AHRC Opens New Call for Capability for Collections Fund

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is inviting applications to the Capability for Collections Fund (CapCo). It will support a series of targeted, capital investments to renew and upgrade research facilities within UK galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAMs), including university collections, focusing on conservation and heritage science facilities, digital capture equipment and specialist study spaces and reading rooms.

The investment will fund two types of activity for collections-led research:

1. Refresh / upgrade of major facilities, costed at up to £3 million per bid

2. Urgent replacement or upgrade of core equipment and instruments, including instrumentation for spectrometry, spectroscopy, digitisation and imaging, and conservation equipment, costed at £10,000-£1 million per bid.

Only capital funding is available from this call. Associated running and staff costs will need to be met by the institution.

The assessment of the applications will focus, in part, on feasibility of spend within Q3 and Q4 of 20/21, and funds will only be committed where it can clearly be demonstrated that the project will be completed within the current Financial Year, i.e. by 31 March 2021.

This call is open to all Je-S registered organisations eligible to receive UKRI funding.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 13 October 2020.

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