AHRC/EPSRC: Research and Partnership Development call for the Next Generation of Immersive Experiences

Digifest VR by Jisc CC BY-NC-ND

AHRC and EPSRC have recently announced a call to develop a research programme to bring together organisations within the creative economy with researchers from both the arts and humanities communities and beyond:

Research and Partnership Development call for the Next Generation of Immersive Experiences

“This is not a technology-only research programme, nor one exploring interfaces but a programme to explore the new technology-enabled, multi-sensory, narrative, interpretative, and performance experiences that will drive future creative and commercial value. This will require interdisciplinary working between the Arts and Humanities and other disciplines from Psychology to Engineering, and inter-sector working between researchers, creative practitioners, and businesses.”

They would like proposals addressing this call to focus on:

  • Memory – how can new immersive experiences extend the access, interpretation and reach of memorybased institutions such as museum, galleries, archives and collections?
  • Place – what new experiences can be created by the combination of immersive technology and place based services?
  • Performance – what new creative practices are enabled by immersive technology, what new experiences can be offered to audiences and how can this transform or extend models of performance?

Applications are invited for a total full economic costs of up to £75,000 and lasting between 6 and 9 months. The deadline for proposals is 5th October 2017. Full details are given in the call document.

There are briefing events happening this week and next, and there is a webinar next Friday: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/ahrc-and-epsrc-13956090539

Please contact us if you’re interested in applying to this call.


AHRC Early Career Researcher History Event

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is holding a History event for members of the AHRC Peer Review College (PRC) and early career researchers conducting research in the discipline of history. This one day event will provide attendees with an opportunity to; discuss the current position of the discipline, including emerging areas of interest, build connections with other researchers, and, share learning around developing grant funding applications and the reviewing process.

Wednesday 8th March 2017, 09:30 – 16:30

Brookfield Campus, University of Leicester

For further information, and to book your place, follow this event webpage The registration deadline is 5pm, Wednesday 22nd February 2017.


RCUK Global Challenges Research Fund- what we know so far…

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries through:

  • challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research
  • strengthening capacity for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries
  • providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.

Below are some slides summarising what we know so far…


Trans-Atlantic “Digging into Data” funding available

Digging a hole by Adam Bindslev CC BY-NC
Digging a hole by Adam Bindslev CC BY-NC
Digging a hole by Adam Bindslev CC BY-NC

The AHRC have recently announced the launch of the fourth “Digging into Data” challenge, funded by a consortium of funders known as the Trans-Atlantic Platform (including AHRC and ESRC in the UK):

Trans-Atlantic Platform: Digging into Data

What’s it about?

The funders are looking for projects that address social science and/or humanities research questions through the development and innovative application of tools and methods for capturing and analysing “big data”.

Who can be involved?

This time the challenge has been expanded to incorporate new funders in new countries: ESRC and AHRC will fund UK partners, but it will also be possible to work with partners in Canada, Mexico, USA, Argentina, Brazil and a number of European countries (Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal). For the full list of countries and funders, see: http://www.transatlanticplatform.com/2016/02/29/trans-atlantic-platform-announces-the-2016-t-ap-digging-into-data-challenge/

Proposals must include “teams from at least three member countries, and must include partners from both sides of the Atlantic. Projects must address any research question in humanities and/or social sciences disciplines by using large-scale, digital data analysis techniques, and show how these techniques can lead to new insights. Successful applicants will receive funding from their own national funding agencies for projects that can last for up to 36 months.”

Anything else?

Applications should be submitted through the Digging into Data website, and you can find out more about the call there. The submission system will be available after 15th April. The deadline for proposals is 29th June 2016. Please get in touch with your Faculty Research Funding and Policy Manager at an early stage if you are interested in applying.


AHRC Anniversary Essay Competition – ‘The way we live now’

There will be a series of ten debates at UK universities and cultural organisations over the next year under the theme ‘The Way we live now and individual debates which will examine our human world, how it is changing and shaping our lives, how the arts and humanities can help us understand our changing world..

Further information on the call, eligibility criteria and application process can be found here.

Due to the fact that the series is taking place over a period of nine months, there will be three deadlines.

The first deadline, covering the first three debates (Curating the Nation, The Challenge of Change, Faith and Education) will be 30th October 2015,

The second deadline covering the four debates: Social Cohesion, Diversity and the Common Good; Beyond the Digital; Future Cities for All; Rethinking the Nation, will be 18th December 2015 

The final deadline, for the remaining three debates, Books and the Human, Is British Culture a Myth? and Machine World, will be 31st March 2016.



Humanities in Horizon 2020


RCUK National Contact Points for Horizon 2020 have held a series of information days around the UK. A recent event in Swindon focused on European funding opportunities for Arts and Humanities researchers. Presentations covered some of the key Horizon 2020 opportunities:https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevecadman/134974908/sizes/z/in/photostream/

Humanities researchers might also want to consider applying for the international funding that the AHRC offers. International Co-Is are eligible in various funding schemes including Research Grants, Research Networking, Follow-On Fund and some other thematic calls.

Getting involved in HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) or applying to the Newton Fund are other ways of developing international research partnerships.

Following the AHRC’s international team’s blog, Research beyond borders, is a useful way of keeping an eye on funding opportunities for international research collaboration specific to UK arts and humanities researchers.



ESRC-AHRC-CASS International Centre Partnerships

A reminder of the call announced by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)  to support China-UK International Centre Partnerships with the following aims:

  • Enable excellent international research collaboration between centres of excellence in the UK and China
  • Support the development of ambitious joint research agendas and stimulate the development of international and interdisciplinary collaborative research proposals
  • Promote mobility and develop capacity, thus contributing to the development of an internationally networked cohort of researchers who have the skills to work globally
  • Enhance pathways to international impact

Funding for this initiative is being supplied by the Newton Fund which is aimed at developing science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries

Further information including eligibility and how to apply can be accessed here.

The closing date is 16.00 (GMT) on 5 March 2015.



AHRC Visit to Nortumbria 14th Jan 2015. Talk for staff at 2pm


Just a reminder that Professor Charles Forsdick from the Arts and Humanities Research Council will be coming to see us a week today, on Wednesday 14th January.

Charles is the Leadership Fellow for AHRC on their ‘Translating Cultures’ themed area, and will be hosting a talk from 2pm in the Corry Room in Sports Central that is open to staff. Charles will talk about the translating cultures theme, other thematic research areas of AHRC and successful grant writing. There will also be short presentations from award holders at Northumbria on their own AHRC awards.

There is also an opportunity for staff to book a short one-to-one slot with Charles to discuss an idea or potential proposal in detail if desired. If you would like an opportunity to do this please get in touch with myself.

We look forward to seeing you there, and if you wish to come along please email my colleague Kerri Jude (kerri.jude@northumbria.ac.uk ) so we have an idea of numbers, and can set the room out accordingly.


Highlight notice for cross-disciplinary research from AHRC

This Highlight Notice aims to encourage research networking applications which explore innovative areas of cross-disciplinary enquiry that straddle the remits of the AHRC and other Research Councils and which involve significant boundary-crossing engagement and exchange between arts and humanities researchers and researchers/ practitioners in emerging areas of science and technology (broadly defined, including social science, engineering and medicine).

Applications addressing any of the following areas are particularly encouraged:

i)         Risk

ii)       Conflict, transnational organised crime or cyber- security

iii)      Cities / urbanisation/ urban Living / ‘smart’ cities

iv)      Valuing nature

v)       Anti-microbial resistance (AMR)

vi)      Wellbeing

vii)    Emerging areas of science and technology, (including, for example, the Internet of Things, robotics and autonomous systems, synthetic biology, regenerative medicine, wearable technologies, etc.)

Closing date: 12 midnight on 31 July 2015.

Further information can be found here.