Justin Lewis led a bid that won £5.7 million from the AHRC as part of the council’s Creative Clusters scheme. Listening—both to his partners and the AHRC—was essential for success, he tells Sophie Inge.
Justin’s top tips
- To build partnerships, get involved in a field first to build up trust.
- On big bids, your industry partners are your eyes and ears on the ground, so make sure you’re listening to them.
- Take feedback from the funder seriously, as this is an opportunity to refine the bid.
- Beware of overreach on big bids; a more focused approach might be called for.
Each of the nine winners of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Creative Clusters scheme, which were announced in September, will receive between £4 million to £6m over four and a half years.