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AHRC leads £12.5m international research investments focused on creative industries and Digital Scholarship

Date: 25/02/2019

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) will lead two new major international research collaborations with the US and China, focusing on digital scholarship in cultural institutions and growth in the creative industries.

The UK-US Collaboration for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions programme was developed in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution in the US and the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council in the UK, and aims to create a transatlantic community of experts working across disciplines and delivering international best practice in digital scholarship for cultural institutions. 

The programme will invest £7.5 million, plus matched funding from US partners, over 5 years, strengthening collaboration between world-leading museums and other cultural institutions in the UK and US and transforming the ways in which culture and heritage can be experienced by global audiences.

The UK-China Creative Industries Collaboration aims to strengthen the economic impact of the Creative Industries in the UK and in Shanghai – a vital hub for China’s creative industries. By bringing together academic and industry partners in both countries, the project will facilitate large scale research and innovation collaborations in the screen, video game and theatre industries, among others, delivering economic and cultural growth in both countries.

The programme was developed in partnership with project partners the Shanghai Theatre Company and the Shanghai Economy and Information Technology Commission and the UK’s £5 million investment will be match funded by China.

Both programmes will be funded through the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Fund for International Collaboration (FIC) – a £79m investment in international projects announced in January 2019 – which will see UK researchers and innovators working with counterparts in other leading research nations across the globe.

Edward Harcourt, Director of Research at the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), said: “Opportunities and challenges which are global in scale require research collaborations which are every bit as international.”

“Shanghai has become a powerhouse for China’s creative industries, but safeguarding this growth for the benefit of the UK and China will require an effective mix of researchers and industry experts from both countries.

“Likewise, UK-US collaboration presents the opportunity to continue both countries’ leading role in digital scholarship by bringing together academic experts with world-leading museums and cultural institutions.

“These two projects continue the AHRC’s successful history of collaboration with the US and China, while helping to promote UK Research and Innovation as a vital hub of international research collaboration.”

Notes to Editors

For further information, please contact:

Joe Lewis, Press and Social Media Officer at the Arts and Humanities Research Council, on 01793 416021 or joseph.lewis@ahrc.ukri.org

The Arts and Humanities Research Council funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: archaeology, area studies, the creative and performing arts, design, digital content, heritage, history, languages, philosophy and much more. This financial year we will spend approximately £98 million on research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides economic, social and cultural benefits to the UK, but contributes to the culture and welfare of societies around the globe.

The AHRC is part of UK Research and Innovation, a new body that works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England.

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