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UK-German Call for Proposals in the Humanities, incl. Law and Linguistics 2019/2020

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The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) together with the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) are launching a bilateral call for collaborative research proposals bringing together Arts and Humanities researchers in the UK with Humanities (including Law and Linguistics) researchers in Germany to conduct outstanding joint UK-German research projects. This is the second in a series of annual bilateral DFG/AHRC calls, following a successful first call launched in 2018.

Both funding agencies are aware that some of the best research can only be achieved by working with the best researchers internationally. Accordingly, the aims of the call are:

  • to support academic research of the highest quality in the Humanities undertaken by UK-German teams, whose primary aim is to make fundamental advances in human knowledge
  • to deepen and strengthen cooperation between UK and German researchers in the humanities, and to foster the growth of a transnational UK-German research culture.

The call is open to applications addressing any research topic where there is significant potential to advance knowledge through collaborative research bringing together Arts and Humanities researchers in the UK whose research falls within the remit of the AHRC and Humanities (including Law and Linguistics) researchers in Germany.

Applicants in the UK must meet AHRC eligibility requirements and applicants in Germany must meet the DFG’s eligibility requirements. Funding will be distributed among the research partners according to the researchers’ place of work and, in general, according to the funding rules of each individual agency.

The duration of the projects will normally be and must not exceed three years. Successful Projects will be expected to start in early 2021.

The UK component may seek up to £350,000 FEC, to which the AHRC will normally contribute 80% fec. Projects should be integrated but do not have to be symmetrical, in the sense that neither the sums requested nor the items requested have to be identical on the UK and German sides. However, we would expect the work packages to be delivered reasonably equally. Applicants should demonstrate the added value which cross-national collaboration bringing together researchers based in the UK and Germany will make to advancing research.

A single integrated case for support for the joint UK-German collaborative research project will need to be submitted in English. Where appropriate for the research topic, applicants may also submit their proposals in both English and German, although they are not required to do so.

The closing date for this call is Wednesday 26 February 2020.

The immediate resubmission of unsuccessful proposals from the first call under the AHRC-DFG MOU to the second call is not permitted but may be acceptable for future calls. Applicants unsuccessful under the first call may submit different proposals for this call.

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 26/02/2020

How to make an application

Applications for this call will need to be submitted through the UKRI Joint Electronic Submission - (Je-S) System (by 4pm UK time) with parallel submission to the DFG’s Elan portal (with a deadline of Midnight German time).

The UK PI should submit the joint proposal using the Research Councils’ Joint electronic Submission (Je-S) System (https://je-s.rcuk.ac.uk/).

To prepare a proposal form in Je-S:

  • log-in to your account and choose ‘Documents’ from the menu;
  • then select ‘New Document’;
  • ‘AHRC’ as the Council,
  • ‘Standard Proposal’ as the Document Type;
  • ‘Development Grants’ as the Scheme;
  • ‘AHRC DFG Research Grants 26 February 2020’ as the Call/Type/Mode; and
  • ‘Create Document’.

Please remember to allow sufficient time for your organisation’s submission process between submitting your proposal to them and the Call closing date.

Please note that when submitting the proposal via “Je-S”, the German Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator(s) must, for technical reasons, be entered as “co-investigators”.

Once the UK Principal Investigator has submitted the joint proposal through Je-S, the downloaded PDF proposal documents should be submitted by the German Principal Investigator to elan by midnight (German time) on Wednesday February 26 2020.

Further Information


Lead responsibility for the administration of calls rotates between the AHRC and the DFG. The AHRC is leading the administration of this second call and should therefore be the first point of contact for general enquiries relating to the call.


Please put DFG in the subject heading
+44 (0)1793 416060
Dr James Davies, International Partnerships and Engagement Manager

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 Monday to Thursday 8.30am - 5.00pm UK Time and Fridays 8.30am - 4.30 pm UK time (Excluding Bank Holidays and Other Holidays)


Sigrid Claßen
Tel. +49 (0)228 885-2209
Dr Nora Böttcher
Tel. +49 (0)228 885-2693

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