AHRC research networking scheme

UK Research and Innovation

Rolling deadline
R&D and Higher Education
Northern Ireland
Research, Development and Innovation

The grant aims to stimulate new debate and exchange of ideas between researchers and stakeholders on a specified thematic area or issue, by covering the costs for workshops, seminars, networking activities or other events.

You can apply for up to £30,000 for a period of up to two years, at full economic cost.

Additional funding up to £15,000 is available to cover costs of any international activities or participants. UK costs must be accounted for within the initial £30,000 funding.

AHRC oversees a diverse range of subject disciplines within arts and humanities, from history to literature, design to dance, linguistics to archaeology. Your application must be arts and humanities-led, with a majority of the methodologies, research questions and outputs falling within AHRC’s subject remit. We also welcome interdisciplinary research proposals, provided that arts and humanities are the main focus.

Research networking grants cover the costs of networking activities that support the exchange of ideas across boundaries – primarily between researchers in the arts and humanities, but also with colleagues in other disciplines and sectors.

Your proposal should explore new areas, include other user communities, and can include innovative approaches.

You must justify the chosen approach and explain the added value of bringing the network participants together.

Activities connected to existing networks are also included under this funding scheme, provided the activities are focusing on a new area.

The grant will cover:

. the salary costs for you and one co-investigator for the time spent overseeing and providing intellectual input to the activities

  • the cost of setting up and coordinating the activities, along with related indirect and estates costs (UK researchers only).

Time spent on coordinating activities should not make up the majority of the cost in the proposal.

Proposals for the development of European collaborative networks or consortia that might support the development of applications to the EU under Horizon Europe or other EU funding opportunities are also welcome.

The grant does not cover:

  • standalone events that are not part of the research process
  • activities that would have taken place regardless (for instance, connected to an existing conference)
  • research assistants’ salary costs

The proposed start date of your project must be at least six months from the date you send your proposal.

You can apply for an extra £15,000 (full economic cost) to cover the costs of any international participants or activities. UK costs must be accounted for within the initial £30,000 funding.


You can apply if you are a principal investigator at an eligible research organisation. This is any UK higher education institution that receives grant funding from one of the UK higher education funding bodies, or a UKRI-recognised research institute or organisation.

Proposals have to be submitted by an eligible research organisation but must involve collaboration with at least one other organisation, as well as having clear impact for beneficiaries in the UK.

Only one co-investigator can be included in the proposal, and international co-investigators are allowed.

Research assistants are not eligible under this scheme.

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19 April 2023