AHRC & DCMS Launch Scoping Culture and Heritage Capital Research

Funding available to identify future questions for culture and heritage research to inform the approach of the government’s Culture and Heritage Capital Programme.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) are inviting applications for an interdisciplinary scoping study which will help inform and explore a potential future research initiative in relation to the DCMS Culture and Heritage Capital Programme.

DCMS has an ambition to develop a formal approach to value culture and heritage assets called Culture and Heritage Capital (CHC). The programme’s ultimate aim is to create publicly available statistics and guidance that will allow for improved articulation of the value of the culture and heritage sectors in decision making.

To achieve this ambition there are gaps in the current evidence base that need to be understood and overcome. The successful project team will build on a set of suggested research areas, potentially adding their own suggestions, to form a comprehensive list of evidence gaps for the Culture and Heritage Capital Programme by engaging with stakeholders and conducting a rapid literature review

Upon completion of the scoping study, the project team will be required to include its findings within a report which will be published on DCMS’s Culture and Heritage Capital portal.

The successful project will be required to produce a final report outlining its findings. The report should describe the methods used to identify, prioritise and display gaps in existing work.

The full economic cost of the project can be up to £150,000. AHRC/DCMS will fund 80% of the full economic cost.

Applicants must be a researcher based at a UK research organisation eligible for UKRI funding.

The project team must include expertise from different disciplines, including:

  • Arts and humanities
  • Heritage science
  • At least one economist with published research

The proposed study must start in September 2021 and complete within six months, by March 2022.

Applications must be submitted online by the deadline of 10 August 2021 (4pm).