The AHRC offers funding for single- and multi-investigator projects. The key non-strategic ('responsive mode') schemes are:
- Research Grant (team projects)
- Fellowship (solo projects)
- Research Networking (team projects)
- Collaborative Doctoral Award (doctoral funding in collaboration with a non-academic partner)
Research Grant and Fellowship schemes offer an Early Career route open to those within eight years of completing a PhD. The Early Career schemes tend to have a slightly better strike rate than the Standard schemes. Full details of funding opportunities from the AHRC can be found here. You should also consult the AHRC Funding Guide, available to download via the link on the right.
Research Grants, Fellowships and Research Networking schemes do not operate a fixed deadline. However, the AHRC advises that applications should be submitted no later than nine months before the proposed start date of the project. Applications to AHRC schemes are required to go through early-stage and Faculty peer review. Early-stage proposals should be submitted no later than four months before the scheme deadline or intended date of submission, and ideally at least six months before. Developed applications should be submitted to the Faculty for peer review (via Director of Research) at least four weeks before the deadline date.
The deadline for Collaborative Doctoral Awards usually falls towards the beginning of November. CDA applications are also subject to early-stage peer review, with outline proposals submitted four months before the scheme deadline.
A key focus of AHRC attention over the coming years will be on its Emerging Themes:
- Digital Transformations in Arts and Humanities
- Care for the Future
- Translating Cultures
- Science in Culture
Highlight Notices in relation to Fellowship and Research Networking schemes are currently in operation in order to encourage response to the Emerging Themes, and it could well be worth thinking about how a proposal might be framed with reference to them.