Supporting and encouraging innovation lies at the heart of the AHRC’s strategy. Our work in the Creative Economy, knowledge exchange and design are important aspects of innovation and creativity in research.

But innovation can also be supported through new models of partnership, for example, new methodologies in business or community engagement, novel ways of sharing knowledge and skills, identifying new areas of research or supporting interdisciplinary approaches.

Creative Economy Research

The arts and humanities are a vital element of the Creative Economy, bringing further creativity, insight and knowledge to a sector as rich and varied as it is successful and innovative.

Knowledge Exchange and Partnerships

Knowledge Exchange Hubs connect excellent research in the arts and humanities with a range of creative and cultural organisations. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships support UK businesses helping them access the knowledge and expertise available within UK universities and colleges.

Design Research

Design has been identified by the AHRC as a strategic priority in our 2011-15 delivery plan and we have developed a programme of complementary activity to explore this.

Heritage Research

Heritage has been identified by the AHRC as one of three priority areas, alongside Design and Languages.  Over the past few years AHRC has built upon its previous investments and enhanced its work in this area through partnerships with other agencies, targeted calls and collaborations both in the UK and internationally.

New Generation Thinkers

This scheme aims to develop a new generation of academics who can bring the best of university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience