UK-Ireland Collaboration in the Digital Humanities Networking Call

The Irish Research Council (IRC) is pleased to announce a call for Networking Grants as part of the ‘UK-Ireland Collaboration in Digital Humanities’ programme funded through the UKRI Fund for International Collaboration. This collaborative funding programme between the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the IRC aims to deliver a transformational impact on Digital Humanities research in the UK and Ireland.

In the UK, the programme is supported by £4 million of funding secured by the AHRC through the UKRI (UK Research and Innovation) Fund for International Collaboration. The Irish component of projects will be supported by the IRC. The programme will support a range of collaborative activities over three years, including research networking activity and larger research grants. The programme will exploit complementary strengths in the Digital Humanities between world-leading centres of excellence in the UK and Ireland, leading to new partnerships and cross-disciplinary projects, building capacity and enhancing the integration of humanities and technology in Digital Humanities development.

This call for Networking Grants aims to support a broad range of networking activities between teams in the UK and Ireland. By bringing together the outstanding and complementary qualities of the Digital Humanities in both countries, it is anticipated that this programme will achieve a broad range of academic, societal and economic impacts, for example by:

  • Fostering new partnerships with the creative industries sector;
  • Enhancing public access to, and engagement with, cultural heritage;
  • Creating new standards in open access;
  • Supporting new learning, educational and professional skills.

The networks should take innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to explore the following broad and inclusive themes:

  • Digital Humanities, Emerging Technologies and Research Practices
  • Digital Humanities and Social Innovation
  • Digital Humanities, Cultural Heritage and the Creative Industries

These themes have been developed on the basis of outputs from a workshop which took place in Dublin from 22-23 October and convened leading Digital Humanities experts from both countries.

A report of the workshop, including recommendations for future activity, can be found in the ‘further information’ section on this page (from week commencing 9 December). It is strongly advised that applicants refer to this report when completing their proposal.

The AHRC will provide up to £30,000 full economic cost (FEC), paid at 80%, for the UK costs of each funded research network. The Irish Research Council will provide up to €12,500 (covering 100% of costs).

Each network must start by 14 May 2020 and can be between 6-12 months in duration.

It is expected that up to 8-10 awards will be made under this call, with the aim of having a balanced portfolio of awards across the thematic areas, (subject to proposals meeting the criteria and quality standards detailed above).

For detailed information see the Call Guidance and FAQ documents.

Closing Dates

This call will close for applications on Thursday 20 February 2020. Applications should be submitted through the Je-S system by 4pm on Thursday 20 February 2020, and will need to go through the appropriate institution submission process prior to this (UK applicants only). 

The Irish PI must submit the PDF copy of the research proposal (including the Budget Form for Irish Costs) submitted through J-eS to the IRC by 11:59pm on 20 February 2020. Applicants missing any of these submission steps will be automatically disqualified.

In line with data sharing best-practices, applicants are urged to transmit the aforementioned documents in a secure manner (for example, a password-protected document and/or an encrypted email) and in accordance with the data protection policies of the investigator’s university.


How to Apply

You should submit your proposal using the Research Councils’ Joint electronic Submission (Je-S) System (

To prepare a proposal form in Je-S:

  • Log-in to your account and choose ‘Documents’ from the menu;
  • then select ‘New Document’;
  • ‘AHRC’ as the Council,
  • ‘Standard Proposal’ as the Document Type;
  • ‘Research Networking’ as the Scheme;
  • ‘AHRC UK-Ireland Digital Humanities Research Networking 20 Feb 2020’ as the Call/Type/Mode; and
  • ‘Create Document’.

All Investigators named on the Je-S application form, whether based in the UK or Ireland, must have a Je-S account. Where a named investigator does not  already have a Je-S account, one  can be easily set up, but please note that the process can take a number of days. It is therefore strongly recommended that the process is started well before the application deadline. Je-S accounts can be created on the Je-S site here. If you require assistance with the process please contact the Je-S Helpdesk at or +44 (0)1793 44 4164.


Who to contact

For queries about this call such as eligible activities and costs or remit of the call please contact AHRC at or telephone: 01793 416060 (available Monday to Friday 08:30-16:30).

For queries on using Je-S such as creating and submitting the application form or Je-S account creation, please contact the Je-S Helpdesk on 01793 444164 or (available 08:30 – 17:00pm Monday – Thursday and 08.30 -16.30pm on Fridays).

Irish applicants should contact the IRC at or telephone: +0353 1 2315000 (available Monday to Friday 9:00-17:30).


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