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To advance our aim of providing platforms and activities to foster new, and develop capacity for, interdisciplinary and socially engaged research, we provide a range of small-scale funding and bursary opportunities available to researchers at any level across the Faculty.

We review our funding schemes regularly and are always open to new ideas. 

For 2019/20, we plan to run the following calls:

1. An open call where applicants can apply for up to £250 to utilise the Space in a way that enables them to foster productive conversations about common research interests / challenges with external communities with which they have no pre-existing relationship. The aim of these conversations would simply be to explore whether there is potential for future research collaborations or not.

2. A pop-up research call where researchers can bid for a room in the REACH Space and up to £1,000 to undertake creative research project development activities that bring together researchers across disciplines with external partners. Applicants can request space for anything from one week to three months. Past projects funded have included a pop-up museum, leadership and creative arts activities and queer museology-themed art works. This call has now closed, and will next open in Autumn 2020.

For more information on applying for these calls

The Arts & Humanities Research Institute (AHRI) specialises in supporting socially engaged research – arts & humanities research that engages non-academic publics in some or all stages of the research process to effect positive social change. We believe that, in embracing diverse voices, such research frees imaginations and unleashes potential to create rich research opportunities for staff, students and communities that are well positioned to understand and tackle difficult challenges, both big and small.

The COVID-19 pandemic causes us to confront how best to conduct socially engaged research in online fields and may require us to develop new tools, techniques and skillsets as researchers. This call provides bursaries of up to £500 for researchers from early career level (excluding postgraduate research students) onwards, to spend on online professional development opportunities that enhance their ability to conduct socially engaged research in digital environments.

We are accepting applications for this call until July 2020. Please email for the Call Guidance document and application form.

Dr Ben Nichols is the Research Development Manager for the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and is the first point of contact for researchers looking to secure external funds for their grants.

In addition, Ed Stevens (Research Institute Manager) is happy to advise any researcher looking to apply for external public engagement grants (e.g. through the likes of the AHRC, ESRC, Wellcome or British Academy). Ed has expertise in participatory research methods and in wider public engagement with research activities and can advise accordingly.


Alongside the above calls, we also support the Faculty's Innovation Fund by running ideas generation workshops for prospective applicants. 

You can find a full list of Faculty grants.

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