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Deadline: AHRC Digital Transformations

The AHRC is pleased to invite proposals for projects to this Digital Transformations Small Grants Call.

This is an open call and applications may be submitted from any eligible Research Organisation, or AHRC recognised Independent Research Organisation. There is no limit to the number of proposals that can be submitted by each Research Organisation.

This call is run through the Digital Transformations in the Arts and Humanities Theme. Further information about the Theme can be found in Appendix B of this document. Proposals must both complement and add value to the core aims of the theme.

Funding for projects up to a value of £50k is available on a fEC basis under this call, with AHRC meeting 80% of the fEC if successful. Awards should last for a maximum duration of  12 months, and will be expected to start between 1 April 2015 and 30 September 2015.​

Deadline: 27th November 2014

AHRC: Researcher Toolkit

ahrc_logoResearcher Toolkit: Working with the Media for Arts and Humanities Researchers

“This guide aims to give an introduction to the ways in which arts and humanities researchers can engage with the media. The need to demonstrate the value of publicly-funded research is growing all the time and public support is crucial to long-term investment.

The media has a huge need to find interesting, unusual and ‘human’ stories and almost any research subject in the arts and humanities will be of interest to people outside of academia and therefore to the media.

Arts and humanities research touches the lives of all of us and in ways that we sometimes don’t always recognise. The challenge is to showcase the subject or the results of your research in such a way that those aspects of your work which might resonate beyond academia are brought to the fore and presented in ways that are understandable to a broader audience” (AHRC, 2014).

Full article and toolkit: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/News-and-Events/Media-Centre/Documents/Toolkit%20-%20Working%20with%20the%20Media%20for%20Arts%20and%20Humanities%20Researchers.pdf

Beyond the Trenches – Researching the First World War

Image-2.-Robey-Peters-fighting-machine-300x235Aircraft built in Lincoln – the home of the tank

In this guest blog, Dan Ellin considers the places and people behind aircraft of the First World War which were built in a city better known for producing tanks.

In the history of warfare and the Great War, the city of Lincoln has become synonymous with the tank. In 1915 William Tritton, the managing director of William Foster & Co and Major Walter Wilson first began drawing designs of was to become the tank in a room in a local hotel. After unsuccessful trials of ‘Little Willie’, ‘Mother’ the prototype of the Mark 1 tank was tested at Burton Park on the outskirts of Lincoln in January 1916. Shortly afterwards the first 100 tanks were ordered, and tanks were first used in on the Western front in September 1916. Tanks were built in William Foster & Co’s Tritton works in Lincoln, but the city’s other engineering firms also played important parts in the war effort. Ruston, Proctor & Co., Robey & Co. and Clayton and Shuttleworth were all involved in aircraft production, with one in fourteen British aircraft being made in Lincoln during the war. The city was one of the top five aircraft manufacturing centres of the Great War with over 5,000 aircraft being constructed in the city’s factories which employed around 6,000 men and women on aircraft work.

To read more of this fantastic blog visit: http://beyondthetrenches.co.uk/aircraft-built-in-lincoln-the-home-of-the-tank/

AHRC: Open World Research Initiative Launched

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Our ability to fully appreciate the richness of world history, literature and belief requires the research expertise and language skills to better understand the cultures, art and traditions the world around us. The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is pleased to announce details of its major new funding initiative aimed to enhance the UK’s research strengths in this area: the Open World Research Initiative. The initiative will be looking to fund exciting and ambitious new investigations rooted in language expertise in cultures from across the world, ultimately helping to inform what it means to be human in a global world.

The initiative is central to AHRC’s wider strategy for language-led research – research that is rooted in a deep appreciation of the language and literary traditions of human cultures. The AHRC will invest around £20m on at least five research programmes over four years from 2016. Programmes will be expected to develop innovative ways of working and to achieve wider impacts by engaging extensively with public audiences, policy bodies, private enterprises, the third sector and international partners. The Research Organisations involved in a programme will be required to demonstrate longer-term strategic commitment to the initiative, including sustainability beyond the initial funding period.  It is expected that after the four-year period of Research Council funding, there will be a clear and sustainable legacy of the work, including partnerships, and on-going impact both within and beyond academia.

For further press information from the AHRC, please contact Danielle Moore-Chick on 01793 41 6021 or d.moore-chick@ahrc.ac.uk