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Information für die Wissenschaft Nr. 77 | 20. November 2019
UK-German Collaborative Research Projects in the Humanities

Second call in the humanities incl. law and linguistics, 2019/2020

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) together with the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) are launching a bilateral call for collaborative research proposals bringing together arts and humanities researchers in the UK with humanities (including law and linguistics) researchers in Germany to conduct outstanding joint UK-German research projects. This is the second in a series of annual bilateral DFG/AHRC calls, following a successful first call launched in 2018.

Both funding agencies are aware that some of the best research can only be achieved by working with the best researchers internationally. Accordingly, the aims of the call are:

  • to support academic research of the highest quality in the humanities undertaken by UK-German teams, whose primary aim is to make fundamental advances in human knowledge
  • to deepen and strengthen cooperation between UK and German researchers in the humanities, and to foster the growth of a transnational UK-German research culture

The call is open to applications addressing any research topic where there is significant potential to advance knowledge through collaborative research bringing together arts and humanities researchers in the UK whose research falls within the remit of the AHRC and humanities (including law and linguistics) researchers in Germany.

Applicants in the UK must meet AHRC eligibility requirements and applicants in Germany must meet the DFG’s eligibility requirements for the funding scheme Sachbeihilfe/Research Grants, including the duty to cooperate (Kooperationspflicht). Funding will be distributed among the research partners according to the researchers’ place of work and, in general, according to the funding rules of each individual agency.

The immediate resubmission of unsuccessful proposals from the first call under the AHRC-DFG memorandum of understanding to the second call is not permitted but may be acceptable for future calls. Applicants unsuccessful under the first 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 2021.

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. Applicants should demonstrate the added value which cross-national collaboration bringing together researchers based in the UK and Germany will make to advancing research.

A single integrated case for support for the joint UK-German collaborative research project will need to be submitted in English. Where appropriate for the research topic, applicants may also submit their proposals in both English and German, although they are not required to do so.

The closing date for this call is Wednesday 26 February 2020. 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 19 February 2020 at the latest.

Further Information

For more detailed information, please refer to the AHRC website:

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

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