DARE UK programme and operating under a charter, with an emphasis on open communication and sharing of best practices, these groups are working collaboratively to enhance sensitive data research and practice in the UK.

Why Should You Get Involved?

DARE UK community groups offer a valuable opportunity to directly shape the future of sensitive data research in the UK, as well as endless networking and learning opportunities. With funding of up to £40,000 available per interest or working group, you can meaningfully drive innovation and collaboration in the sensitive data research landscape.

Who is Eligible?

While anyone can propose, join, or contribute to a DARE UK community group, only individuals affiliated with eligible organisations can apply for funding on behalf of a DARE UK community group. Eligible organisations include Higher Education Institutions, NHS bodies, Independent Research Organisations, and more, each with specific funding models (see funding opportunity brief for more details).

How to Apply?

To apply for funding, new DARE UK community groups must complete and submit an Interest Group Charter or Working Group Charter (detailed guidance available on our community groups page) alongside a funding application form. Existing community groups need only submit the funding application form. The deadline for applications is Thursday, 28 September 2023 (18:00).

Selection Criteria and Priorities

Funding will be prioritised for groups that promote diversity and inclusivity, evidence partnerships across organisations, and address priority areas such as technology evaluation, data standards, governance models, and public involvement and engagement (see scoring and weightings document for more information). Successful teams must commence activities in November 2023 and complete them by 31 March 2024.

For more details on the application process and selection criteria, please read the funding opportunity brief or send an email to enquiries@dareuk.org.uk with the subject title: ‘Community Groups Funding Opportunity Query’.