Cultural Heritage and Development in Egypt

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The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) of the United Kingdom and the Science & Technology Development Fund (STDF) of Egypt are pleased to announce a joint call for Research Grant proposals addressing the theme of ‘Cultural Heritage and Development in Egypt’. Funding of up to £350K is available per project and awards will be expected to have a maximum duration of 36 months.

Egypt is host to some of the world’s most important historical sites and monuments and a diverse range of histories, dialects and cultures. Yet these assets – so central to Egypt’s identity, social cohesion and future growth – are currently under threat by a range of factors such as urbanisation, climate change, criminal activity and population growth.

The aim of this call is to allow researchers from the UK and Egypt to work collaboratively on research projects, which address key challenges related to Egypt’s cultural heritage. Proposals are invited under three thematic areas:

  • Archaeological conservation: building a sustainable future for Egypt’s cultural heritage
  • Museums, libraries and archives: revenue generation, skills development and heritage preservation
  • Intangible heritage

Guidance on the scope of the call, additional information on the thematic areas and the application process can be found below under ‘Further Information’.

The AHRC’s involvement in this call is funded by the Newton Fund programme. The Newton Fund is an initiative intended to strengthen research and innovation partnerships between the UK and emerging knowledge economies.

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 05/09/2017

Deadline for applications: 16:00 (BST) on Tuesday 5 September 2017.

How to make an application

Applications should be prepared using the Research Council’s Joint electronic Submission (Je-S) system. The Principal Investigator (PI) in the UK must submit the application through the Je-S system and the PI in Egypt must submit the same application on the STDF website.

Further Information

Call specification and application guidance (PDF, 371KB)

Case for Support Template (Word, 812KB)

Annexes to be completed by the Egyptian PI/researchers:


For UK/AHRC queries about this call such as eligible activities and costs or remit of the call please contact or telephone 01793 416060 (available Monday to Friday 8:30-5:00)

For Egypt/STDF queries about this call please contact STDF directly –

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