Funding

Funding opportunities for Care for the Future: Thinking Forward through the Past theme are provided through the AHRC and partners, and more information can be found at the links below.

Call for Proposals: Care for the Future Early Career Researcher Conference, ‘Past Matters, Research Futures’

Deadline for proposals: 31 July 2016

Past Matters, Research Futures will take place at the Royal Society, London, 12-13 December 2016. It will showcase the exciting research conducted by Early Career Researchers (ECRs) related to Care for the Future: Thinking Forward through the Past, one of four strategic research themes supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). ECRs are represented in the theme in a variety of ways, and are recognised as playing a key role in its development, dynamism and legacy. ECRs researching in fields with strong links to the theme, but who are not funded within the theme, are also invited to apply.
 
We welcome proposals for papers, panels, workshops, and discussion groups, and also encourage applications incorporating creative modes of presentation, including film screenings, music, artwork and performance. These should come from ECRs[1] who have been involved in Care for the Future funded research projects, the Labex Pasts in the Present programme, or whose research closely aligns to the Care for the Future theme (see theme description). Proposals may come from individuals or project/cross-project team duos, and may also include representatives from non-academic partner organisations.
 
Conference Themes: 

  • Fact, fiction and cultural representation
  • Selling the Past – Securing the Future? Commercialisation and commoditisation of the past
  • Anniversaries and commemorations
  • Environmental Histories and Sustainable Legacies
  • Instrumentalising the Past

[1] ‘ECR’ is defined as within eight years of the award of your PhD/equivalent professional training OR within six years of your first academic appointment. ‘First academic appointment’ refers to any paid contract of employment, either full-time or part-time, which lists research and/or teaching as the primary function. These durations exclude any period of career break, e.g. for family care or health reasons.

Further information can be found in the call document:

Translating Cultures and Care for the Future Innovation Awards on International Development

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is pleased to announce a new call for Research Innovation awards on International Development. The call is a joint initiative between the AHRC’s Translating Cultures and Care for the Future themes. Awards will be funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

Projects will be expected to take innovative, collaborative and adventurous approaches to development-focused topics pertinent to the Translating Cultures and Care for the Future themes. They will be expected to make incisive contributions to the development of the themes.

Closing Date: 21/07/2016

The call seeks to complement a number of other calls that have recently been launched, or are in development, through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). This includes recently announced calls on global health and agriculture and food systems, a possible joint call on resilience to natural disasters, a planned ESRC/AHRC call on forced displacement and an AHRC/ESRC call on conflict to be delivered through the Partnership for Conflict, Crime, and Security Research (PaCCS). Given the intersections between issues, applicants are advised to consider which opportunity is most appropriate for their research plans, taking into account the particular foci (for example the focus on Translating Cultures and Care for the Future for this call); call requirements (e.g. expectations relating to innovation, non-academic engagement, etc.) and types of activities which can be supported under the calls (e.g. funding levels/ durations, provision for networking, exploratory, developmental research etc).

For further information on scheme criteria, eligibility, assessment procedures and supportable activities please see the Translating Cultures and Care for the Future Innovation Awards on International Development scheme guidance. (PDF, 182KB)

Care for the Future and the Cluster of Excellence LABEX Pasts in the Present joint call

AHRC, in collaboration with The Cluster of Excellence LABEX (France), is pleased to launch a new funding opportunity for transnational proposals.

The call addresses common themes agreed by both LABEX and AHRC which are of interest and relevance to both the Care for the Future and the Cluster of Excellence LABEX Pasts in Present: History, Heritage, Memory (hereinafter known as LABEX PasP). The call focuses on areas where there is considered to be the greatest potential for collaborative transnational research involving UK and French scholars as well as non-academic partners. It aims to generate new research insights, to stimulate research innovation, and to add value to existing research activities in the UK and France.

An AHRC-LABEX jiscmail group has been set up to help applicants find partners and share ideas.

Further information on the call, eligibility criteria and application process can be found within the call document (PDF 474KB, opens in new window).

Closing Date

17:00 (GMT) on Thursday 2nd July 2015.

How to Apply

Applicants should complete an online application through SmartSurvey (opens in new window).

You can see a preview of the application form here (PDF 353KB, opens in new window). DO NOT attempt to use this form – this is for reference only. You need to apply online via the SmartSurvey link provided above.

You can download the budget templates for AHRC and LABEX here (opens in new window).

Further information on the call, eligibility criteria and application process can be found within the call document (PDF 474KB, opens in new window).

Outcomes will be announced in October 2015.

For advice on the content and fit to the themes, applicants are encouraged to seek advice from Mrs. Ghislaine Glasson Deschaumes (LABEX PasP) and Professor Andrew Thompson (AHRC).

For advice on eligibility of potential applicants, applicants should contact the relevant funding agency:

  • France: Aimé Besson, Development Officer, LABEX PasP, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense – aime.besson@u-paris10.fr

  • UK: Karen Buchanan, Strategy and Development Manager, AHRC – HCH@ahrc.ac.uk

AHRC Care for the Future: Thinking Forward through the Past and The Cluster of Excellence LABEX Pasts in the Present: History, Heritage, Memory − Joint Funding Call

Joint call pre-announcementPre-announcement, 19 Feb 2015

AHRC, in collaboration with The Cluster of Excellence LABEX (France), will be launching a new funding opportunity for transnational proposals.

The call addresses common themes agreed by both LABEX and AHRC which are of interest and relevance to both Care for the Future and the Cluster of Excellence LABEX Pasts in Present: History, Heritage, Memory (hereinafter known as LABEX PasP). The call focuses on areas where there is considered to be the greatest potential for collaborative transnational research involving UK and French scholars as well as non-academic partners. It aims to generate new research insights, to stimulate research innovation, and to add value to existing research activities in the UK and France.

The full call details will be published on Thursday 12th March 2015 and the deadline for submission of proposals will be Thursday 2nd July 2015.

Pre-announcement document and further information: CFF-Labex joint call pre-announcement FINAL

Early Career Researcher Workshop and follow-up funding

EVENT Expression Of Interest deadline is 4pm Monday 11th November 2013: Early Career Researchers (ECRs) participating in the Care for the Future: Thinking Forward Through the Past ECR Workshop will have an opportunity to apply for Care for the Future Developmental Awards of up to £40,000 (with an additional amount of up to £15,000 to support international collaborationto support collaborative grants).  Please see the Events page for further details.

Care for the Future Large Grants

Closing 4pm on 10th October 2013: The AHRC is pleased to announce a call for outline proposals for Large Grants under the Care for the Future: Thinking Forward Through the Past strategic theme.

Large grants at a glance:

  • Ambitious, transformative projects
  • Collaborative: across institutions, disciplines, sectors; & international
  • Building research capabilities and leaving a legacy
  • Funding between £1-£2 million
  • Projects between 3-5 years

This call for Large Grants provides an opportunity to develop ambitious, transformative research agendas addressing major research questions and problems highlighted by, and arising out of, the Care for the Future theme description. The large grants are expected to act as beacons for the theme, building new communities of scholars around the theme’s central research challenges and concerns, promoting the collaborative ways of working the theme is seeking to encourage and developing strategic partnerships between Research Organisations and across disciplines, sectors and internationally. They are expected to leave a significant legacy in terms of the longer-term development of the research field, and in terms of providing opportunities for doctoral and early career researchers to engage with the theme. Successful projects will be expected to make a significant contribution to thematic activities and events and to work closely with the Theme Leadership Fellow, the Theme’s Advisory Group and AHRC staff.

This call represents the first of two stages in the application process. In this first stage we are inviting Outline Proposals from research teams for Large Grants to promote innovative and collaborative research across arts and humanities disciplines and, where appropriate, beyond, that will make a central contribution to the development of the Care for the Future Theme.

Funding of between £1m and £2m is available on a full economic costs basis with AHRC meeting 80% of the fEC. Awards should last for a minimum of 36 months and a maximum of 60 months and will be expected to start between 1 September 2014 and 1 April 2015. For more information visit the AHRC website.

AHRC / HLF call for Co-ordinating Centres to commemorate the centenary of the First World War

Heritage Lottery FundClosing 16th July 2013: [From AHRC website, announced  1 May] The AHRC, working in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), wishes to invite applications for a small number of co-ordinating centres to support community engagement activities to connect academic and public histories of the First World War and its legacy. The Co-ordinating Centres will be expected to act as beacons for community outreach, engagement and collaboration at a local/regional and a UK-wide scale between research organisations and researchers and community groups, including young people, who are interested in researching and commemorating the First World War, the broader historical and cultural context of the War and its legacy and impact. Over the longer term, these Centres are intended to lay the foundation for the creation of sustainable relationships and practices that systematically build dialogue between academic and public historical research.

For more information visit the AHRC website.

Other AHRC funding

AHRC also welcomes applications to any of their standard funding routes that reference alignments with Care for the Future: Thinking Forward through the Past, which would then be included in future theme activity if successful.