AHRC forward look: autumn 2022

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The latest in a series of blogs from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) that will share upcoming opportunities with the community.

I’m pleased to be writing my first forward look blog post on behalf of AHRC.

Since joining the council earlier this year, it has been a privilege to be involved in such a broad range of initiatives and to help launch many exciting funding opportunities for the community.

Since the last of these blog posts AHRC forward look: summer 2022 we have published our strategic delivery plan AHRC strategic delivery plan which sets out our roadmap for the next 3 years.

The plan is an ambitious framework which describes the role we play in delivering our UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) strategy, and how arts and humanities lie at the heart of research and innovation in the UK.

If you’ve yet to read this document, I’d encourage you to take a look and join our upcoming strategic delivery plan event to find out more.

We’ve also launched the funding opportunity for Convergent Screen Technologies and performance in Realtime (CoSTAR).

This major £75.6 million investment will support a cutting-edge infrastructure that will help to develop new technology to support the gaming, screen and performance sectors. We’re calling on researchers and creative industries professionals to apply to host this new creative facility, and you can find out more and apply now: national capability for R&D in screen and performance.

In addition to CoSTAR, we have many more opportunities which are live and open for applications. You can visit the UKRI funding finder to find the full list, but here is a flavour of some of the opportunities you might be interested in:

Looking ahead

So, looking further ahead – what’s next?

In this blog, we will highlight opportunities that will launch over this autumn and into the winter.

Let’s run through some of the exciting opportunities to look out for over the coming months.

Dance Research Matters

The £500,000 Dance Research Matters Network Partnerships funding opportunity will focus on innovative approaches to supporting this distinct embodied and practice-based discipline. It will launch at the end of the year and be open into the spring.

See the funding finder for more information soon.

UK-China Creative Industries Hub fellow and project manager

We are leading on the development of a clear pathway to the implementation and delivery of our proposed UK-China Creative Industries Hub.

These roles will be central to informing and shaping the strategic delivery plan for the hub and its associated programme. Funding will be available for a 12-month period starting April or May 2023. We will support a fellow at a maximum cost of £140,000 (100% full economic cost) and a project manager as part of the fellowship at a maximum cost of £30,000 (100% full economic cost).

This opportunity will launch on the funding finder in mid-November.

International Placement Scheme

This is our annual funding opportunity to fund research fellowships for doctoral students and early career researchers at 1 of 6 world-leading international cultural institutions:

  • Library of Congress
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • National Institute for the Humanities, Japan
  • Yale Centre for British Art
  • Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas
  • Huntington Library

The funding opportunity will open in late November and close in late February. Look out for more details on the funding finder.

Where Next?

As part of our commitment to working with our communities to capture the best and boldest ideas from across the arts and humanities, we will be launching a new approach to our ‘Where Next’ scheme in January.

This scheme enables researchers, practitioners, technicians and others based at any organisation to share ideas with AHRC through a new light-touch form. These ideas will help AHRC systematically gather frontier ideas to break new ground and shape our current and future work.

More details will be released in November.

Research Infrastructure for Conservation and Heritage Science (RICHeS)

From January 2023, there will be a series of pre-announcement engagement events for RICHeS, a £59.5 million investment over 5 years (subject to business case approval) to establish a national capability for heritage science.

The main funding opportunity is expected to launch in May 2023.

Keep up to date

To continue to be updated with the latest AHRC opportunities:


This content was accurate when the blog post was published on 2 November 2022. If you are reading this after that date, some details may have changed.

For the correct information on upcoming opportunities please visit the UKRI funding finder and sign up for email updates via the UKRI website.

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