Discovery Projects call – Towards a National Collection: Opening UK Heritage to the WorldReturn to opportunities
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), on behalf of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is pleased to announce the call for the Discovery Projects of Towards a National Collection: Opening UK Heritage to the World.
Towards a National Collection represents a major investment (£19 million in total) in the UK’s world-leading cultural and heritage sector. Funded from UKRI’s Strategic Priorities Fund, Towards a National Collection addresses the lack of coordination between different online collections and catalogues, which constitutes a major barrier to research and public access.
Forging new and deeper partnerships between Independent Research Organisations (IROs) and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), and using the catalytic potential of new technology, the programme will begin to dissolve barriers between different collections, opening them up to new cross-disciplinary and cross-collection lines of research, and at the same time diversifying their visitor base and the ways in which the public access them.
The aim is to begin to realise the full, combined potential of the collections not only for research but for the heritage economy and the wider social good, and to take the first important steps towards creating a virtual ‘national collection’.
The Discovery Projects form the major part of this investment, and this call aims to fund up to five projects over a maximum of 36 months within a total funding envelope of up to £15 million. The indicative limit for each project is £3 million.
For the full call specification please see the Towards a National Collection call guidance (PDF, 351KB)
AHRC intend to hold at least four open webinars for applicants to find out further information, ask questions, and begin to discuss initial ideas. The dates of the webinars are as follows:
Wednesday 27 May 2020
Monday 1 June 2020
Tuesday 2 June 2020
Wednesday 3 June 2020
If you wish to attend, please complete the online SmartSurvey at: www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/TANCDiscoveryProjectsVirtualMeetings
The closing date for applications to take part in a webinar is 17:00, 18 May 2020. We aim to achieve a good spread across institutions, expertise and career stages and will be confirming places from 20 May.
Additional webinars may be held at a later stage. If so, the dates will be announced well in advance. Please keep an eye on the Towards a National Collection webpage for further information.
JISC Mail Group
To help organisations form partnerships for the proposals, AHRC has set up a discussion mailing list with JISC for use as a partner matching tool.
Closing Date: 17/11/2020
The deadline for outline proposals is: 17 November 2020, 16:00 GMT
How to make an application
This call will have a two-stage application process: an outline stage followed by a full proposal stage.
Outline proposals must be submitted by 17 November 2020, 16:00 GMT.
Outline proposals will be reviewed and shortlisted, and will be invited to attend a workshop on 17 February 2021 where advice and guidance on the full proposal stage will be given.
Only those who are shortlisted and attend the workshop will be invited to submit at the full proposal stage.
Applicants must submit an outline proposal in order to be invited to submit a full proposal.
Please see the ‘Application Process’ section of the Towards a National Collection call guidance below for further details.
Further information about the programme as a whole can be found on the Towards a National Collection: Opening UK Heritage to the World programme webpage.
Consultation with the Programme Director on proposal ideas is encouraged. Please contact
Rebecca Bailey – Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org