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UK-US Collaboration for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions: Partnership Development Grants Opportunity

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The AHRC is pleased to announce a call for Partnership Development Grants as the next phase of its ‘UK-US Collaboration for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions’ programme funded through the UKRI Fund for International Collaboration.

This call for Partnership Development Grants is the second stage in a suite of funding activity that will be delivered through the programme over five years from 2018-23. The overarching aim of these awards is to consolidate research partnerships between Research Organisations and Cultural Institutions in both countries and establish a platform for future, more extensive and longer-term collaborations.

The call will support a broad range of innovative research development activities between teams in the UK and US that have the potential to deliver a transformational impact on digital methods and research in cultural institutions. Proposals will be expected to involve Research Organisations and cultural institutions in both countries.

Proposals should be framed around research development activity in one or more of the following thematic areas:

  • Machine learning and AI;
  • Digitally enabled participation;
  • Developing enhanced information on museum / cultural institution visitors;
  • The automatic creation and interrogation of all document types and unlocking of new data;

All proposals should also demonstrate how they respond to the two cross-cutting themes:

  • Contemporary challenges addressed by digital tools and methods;
  • Leadership and digital skills development.

These themes have been developed on the basis of discussions and outputs from a workshop which took place in Washington D.C. from 18-19 September and convened leading academic and cultural institution experts from both countries. 

A report of the workshop, including recommendations for future activity, can be found in the ‘further information’ section on this page. It is strongly advised that applicants refer to this report when completing their proposal.

Funding of £50-100,000 will be available per project on a full economic cost (fEC) basis with AHRC meeting 80% of the fEC.  Due to the fact that US partners are not able to allocate funding to this particular call, applicants will be required to demonstrate some level of  matched resource, either cash or in-kind, to support the US component of projects.

Projects should be for a duration of 6-12 months and will be required to start by 14 February 2020.

AHRC expects to make up to 10 awards through this call. For detailed information see the Call Guidance document.

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 10/12/2019



Deadline for submissions

10 December 2019

Panel meeting date

w/c 6 January 2020

Funding decisions to be issued

w/c 13 January 2020

Start date of awards

Earliest 1 February 2020

Latest 14 February 2020

How to make an application

You should submit your 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 UK-US Partnership Development Grants 10 December 2019' as the Call/Type/Mode and
  • ‘Create Document’

Further Information

The workshop report is available below. Applicants should refer to this report in order to inform their applications.


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

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 Friday 08:30 – 17:00).

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