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Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)


Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Polaris House
North Star Avenue SN2 1FL
United Kingdom

The UK is a world leader in arts and humanities research. The AHRC will enhance our global distinction by focusing on excellence of achievement, extending opportunity and building capacity through partnerships.The AHRC is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, along with the other UK Research Councils.

The AHRC’s vision is to:

  • fund excellent research projects not fully supported from other sources, including those of field-defining or transformative potential and deploying interdisciplinary and thematic approaches
  • take an overview of research in the arts and humanities in order to support new areas and important but vulnerable disciplines
  • provide opportunities for outstanding researchers at key stages of their careers to develop intellectual leadership in their own disciplines and beyond
  • support postgraduate research to ensure that capability across the disciplines is maintained and the best possible training is provided
  • enable the exchange of knowledge to deliver civic, cultural and economic benefits
  • on behalf of the UK, develop international opportunities to further arts and humanities research


In testing times, we think hard about the range of what we offer and efficient ways of doing it. Our priorities are as follows:


  • To support the best ideas and projects emerging from researchers.
  • To enable larger projects, including facilitating collaboration and interdisciplinary.
  • To bring scholars together to address new research questions and agendas in themes and strategic initiatives.
  • To develop both the assessment and formative role of peer reviewers to ensure that funding is directed toward research of the highest quality and greatest ambition.


  • To develop postgraduate support to provide the strongest possible foundation for capacity, quality and creativity.
  • To support researchers through skills development, networks and projects.
  • To promote intellectual leadership through fellowships and large and thematic projects.
  • To develop our engagement with the research community through the measures highlighted under ‘AHRC Commons’ and, in tandem, to enhance the role of the AHRC Peer Review College as outlined below.

Partnerships and Knowledge Exchange:

  • To extend our contribution to the UK’s creative economy through Knowledge Exchange and other means.
  • To deepen engagement with public, private and third sector partners to enlarge the contribution to the arts, public engagement and policy formation nationally and internationally.
  • To support and strengthen international research in the arts and humanities through strategic partnerships.
  • To increase researcher mobility through schemes such as International Placement.
  • To increase research participation in co-funded international programmes.

Advocacy and Leadership:

  • To provide opportunities for individuals, representative bodies and users of arts and humanities research to address issues of common interest and concern.
  • To share often dispersed information and exchange new insights and ideas.
  • To develop better ways of explaining and evidencing the value and importance of research in the arts and humanities.