We are running this funding opportunity on the new UKRI Funding Service. You cannot apply on the Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) system.
The principal investigator lead is responsible for completing the application process on the Funding Service, but we expect all team members and project partners to contribute to the application.
Only the lead research organisation can submit an application to UKRI.
- Select ‘Start application’ near the beginning of this page.
- Confirm you are the project lead.
- Sign in or create a Funding Service account. To create an account, select your organisation, verify your email address, and set a password. If your organisation is not listed, email email@example.com
- Answer questions directly in the text boxes. You can save your answers and come back to them or work offline and return to copy and paste your answers. All questions and assessment criteria are listed in the ‘How to apply’ section on this Funding finder page.
- Send the completed application to your research office for checking. They will return it to you if it needs editing.
- Your research office will submit the completed and checked application to UKRI.
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Core application questions
The application process across UKRI councils is being streamlined by simplifying and standardising the questions we ask you to explain your ideas. You will be asked to provide information about:
- the vision of the project
- the approach to the project
- the capability of the applicant or applicants and the project team to deliver the project
- the resources requested to do the project
- the ethical and responsible research and innovation considerations of the project
Further details of the application questions and what assessors are looking for can be found on the UKRI website: how applicants use the UKRI Funding Service.
Further application form guidance will be published in July 2023.
During the initial phases of the Funding Service, the system will continue to develop in response to internal and external user needs. As an interim measure we will launch AHRC responsive mode funding opportunities as consecutive rounds with defined closing dates. Opening in rounds means we will be able to accommodate system developments and assess applications in a batch submitted under the same conditions.
Applications may be submitted at any time while a round is open; you do not need to wait until the closing date. AHRC will begin to process applications as soon as we receive them, so if an application is submitted early in a round, we may be able to provide you with an earlier decision.
The first round of the Curiosity Awards scheme on the Funding Service will open on 17 July 2023 at 9:00am UK time. The closing date for the first round via the Funding Service will be 19 October 2023 at 4:00pm UK time.
The second round will open at the end of October; details of the dates will be published in July.
You should ensure you are aware of and follow any internal institutional deadlines that may be in place.
The proposed start date of your project must be at least six months after the date of your proposal submission.
Processing personal data:
AHRC as part of UKRI, will need to collect some personal information to manage your funding service account and the registration of your funding applications.
We will handle personal data in line with UK data protection legislation and manage it securely. For more information, including how to exercise your rights, read our privacy notice.
If your application is successful, some personal information will be published via the UKRI Gateway to Research.