Guide to CCN+ Placements

The Communities and Culture Network+ periodically invites applications for up to £10k to fund placements that fall within the remit of the Communities and Culture strand of the Digital Economy theme. We advise all prospective applicants to refer to the specific criteria of each call but the information below may be regarded as a general guide.

Placements are designed to support post-doctoral, early or mid-career researchers who need to spend a period of time at a host institution (academic, third or public sector, industry) for the purposes of research. Placements for Doctoral students will be considered, but applications can only be through their Supervisor, who can apply on their behalf.

Placements should aim to:

  • Investigate or develop a key issue, idea, design, or cultural practice through empirical and conceptual work that benefits from working directly with a host institution or an individual within a host institution.
  • Involve and/or work with particular technologies, data or design through direct engagement and/or through events and activities that emerge as part of the research.
  • Enable the exploration of ideas or materials that could lead to further research projects, develop the knowledge base and research of the Network+ in productive and insightful ways enabling future work, and impact into communities and contexts beyond their initial scope.
  •  Identify key challenges and areas for the future, develop relations across academia, industry and policy and explore international relations where appropriate.

Prior participation in Network+ activities will be looked upon favourably as an indication that the individual concerned is already engaged with Network+ issues as they are being developed.


Funding available

Placements will be funded for up to a maximum of 3 months, with £10,000 available to fund the placement (i.e. £10,000 is the maximum which can be applied for at 100% FEC). Funding for the project will be at 80% FEC according to Research Council funding regulations. Research organisations, in accepting an FEC grant, undertake to provide the remaining 20% from their own resources.

Supervisors can apply for placements on behalf of their PhD students.

Proposals should clearly demonstrate how their focused work will speak to the broader issues and challenges of the Communities and Culture Network+ and how the project will reconfigure or speak to notions of community and cultures of practice. It should explain the project and detail why the project requires prolonged time at the host institution.  What will this project do to/mean for concepts of community or culture of practice? What are the big issues here at the axes of the digital/community/culture that this placement will explore? How is this project relevant to the broader issues of the Network+, and what will be its legacy for the Network+?

Resources that can be requested under this call, and subject to RCUK funding regulation at 80% FEC, include:

  • Investigator costs/Buying-out of teaching time
  • Travel costs
  • Host bench fees
  • Visa/Disclosure and Barring Service costs
  • Accommodation and living expenses

This is not an exhaustive but rather, indicative, list of eligible resources.

If you have any queries about what we can fund or the costing template, please email


Applying and Submitting

Please refer to the criteria set by each call. Generally, applications should consist of:

1. Case for support, outlining the scope and aims of the placement. This should be written in conjunction with the host institution and clearly detail why interaction with this particular institution, for the requested period, will shape and define the project. (max. 2 pages)

2. Justification of resources (max. 1 page)

3. Letter of support from host institution, detailing their specific expertise and support structure for the placement.

4. Expertise and Project Management: Outline in a short paragraph the applicant’s relevant experience and qualifications.

5. Costing Template


The Case for Support should include the following headers:

1. Context and Rationale: How will the placement speak to the issues and concerns of the Communities and Culture Network+? What is the central theme of the research and why should it be explored through a placement?

2. Aims: What do you intend to investigate through the placement and how? How will the themes identified above be addressed? How does this relate to the theme of digital transformation of communities and culture? How will you investigate the transformative potential of digital technologies? How will the research enhance, deepen or extend our understanding of communities and culture?

3. Outputs: how will the placement contribute productively to the Network+ and widen dissemination beyond it? What short term and long term outputs will there be?


Assessment Criteria

Applications will be peer reviewed by a floating panel drawn from the Network+ community, and others recruited as required, to represent the scope of its expertise. They will assess the quality and fit of the proposals in accordance with the terms of reference and criteria listed in the relevant call.


Additional Grant Terms and Conditions:

Awards will be made under RCUK standard terms and conditions. Successful award holders will be able to submit a claim for reimbursement by invoice, with attached evidence. Please note that this award is a contribution towards the incurred costs of a project activity from an existing RCUK award.

Please ensure that no commercial in confidence information is provided as part of your proposal.

Award holders will be required, as a grant condition, to produce the following outputs:

1. At least one high quality publication, submitted within 3 months of the end of the placement (details of which to be sent to upon acceptance and publication).

2. A final report summarizing the outcomes of the placement, personal development, future questions and areas. This report will be due within 3 months of the project’s completion (format is negotiable) and will be published on the website and used to develop future funding calls and further work.

3. Demonstration of effective contribution to the activities of the host institution (e.g. as appendices within final report).

Project leaders are also required, as a grant condition, to attend and present at the annual Communities and Culture Network+ event in  at the University of Leeds. Travel and accommodation costs (one night) for this event should be included in the proposed budget.