Highlight Notice: UN International Decade for People of African Descent in the Research Networking Scheme

The AHRC has launched a highlight notice in its Research Networking Scheme. It will address research issues of relevance to, or raised by, the International Decade for People of African Descent with the potential to broadly contribute to the aims of the UN Decade. The highlight notice is open to applications until 30 June 2016.

Highlight notices are intended to stimulate proposals addressing strategic priorities or emerging research opportunities in order to rapidly advance thinking or collaboration in these areas. Highlight notices are offered as opportunities within existing AHRC research schemes and are therefore assessed under the same criteria and assessment process. Find out more about our current Highlight Notices.

The aim of this highlight notice is to encourage research networking proposals which are relevant to the UN International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024). The United Nations (UN) cite the need to strengthen national, regional and international cooperation in relation to the full enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights by people of African descent, and their full and equal participation in all aspects of society.

The theme for the International Decade is “People of African descent: recognition, justice and development” and the highlight notice is open to a wide range of networking proposals relevant to any of the key objectives of the UN decade:

  • promote respect, protection and fulfilment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by people of African Descent
  • promote a greater knowledge of and respect for the diverse heritage, culture and contribution of people of African descent to the development of societies
  • adopt and strengthen national, regional and international legal frameworks to eliminate all forms of racism and racial discrimination.

In order to be considered under the highlight notice applications will need to:

  • have a core arts and humanities research focus on issues of specific relevance to people of African descent and/or the UN International Decade for People of African Descent
  • include engagement with, or the participation of, researchers and/or communities of African descent and/or with relevant community, cultural, heritage, creative or professional organisations or relevant providers of community services.

Further details on the context for the highlight notice and information on how to apply under the highlight can be found in the Highlight Notice document (PDF, 34KB).

Applications which do not fit under this highlight notice can continue to be submitted to the Research Networking scheme as usual.