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

Final Westminster faith debate

The Westminster Faith debates, organised by the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme, concluded this week with a debate between former Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, and the former Daily Telegraph editor Charles Moore.

Project to understand the value of arts and culture

A project that will advance our understanding of the value of culture was launched today, directed by Professor Geoffrey Crossick.

New online photographic resource

An international research project looking at the photographic records of Europe’s colonial past has launched a website today.

Changes to Research Grant and Fellowships applications

From 1 November 2012 the AHRC will be changing one of its requirements for Grant and Fellowship applications. This change relates to the way applicants provide information about the digital technologies or outputs associated with their proposals.

£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.

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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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