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Digital Equipment and Database Enhancement for Impact (DEDEFI)

The AHRC has secured £4m of additional capital funding in 2009/10 and 2010/11 to support a funding call for proposals that will lead to (i) enhanced access to leading edge digital technologies and facilities by arts and humanities researchers and/or (ii) enhanced impact from digital research outputs, such as databases, established with current or past AHRC or AHRB support.

This call is designed to sustain, build upon and enhance the UK’s research strengths in the arts and humanities, including the outputs from AHRC’s ICT Programme, and to complement existing activities, such as those supported through the RCUK Digital Economy Programme, through capital investment in two main areas:

  1. Enhanced access to Digital Technologies for innovative research in the arts and humanities. This part of the call is concerned with ensuring that the UK’s world leading arts and humanities research base has continued and enhanced access to the latest digital technologies through supporting the purchase and associated implementation costs of leading edge digital equipment, resources or facilities.
  2. Sustainability, Innovation and Enhanced Impact of AHRC–funded Digital Outputs, Databases and Resources. This part of the call is concerned with the development of AHRB/C funded digital research outputs to ensure that they remain at the cutting edge of technological developments, are compatible with requirements for long-term sustainability and/or to enhance the accessibility of these resources to a wider range of audiences and broaden their usage and impact.

For both funding strands, proposals can be submitted with a minimum full economic cost of £50,000 and a maximum full economic cost of £1,000,000. Projects will be expected to start on 1 March 2010 and run for periods of up to one year.