Small Grants

As part of the Research Coproduction element of the N8 PRP we will annually make a call for bids to our Small Grants.

The Small Grants Awards open call will provide pump-priming funds to support research into targeted and important areas of policing work and areas where the gaps in knowledge are most prominent and where research benefits are of greatest value. It will provide the necessary flexibility to move swiftly to respond to emergent areas of policing, new challenges and pressing concerns. Ideas generated via the ‘Policing Innovation Forum’ activity strand are particularly welcomed as are proposals that link to other activity strands and ensure stakeholder involvement in the choice of topics for research co-production.

The intention is to support emergent collaborations and innovative partnerships between researchers and policing partners and research pilots that will result in applications for larger funding grants. We are focusing the Catalyst Project Small Grants Awards towards building multi-partner collaborations. The purpose of allocating funds is to facilitate and energise the development of proposals for collaborations – we expect this to take the form of short projects, delivering a proposal for larger scale collaborations. This funding is for the strategic development of research collaborations, as well as research itself.

Seventeen applications were received for the 2016/17 round with an overwhelming number linked to the Policing Innovation Forum.  It was evident that applicants had thought more clearly about the aspects of collaboration and co-production this year with many of the proposals having numerous agencies make up the research cohort. Five projects have been funded in year 2 with the partnership providing almost £100,000 of seed-corn funding to support research into urgent areas of police work.

Eighteen applications were received for the 2017/18 round of the N8 PRP Small Grants process. Applications had come from a wide range of topics and featured a range of partners, showing a strong commitment to collaboration and co-production. The applications were to a very high standard making shortlisting no easy decision. In the end, four applications were funded for this round of grants.

Fourteen applications were received for the 2018/19 round of the N8 PRP Small Grants process. Applications had come from a wide range of topics and featured a range of partners, showing a strong commitment to collaboration and co-production. The applications were to a very high standard making shortlisting no easy decision. In the end, three applications were funded for this round of grants.

Embedding Mental Health Support within District Police Stations – report to follow

From the original round of applications to the 20-21 Small Grants, 2 projects were awarded with funding. Subsequently, the Steering Group agreed to take advantage of the flexibility of the new partner-funded structure to support 4 further grants looking at the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on policing.

The 2020-21 Small Grant awards run until October 21 and the reports will be published shortly thereafter.

Annual Grants

Knife crime imagery and messaging: Effective intervention tools or ineffective sensitisers?
PI: Michael Parker, South Yorkshire Police

Co-Is: Owen Miller, Thames Valley Police; Dr Matt Bacon, University of Sheffield; Dr Kate Whitfield, Sheffield Hallam University.

Tackling the Developing World of OCG’s through a multiagency strategy
PI: Chief Supt Darren Downs, Humberside Police

Co-Is: Xavier L’Hoiry, University of Sheffield; Simone Santorso, University of Hull; Alicia Kidd University of Hull; Marcella Goligher, HMP Humber; Tony Oliver, HMP of Hull.

Covid-19 Grants

Policing Domestic Abuse within the context of the Covid-19 lockdown
PI: Supt Shelley Hemsley, South Yorkshire Police

Co-Is: Prof Louise Almond, University of Liverpool; Dr Charlotte Coleman, Sheffield Hallam University

Understanding changing demand for police during the coronavirus pandemic
PI: Dr Reka Solymosi, University of Manchester

Co-Is: Karen Byrom, Cheshire Police; Alexander McMillan, Cheshire Police; Matthew Ashby, University College London

PROTECT COVID 19: Exploring lived experiences of the impact of intimate partner violence and abuse on children, affected family members and perpetrators during the COVID- 19 global pandemic
PI: Dr Hayley Alderson, University of Newcastle

Co-Is: DCI Yvonne Dutson, Durham Police; Gillian Routledge, Durham Police

Every ticket is a story: Piloting a “whole story” approach to understanding ethnic disproportionality in FPNs issued for breaching coronavirus restrictions
PI: Dr Liz Turner, University of Liverpool

Co-Is: Dr Mike Rowe, University of Liverpool; Rebecca Tennyson-Mason, West Yorkshire Police; DS Rob Ewin, Cumbria Police; Ch Supt Emma Taylor, Greater Manchester Police

 

Check back here for information on the upcoming call for applications to the 2020-21 Small Grant Awards.