Independent Research Organisations
All UK higher education institutions (HEIs) are eligible to receive funds for research, postgraduate training, and associated activities. The higher education funding councils for England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland determine whether an organisation meets the criteria to be a higher education institute.
Over the last decade, the AHRC’s support for the IROs has led to a wide range of benefits: for the organisations themselves, including in-house researchers; the university-based researchers who work with them and crucially for the general public and the UK as a whole”
Professor Andrew Thompson, Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Council