The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) was established in April 2005 as successor to the Arts and Humanities Research Board and is a British Research Council; non-departmental public body that provides approximately £102 million from the government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from languages and law, archaeology and English literature to design and creative and performing arts. In any one year, the AHRC makes approximately 700 research awards and around 1,350 postgraduate awards. Awards are made after a rigorous peer review process, to ensure that only applications of the highest quality are funded.
Recently funded research: Stonehenge Riverside Project, Medieval Soldier Database, Old Bailey Online
Funding: The AHRC receives its funding through the Science and Innovation Group which is part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
Mission The AHRC's vision is to be a recognised world leader in advancing arts and humanities research. The main aims of the AHRC are:
• fund excellent research projects not fully supported from other sources, including those of field defining or transformative potential and deploying interdisciplinary and thematic approaches
• take an overview of research in the arts and humanities in order to support new areas and important but vulnerable disciplines
• provide opportunities for outstanding researchers at key stages of their careers to develop intellectual leadership in their own disciplines and beyond
• support postgraduate research to ensure that capability across the disciplines is maintained and the best possible training is provided
• enable the exchange of knowledge to deliver civic, cultural and economic benefits
• on behalf of the UK, develop international opportunities to further arts and humanities
Publications: The AHRC publish reviews and reports on arts and humanities subjects, as well as corporate publications. Research news and findings are communicated in website features, press releases, and multimedia content such as podcasts. Between 2005 and 2010, the AHRC published a magazine called Podium twice a year, which contained news and case studies based on research that they have funded
Structure: The AHRC is one of seven Research Councils in the UK. Professor Andrew S Thompson is serving as Interim Chief Executive of the AHRC, from December 2015. The previous CE of the AHRC was Professor Rick Rylance who took up the post on 1 September 2009, and was re-appointed in September 2013 to serve until August 2017. The current Council Chair is Sir Drummond Bone. Sir Alan Wilson stepped down in December 2013.
The following is the list of scholars from Arts and Humanities Research Council who contributed and/or serves as editors for one or more OMICS International journals and conferences