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Funding opportunities

UKRI Funding Opportunities List

Targeted funding opportunities are announced throughout the year as highlight notices on the home page and on the Funding Opportunities ListLink opens in a new window.

IAS Funding Opportunities


Visiting Research FellowsLink opens in a new window - to bring postdocs to Warwick with the aim of developing an application for an externally funded research fellowship plus other activities. Includes travel costs of up to £1000, accommodation in IAS facilities and a per diem. A great way to show commitment to both candidate and funder.

Fernandes FellowshipsLink opens in a new window for those in research, tenure-track or early academic positions at European institutions (typically <10 y postdoc). These visiting fellowships offer a generous support package to host a series of visits to Warwick by academics to establish joint research and other academic activity. We currently have seven fellowships to be completed (out of 25 in total) by the end of 2022. The Fellowships offer:

  • A stipend of £2,000 per month (max 3 months)
  • Travel costs (including visa fees) of up to £1,000
  • Research and activity costs of up to £3,000

Visiting Professor/Associate ProfessorLink opens in a new window - up to 2 months based at Warwick (may be split) over 12 months. Travel costs up to £2500 plus other support, accommodation in IAS facilities and per diem when based at Warwick. Note - this includes colleagues from business, the arts etc. This year we are particularly keen to support applications from colleagues in African nations. Termly call for applications; next deadline 3rd March 2022 at 5pm.


RDF Strategic Awards

The RDF 2022-23 Strategic AwardsLink opens in a new window call has just been launched. Awards of up to £25,000 are available to support the development of future external funding bids in areas of pioneering, world-class research. Proposals that involve early career researchers, external partners, and/or inter-disciplinary approaches to global challenges will be particularly welcomed. Applications to the RDF should have Head of Department approval and should be submitted via the attached application form to opens in a new window by 5pm on Friday 13 May 2022.

Applicants are asked to read our full Terms and ConditionLink opens in a new window regarding eligibility and eligible costs. Please contact Hattie Hine ( opens in a new window) or Colette Kelly ( opens in a new window) if you have any queries.

The funding bulletin can be found at: opens in a new window

 Details for the HRF and the RDF Strategic Awards can be found at:

AHRC Main funding modes - for postdoctoral academics

Research Grants - StandardLink opens in a new window

Intended to support well-defined research projects; they enable researchers to collaborate with, and bring benefits to, individuals and organisations through high-quality research.

Research Grants - Early CareerLink opens in a new window

Intended to assist new researchers at the start of their careers in gaining experience of managing and leading research projects.

Research, Development and Engagement Fellowship Scheme – Standard RouteLink opens in a new window

AHRC’s Research, Development and Engagement Fellowship Scheme (Standard Route) is designed to support both mid-career and established arts and humanities researchers, enabling each Fellow to undertake ambitious, innovative research and to develop as researchers, thus enhancing their careers.

Research, Development and Engagement Fellowship Scheme – Early Career ResearchersLink opens in a new window

AHRC’s Research, Development and Engagement Fellowship Scheme (Early Career Route) is designed to support early career arts and humanities researchers, enabling each Fellow to undertake ambitious, innovative research and to develop as researchers, thus enhancing their careers.

Research Networking SchemeLink opens in a new window

Intended to support forums for discussion and exchange of ideas on themes, issues, or problems. The scheme aims to facilitate interactions between researchers and stakeholders through, for example, a short series of workshops, seminars, or networking activities.

Follow-on Funding for Impact and EngagementLink opens in a new window

Provides funds to support innovative and creative engagements, with new audiences, which stimulate pathways to impact.

About themes, programmes, and highlight notices

ThemesLink opens in a new window

Open World Research Initiative (OWRI)Link opens in a new window - A major new funding initiative for modern languages, aiming to support multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary research programmes. The programmes will be expected to develop innovative ways of working and achieve wider impacts by engaging extensively with public audiences, policy bodies, private enterprises, the third sector and international partners.

A funding focus for emerging areas of interest. Interdisciplinary and collaborative research often requires specialist support to achieve its potential; themed funding calls support developmental activity, partnership-based activities, and innovation.

Cross-Council programmesLink opens in a new window

Connected Communities

Connected CommunitiesLink opens in a new window is a cross-Council programme led by the AHRC that is designed to help us understand the changing nature of communities in their historical and cultural contexts, and the role of communities in sustaining and enhancing our quality of life.

Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS)

The 2013 RCUK Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS)Link opens in a new window programme brings together the activities of all the UK Research Councils, including the AHRC, in response to global security challenges. The programme aims to support high quality independent research with the potential to help governments, businesses and societies to better predict, detect, prevent and mitigate threats to security.

Lifelong Health and Wellbeing

Lifelong Health and WellbeingLink opens in a new window is a major cross-council initiative supporting multi-disciplinary research addressing factors across the life course that influence healthy ageing and wellbeing in later life.

Tackling AntiMicrobial Resistance (AMR)

It is clear that AMRLink opens in a new window needs a globally co-operative interdisciplinary approach to tackle these challenges and all the Research Councils have been working together to identify key themes to target current and future investments.

Living with Environmental Change

Living With Environmental Change is a ten year research programme that aims to meet the needs identified by the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, the United Nations’ Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Digital Economy

Digital Economy is a cross-research council programme involving AHRC, EPSRC, ESRC and MRC. The Digital Economy Programme is aimed at providing capability in the early adoption of information technologies by business, government and society and focuses on the transformational effect that these technologies can have.

These programmes bring together some or all of the UK Research Councils to support specific areas of funding.

Highlight notices - specified themes /strategic priorities, 12 months

Associated with existing research schemes and used to encourage proposals in specific areas of strategic interest to the AHRC, and engage the arts and humanities research community in developing these initiatives. Highlight notices are applied for a set period of time, such as twelve months, and the descriptions usually guide inquiry rather than prescribe individual research topics.

Data Management Plans

As previously communicated, we have implemented our Data Management Plan which has replaced Technical Plans. From this point we expect all proposals submitted under the Research Grants, Follow on Funding and Leadership Fellows schemes to contain a Data Management Plan and not a Technical Plan.

The system has now been updated and includes a Data Management Plan attachment. Previously we had communicated that there may be a risk that this attachment may not be ready, but this has now been resolved and the attachment has now been implemented. The Research Funding Guide has been updated with all the relevant information.

Please see ourResearch Funding Guide page for more information on how to complete the Data Management Plan.

Museums and Galleries Research

Museums, galleries, libraries and archives can apply to AHRC in collaboration with a UK university or AHRC-recognised Independent Research Organisation.

About the Research Funding Guide

The Research Funding Guide provides comprehensive information about costs, eligibility, application guidance, assessment criteria and peer review, and award decisions. It also provides information about the terms and conditions for grants and a number of annexes.

Subject coverage

You may also be interested to read about the AHRC's subject coverage.

Official Development Assistance ODA-related funding

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office uses ODA, known as overseas aid budget, to support the government's 2015 Aid Strategy in developing countries. UK Aid or Official Development Assistance (ODA) is funding provided by official agencies around the world, including the UK government, to promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries.

Research and innovation can lead to economic growth and play a decisive role in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals. In recent decades, significant progress has been made in improving people’s health, making the world a better place for women, designing laws that foster open and just societies, and protecting our planet.

The Newton Fund and Global Challenges Research Fund and are an integral part of the UK’s strategy to address key development challenges such as human health, food security and climate change.

Our funds aim to deliver the 2015 Aid Strategy, which aligns the government’s global efforts to defeat poverty, tackle instability and create prosperity in developing countries. The 4 objectives are:

  • strengthening global peace, security and governance
  • strengthening resilience and response to crises
  • promoting global prosperity
  • tackling extreme poverty and helping the world’s most vulnerable
ODA eligibility include:
  • Is the project addressing the economic development and welfare of the country in question?
  • Are the countries involved on the DAC List of ODA Recipients (the Development Assistant Committee of the OECD)
  • Is there a development need that my project or activity is addressing?
  • Is this credible or is there evidence of the need?
  • How would this project or activity be applied in the country?
  • What would the impact of my project or activity be, and who would benefit?
  • How does my project or activity contribute to sustainable development?
  • Would this lead to a reduction in poverty in a developing country?
  • What would success for this activity look like?
  • How would success or impact be measured?
Global Challenges Research Fund Guidance

£1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries, as part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA), with activity focused on outcomes that promote the long-term sustainable growth of countries on the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list and is administered with the promotion of the economic development and welfare of developing countries as its main objective. The Fund is being administered by delivery partners including:

  • Academy of Medical Sciences
  • British Academy (Newton)
  • Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Royal Society
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • Biotechnology and Biosciences Research Council
  • Economic and Social Research Council
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • Higher Education Funding Council for Wales
  • Medical Research Council
  • Natural Environment Research Council
  • Northern Ireland Department for the Economy
  • Research England
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council
  • Scottish Funding Council
  • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • UK Space Agency

British Academy priorities 2018-2022

  • To speak up for the humanities and social sciences

  • To invest in the very best researchers and research (incl under-repr groups)

  • To inform and enrich debate around society’s greatest questions (These range from social integration to the future of work; from the governance of our country, to how we manage and use big data; and from sustainable development to the skills needed to support the Government’s Industrial Strategy.)

  • To ensure sustained international engagement and collaboration (challenge-led research programmes)

  • To make the most of our assets to secure the Academy for the future.

Commonwealth Foundation, Commonwealth Foundation

Core values


Recognising that the plurality of people and natural environments of the Commonwealth lies at the heart of its strength, the Commonwealth Foundation will respect this diversity in fulfilling its mission. It is committed to the equality of opportunity for all, to respect for difference, and environmental sustainability.


Recognising that effective, responsive and accountable governance requires the inputs of all stakeholders, the Commonwealth Foundation will share the learning generated by the participation of civil society. It is committed to inspiring dialogue from the bottom up, promoting consultations, building consensus, facilitating convergence, forging partnerships and engaging diverse stakeholders in participatory governance.


Recognising that intergovernmental organisations are publicly funded and answerable to their member states, the Commonwealth Foundation will act in a thoroughly transparent manner in all its undertakings. It is committed to demonstrating accountability to both governments and civil society. It pursues its mission with commitment, discipline and rigour.


Recognising the scale and scope of the challenges facing Commonwealth people, their organisations and natural environments, the Commonwealth Foundation acknowledges the requirement to be innovative in its responses. It is committed to acting as a catalyst that brings stakeholders together to generate creative and innovative solutions and promote thoughtful analysis and learning.


Economic Empowerment

Ed & Youth

Environment and climate change

Gender inequality

Health & disabilities

Human rights

Grants – violence against women, inclusion of youths’ voices,