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UK-US Collaboration for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions: Pre Call Announcement for Partnership Development Grants

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

Funding will support 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 museums and cognate cultural institutions such as libraries, galleries and archives.

Finalisation of the details and priority areas for the call will be informed by the UK-US Digital Scholarship for Cultural Institutions workshop taking place in Washington DC from 18-19 September. This workshop will be co-sponsored by the AHRC, EPSRC and US partners: the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress. The workshop will explore opportunities and challenges in a number of areas including: machine learning and AI; crowdsourcing and models of co-creation; developing enhanced information on museum / cultural institution visitors; the automatic creation and interrogation of all document types and unlocking of new data; the use of digital tools and methods in addressing contemporary challenges; and leadership and skills development in digital scholarship. Please note that attendance at the workshop is not a condition of application to this call.

Applications should demonstrate how the activity proposed will provide a foundation for larger, longer-term UK-US research collaboration in digital scholarship in cultural institutions, and which might be submitted to potential future funding calls delivered by the partners. Funding will support a broad range of research and partnership development activities including pilot / developmental / exploratory research; new cross-disciplinary engagements; scoping and proof of concept activity; feasibility studies; workshops, conferences and networking; outreach, engagement and knowledge exchange activity. Projects will be required to involve an appropriate combination of Research Organisations and cultural institutions in both countries.

It is anticipated that funding of £50-100k (tbc) will be available per project on a full economic cost (fEC) basis with AHRC meeting 80% of the fEC.  Please note that the NEH and NSF are not able to provide direct funding for this particular call and applicants will be required to demonstrate some level of  matched resource, either cash or in-kind, to support the US component of projects. It is expected that projects will be for a duration of 6-12 months (tbc) and will be required to start by 14 February 2020.

Opening Dates

Call Opens: TBC

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 05/12/2019

How to make an application

Further Information



International Partnerships and Engagement Team, AHRC

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