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.

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Research Training Framework

The AHRC has revised its Research Training Framework to reflect a number of recent changes.

How Drama-based Activities Help Autistic Children

A new research project launched today brings together drama and psychology to explore how drama-based activities may play a key role in helping autistic children communicate, socialise and play imaginatively.

Now Everyone Can See Beneath Stonehenge

The latest phase of a Bournemouth University project, based on initial work funded by the AHRC, makes archaeology of this world-famous site more accessible than ever before.

Exhibition celebrates Shakespeare in Scottish Literary life

He is known the world over as England’s bard but a newly opened exhibition reveals how Scotland helped to cement and then enrich the reputation of William Shakespeare.

IWM becomes AHRC Independent Research Organisation

IWM (Imperial War Museums) has been recognised as an Independent Research Organisation (IRO) by the AHRC.

AHRC project exploring the science of visual perception

What goes on in our brain when we look at a work of art? Answers to this question will be in evidence at an exhibition launching in the New Year thanks to a unique collaboration between the art of Argentine artist Mariano Molina and research findings from the University of Leicester.

Second RIBA prize for AHRC funded researchers

Tatjana Schneider and Jeremy Till have been awarded the RIBA President's Award for Outstanding University-located Research for their AHRC funded work ‘Spatial Agency’.

Trail of ‘stone breadcrumbs’ reveals first to leave Africa

A series of new archaeological discoveries in the Sultanate of Oman, nestled in the south-eastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula, reveals the timing and identity of one of the first modern human groups to migrate out of Africa.

RCUK Research Outcomes System now available

The Research Councils UK (RCUK) Research Outcomes System (ROS) has today (24 November) been launched. It is a web based system through which researchers and research organisations can supply information about the outcomes of their research to Research Councils.

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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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