AHRC Research Networking Scheme

Updated 12th October 2021

The AHRC Research Networking Scheme provides up to £30,000 full economic cost (fEC), for a period of up to two years.  The exact mechanism for networking and the duration is up to the applicants to decide but must be fully justified in the proposal. A further threshold of up to £15,000 in addition to the £30,000 full economic cost may be sought to cover the costs of any international participants, co-investigator or activities. The Research Networking Scheme is intended to support forums for the discussion and exchange of ideas on a specified thematic area, issue or problem. Although the Research Networking scheme is primarily aimed at the development of new networks and interactions, existing networks can also apply where they are addressing a new or novel area.  Application must be arts and humanities-led, but interdisciplinary research proposals are welcomed so long as a majority of the methodologies, research questions and outputs fall within the AHRC’s subject remit

Proposals will need to be submitted by an eligible Research Organisation but must involve collaboration with at least one other organisation, as well as having significant relevance to beneficiaries in the UK.

Though you cannot request funds to cover a salary or teaching buy-out via this scheme, the PI / CoI would be expected to include a few hours a week of their time on the application. For more detailed explanation, please visit the "I need my salary to be covered" section of this website.

Detailed eligibility criteria are set out within the AHRC research funding guide.

The Research Networking Scheme is intended to support forums for the discussion and exchange of ideas on a specified thematic area, issue or problem. The intention is to facilitate interactions between researchers and stakeholders through, for example, a short-term series of workshops, seminars, networking activities or other events. The aim of these activities is to stimulate new debate across boundaries, for example, disciplinary, conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and/or international. Proposals should explore new areas, be multi-institutional and can include creative or innovative approaches or entrepreneurship. Proposals must justify the approach taken and clearly explain the novelty or added value for bringing the network participants together. 

The AHRC attaches major importance to the position of UK arts and humanities research in the international and global arena and positively encourages active collaboration between UK researchers and those in other countries.

You can submit proposals to this call at any time - there are no fixed closing dates. 

Applications should be made via the Joint Electronic Submission System (Je-S). Please allow sufficient time to read the system guidance notes especially with regards to the on-line approval process.

For further information (including guidance and advice on writing an application) please refer to the AHRC Research Networking Scheme.

Please allow sufficient time for your application to be reviewed and amended at each stage. This will allow us to support you more effectively and ensure that your proposal is ready for formal submission.

Law Faculty deadline for initial expression of interest 30 Days prior to proposed submission
Law Faculty deadline for first draft review 15 Days prior to proposed submission
Research Services deadline 5 Days prior to proposed submission
Funder deadline Not applicable - Open Call

The AHRC aims to inform applicants of the outcome within five months of submission. The proposed start date of your project must be at least 6 months from date of submission.