The Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement Scheme (FOF) provides funds to support innovative and creative engagements with new audiences and user communities which stimulate pathways to impact. Funds will be awarded for knowledge exchange, public engagement, dissemination, and commercialisation activities that arise unforeseeably during the lifespan of or following an AHRC-funded project.

Please note: The scheme does not support supplementary funding for continuation of research activities.

Proposals must clearly demonstrate both a well-defined non-academic need for the work and engagement with potential users and stakeholders in developing their project. Proposed activities must enhance the value and wider benefit of the original AHRC-funded research project, and clearly demonstrate how they will deliver significant economic, social, cultural and/or policy impacts.


The aims of the Follow-on Funding Scheme are:

  • to explore unforeseen pathways to impact either within the lifespan of an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) research project or resulting from a completed research project
  • to enhance the value and benefits of AHRC-funded research beyond academia
  • to encourage and facilitate a range of interactions and creative engagements between arts and humanities research and a variety of user communities to include, business and commercial, third sector and heritage sector, public policy, voluntary and community groups and/or the general public.

Definitions of Knowledge Exchange

The AHRC has specific interpretations for knowledge exchange, dissemination, public engagement and impact. Further information can be found on our Knowledge Exchange and Partnerships page.