Research Funding Opportunities: School of the Arts

This post provides information on the latest funding opportunities for your School. You will still be able to conduct your own searches via Grantfinder in the usual way or contact the RSB Office and we will assist you.


  • Erasmus+, Calls are now open for the new Erasmus+ programmeIf you are interested in any of the areas please contact assistance. Further information can be obtained from the Erasmus + website
  • Welcome Trust, Arts awards – small to medium sized projectsThese support imaginative and experimental arts projects that investigate biomedical science. The scheme aims to:
    •stimulate interest and debate about biomedical science through the arts; •examine the social, cultural and ethical impact of biomedical science;
    •support formal and informal learning; •encourage new ways of thinking; •encourage interdisciplinary practice and collaborative partnerships in arts, science or education practice.
    Projects must involve the creation of new artistic work and have biomedical scientific input into the process, either through a scientist taking on an advisory role or through direct collaboration. The scheme is open to a wide range of people including artists, scientists, curators, filmmakers, writers, producers, directors, academics, science communicators, teachers, arts workers and education officers. Applicants must be based in the UK or Republic of Ireland and the activity must take place in the UK or RoI. Eligible candidates are usually affiliated to organisations, but may apply as individuals.
    Up to £30,000 is available for projects lasting a maximum of three years to support the development of new project ideas, deliver small-scale productions or workshops, investigate methods of engagement through the arts or develop collaborative relationships between artists and scientists.
  • AHRC Fellowship Scheme This fellowships scheme has recently been revised to enhance the development of research leadership across the arts and humanities. The scheme now provides opportunities for mid and senior career researchers to carry out focused individual research, alongside collaborative activities, which may potentially have a transformative effect on their areas of expertise.
    Fellowships can be awarded for research in any subject area within the AHRC’s remit and proposals for research may be at different stages of development as long as considerable high quality research outputs are intended to flow directly from the Fellowship. A range of activities, including knowledge exchange, may be included in proposals and the scheme incorporates elements of the former Fellowships in the Creative and Performing Arts and Knowledge Transfer Fellowships schemes.
    Max value £250,000
  • AHRC Research Grants Scheme The scheme is aimed at supporting well-defined research projects, so enabling individual researchers to collaborate with other individuals and organisations by carrying out high quality research in the arts and humanities
    Max value £1,000,000

Upcoming Deadlines

  • 8 May 2014: Leverhulme Trust, Major Research Fellowships. Fellowship awards to enable well-established researchers in the UK to devote themselves to a single project of outstanding originality and significance appropriate for a period of concentrated research, capable of completion within the duration of two to three years. Fellowships are available in all fields of the Humanities or Social Sciences
  • 18 June 2014: Technology Strategy Board Enhancing the Value of Interactions with Digital ContentThe Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is investing up to £2.5 million in projects that will explore ways of deriving value from consumers’ interaction with digital content. The aim of this collaborative research and development competition is to help businesses enhance the value of interactions with and consumption of digital assets, particularly in the creative industries.
    Participation from academic and research organisations will be capped at 30% of the overall project costs. Collaborative R&D projects can range in size from £400,000 to £1 million, although larger projects may be considered. Projects should last between 12 and 24 months.
  • 9 July 2014: AHRC Collaborative Doctoral AwardsThe AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Awards are designed to facilitate collaboration between Higher Education Institutions and non-academic organisations. This will take the format of a project which can provide demonstrable benefits to all parties. The project will be carried out by a research student (or multiple students where required), who will be jointly recruited and supervised by the partner organisations, and who will gain a doctoral qualification by the end of the award
  • 16 September 2014: Leverhulme Trust Artists in ResidenceThe Artists in Residence awards are intended to bring creative writers, visual artists musicians and equivalent artists into academic research environments where such creative methods and outputs are not usually encountered. The Trust hopes to foster new creative collaborations between artists and the staff/students of the host institutions. There should be a distinct contrast between the artist and host department’s expertise, for example a geography department hosting a composer.

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