AHRC forward look: summer 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.

Back in March we published the first of this new series of blog posts that set out some of the exciting opportunities AHRC will be supporting over the coming months. And hasn’t time flown…

Over the past few months, we’ve had budget allocations confirmed for the next three years. We’ve been able to announce two exciting new research and innovation infrastructures through the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Infrastructure Fund. ‘A national infrastructure for creative research and innovation’ (CoSTAR) and ‘research infrastructure for conservation and heritage science’ (RICHeS) will power ground-breaking research and innovation in the UK’s creative and cultural sectors.

We’ve also launched our £8.5 million Enabling a Responsible AI Ecosystem programme, that will see researchers tackle some of the biggest ethical questions posed by artificial intelligence (AI).

A number of flagship funding opportunities are also currently live, so make sure to check these out before their deadlines:

Looking ahead

So what’s coming next? For this blog, we will highlight opportunities that will launch over this summer and into the autumn.

For those who missed the first blog post of this series, this is a result of feedback from our communities. We want to give greater clarity on our direction and deadlines to help our stakeholders, across the breadth of the arts and humanities research and innovation community, with forward planning.

To do this, we are continuing to mature our approach to operational planning by taking a longer view. This will give greater visibility to our funding priorities and upcoming programme of opportunities and activities. This is part of a wider AHRC objective to promote the highest standards of efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency within all aspects of our operations and planning.

As well as publishing this blog post, we are releasing opportunities as pre-announcements increasingly earlier on the funding finder. Since the last blog, we have published many more pre-announcements, enabling you to plan in greater depth and for longer, for upcoming opportunities.

Over the next six months, we aim to ensure most of our opportunities are pre-announced at least two months prior to an opportunity going live. Please do subscribe to UKRI’s GovDelivery service to ensure you hear about these opportunities as soon as they go live.

Now, without further ado…let’s run through some of the exciting opportunities to look out for over the coming months.

Upcoming Opportunities

Creative Research Capability awards (CResCa)

A new capital investments opportunity, building on previous successes in the Capability for Collections fund. It will support a series of targeted, capital investments to renew and upgrade research facilities within smaller specialist institutions focusing on practice research, including:

  • creative industries
  • design
  • fine art
  • performance.

View the CResCa funding opportunity.

Design Exchange Partnerships: design the green transition

Funding to develop design-based solutions for specific issues related to net zero and the national response to the climate crisis facing UK coastal and island communities.

The full economic cost of your project can be up to £40,000, plus a five to 10% non-academic partner organisation contribution. AHRC will fund 80% of the full economic cost.

This funding opportunity will open on 1 September 2022, but the pre-announcement is available to view.

CoSTAR, funded through the UKRI Infrastructure Fund

A capital investments opportunity building on previous success in our Creative Industries Clusters and Audience of the Future programmes. This will support the establishment of a distributed, national research and development capability to secure UK competitiveness in the screen and performance industries.

This opportunity will be live by September 2022.

NHS 75th public engagement

A flagship forward looking ‘NHS100’ public engagement opportunity that will explore the future of the NHS over the next 25 years up to its centenary. We will be looking to support interdisciplinary public engagement projects that are rooted in two-way conversations between researchers and the public.

This opportunity will go live in September 2022.

Cultural Heritage and Climate Change International Partnership Development Awards

Working in partnership with the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport this opportunity will support the development of equitable international partnerships with researchers, practitioners and communities in developing countries.

This will allow them to co-develop innovative ways to adapt the use and management of cultural heritage to respond to the challenges posed by climate change and natural disasters. In addition it will enable the mobilisation of heritage assets to support inclusive sustainable international development, climate justice and community resilience.

We expect that the opportunity will be for awards of up to £250,000 full economic cost (paid at 80%) and up to two years duration starting from summer 2023.

We expect a pre-announcement to be issued later this summer ahead of the full opportunity details in the autumn.

Further information

To continue to be updated with the latest AHRC opportunities:


This content was accurate when the blog post was published on 4 July 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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