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Cultural Heritage and Rapid Urbanisation in India


The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR) are pleased to announce a joint call for research proposals addressing the theme of ‘Cultural Heritage and Rapid Urbanisation in India’.  This call closes on 7th December.

Funding of up to £200,000 per project for UK applicants is available on a full economic cost (fEC) basis with AHRC meeting 80% of the fEC. Matched resources are available from ICHR for Indian applicants. Proposals should have a maximum duration of 24 months and will be expected to start on 14th February 2018.

The aim of this call is to allow researchers in the UK and India to collaborate on joint research projects which will address critical issues concerning cultural heritage, history and urbanisation in India, including those key challenges that emerged from the workshop. It is expected that projects funded under this call will explore how historical experiences of urbanisation can inform contemporary issues and policy and also examine the role that heritage can play in sustainable economic growth and social cohesion.

Further information, including details of how to apply, can be found on the website.

Queries may be directed to or telephone 01793 416060.


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Brazil/UK Creative Lab – opportunity to attend


Social Change through Creativity and Culture is a new project that brings together academics, artists and creative practitioners from Brazil and the UK to initiate and collaborate on creative projects that directly address social challenges in specific Brazilian social contexts.

The project will immerse individuals in an innovative lab experience, intended to catalyse cross-disciplinary collaborations and dialogue, during an intensive 10-day period. Over the course of the lab, participants will be tasked with developing a practical idea to take forward together through further collaborative research over the following months.

For guidance and how to apply please see the AHRC website. Application deadline is 17th September 2015

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Networking Funding – UK/Brazil

Newton-Fund-chosen-logoLaunched under the Newton fund, there is an open funding call to build sustainable collaborations between the UK and Brazil. Funds can be used for travel, subsistence and other networking or collaborative activities, such as workshops, summer schools and exchanges (in either direction: from and to the UK). This is an exciting development in UK relations with Brazil as it is with CONFAP – the umbrella organisation for 26 state funding agencies and therefore broader than current engagement with FAPESP.

Applications to this call must meet UK Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) aims; this means applications must specifically address poverty alleviation or development issues. The call has several highlighted areas but the call is open across all research disciplines for any proposal that makes the case that it meets ODA requirements. (As with lots of international things, remember science = all research disciplines). The most obvious area of interest for arts and humanities researchers is in the highlighted area of ‘urban transformations’ but we anticipate those working on conflict also have the potential to make a case.

Projects are funded for up to £50K on the UK side with expected match funding from the Brazilian researchers (this will be funded by the Brazilian funding agencies) and are for 12 months duration. Deadline for applications is 17th October 2014.

Information on this funding opportunity (and all future calls) is available on the RCUK website . The Newton fund has £375 Million of funding over 5 years and involves the following countries – China, India, Brazil, South Africa, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Turkey, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Egypt and Kazakhstan. Further information on activities under Newton Fund can be found on the BIS website.