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  1. AHRC and Interdisciplinarity Wendy Matcham Portfolio Manager Creative Arts and Digital Humanities 23 September 2014

  2. AHRC and Interdisciplinarity • What do we mean by interdisciplinarity? • Funding Opportunities • Peer review college and assessment process

  3. Interdisciplinarity • Interdisciplinarity: Projects that combine 2 or more disciplines that fall within the AHRC remit • Multi-disciplinary: Projects that include a number of independent disciplinary strands within them • Cross-disciplinary: Projects that combine disciplines that fall between the remits of 2 or more of the 7 RCUK Research Funding councils • Cross-National: Projects that include participants from 2 or more countries • Cross-Sector: Projects that include collaboration between 2 or more sectors

  4. AHRC Delivery Plan: 2011-2015 • Increased collaboration with other Research Councils through Cross Council Programmes • Introduced 4 strategic themes to reflect and allow for the increased frequency of cross disciplinary work • Funded 4 Knowledge Exchange hubs in the Creative Economy; REACT, The Creative Exchange, CreativeWorks London, Design in action • Block Grant Partnerships phase 2— consortia bids • Embedded international collaborations

  5. StrategicThemes Digital Transformations – How digital technologies are transforming the Arts and Humanities Translating Cultures – role of translation, understood in its broadest sense, in the transmission, interpretation, transformation and sharing of languages, values, beliefs, histories and narratives Care for the future – Looks at the relationship between the past and present and how it can inform the future Science in Culture – Looks at the reciprocal relationship between the sciences and the arts and humanities

  6. Cross Council Themes and Programmes Connected Communities– To help understand the nature of communities and their role in sustaining and enhancing quality of life Digital Economy– To rapidly realise the transformational impact of digital technologies on aspects of community life, cultural experience, society and the economy Global Uncertainties– Addressing 5 inter-related global threats to security; Poverty, Conflict, Transnational crime, Environmental Stress and Terrorism Life Long Health and Wellbeing – Aiming to meet the challenges and opportunities of an ageing population

  7. Responsive mode Funding Research Grants : • Supports collaborative research • Up to 5 yrs; up to £1m total fEC • 2 main routes including • standard route • route for early career researchers Networking : • Stimulating intellectual exchange across boundaries (disciplinary, conceptual, methodological etc) • Supports workshops or networking activities for up to 2 years; up to £30k total fEC • An extra £15k fEC available for international activity or participation from any country/region

  8. Continued…. Leadership Fellowships: • Develop and promote research leaders • Between 6 and 18 months; between £50,000 & £250,000 fEC • 2 main routes including • standard route • route for early career researchers International Collaboration: • Research Grants and Networking • Co-I salary can be included within the proposals • No more than 30% of the total cost of the project

  9. Peer review College and Assessment process • Remit of application checked in the office • 1400 Peer Review College members • Providing peer reviews and acting as panellists • 3 reviews per application • Academic, Technical, Strategic, International, Knowledge Exchange, Non-HEI • PI response • Panel member selection • Moderation or Assessment Panel

  10. Contact Details Wendy Matcham, Portfolio Manager:- Wendy.matcham@ahrc.ac.uk, 01793 41 6040 Website- http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Pages/Home.aspx Research Funding Guide - http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/Research-Funding-Guide.pdf