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Impact of Coronavirus on UKRI-supported research

Important note: For data analysis purposes, we ask that applicants do not include the words ‘Cov-19’, ‘Covid-19’ or ‘Coronavirus’ in the Lay Summary, Technical Summary or Title sections unless the application relates to proposed research in this area.


Following the removal of the “Pathways to Impact” attachment and “Impact Summary”, we are now in a period of transition.

Any new Calls closing from March 1st will not have a “Pathways to Impact” attachment or an “Impact Summary”. Any new applications submitted to our Open Calls will also not be accepted if they include a Pathways to Impact attachment or an Impact Summary.

For Open Calls (Research Grants, Research Grants Early Career, Leadership Fellows, Leadership Fellows Early Career, Follow on Funding for Impact and Engagement and Research Networking) there will be a period of transition where applications submitted prior to March 1st will have a “Pathways to Impact”. The AHRC’s assessment criteria for impact and our commitment to funding high quality applications with impact has not changed and all applications with and without a “Pathways to Impact” attachment will continue to be assessed using this assessment criteria.

AHRC staff and our Peer Review College have been briefed on this transition period to enable the grant funding process to continue.


Over the last 12 months, the AHRC has been consulting our community regarding the Leadership Fellows scheme, including the benefits, the challenges and what you would like to see changed to make it even better.

As a result of this we would like to draw your attention to a few updates we will be making to the scheme, namely:

  • We have clarified what we mean by ‘leadership’ to ensure it resonates with all academics at all stages of their career;
  • We have increased the maximum funding amount for the Standard Route to £300,000

To signal these changes, we have renamed the scheme the ‘AHRC Research, Development and Engagement Fellowships’. The scheme guidance has also been tweaked, to ensure the aims and objectives of the scheme are clearer. The scheme continues to support two routes: Standard and Early Career.

The Leadership Fellows scheme will close on Je-S on Friday, 5 June 2020, 16:00.

Applications to this new focus of the Fellowships scheme will open on Je-S from Monday, 8 June 2020, 09:00.

For further information about the changes to the scheme, please refer to the following announcement

Research and innovation ideas to address Covid-19

Closing Date: 17/08/2020

The arts and humanities, alone or working with other disciplines, have a key role to play in understanding, addressing and mitigating the unfolding impacts of the pandemic.

NEH/AHRC New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions Call

Closing Date: 18/08/2020

A joint initiative between the US National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the AHRC funded through UKRI’s Fund for International Collaboration. The programme aims to advance digital scholarship in cultural heritage organisations such as museums, libraries, galleries, and archives.

Peacebuilding and Resilience in an era of global health challenges: a bilateral research call to enhance understanding and support for mental health challenges in Colombia

Closing Date: 27/08/2020

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Science, Technology and Innovation Projects CTeI of national affairs (Minciencias) are pleased to announce a bilateral call between researchers in the UK and Colombia. This call invites internationally competitive and cross disciplinary research projects, that aim to enhance the evidence base on understanding and addressing the mental health challenges facing post-conflict societies in Colombia.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Engagement Fellowships Pilot

Closing Date: 10/09/2020

The AHRC are pleased to launch a new pilot call for Fellowships aimed at arts and humanities researchers whose work is both of outstanding quality and has a significant Equality, Diversity and Inclusion dimension.

The funding available is intended to enable researchers to engage a variety of relevant stakeholders with their research, to embed their work into policy and practice, and to work with relevant communities to realise the full potential benefits of their research.  The Fellowships will therefore be inherently impact-focussed and cannot be used to conduct substantial new research.  For the purpose of this pilot call the focus is on the UK context, whilst recognising the potential cross-cultural value of internationally collaborative and connected research.

Policy Internships Scheme

Closing Date: 20/09/2020

The research councils organise the Policy Internships Scheme for current research council-funded PhD students to work at host partner organisations on one or more policy topics relevant to both the student and the host.