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 view of English life under the Normans

A new AHRC funded study of early medieval manuscripts written in the English language has revealed that the Normans, who conquered England in 1066, were not the destructive force of popular belief, sweeping away everything that had gone before.

New Gallery goes back to its roots thanks to AHRC

A new gallery celebrating North East art both past and present has been launched in Newcastle in part thanks to the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Researcher wins two awards at London Film Festival

AHRC funded researcher Clio Barnard, from the University of Kent, has won two top awards at this month’s BFI London Film Festival for her first feature film, The Arbor.

Celebrating the Grassroots of Cricket

The opportunity to capture cricket’s importance in the lives of ordinary people, and celebrate the grassroots game is the focus of an exciting new project between the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at the University of Glamorgan and MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club).

A Dickens of an idea conveys research through the senses

One of the most memorable scenes in the works of Charles Dickens has helped to inspire a new Arts and Humanities Research Council project that uses the senses to bring research to life.

Jane Austen’s famous style may not be hers after all

The polished prose of Emma and Persuasion was the product of an interventionist editor, an Oxford University academic has found.

RCUK position on the Spending Review

On behalf of all the Research Councils, RCUK has released this statement this afternoon regarding the Spending Review announcement.

York's 'Headless Romans' had exotic origins

New research funded by the AHRC at the University of Reading has shown, thanks to isotope analysis, that the 'Headless Romans' found in a cemetery in York came from as far away as Eastern Europe.

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.


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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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Find out more about our latest competitions including:

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

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