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

£7 million Digital R&D fund launches

Arts Council England, Nesta and the AHRC, have today launched a £7 million Digital Research and Development (Digital R&D) fund for the arts, following a pilot project which was opened in 2011.

Two theme Leadership Fellows announced

Leadership Fellows have been announced for two of the AHRC’s themes, they are Professor Andrew Prescott of King’s College London for the Digital Transformations theme and Professor Charles Forsdick of the University of Liverpool for Translating Cultures.

Connected Communities Leadership Fellows announced

It was announced today at the Connected Communities third annual Summit that Professor George McKay of the University of Salford and Professor Keri Facer of the University of Bristol have been appointed Leadership Fellows of the AHRC-led Connected Communities programme.

New Concordat to Support Research Integrity

Research Councils UK (RCUK) welcomes the launch today of the new Concordat to Support Research Integrity. The concordat, managed by Universities UK, sets out a series of clear commitments and responsibilities for ensuring that UK research continues to meet the highest standards.

AHRC’s Annual Reports and Accounts 2011/12 published

The AHRC’s latest Annual Report was published today covering the year 2011/12. Laid before Parliament yesterday, the report details the work of the AHRC over the last year.

European Proposal Support Fund

A new European proposal support fund (PSF) has been launched specifically to enable UK based Arts and Humanities academics to get involved in European Commission Proposals. Support is for up to 10K for travel, subsistence and meeting costs to enable networking etc in order to submit a proposal.

AHRC launches international blog

The AHRC International team has launched a blog to keep the UK arts and humanities research community abreast of the latest news.

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.

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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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