Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants

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Arts & Humanities Research Council

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants Open - no deadline

Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement

The AHRC Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement Scheme (FoF) provides funds to support innovative and creative engagements with new audiences and user communities which stimulate pathways to impact. Funds will be awarded for knowledge exchange, public engagement, active dissemination and commercialisation activities that arise unforeseeably during the lifespan of or following an AHRC-funded project. The scheme does not support supplementary funding for continuation of research activities.

Proposals must clearly demonstrate both a well-defined non-academic need for the work and engagement with potential users and stakeholders in developing their project. Proposed activities must enhance the value and wider benefit of the original research project and clearly demonstrate how they will deliver significant economic, social, cultural and/or policy impacts.

The scheme aims to encourage and facilitate a range of interactions and creative engagements between arts and humanities research and a variety of user communities including business and commercial, third sector and heritage sector, public policy, voluntary and community groups and the general public.

The AHRC Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement scheme operates without formal deadlines and will offer awards of up to £100,000 (fEC) for a maximum of 12 months. Smaller awards of up to £30,000 (fEC) are encouraged for shorter or higher risk activities, for example testing the feasibility of an idea, exploring new partnerships for knowledge exchange, testing the market or investigating a new business model. Decision making times are reduced for these smaller awards.

For further information on scheme criteria, eligibility, assessment  procedures and supportable activities please see the AHRC Funding Guide.

For further information on scheme criteria, eligibility, assessment  procedures and supportable activities please see the new scheme guidance is available now in our Research Funding Guide.

How to make an application

Please note that all applications must be made through the cross-council Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) System. When starting your application form in Je-S please ensure that you select the Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement scheme. If you need any assistance using the system please contact the Je-S Helpdesk on 01793 444164 or on

Arts Council England

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants 10am on Monday 1 June 2020.

Arts Council National Lottery Projects Grants

National Lottery Project Grants is our new open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects. The fund will support thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations.
Important information: Expressions of Interest for National Activities over £100,000
We will not be accepting any Expressions of Interest for Project Grants National Activities (£100,000 and over) from 5pm on Tuesday 31 March 2020 until 10am on Monday 1 June 2020.




CW Discovering Startups Competition

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants Please register your interest to keep up to date with new activities as they are released.

CW is revising the Discovering Start-Ups programme in 2020 to make it more valuable for all participants. In the meantime, we are still keen to hear from companies looking to scale their technology businesses. Please register your interest via the link above to keep up to date with new activities as they are released, or contact the CW team for a more detailed conversation about your growth plans.

ERC Proof of Concept

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants 17 September 2020

Have you already received an ERC grant for your frontier research project and now want to explore the commercial or societal potential of your work? The ERC Proof of Concept Grant could be for you.

Who can apply?

All Principal Investigators in an ERC frontier research project, that is either on going or has ended less than 12 months before 1 January 2020, are eligible to participate and apply for an ERC Proof of Concept Grant. The Principal Investigator must be able to demonstrate the relation between the idea to be taken to proof of concept and the ERC frontier research project (Starting, Consolidator, Advanced or Synergy) in question.

Notice for UK applicants: The Withdrawal Agreement foresees that the UK will continue to participate in the current 2014-2020 EU programmes, including ERC Grants, as if the UK was an EU Member State until the closure of the programmes. This means that UK beneficiaries can continue to take part in grants awarded under the current Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) until their end date, even if it is after 2020.
See also the general notice for UK applicants.

The calls are published once a year with three cut-off dates, a Principal Investigator may submit only one eligible application per call. Applications can be submitted at any time from the opening date of the call until the final deadline and will be evaluated and selected in three rounds, based on the cut-off dates.


Eligibility Committee

Remote Evaluation:
deadline for Experts reviews *

Expected Feedback to Applicants

21 January 2020

End February 2020

February – March 2020

May 2020

23 April 2020

End May 2020

May – June 2020

July 2020

17 September 2020

Mid October 2020

October – November 2020

December 2020

European Commission

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants Various deadlines

The European Commission and its funding bodies publish calls for proposals on the Funding & Tenders Portal.

  • You may start your search from the home page by entering different keywords that characterize best your field of interest, and then refine the results with the help of further filters.
  • You may start your search by selecting one of the EU funding programmes listed on the home page, and then navigate via the quick links to the calls for proposals of a specific programme.
  • Calls are divided into topics, implemented by different type of actions. Select a topic to read more about the identified opportunity: the topic-related documents, guidance and other instructions are available on a topic page.
  • The site offers a search on calls for proposals and tenders of the European institutions.

Online manual*

The Online Manual on grants provides guidance on each step you need to perform from proposal submission to grant management. (*Currently fully available for Horizon 2020, under development for other programmes)

Online manual

“Find a grant”

Innovate UK Funding Competitions

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants Various

Various funding competitions – you can apply for funding to test the feasibility of your idea, research and develop it and demonstrate it in a prototype.

If you’re a UK-based business or research organisation, you may be able to compete for government-backed funding to:

  • research and develop a process, product or service
  • test your innovation ideas
  • collaborate with other organisations

Use this service to:

  • search and apply for innovation funding
  • submit, track and manage your applications

Start now on the InnovateUK innovation funding finder

More information can be found here.

Isaac Newton Trust Research Grants

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants Michaelmas Term
  • Project Grants – initial partner funding for new research projects; plus grants for unconventional, innovative forms of research & scholarship
  • Emergency Grants – bridging for salary costs / brief underwriting / start-up grants
  • Equipment Grants – use of shared equipment, or small equipment needs as part of a specific project.   NB  the Trust will no longer offer contributions to the cost of major items of equipment.

Please note that there will be a single round for Research Grant applications per annum, in the Michaelmas Term.  Applications for emergency cover will continue to be considered at any of the Trustees’ meetings.  See:  Research Grants

2) Strategic Research Grants

In exceptional circumstances, the Trustees may consider an application for support for a large, institutional, perhaps interdisciplinary, programme of strategic value to the University for the promotion of education or research.  This would normally be in response to the possibility of securing a major grant from an external funding body.

3Other research grants funded partly by the Trust

The Isaac Newton Trust funds research in collaboration with the Schools – our ‘Joint Schools’ programmes.

INT support for Early Career Researchers includes Research Fellowships partnered with external institutions (namely the Leverhulme Trust and the Humboldt Foundation) and with Colleges, and start-up research funding partnerships with the Schools.

National Lottery Grants for Heritage

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants No deadlines

National Lottery NL Community Fund

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants Various deadlines

Various grants available


Wellcome Innovator Awards

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants Ongoing

Innovator Awards

These awards support researchers who are transforming great ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health.

Scheme at a glance

Level of funding:

Up to £500,000, or up to £750,000 for multidisciplinary collaborations

Duration of funding:

Usually up to 24 months, or up to 36 months for multidisciplinary collaborations

Key dates

You can apply online at any time.

Shortlisting meetings happen every three months.