Making science work for development

Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects from history, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, languages, design, heritage, performing arts, and much more.

The AHRC exists to promote and channel the research that:

• Provides profound insights into ourselves and the nature of the world around us, thereby enabling diverse communities and their citizens to play a full and responsible part in society and to live rich and thoughtful lives

• Brings a deep cultural understanding into the realm of international development to tackle problems of world poverty, resource scarcity, state and environmental fragility and respect for human rights in new and productively different ways

• Sustains the UK’s flagship cultural institutions (PDF, 4.9MB) that preserve the nation’s and the world’s extraordinary heritage and act as a calling card to the rest of the world, alongside local arts organisations as pillars of community cohesion, urban regeneration and civic life

• Addresses the distinctive needs of the fastest-growing, creative sector of the UK’s economy (and indeed the global economy) for the greater fusion of artistic design, digital and computing skills.