Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement scheme highlight - Cultural Value

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The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) established the Cultural Value Project at the end of 2012. Its objectives were:

  • to identify the various components of cultural value across a variety of contexts and within a unified approach; and
  • to identify and develop methodologies that might be used to assess those dimensions of cultural value.

The report was published earlier this year and can be found here: Cultural Value Project Final Report (PDF, 5.3MB)

You can keep up to date with The Cultural Value Project through its blog and more details on the Project can be found on the AHRC website.

Building on the outcomes of the Cultural Value Project, and the opportunities for enhanced pathways to impact which emerge from the Cultural Value Project Report, the AHRC is launching a Highlight Notice in the Following on Funding (FoF) scheme. We seek to encourage the application and development in policy and practice contexts of innovative, research-based approaches which enrich understanding of the value to individuals and society generated by the arts and culture.

Highlight notices are intended to stimulate proposals addressing strategic priorities or emerging research areas in order to encourage innovation, new thinking and/or the development of collaborations in these areas. Highlight notices are offered as opportunities within existing AHRC research schemes, although in this case highlight applications will be considered through a different assessment process to other FoF applications. Find out more about our current Highlight Notices.

Further details on the context and aims for, and scope of, the highlight notice, as well as further information on how to apply can be found in the Highlight Notice document. (PDF, 104KB)

Applications which do not fit under this highlight notice can continue to be submitted to the Follow-on Funding (FoF) scheme as usual.

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 15/12/2016

The application form for highlight applications will be available in Je-S from mid September 2016.

In order to be considered under this highlight notice applications must be submitted by research organisations before 1600hrs on Thursday 15th December 2016.

How to make an application

You should submit your proposal using the Research Councils’ Joint electronic Submission (Je-S) System. The form will be available from the 12th September. To prepare a proposal form in Je-S log-in to your account and choose New Document, then select ‘AHRC’ as the Council, ‘Standard Proposal’ as the Document Type, ’Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement’ as the Scheme, ‘Cultural Value Highlight notice in Follow-on Funding Scheme 15 December 2016’ as the Call/Type/Mode and then ‘Create Document’. Je-S will then create a proposal form, displaying the relevant section headings. Using the ‘Help’ link at the top of each section will provide guidance relevant to that section of the form.

Note that clicking 'submit document' on your proposal form in Je-S initially submits the proposal to your host organisation's administration, not to AHRC. Please remember to allow sufficient time for your organisation’s submission process between submitting your proposal to them and the Call closing date.

Applications under the highlight notice are expected to meet the normal requirements for applications to AHRC’s Follow-on Funding (FoF) scheme. However, additional information on fit to the highlight notice should be included in applications as outlined in the Highlight Notice document.

Further Information

The Highlight Notice document (PDF, 104KB) provides further information on the context and aims for, and the scope of, the highlight notice as well as information on how to submit applications.

The AHRC Funding Guide provides an overview of the Follow-on Funding (FoF) Scheme and the types of activity that could fall within the scope of the scheme.


Enquiries regarding this call should be directed to the AHRC enquiries team:

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