AHRC Study Tour 2012 – Knowledge Exchange and International Opportunities

This is part four in a series on the 2012 AHRC Study Tour.

Knowledge Exchange
Jo Lansdowne – Knowledge Exchange Strategy & Development Manager.

AHRC are moving from Knowledge Transfer to Knowledge Exchange, funding ‘collaboration’ between academics & non-academics, recognising that Knowledge Exchange is a 2-way process.  The small dedicated schemes focusing on Knowledge Transfer will end and instead AHRC are embedding Knowledge Exchange in all of its schemes, though they will still fund KTPs through TSB. This term, embedding, appeared regularly throughout the day and the same applies to their international opportunities – discussed below – where the move is away from smaller scale specific schemes towards larger, multipurpose, higher impact grants.

The Creative Economy is the major focus of Knowledge Exchange and AHRC have moved supporting a small number of longer, larger grants for Knowledge Exchange Hubs. The Creative Economy covers 4 key areas:

  • cultural promotion & conservation – museums, cultural tourism
  • creative activitiesperforming arts, fashion, gaming
  • creative communicationsadvertising, experience economy, broadcasting
  • creative interfacesdesign industries

The types of activity in each of the Hubs will depend upon the needs and aspirations of a Hub’s target organisations and businesses and could involve a range of different knowledge exchange models, creative engagements and interactions. There are currently 4 Knowledge Exchange Research Hubs:

  • Design in Action – baased in Dundee – food, sport. ICT, rural economy
  • CreativeWorks London – led by Queen Mary College – creative economy
  • The Creative Exchange – based in Lancaster (NW) – content creation & distribution
  • REACT – led by University of the West of England, SW & S Wales – creative economy & SMEs

AHRC also provides targeted research support, for example:

  • Digital R&D for Arts & Culture – jointly with Arts Council of England & NESTA
  • Brighton Fuse – £1m grant awarded to expand the creative, digital and IT sector in Brighton and Hove.
  • Strategic Partnerships

Jo’s slides can be viewed on the AHRC website.

International Opportunities
Naomi Baeumont – Head of International Strategy

AHRC’s Priority Regions are:

  • South Asia
  • North America
  • Europe
  • China & Brazil

AHRC look to engage with early career researchers as links made at this stage in your career are usually enduring.

Current interactions with Europe:

  • Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA): upcoming call with €19M available. Linked to the AHRC Translating Cultures theme. www.hera.org
  • Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) on Cultural Heritage & Global Change – possible joint calls in the future www.netheritage.eu
  • Engagement with European Commission on the Socio-Economic & Humanities theme in Horizon 2020.

Worldwide Interactions:

AHRC have a number of worldwide Agreements & MoUs: Germany, Ireland, Japan, Taiwan, as well as an open responvive mode scheme for international collaboration with Brazil & North America.

There are a number of current and planned co-funded programmes:

  • digging into data – USA, Canada, Netherlands
  • Humanities and Wellbeing – links with USA under the Science in Culture theme

Under the Research Networking Scheme proposals for FEC up to £30,000 for a period of up to 2 years may be submitted.   An additional threshold of up to £15,000 FEC can be requested to cover the costs of any international participants or activities in addition to the £30,000 fEC scheme limit.  Applications can be made at any time.

The International Placement Scheme is aimed at Early Career Researchers who are currently holders of an AHRC grant. The Scheme provides support for access to international collections and libraries and will cover flights and additional living expenses. The placement should add value to an existing AHRC award.

In the future AHRC will be looking to work strategically with British Council. Furture avenues of collaboration have been identified in India and there are already relationships with the SHRC in Canada that are still to be explored.

Naomi’s slides are available on the AHRC website.