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UK-German Funding Initiative in the Humanities

This is the fourth call for UK-German collaborative research projects under the MoU between the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and the German Research Foundation (DFG).

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) are launching a call for proposals for outstanding joint UK-German research projects in the Humanities. Proposals should strengthen cooperation in the fields of arts and humanities between Germany and the UK.

Both funding agencies want to strengthen international cooperation in these fields, to fund academic research of the highest quality within their own countries, and are aware that some of the best research can only be achieved by working with the best researchers internationally. The scheme will provide funding for integrated UK-German projects. The partner agencies will organise a coordinated peer review and a single joint selection process. Funding will be distributed among the research partners according to researchers' place of work and, more generally, according to the funding rules of each individual agency.

Proposals may be submitted in any area of the Humanities, as defined in the research funding guides. Only proposals whose primary aim is to make fundamental advances in human knowledge in the relevant fields may be submitted in response to the call for proposals. Applicants who are uncertain whether their proposal would be eligible should contact the relevant agencies for clarification.

Projects must have well-defined joint working programmes, clearly demonstrating the added value of UK-German collaboration. We expect that each partner substantially contributes to the common project; this also includes taking on organisational responsibilities. This division of responsibilities should also be reflected in the amount of funds requested by each partner.

Immediate resubmission of unsuccessful proposals from one call under the AHRC-DFG Memorandum of Understanding to the next call is not permitted but is acceptable for future calls. Applicants unsuccessful under the last call may submit different proposals for this call.

The duration of the projects will normally be and must not exceed three years. Successful projects will be expected to start in early 2023.

The UK component may seek up to £350,000 fec, to which the AHRC will normally contribute 80 percent fec. Projects should be integrated but do not have to be symmetrical, in the sense that neither the sums requested nor the items requested have to be identical on the UK and German sides. However, we would expect the work packages to be delivered reasonably equally.

The closing date for this call is Tuesday, 22.02.2022. Applications for this call will need to be submitted through the UKRI Je-S System (by 4 pm UK time) with parallel submission to the DFG’s elan portal (with a deadline of midnight German time). German applicants should note, that if they are using the elan system for the first time, they need to set up an elan account by 15.02.2022 at the latest. UK applicants are requested to also set up an elan account, although they are not required to do so.

Lead responsibility for the administration of calls rotates between the AHRC and the DFG. The AHRC is leading the administration of this fourth call and should therefore be the first point of contact for general enquiries relating to the call.

Please note the DFG’s data protection notice on research funding, which can be viewed and downloaded at: Interner Linkwww.dfg.de/privacy_policy. If necessary, please also forward this information to those individuals whose data will be processed by the DFG due to their inolvement in your project.

Call Documents 

Please refer to the AHRC website at Externer Linkwww.ukri.org/opportunity/collaborate-with-german-partners-on-arts-and-humanities-research for the call documents.

DFG-Specific Information

Once the UK principal investigator has submitted the joint proposal through Je-S, the downloaded PDF proposal documents should be submitted by the German principal investigator to elan.

Enter these details:

  • funding scheme: Individual Grants Programme/Research Grant (Einzelförderung/ Sachbeihilfe)
  • call to select: UK DFG/AHRC-Call 2022
  • acronym: please do not fill in an acronym, use it to state the ‘AH/X000000/I’ number from your proposal submission to Je-S (the funding agencies need this information to link the different submissions)
  • title and summary: you do not have to translate either from English into German, just copy and paste your English title and summary into the boxes that call for the information in German
  • principal investigators and co-investigators from the UK are to be added as ‘participating individuals’ in the role of ‘cooperation partner’
  • all documents submitted to Je-S are to be uploaded to Elan as well (one PDF)
  • in addition, also upload the CV (or CVs) of the German team as an extra document (one PDF)
  • DFG-specific documents (for example, a statement from the potential employer for temporary positions for principal investigator, or the statement by the university for the replacement module) need only be submitted to elan, not to Je-S.

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Contact Information

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