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Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement

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The AHRC Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement Scheme (FoF) provides funds to support innovative and creative engagements with new audiences and user communities which stimulate pathways to impact. Funds will be awarded for knowledge exchange, public engagement, active dissemination and commercialisation activities that arise unforeseeably during the lifespan of or following an AHRC-funded project. The scheme does not support supplementary funding for continuation of research activities.

Proposals must clearly demonstrate both a well-defined non-academic need for the work and engagement with potential users and stakeholders in developing their project. Proposed activities must enhance the value and wider benefit of the original research project and clearly demonstrate how they will deliver significant economic, social, cultural and/or policy impacts.

The scheme aims to encourage and facilitate a range of interactions and creative engagements between arts and humanities research and a variety of user communities including business and commercial, third sector and heritage sector, public policy, voluntary and community groups and the general public.

The AHRC Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement scheme operates without formal deadlines and will offer awards of up to £100,000 (fEC) for a maximum of 12 months. Smaller awards of up to £30,000 (fEC) are encouraged for shorter or higher risk activities, for example testing the feasibility of an idea, exploring new partnerships for knowledge exchange, testing the market or investigating a new business model. Decision making times are reduced for these smaller awards.

For further information on scheme criteria, eligibility, assessment  procedures and supportable activities please see the AHRC Funding Guide.

For further information on scheme criteria, eligibility, assessment  procedures and supportable activities please see the new scheme guidance is available now in our Research Funding Guide.

Closing Dates

Open - No Deadline

How to make an application

Please note that all applications must be made through the cross-council Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) System. When starting your application form in Je-S please ensure that you select the Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement scheme. If you need any assistance using the system please contact the Je-S Helpdesk on 01793 444164 or on JeSHelp@rcuk.ac.uk.

Further Information

Detailed guidance is available below for applicants to this scheme in our Research Funding Guide.

Read our feature 'How we remember our dead and what it says about us' which is about research undertaken with Follow-on Funding.


The AHRC work with the UK Shared Business Serices (UK SBS)  to deliver all of our funding activities. All queries regarding eligibility for funding and applications in progress and also queries regarding current awards, should be directed to the UK SBS team dealing with your subject area using the contacts page.

For further information about Knowledge Exchange activities and opportunities in the AHRC please go to the Knowledge Exchange and Partnership pages.

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