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Supporting and encouraging innovation lies at the heart of the AHRC’s strategy. Our work in the Creative Economy, knowledge exchange and design are important aspects of innovation and creativity in research.

But innovation can also be supported through new models of partnership, for example, new methodologies in business or community engagement, novel ways of sharing knowledge and skills, identifying new areas of research or supporting interdisciplinary approaches.

Boundless Creativity

Boundless Creativity is the new campaign created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic which will explore and demonstrate the role of innovation, collaboration and participation in shaping cultural experiences in the current pandemic, and provide an evidence base for future growth.

Creative Economy Research

The United Kingdom's (UK) Creative Economy, which embraces the creative industries and the cultural sector, is a dynamic and vital part of the UK’s economy. The creative industries contributed a record £91.8 billion to the UK economy in 2016, official statistics show.

Design Research

Design has been identified by the AHRC as a strategic priority in our 2011-15 delivery plan and we have developed a programme of complementary activity to explore this.

Environment Portfolio

 Arts and humanities researchers and disciplines can offer unique and essential perspectives and approaches to understanding weather, climate change, and natural history, each with important implications for the way we engage people in caring for and protecting their environment.

Health and Wellbeing Research Portfolio

The world faces a wide range of health and wellbeing challenges, and the arts and humanities have the capacity to make significant impacts that can transform lives, experiences and healthcare practices.

Heritage Research

Heritage has been identified by the AHRC as one of three priority areas, alongside Design and Languages.  Over the past few years AHRC has built upon its previous investments and enhanced its work in this area through partnerships with other agencies, targeted calls and collaborations both in the UK and internationally.

Knowledge Exchange and Partnerships

Knowledge Exchange Hubs connect excellent research in the arts and humanities with a range of creative and cultural organisations. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships support UK businesses helping them access the knowledge and expertise available within UK universities and colleges.

Migration and Displacement Research Portfolio

Migration and displacement are related to some of the most significant demographic, social, economic and political changes past and present. While migration contributes to the development of culture, identity, society and heritage, it can also be indicative of disruption, inequality and persecution, particularly when it is undertaken unsafely or through force.

Modern Language Research

Modern Languages are defined by us as any language currently in use in the world today and a discipline identified as an area of strategic priority. It is our vision to broaden the perception of Modern Languages beyond the acquisition and training of new language skills, to include more mature forms of research that are methodologically innovative, ambitious and interdisciplinary.

Research in Film Awards

The AHRC Research in Film Awards (RIFA) is the only film awards dedicated to celebrating and recognising arts and humanities research through film. Now in its sixth year, the awards are designed to showcase and reward the best of the growing number of high-quality short films.