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The Research Grants Schemes are intended to support well-defined research projects enabling individual researchers to collaborate with, and bring benefits to, other individuals and organisations through the conduct of research. This scheme is not intended to support individual scholarship. The aim of this route is the same as the standard, however, principal investigators must meet the additional eligibility criteria as outlined in the AHRC Funding Guide.
Please note that as a minimum, from 1 April 2012, all applications under the grants scheme will be required to include a principal investigator and at least one co-investigator jointly involved in the development of the research proposal, its leadership and management and leading to significant jointly authored research outputs.
The early career route provides grants for projects with a full economic cost (fEC) between £50,000 and £250,000 for a varying duration up to a limit of 60 months.
Open - No Deadline
Please note that the assessment process for a Research Grants scheme application (Standard, Speculative and Early Career routes) takes approximately 30 weeks and the earliest start date for a project should be no earlier than 9 months after submission to the AHRC.
On occasions, there might be a delay in obtaining the peer reviews for an application and this may result in the assessment process taking longer. In such circumstances, the AHRC will contact the applicant to inform them of any delay.
How to make an application
For all routes of the research grants scheme you must submit an application through the cross-council Joint Electronic Submission - (Je-S) System. If you need any assistance to use the system, please contact the JE-S helpdesk on 01793 444164 or on JesHelp@rcuk.ac.uk.
Visit our Early Career Researchers overview page in the Skills section.
Our Research Funding Guide (PDF, 1MB) provides an overview of the different routes of the Research Grants Scheme. It also details the eligibility criteria which you must meet before submitting an application.
Visit our Subject Coverage section which includes our remit of all the disciplines we fund.
Other useful links:
- Impact Summary and Pathways to Impact: - Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 178KB)
- RCUK Impact Requirements - Frequently Asked Questions
- Examples of Impact from AHRC-funded projects (PDF, 296KB).
The AHRC work with the RCUK Shared Services Centre (SSC) to deliver all of our funding activities. All queries regarding eligibility for funding and applications in progress and also queries regarding current awards, should be directed to the SSC team dealing with your subject area using the contacts page.Return to opportunities