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

AHRC restructures to meet new challenges

Following the Spending Review settlement last year the AHRC has now made a series of changes to its organisational structure.

AHRC & BBC Radio 3 Launch New Generation Thinkers 2012

AHRC and BBC Radio 3 are looking for applications for the New Generation Thinkers of 2012. Up to sixty successful applicants will have a chance to develop their programme-making ideas with experienced BBC producers.

Advisory Board Recruitment

AHRC is seeking expressions of interest from suitably experienced individuals from the academic/commercial/government/voluntary sectors, to fill vacancies on its Advisory Board.

New AHRC project explores monograph publishing

The academic monograph is under threat. Increased costs and lower print runs are impacting on the principle means by which researchers share their knowledge and disseminate their findings.

Literary detectives unravel famous Ben Jonson mystery

The amazing chance discovery of a manuscript hidden among papers in an ancient family archive is shedding new light on the legendary career of William Shakespeare’s biggest rival, the poet and playwright, Ben Jonson.

AHRC project aims to preserve Medieval Treasures

A research project led by the University of St Andrews and funded by the AHRC should help preserve historically valuable medieval churches in Scotland.

Ancient pots reveal gradual transition to agriculture

Humans may have undergone a gradual rather than an abrupt transition from fishing, hunting and gathering to farming, according to a new AHRC funded study of ancient pottery.

Bonjour: The Talking Kitchen that teaches you French

An innovative kitchen that gives step-by-step cooking instructions in French could spark a revolution in language learning in the UK.

UK/Netherlands Research Networking and Exchange call

The AHRC and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) are pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for UK and Dutch researchers. 

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.

Funding calls announced under AHRC’s new themes

The AHRC has today launched new funding calls under the Science in Culture, Digital Transformations in Arts and Humanities and Translating Cultures themes.

Call for Nominations to Peer Review College

The AHRC are seeking nominations for new members to be appointed to its Peer Review College (PRC) who would be able to assess proposals submitted under AHRC's research themes.

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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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