Research Grants - Standard
Research Grants Overview
The Research Grants Scheme - Standard route is intended to support well-defined research projects enabling individual researchers to collaborate with, and bring benefits to, other individuals and organisations through the development of high-quality research.
Research Grants are not intended to support individual scholarship; however, projects may include elements of individual research if it can be shown that there will be added value from bringing these elements together within a jointly developed research framework.
The aims of the Research Grants scheme are:
- to assist researchers in all areas of the arts and humanities to improve the breadth and depth of our knowledge of human culture both past and present
- to support well-defined research projects of the highest quality and standards that will lead to significant advances in creativity, insights, knowledge and understanding, of interest and value both in the research community and in wider contexts where they can make a difference
- to enable arts and humanities researchers to pursue, and to bring to completion in due time, collaborative research projects of the highest quality that require leadership from more than a single scholar. You are required to include a principal investigator and at least one co-investigator jointly involved in the development of the research proposal, its leadership and management and leading to significant jointly authored research outputs
- to enable arts and humanities researchers to establish or enhance effective working relationships with fellow researchers - both within and beyond the arts and humanities and within and beyond the UK - practitioners and the wide range of individuals and organisations who may benefit from their research
- to provide opportunities for less experienced researchers to develop their expertise and their careers by working collaboratively with senior researchers on well-defined projects and by leading projects themselves
- to maximise the value of research outcomes by promoting their communication and dissemination with individuals and organisations outside academia; where appropriate, to facilitate the knowledge transfer of those outcomes to both the research community and other contexts where they will make a difference.
Scheme, limit, duration and commitment
The standard route accepts proposals with a total full economic cost of between £50,000 and £1,000,000 and lasting up to a maximum of 60 months.
The AHRC expects the Principal Investigator and any Co-Investigators to devote an average of at least four hours per week to the project.
If it is considered necessary for a Principal or Co-Investigator to devote an intensive period of time at specific points of the project’s funding lifetime, then this should be included in the application as the total number of hours to be devoted to the project and will therefore be reflected in the average number of hours devoted per week. You are reminded, however, that the time Investigators contribute to the project needs to be justified and will be considered as part of the peer review process.
The AHRC attaches major importance to the position of UK arts and humanities research in the international and global arena and positively encourages active collaboration between UK researchers and those in other countries. To this end, it has forged collaborative funding agreements, enabling joint standard grants with leading overseas partners.
The AHRC does allow international researchers to act as Co-Investigators on Research Grants.
For more information please refer to the International research pages.
Collaboration in proposals may involve a single institution or a combination of institutions and may involve people from the same or from different research areas, including collaboration between disciplines within the arts and humanities, or between an arts and humanities discipline and another subject area.
In such collaborations, the arts and/or humanities element of the project should lead the research questions, methods etc.
It may involve researchers collaborating with researchers overseas or with colleagues within other sectors. The collaboration proposed should be appropriate and necessary to the specific needs of the research project.
PhD project students
Please note that as of 1 November 2013 applications for Research Grants are not permitted to include costs for project students. However, project students may still be permitted where a highlight notice or call specifically states that you my apply for capacity building studentships alongside the grant.
Archaeology: radiocarbon dating
If your project requires access to radiocarbon dating facilities, you must apply for access to the NERC Radiocarbon Facility (NRCF), which is funded by the AHRC and NERC. For further details on how to apply please see the NRCF website.
You may only request radiocarbon dating costs from AHRC through your grant application if NRCF confirms that they are not able to provide a suitable service. You must state in your application that you have discussed the needs of your project with NRCF.
If you are requesting funds for radiocarbon dating in your application, these costs must be justified with a clear explanation for the request for funds in the case for support. Please see Attachments - Case for Support for more information regarding what to include in the Case for Support.
If you are requesting more than 100 dates for your project, these must be costed into the budget. Please note if your application is successful you will be required to apply to the NRCF panel for confirmation of the dates. We would recommend that you discuss your proposed application with NRCF before you submit it.
If you have any queries regarding the service provided by NRCF, please contact Dr Tom Higham, Deputy Director - firstname.lastname@example.org