Research Funding Guide

About the Research Funding Guide

This guide is intended to cover rules and policies for our responsive mode schemes. Each scheme has different aims, funding limits, durations, etc. - although many standard rules do apply to all. All applicants should read the information about costs, eligibility, application guidance, assessment criteria, peer review, award decisions, and the additional information. These sections contain standard rules and policies, which normally apply to all schemes. However, anything noted for a particular scheme will supersede the rule or policy in subsequent sections.

Changes to all AHRC Research Grant and Fellowships applications

From 1 December 2012 the AHRC will be changing one of its requirements for Grant and Fellowship applications (Research Networking applications will remain unaffected). This change relates to the way applicants provide information about the digital technologies or outputs associated with their proposals. This change will affect all applications including those without a digital element.

The AHRC’s ICT strategic programme identified issues regarding the sustainability and accessibility of electronic outputs funded by the AHRC. We have also had feedback from the AHRC’s moderating panels regarding the assessments of technical aspects of proposals which has prompted a review of the way AHRC captures and assesses information about the digital aspects of projects. This has included a review of the technical appendix with the aim of revising the requirements for the application form and updating the guidance for applicants. The purpose of these changes is to provide clearer guidance as to when and how detailed technical information needs to be provided, thereby reducing the number of applications which require expert technical review. For the more routine technical aspects of proposals, e.g. websites, these will be an integral part of the proposal which all reviewers will be expected to assess.

Applications submitted on or after 1st December 2012 will need to take account of the new guidance and application form requirements.

The key changes are that:

  • All proposals will be required to contain additional information in the Case for Support, under a new ‘Technical Summary’ Heading. Note that the maximum length of the case for support has been increased to support this.
  • Applicants who identify within the Technical Summary that their proposal has digital outputs or digital technologies that are essential to their planned research outcomes will be expected to submit a Technical Plan attachment.
  • The Technical Summary should either provide an outline of the technical aspects of the project OR indicate why the project has no need to complete a Technical Plan
  • The current technical appendix section of the Je-S form will be removed, as will the attachment type

Je-S has been updated to allow applications using the new Technical Plan attachment to be created, but please note that these cannot be submitted until 1 December 2012. Applications using the current rules and Technical Appendix section and attachment can be created and submitted until 30 November 2012

Further guidance on the technical attachment and how to complete it are now available in the Application guidance section of the AHRC Funding Guide and Je-S helptext.

If you are applying for an Early Career route

If you are applying for an Early Career route, you need to read the main section and the Early Career section. So for instance, for a Research Grants scheme you should read Research Grants and Research Grants - Early Career. The same principle applies if you are applying through the Fellowships Scheme - Early Career route.

Web pages and the PDF file

The Guide is published on these web pages and also as a PDF file. The content is the same in both places, although the layout is slightly different on the web pages. The AHRC recommends that you use the web pages to explore funding opportunities and print any individual pages that you are interested in using your browser (click File then Print). You can also print the full Research Funding Guide (PDF, 858KB).

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Introduction to the Guide

The AHRC seeks to promote and support high quality arts and humanities research through a variety of funding opportunities across its schemes from postgraduate studentships to large scale collaborative research grants, specialist training schemes to strategic programmes, fellowships to research networking.

Research funding is available through the AHRC’s responsive mode schemes (high-quality research in any subject area within the AHRC’s remit) and through research programmes and other specific initiatives (funding for high-quality research in specific areas of intellectual urgency and wider resonance).

This funding guide contains details of the post-doctoral funding schemes that are operated in responsive mode. You should note that the schemes we operate offer very different types of support. It is important to think carefully about the most appropriate scheme for the research project you propose to undertake.

This guide is split into separate sections providing information on the different elements of the application process and it addresses subjects such as eligibility, how to apply, any important dates to note.

Case studies of research previously funded by the AHRC are available on our website.

The guide is updated throughout the year and you should ensure that you are reading the most recent version by checking for any recent updates. The content on the web pages and in the PDF file version are the same, although there are slight differences in layout.