Humanities opportunities in Europe – invitation


Date: 18 February 2015, 9.30-12.30
Location: Polaris House, North Star Avenue Swindon, SN2 1UJ

An event highlighting European funding opportunities specifically targeted at Arts and Humanities Researchers, led by the UK National Contact Points in conjunction with the Arts and Humanities Council (AHRC).

Talks will be presented on these areas:

  • Introduction to Arts and Humanities funding opportunities in Europe (AHRC)
    An overview of international funding opportunities offered by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, including Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) and International Co-investigator.
  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MCSA)
    MCSA are part of the ‘Excellence’ Pillar within Horizon 2020 and support international and inter-sectoral mobility of researchers, with a strong focus on careers and skills development. They operate on a completely bottom-up basis, with no pre-defined priority areas and are open to Social Sciences and Humanities. There are MSCA grants for all stages of a researcher’s career, from PhD candidates to highly experienced researchers. Some of the schemes are aimed at individual researchers (Individual Fellowships). Others are aimed at institutions (ITN, RISE, COFUND).
  • European Research Council (ERC) funding
    The ERC is part of Horizon 2020 and aims to stimulate research excellence by supporting and encouraging the very best, truly creative scientists from all areas, including SHH. ERC grants support individual researchers of any nationality and age who wish to pursue their frontier research. In their ERC grants, researchers are encouraged to go beyond established frontiers of knowledge and the boundaries of disciplines.
  • Research Infrastructures (including e-infrastructures) (PDF, 252Kb)
    Research infrastructures are facilities, resources and services that are used by research communities to conduct research and foster innovation in their fields. Where relevant, they may be used beyond research, eg for education or public services. The Research Infrastructures Programme creates opportunities for research facilities and scientists to collaborate across disciplines and countries, as well as create platforms where science and industry can come together.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities embedded across H2020 (PDF, 789Kb)
    As a horizontal activity, social science and humanities research is fully integrated into each of the pillars of H2020 and each of the specific objectives with significant funding available but also as an essential element for the activities needed to enhance industrial leadership and to tackle each of the societal challenges.
  • Europe in a Changing World: Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies (PDF, 259Kb)
    Programme is structured as five separate calls and opportunities that aim to support projects that will give Europe a cutting edge or sufficient resilience in facing the current and future difficulties affecting its development.
  • Science with and for Society (PDF, 510Kb)Science with and for Society
    Science with and for Society activities are intended to build capacities and develop innovative ways of connecting science to society. It will make science more attractive (especially to young people), raising the appetite of society for science and innovation and open up further research and innovation activities.
  • Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation
    The ‘Spreading excellence and widening participation’ strand of Horizon 2020 aims to enhance competitiveness by engaging with those who could commit more towards the EU research and innovation effort.

Further details and a form to apply to attend can be found here

Call for HEI proposals to host national debates as part of the AHRC’s 10th anniversary


To mark its tenth anniversary in 2015, the Arts and Humanities Research Council will support number of activities for celebrating and promoting the achievements and the role of the arts and humanities research community.

A call, ending on 18th December 2014, invites Higher Education Institutions to host national debates that address the theme ‘The way we live now’, and explore specific aspects of our human world, such as The City, Identity, The Book, Faith, Diversity, The Nation.

A series of five to six national debates are planned to be supported and held at universities and cultural organisations around the UK at intervals during the year. Each debate should feature three to four speakers, and should allow plenty of time for audience participation.

Only one application is accepted per institution. Each debate may receive up to £7,500 from AHRC, with matched funding required from the host organisation. Each organisation may host one or two events.