Check your proposal is suitable for AHRC funding - AHRC

From March 2023, we are making changes to AHRC responsive mode schemes. Please check these changes before using the remit query form.

You should consult the AHRC disciplines before submitting a full proposal.

If you are still unsure whether your research is suitable for AHRC funding, please complete the remit query form on this page.

Before using the remit query form

Please note that the form is for the purposes of gaining confirmation as to whether your proposed research is within the subject remit of AHRC.

If your query is related to either a researcher’s or a project’s eligibility for a specific funding opportunity, you should contact AHRC at

Before using the remit query form, check you are eligible to receive AHRC funding.

Post-doctoral researchers should refer to section two of our research funding guide.

Those seeking doctoral funding should note we do not provide direct funding to students. Therefore you should refer to your intended place of study for guidance on the availability of AHRC funding.

So that your query can be quickly and accurately assessed, it is essential you clearly explain your:

  • research aims
  • plans
  • where you think the main novelty of your project lies.

All arts and humanities methodologies and research questions should be clearly articulated and presented in jargon-free language.

It is also important that any interdisciplinary aspects that may overlap with another research council’s remit are made clear.

It is not necessary to provide any of the following:

  • detailed background information
  • references
  • costs relating to your research.

At this point it is simply the subject disciplinary aspects of the project that need to be assessed.

What happens next

Your pre-application query will be assessed by our remit team to establish the level of arts and humanities remit within the project. The remit team consults colleagues within AHRC and other research councils to give the best advice possible about how to proceed with your proposal.

If it is decided your proposal is best suited to another research council, we will refer you to that council’s remit team.

Please note that all decisions made by the AHRC’s remit team are final. The remit team is not able to revisit or review decisions that applicants may disagree with.

If you have questions

Contact the remit query team.


We aim to respond to remit queries within two weeks.

Last updated: 9 April 2024

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