The Arts and Humanities Research Council [AHRC] supports world-class research that furthers our understanding of human culture and creativity.

From ancient history and heritage science to modern dance and digital content.

Research into these subjects helps us to interpret our experiences, probe our identities, interrogate our cultural assumptions and understand our historical, social, economic and political context. It adds to the economic success of the UK, through its contributions to the knowledge economy and innovation agenda. The research we fund can lead to improvements in social and intellectual capital, community identity, learning skills, technological evolution and the quality of life of the nation.

News & Events

New strategy on ageing research challenges

AHRC has contributed to the new ‘A Strategy for Collaborative Ageing Research in the UK’ which identifies areas where experts can work together across disciplines and sectors to tackle the main health and wellbeing challenges that face our ageing society.

Changing faiths in early modern Europe

AHRC funding is enabling two University of York scholars to lead a major investigation into the religious upheavals of 16th and 17th-century Europe.

UK researchers join forces to study Obama effect

An international network of researchers, journalists and diplomats have joined forces to study the impact of Barack Obama – America’s first African American President.

New generation of technology for art conservation

Researchers developing state-of-the-art technology to help with the conservation of priceless works of art have received over £600,000 of funding.

Hollywood owes debt to cast of British pioneers

A book published this week marks the debt of the Hollywood film industry to the forgotten British pioneers who helped establish it.

City Living Helped Humans evolve immunity to Disease

New research co-funded by the AHRC has found that a genetic variant which reduces the chance of contracting diseases such as tuberculosis and leprosy is more prevalent in populations with long histories of urban living.

AHRC Supported Film to Premiere at Venice Film Festival

Robinson in Ruins, the latest film to come from Patrick Keiller, research fellow at the Royal College of Art, London, will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 4th.

Beaker Isotope project featured on ‘Digging for Britain’

An archaeological research project funded by the AHRC has been featured on the BBC2 programme ‘Digging for Britain’.

Talking about a Paperback Revolution

The Penguin Archive Project, a four-year project begun in May 2008 with a grant from the AHRC, is featured in a Radio 4 documentary on the history of Penguin Books presented by children's author Michael Morpurgo.

New Appointments to the AHRC

David Willetts, Minister for Universities & Science, has announced the appointment of four new independent academic members to the governing body, the Council, of the AHRC.

Threads of Feeling

A new and highly emotive exhibition entitled ‘Threads of Feeling’ in which fabric swatches from the 18th Century tell stories of mothers and babies parting is opening at the London’s Foundling Museum thanks to funding from the AHRC.

UK Takes Lion’s Share of EU Research Funding

The bulk of a new research scheme being funded by the EU has gone to UK researchers in part thanks to the work of the AHRC.

Domesday book details now available freely online

Tracing the history of English villages has become simpler for everyone thanks to a new online database, funded by the AHRC, that helps map out records from the Domesday Book.


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Highlight Notices
New funding opportunities under our new Emerging Themes.

Pathways to Impact
The economic, social and cultural impact of arts and humanities research.

International Activity
Influencing arts and humanities research beyond the UK

Knowledge transfer
Collaborative activities between academic and non-academic partners.

Funding Initiatives
Addressing issues of intellectual and wider cultural and social or economic urgency.

What's New

These documents are to help clarify some of the changes which will result from the introduction of the block payment mechanism

pdf Block Payments Mechanism FAQ (103kb)

pdf Guidelines for use of the Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) (78kb) 

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pdf Our latest Research Funding Guide is now available (919kb)

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