AHRC InternationalEngagementNaomi BeaumontHead of International StrategyJanuary 2012
Also linked: Lyndsey Stoakes heritage Gail Lambourne related EU projectWho we are Naomi Beaumont Looks after: Strategy Previously: RCUK India; ESRC Lucy ParnallPippa Craggs Looks after:Looks after: ‘rest Europe of world’ i.e. Previously: India, China, Team B head; USA..... NERC
AHRC’s International StrategyThe current AHRC International Strategy aims are:• Encourage collaborations UK + best researchers worldwide• Facilitate movement of researchers to and from the UK• Facilitate access to funding sources, resources etc• To influence the international research agenda;• To promote the UK as a world centre for research.(currently ‘refreshing’ this strategy)
Some Priorities• Regions • Embedding • Early Career • Impact • Mobility • Removing barriers ? ?
International Partnerships: Funding• EUROPE: Humanities in the European Research Area(HERA). Call forproposals BY MID FEB. UK awareness raising events – announcements in nextfew weeks. 19 million Euros. Links to AHRC’s ‘translating cultures’ theme. Seewebsite for info: www.hera.org•EUROPE: Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) on Cultural Heritage and GlobalChange; currently defining ‘strategic research agenda’, could be joint calls infuture. Previously: Net-Heritage project www.netheritage.eu•EUROPE: AHRC engages with the European Commission e.g. on developmentof Horizon 2020; on their SSH (Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities)Funding opportunities. 2013 priorities announced in July.
International Partnerships: Funding•WORLDWIDE BILATERALS: •Agreements/MoUs : Germany (DFG),Ireland (IRCHSS), Italy (CNR), Taiwan (NSC), Japan (NIHU), Brazil (FAPESP), USA (NSF, NEH). •Currently can bid for projects for US-UK and Brazil-UK partnerships.•CO-FUNDED PROGRAMMES (past/ future): •Digging into Data (UK, USA, Netherlands and Canada) •Humanities and Wellbeing (in development with US partners, links to our ‘Science in Culture’ theme)
International Partnerships:possibilities through normal grants funding Research Networking • Aimed at developing new networks and interactions; • networks for 2 years up to £30k; • Extra funding available for networks with a strong international element • Additional 15K to cover the cost of any international participants or activities
International Partnership Scheme (IPS): Early Career Researchers • Library of Congress - Joint scheme with the ESRC • National Institutes for the Humanities Japan (NIHU) • Scholarship for an award holder to undertake research at the Library of Congress in Washington DC or NIHU • Expanded this scheme......Sarai (India); Huntington (USA) • Call for proposals BY END OF JAN Places available: 25 Library of Congress 11 NIHU 10 Huntingdon 5 Sarai
International Partnership Scheme (IPS): Aims/ Benefits• Access to the internationally renowned research collections/ programmes/ expertise held at four ‘hosts’• Enhance depth, range and quality of research activities• Create opportunities for networking with other international scholars at those institutions• Placement between three and six months (Sarai capped at 3 months)• Access to host institute’s research facilities and scholars/curators• Includes flight & living costs
IPS: Who can apply?• Existing AHRC/ESRC* PhD or early career award holders or a research assistant on a funded project.• Award must be ‘live’• IPS placement must be within the period of the AHRC award – no extra time awarded• Placements must take place between 1st October 2012 and 30th September 2013• Full and part-time; full and fees-only*ESRC applicants may only apply to LoC scheme
IPS: Applying + Assessment• Scheme will go live by end of Jan/ Deadline 15th March 2012 (tbc)• Applications via Je-S system• 2 parts to form: • Applicant section • Supervisor/mentor Statement (nb supervisor submits form)• Research must be demonstrably relevant to the collections/ programmes/ expertise• Must ‘add value’ to applicants’ existing work• Personal development opportunities e.g. through networking• Effective use of applicants time/ appropriate timingJoint review process:- Applications peer reviewed by ‘hosts’/ AHRC make funding decision- Outcomes 1st August 2012
AHRC international: Future avenues?• Embedding international in our core activities• Explore Opportunities with India• Awareness raising re: Europe (with UKRO/ NCP for SSH)• Further international placement ‘hosts’• Developing new relationships in North America (e.g. NIH and well-being; with SSHRC in Canada)• Collaboration with UK partners to avoid duplication (ESRC, BA)• Refreshing strategy
Thank You for listening! Contacts:• Naomi BeaumontHead of International Strategyn.email@example.com International• Lucy ParnallEuropean Strategy and Development Manager Placementl.firstname.lastname@example.org Scheme:• Pippa CraggsInternational Policy Manager email@example.com@ahrc.ac.uk• Lyndsey StoakesEuropean Project Manager (Net-Heritage and Joint Programming Initiative)firstname.lastname@example.org
General Advice•Quality of applications received is high, so competition is tough•2011 had a 63% success rate, though the overwhelming majority ofapplications received a fundable grade.•Clearly identify the collections/research programmes/expertise youwish to access•Time spent at the institution must be of appropriate length•Make a case that the visit will take place at an appropriate time•Can address any potential networking or personal developmentopportunities.•It must be clear that the work to be done relates directly to andenhances your existing project