AHRC invites funding applications

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is inviting applicationsto the Capability for Collections Fund (CapCo). Read the full article onhow to apply.

ahrc 2018 portrait logo 750pxThe Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is inviting applications to the Capability for Collections Fund (CapCo). The fund 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.  Projects must be completed within the current financial year.

CapCo is in line with the strategic vision for future investment in arts and humanities infrastructure set out in Chapter 5 of UKRI’s Opportunities to grow our capability report.  This noted that the ‘national Gross Value Added (GVA) of the heritage economy is estimated at £29 billion, and identified that investment in conservation and heritage science facilities and physical spaces bringing practitioners, curators and scientists together would be critical to the heritage sector’s continued success.

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

  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. 

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. 

For the full call specification please see the Capability for Collections Fund call guidance.

The deadline for proposals is 4pm on 13th October 2020.

For further details, please see the ‘Application Process’ section of the Capability for Collections Fund call guidance.

Please note that there is a cap in place on the number of bids that can be submitted by a single organisation. Only one bid per stream (upgrade of major facilities; core equipment upgrade) per organisation is allowed (two bids in total).