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Highlight Notice: International Development in the Follow-on Funding Scheme

The AHRC has launched a highlight notice in its Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement Scheme (FoF) as part of a range of activities to support the contribution which arts and humanities research can make to international development. The highlight notice will run initially until 31 May 2016.

Highlight notices are intended to stimulate proposals addressing strategic priorities or emerging research themes in order to rapidly advance thinking or collaboration in these areas. Highlight notices are offered as opportunities within existing AHRC research schemes and are therefore assessed under the same criteria and assessment process. Find out more about our current Highlight Notices.

The aim of this highlight notice is to encourage applications exploring innovative ways to enhance engagement with, and impacts from, research funded by the AHRC in one or more countries which receive Official Development Assistance (ODA) and/or which will contribute more broadly to international development.

The highlight notice is open to a wide range of proposals for knowledge exchange and pathways to impact activities but is intended to specifically encourage proposals which:

  • are focused on developing pathways to impact emerging from past or current AHRC funded research which have the potential to contribute to international development agendas (including, for example, the UN Sustainable Development Goals) and/or to deliver significant economic, social, cultural, welfare or policy impacts in one or more of the 146 countries which appear on the DAC (Development Assistance Committee of the OECD) list of ODA Recipients (for 2014-2016) (under any category)
  • contain a clear explanation of how the proposed activities will produce outcomes of significant value to non-academic beneficiaries / users / communities in ODA recipient countries and/or on policy or practice relating to international development
  • include, as a minimum, collaboration with at least one non-academic organisation which supports international development (e.g. international aid, development or humanitarian relief organisation/ charity or organisations supporting international cultural exchange) or at least one non-academic organisation working or based in an ODA recipient country (e.g. heritage/ faith/creative /community group or business, public or voluntary/ non-profit/ civil society organisation).

Further details on the context for the highlight notice, suggestions of potential arts and humanities research areas which could fit within it, as well as further information on how to apply under the highlight can be found in the Highlight Notice document (PDF, 45KB).

Applications which do not fit under this highlight notice can continue to be submitted to the Follow-on Funding (FoF) scheme as usual.