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Creating the AHRCAn Arts and Humanities Research Council for the United Kingdom in the Twenty-first Century$
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James Herbert

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264294

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264294.001.0001

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Creating the AHRC

James Herbert

British Academy

This chapter discusses the developments in terms of research grants and research funding of the newly established AHRB. By 2002 to 2003, during its fifth year, the AHRB's total budget had increased from £17.9 million to £64.8 million. During this period, non-programmed costs were capped at five per cent. Putting aside its administrative costs, the AHRB in its fifth year had programmatic expenditures of £61.7 million, a 20 per cent increase from the initially predicted expenditure. Of the £61.7 million, £9 million was allocated to the operation of museums and galleries of English institutions and the rest was equally divided between postgraduate awards and research awards throughout the UK. As funding rose, intellectual ambitions also increased. Several ambitious projects were initiated such as the editing of Francis Bacon's works, the creation of public policy concerning the film and television of Britain and Europe, the pursuing of the long-delayed multinational Romanian project, and several other projects. During this period, the AHRB garnered a distinct sense of direction and momentum. Over three years, the applications of research funding increased to 58 per cent. The applications for the postgraduate awards increased to 20 per cent in a year and the four year doctoral submission rate for arts and humanities students increased to 78 per cent.

Keywords:   research grants, research funding, programmatic expenditures, budget, museums, galleries, postgraduate awards, research awards

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