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

Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy

A short film was recorded at the launch of the AHRC’s new four year initiative, 'Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy'. In this film we hear from the Hub Directors from the four lead institutions about their Hub and what they hope to achieve.

Upcoming Funding Opportunity Autumn 2012

Details of calls for large grants under the Science in Culture, Digital Transformations and Translating Cultures themes are currently the subject of further consultation and development. We expect large grants calls under each of these themes to be issued in the autumn of 2012.

Successful applicants for Dylan Thomas workshop

The ten researchers selected to participate in an AHRC/BBC Wales workshop on Dylan Thomas were announced today.

Do books cause revolutions?

A new database of the 18th Century book trade funded by the AHRC and developed at the University of Leeds will shed light on this and other historical questions.

Institute of Commonwealth Studies gets AHRC grant

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies has secured a major grant from the AHRC to fund its ‘An Oral History of the Modern Commonwealth, 1965-2010’ project.

AHRC gives £16m boost to the UK Creative Economy

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) today launched its four ‘Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy’ to connect researchers with the UK’s vibrant creative sector.  

New Generation Thinkers 2012 announced

The AHRC and the BBC have unveiled the ten academics who have won the title of BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers 2012.  

Six new Scottish arts and cultural organisations projects

Six pioneering Scottish projects that will harness digital technologies for the benefit of the arts and cultural sector have been selected to receive funding from the Scottish Digital Research and Development Fund for Arts and Culture.

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Highlight Notices
Updated June 2012 - 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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What's New

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