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Where Next? Scoping Future Arts and Humanities Led Research

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Due to the unfolding Covid-19 situation and the challenges this presents for applicants in putting together applications the AHRC has extended the deadline for this call to Tuesday 21st April 2020. Applicants should endeavour  to submit applications with all of the necessary attachments by 4pm on this date, but AHRC does recognise the challenges of securing documents such as Project Partner Letters of Support at this time. Where relevant we will put in place a return for amendment process for applications with small outstanding issues or missing documents.

The AHRC is pleased to announce a new call for interdisciplinary scoping studies which will explore and develop ideas for interdisciplinary research areas which could form the basis of future research initiatives.

As a constituent part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has the opportunity to bid into a number of different central hypothecated funds to support a variety of funding opportunities for its various research communities. The AHRC is seeking to build up a pool of developed ideas which could be used to inform either future bids into these hypothecated funds or taken forward through other mechanisms.

To achieve this, the AHRC is seeking to fund around three in-depth interdisciplinary scoping studies. Proposals must address at least one priority from the AHRC Delivery Plan and be interdisciplinary in nature; the research must also be clearly led from within the arts and humanities. Funding of up to £150,000 (fEC) will be available for each award.

These studies are expected to provide a comprehensive overview of the proposed research area through a range of mechanisms and considerations including, but not limited to: literature reviews; consideration and description of the current research landscape and potential for alignment to this; consideration and description of the timeliness of the research theme; current capability assessments; partnership and networking building activities; consideration of potential mechanisms for delivery and impact.

Applicants should note that this is a pilot call and demand is being managed as part of the pilot as set out in the Call Document under ‘Further Information’ below. The AHRC will evaluate the call before a commitment is made to any future rounds.

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 21/04/2020

How to make an application

Applications should be submitted through the Je-S system at the latest by 16:00 on Tuesday 21st April 2020 and will need to go through the appropriate institution submission process.

**Please note the application form will only become available in Je-S from Tuesday 28th January 2020**

Full details are available in the Call Document under ‘Further Information’ below.

Further Information

Scoping Future Arts and Humanities Led Research - Call Guidance (PDF, 250KB)


For queries about this call such as eligible activities and costs or remit of the call please contact AHRC at enquiries@ahrc.ukri.org or telephone: 01793 416060 (available Monday to Friday 08:30-16:30, UK time).

For queries on using Je-S such as creating and submitting the application form or Je-S account creation, please contact the Je-S Helpdesk on 01793 444164 or JeSHelp@je-s.ukri.org (available Monday to Thursday 08:30-17:00 and Friday 08:30-16:30, UK time).

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