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Monday, August 5, 2013

Arts and Humanities Research Council [AHRC] e-bulletin July 2013

July 2013
The Arts and Humanities Research Council [AHRC] supports world-class research that furthers our understanding of human culture and creativity.
At a glance
In this issue:
Closing dates:
Project Studentships Change of Policy
Change will take effect from 1 November 2013
Over the past year Research Councils have been working to harmonise aspects of their doctoral training support
Read about the policy change on the AHRC website

AHRC Website: tell us what you think
Help our continuing website development
Following the launch of the new AHRC website last summer we would like to know what you think of it.
Take part in the Website survey.

Care for the Future
Outcomes for Highlight call announced
The outcomes of the Care for the Future Research Grants Highlight call in Environmental Change and Sustainability have been announced.
Details of these awards can be found on our website.

Understanding the medieval mind
What do calendars show about the medieval world-view?
Two AHRC research projects are examining medieval Jewish texts about astronomy and calendars, touching on a wide range of related disciplines including, mathematics, literature, palaeography (the study of writing) and codicology (the study of books).
Find out more about these projects on our website.

Taking the pulse of the planet
Gauging the changing emotions of last year's Olympic Games
emoto captured 12.5 million English language updates to Twitter which referenced the Games during Olympic fortnight, and analysed them for 'sentiment' by parsing for positive or negative language.
Find out more about the emoto project on our website.

Fellowships Scheme
Change for applicants on part-time contracts
From 1 August 2013, the minimum and maximum durations for the scheme for applicants on part-time contracts will change. The duration limits will be pro-rata the limits for those on FTE contracts, e.g. the maximum duration for someone on a 0.5FTE contract will be 36 months for the standard route and 48 months for the Early Career route.

Follow on Fund for Impact and Engagement scheme
Have you had previous RCUK or AHRC funding?
Would you like to engage with, and inform, non-academic audiences or work with new partners? The Follow on Fund for Impact and Engagement scheme is designed to support innovative and creative engagements with new audiences and user communities which stimulate pathways to impact and offers awards of up to £100,000 (fEC).
Find out more about this fund on our website.

2013/14 International Placement Scheme Fellowships Announced
Awards at Washington, California and Japan
Fifty one awards have been made under the International Placement Scheme (IPS), for short-term fellowships at overseas research institutions for AHRC/ESRC-funded PhD students and Early Career Researchers.
Find out more about the awards on our website.
Award holder events
A selection of events organised by our award holders
  • The DART Project Workshop
    17th September 2013, Leeds
Find out more about our award holder events

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Knowledge Exchange Fellowship opportunity
Closes on 9th August, 2013
The AHRC in partnership with Wired Sussex is looking to recruit a Knowledge Exchange Fellow to be based at the FuseBox, an exciting new business support initiative in Brighton. Developed from the AHRC funded Brighton Fuse project this is a unique opportunity for a suitably qualified researcher to become a fully embedded Researcher-in-Residence to help shape and deliver new models of business support and new approaches to co-creation, innovation and growth for the creative, digital and IT (CDIT) sector and to develop new methodologies of knowledge exchange between arts and humanities research and business.
Further information on the Knowledge Exchange Fellowship.

Collaborative Skills Development
Call open. Closes 19th September 2013
The AHRC is inviting PhD students, early career researchers and Research Organisations to apply for funding to support innovative training in the arts and humanities. Applications are encouraged in three areas: Partnership working, including public engagement; Entrepreneurship and the Creative Economy; and Research Skills Enrichment.
Please visit the AHRC website for the full call guidance, as well as top tips for applicants and case studies of previous awards.

Collaborative Doctoral Awards
Call opens on 5th August 2013
The Collaborative Doctoral Award Call application is available in JeS from 5th August. These are intended to encourage and develop collaboration and partnerships between Higher Education Institution (HEI) departments and non-academic organisations and businesses. The deadline for applications is 3rd October 2013.
Details of the call can be found on our website.

Digital R&D Fund for the Arts
Big Data call open
The Digital Research & Development Fund for the Arts is a partnership between Arts Council England, the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA). The £7 million fund supports collaboration between organisations with arts projects, technology providers, and researchers that use digital technology to enhance audience reach and/or develop new business models for the arts sector. We have recognised that there are some important and emerging areas of interest in Big Data and data sharing for arts organisations. To address this we are issuing a separate Call within the R&D Fund for consortium projects, in the area of data sharing and Big Data specifically in the context of business model innovation. We are looking for applications from partnerships that involve consortia of arts organisations, a technology partner and a research partner.
Full details on the Digital R&D Fund and the new Big Data call can be found on the Fund’s website

Follow on Funding for Impact and Engagement
Could your research make a difference?
The Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement Scheme (FOF) provides funds to: explore unforeseen pathways to impact; enhance the value of AHRC-funded research beyond academi,a and to encourage and facilitate a range of innovative and creative engagements between arts and humanities research and a variety of user communities to include, business and commercial, third sector and heritage sector, public policy, voluntary and community groups and the general public.
Find out more about the Follow on Funding for Impact and Engaegment Scheme

Public Policy Hightlight Notice: Research Networking
Proposals can be submitted at any time before 31 December 2013
The purpose of this highlight is to stimulate the development of innovative proposals under the Research Networking Scheme which explore issues of current public policy interest, bringing together arts or humanities researchers with policy makers and wider policy bodies.
Find out more about the Public Policy Highlight Notice
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