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

Iconic comic strip most popular Scots literary character

Scottish comic strip character OOR WULLIE was as popular as Harry Potter for a generation of Scots who favoured his adventures over Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns, a new exhibition reveals.

AHRC Fine Print researcher wins award

David Huson, AHRC supported research fellow has been awarded the Saxby Medal by the Royal Photographic Society in their annual awards.

Block Grant Partnerships 2 Expressions of Interest

The call for Expressions of Interest for Block Grant Partnerships 2 (BGP2) is now open. BGP2 awards will be given to Research Organisations (ROs) or consortia of ROs to provide funding for postgraduate studentships from 2014

Scottish football clubs to help people with dementia

A new AHRC research project has Glasgow Caledonian University teaming up with some of the biggest football clubs in Scotland to help people with dementia.

Online access to the earliest medieval map of Britain

The secrets embedded in one of the earliest maps to show Britain in its geographically recognised form have been uncovered as AHRC funded researchers launch the newly digitised Gough Map.

Boost for researchers and the UK Creative Economy

AHRC today announced the four successful universities that will lead its prestigious ‘Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy’ for the next four years.

AHRC awards over £5m through Research Grants scheme

The latest awards for the AHRC Research Grants (Standard and Early Career) scheme have just been made. Eighteen projects have been successful in getting funding and over £5 million.

Major British Museum exhibition on the Hajj

The AHRC is funding a research project at the British Museum that will underpin their forthcoming 2012 international exhibition Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam.

Hunt for lost gospels, literature & letters

An AHRC project launched this week at Oxford University is asking members of the public to help in decoding papyri, in order to find fragments of lost gospels, works of literature, and letters about everyday life in ancient Egypt.

Rare musical texts reunited thanks to AHRC project

A collection of 16th century musical manuscripts is to be reunited after 400 years at Edinburgh University this summer thanks to funding from the AHRC.


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Highlight Notices
Updated May 2011 - New funding opportunities under our 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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