Arts and humanities research is an essential part of many cross-council themes.
Novel, multidisciplinary approaches are needed to solve many, if not all, of the big research challenges over the next ten to 20 years. To achieve this, RCUK co-ordinates the delivery of multidisciplinary research in several priority areas. This section of our website will give you information about the areas in which we are involved, and the programmes we are part of. They are:
Connected Communities is a cross-Council programme led by the AHRC that is designed to help us understand the changing nature of communities in their historical and cultural contexts, and the role of communities in sustaining and enhancing our quality of life.
Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS)
The RCUK Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS) brings together the activities of all the UK Research Councils, including the AHRC, in response to global security challenges. The programme aims to support high quality independent research with the potential to help governments, businesses and societies to better predict, detect, prevent and mitigate threats to security.
Lifelong Health and Wellbeing
Lifelong Health and Wellbeing is a major cross-council initiative supporting multi-disciplinary research addressing factors across the life course that influence healthy ageing and wellbeing in later life.
Tackling AntiMicrobial Resistance (AMR)
It is clear that AMR needs a globally co-operative interdisciplinary approach to tackle these challenges and all the Research Councils have been working together to identify key themes to target current and future investments.
Living with Environmental Change
Living With Environmental Change is a ten year research programme that aims to meet the needs identified by the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, the United Nations’ Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Digital Economy is a cross-research council programme involving AHRC, EPSRC, ESRC and MRC. The Digital Economy Programme is aimed at providing capability in the early adoption of information technologies by business, government and society and focuses on the transformational effect that these technologies can have.