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

Call for attendance at a workshop

On 26 May 2011, a workshop will be held in London to discuss plans for a new Centre for Copyright and New Business Models, to be funded by the AHRC, EPSRC and ESRC, with support from NESTA, IPO and the Technology Strategy Board.

New Appointments to the AHRC

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

AHRC rejects Observer allegations

As previously stated, we reject the allegations, reported in The Observer of 27 March, that government ministers influenced the research funded by the AHRC with respect to the current administration’s policy on ‘big society’, and the further allegation that our funding settlement was conditional on this.

Rare British silent film score performed at Barbican

An intriguing silent film score by British composer Frederick Laurence will receive its first public performance in over eighty years this evening thanks to funding from the AHRC.

Important Statement

The AHRC unconditionally and absolutely refutes the allegations reported in the Observer 27/03/11. We did NOT receive our funding settlement on condition that we supported the ‘Big Society’, and we were NOT instructed, pressured or otherwise coerced by BIS or anyone else into support for this initiative.

Brighton Fuse

A £1m grant has been awarded to expand the creative, digital and IT sector in Brighton and Hove.

Language key to military success

An AHRC funded project has found that poorly organised language provision can have a major effect on the success of military intervention. The three-year project is the first study to examine the way war is spoken, and focus on the people who give a voice to the ‘friendly faces’.

Round Two of the Digging into Data Challenge

AHRC along with seven other international research funders are jointly announcing their participation in round two of the Digging into Data Challenge, a grant competition designed to spur cutting edge research in the humanities and social sciences.

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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 Exchange
Collaborative activities between academic and non-academic partners.

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

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