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The AHRC Research in Film Awards 2017


The Arts and Humanities Research Council is launching its 2017 Film Awards to find new and emerging talent that straddle the worlds of both filmmaking and arts and humanities research.

This award is designed to showcase, reward and recognise the best of the growing number of high-quality short films (defined as no longer than 30 minutes) that are linked to arts and humanities research. For the third year running, there is also the “Inspiration Award” which is open to members of the public, provided their film has been inspired by research in the arts and humanities.

Awards will be made in five categories and the winner of each category will win £2,000 to be invested in their future filmmaking activities. All applicants must accompany their submissions with supporting text which must detail how the film is directly linked or influenced by arts and humanities research.


  1. Best Research Film of the Year
  2. Best Doctoral or Early Career Film
  3. International Development Award: Mobilising Global Voices
  4. Innovation Award
  5. Inspiration Award (public category)

The call for applications closes at 4pm on 6 July 2017

For more information and to submit an entry, please visit the AHRC.

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AHRC Workshop – Cultural Heritage and Rapid Urbanisation in India

The AHRC is pleased to announce a call for researchers to attend a workshop on ‘Cultural Heritage and Rapid Urbanisation in India’. Organised in partnership with the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR), the event will bring together academic experts from both countries to address an issue of growing importance as India seeks to preserve and position its rich cultural history within the context of an emerging urban landscape.

Expressions of interest to participate in the workshop are invited from UK-based researchers meeting the AHRC’s standard eligibility requirements from all disciplines within the arts and humanities. Applicants should have a particular research interest in the topics noted above and be able to articulate this in their expression of interest.

The AHRC expects to support the attendance of around 20 UK-based researchers.

The workshop will take place in Dehli, India on the 24th-25th May 2017.

Deadline for submission of EoI: 4pm Wednesday 26th April 2017.

For more information and to apply, please visit the AHRC.

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Sustainable Urbanisation – European Funding Opportunity



The Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe (JPI Urban Europe) in partnership with the Belmont Forum have announced details of a new funding scheme open to a range of European and international countries. The Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative – Food-Water-Energy Nexus (SUGI-FWE Nexus for short) will look for multinational, interdisciplinary partnerships engaging with key stakeholders to investigate one of three areas:

  • Robust Knowledge, Indicators and  Assessments
  • Multi-level Governance and Management of the Food-Water-Energy Nexus
  • Managing Potential Strategies and Solutions to address emerging Risk and Trade-offs at the intersection of Sustainable Urbanisation and the Food-Water-Energy Nexus

The call will have two stages, with pre-proposals requested by 15 March 2017 and full proposals (by invitation) by 20 September 2017. The UK element of this call (totalling €1.7m) will be supported by Innovate UK, AHRC and ESRC and fund fundamental research, applied research and innovation and implementation activities.

You can find more information about the call here (including presentations and application forms) and the full call text here. There will also be a “matchmaking event” in Leipzig on 12 January 2017.

As ever, if you’re interested in applying do get in touch (

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Call Release: Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in the Real World: The Indoor and Built Environment

The Arts and Humanities Research Council invites applications for interdisciplinary research examining ways to meet the threat of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in the indoor and built environment. Building on previous calls funded by the Research Councils, this call is explicitly intended to facilitate an arts and humanities contribution to the ongoing scientific research in tackling AMR.

Whilst applications for this call will be required to contain significant arts and humanities methodologies, a collaborative approach is encouraged in order to include expertise and insights from as broad a range of subject disciplines as possible. Within this cross-disciplinary approach, a number of key areas have been identified that all projects will be expected to engage with:

  • Places, Spaces, Cultures and Practices: Interactions with and within the Indoor and Built Environment
  • Pathways and Journeys through the Built Environment and the Dynamics of Change
  • Creative, Collaborative and Disruptive Innovation, Experiments and Design in Indoor/ Built Environments
  • Reflection, Learning, Data and Valuing Impacts from Changes to the Indoor/ Built Environment

Grants of up to £250,000 will be available for projects with a maximum duration of 36 months.

Deadline for applications: 28th Feb 2017.

For more information, please visit the AHRC.

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Research Networking Highlight Notice for International Development

The AHRC has decided to issue a further highlight notice for networking applications relating to international development. As well as encouraging the development of new applications it is hoped that this second highlight will provide more time for those individuals who were interested in the first highlight notice but unable to complete applications before it closed.

This highlight notice is intended to encourage the development of research networking proposals which explore the contribution that arts and humanities research can make to challenges, policy and/or practice relating to international development. It also seeks to support the development of sustained international boundary crossing collaborations with Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) which receive Official Development Assistance (ODA) (details are in the Highlight Notice Document) and/or with organisations which play an important role in supporting international development.

Funding available: £30,000-60,000

Deadline for applications: 28 Feb 2017

For more information, please visit the AHRC.

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AHRC – call for academics to propose studentships with Collaborative Doctoral Partnership organisations

The AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships (CDP) scheme enables non-HEI Organisations with a strong track record in the Collaborative Doctoral Award scheme, and supporting other doctoral students, to be allocated a cohort of CDA studentships for which they will then be able to nominate projects with academic partners.The intention is to give partners greater autonomy and the ability to develop strong programmes of collaborative PhD study.

Organisations are:

  • British Library
  • Science Museums Group [Includes: Science Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, National Media Museum, National Railway Museum York, National Railway Museum Locomotion Shildon, BT Archives, The Royal Society and The Royal Geographical Society]
  • The British Museum
  • Tate
  • National Football Museum
  • Imperial War Museum
  • V & A
  • Historic England & English Heritage
  • The National Gallery and Bowes Museum
  • Oxford University Museums [includes: Ashmolean,  Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Museum of the History of Science]
  • Thames Museum Consortium  [Includes: National Maritime Museum, National Portrait Gallery, The National Archives]
  • Scottish Heritage Consortium  [Includes: National Museums Scotland, ,National Galleries of Scotland, National Library of Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland}

These 12 CDP organisation groups have allocations of studentships to start in the academic years 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 and most are now running calls open to university-based researchers who wish to work with partner staff and archives to propose a collaborative project suitable for subsequently advertising as a studentship commencing in 2017.   Each CDP partner uses a slightly different approach with some specifying key topic areas. All have a deadline of 25th November

Details of the CDP scheme, the partners and previous studentships are all available on the programme website:

I have also collated details of the current Calls for proposals from each of the partner websites on a Word document here: summary-of-ahrc-collaborative-doctoral-partnerships-calls-autumn-2016