UK-Ireland Collaboration in the Digital Humanities Research Grants



***This call is now closed and will not be accepting new funding applications***

In August 2021, the Irish Research Council (IRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) announced funding for eleven new research projects as part of their UK-Ireland Collaboration in Digital Humanities in August of last year. The call is jointly led by the AHRC and the IRC and builds on the ‘UK-Ireland Collaboration in the Digital Humanities’ scoping workshop that took place in Dublin on 22 and 23 October 2019 and the UK-Ireland Collaboration in the Digital Humanities Research Networking Call launched in 2020.

A diverse group of digital humanities projects

Through innovative arts and humanities research, digital humanities projects use digital methods and computational techniques as part of its research methodology to shed new light on a range of important issues. The projects which began in Autumn 2021 will aim to develop new research techniques, bring innovative approaches to community engagement, and enhance cultural understanding and access to heritage. The call aims to support large, collaborative UK-Ireland projects that achieve a transformational impact in the digital humanities through innovative, multidisciplinary research that engages extensively with wider partners.

Building on UK-Ireland collaboration

Welcoming the joint awards in August 2021, Simon Harris TD, Minister for Further & Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, said:

“I am delighted to see these awards announced today, supported by the Irish Research Council. The ongoing partnership between the IRC and AHRC-UKRI will drive a step-change in the level of cooperation between these two islands in the growing field of digital humanities. The UK-Ireland digital humanities partnership is a timely reminder of both the appetite and the potential for UK-Ireland research collaboration, both ‘east-west’ and ‘north-south’. Maintaining and further building an international and a vibrant all-island higher education and research system is a key priority for government.”

Strength of partnership

Also commenting, Christopher Smith, AHRC Executive Chair and International Champion for UKRI said:

I am delighted to see that the strength of AHRC’s partnership with the Irish Research Council has enabled us to co-fund such an exceptional and diverse group of projects. Through cutting-edge approaches these projects powerfully capture the innovative potential of joining creativity in the arts and humanities with digital technologies and promise to achieve a new international benchmark in Digital Humanities research.

Widening networks and collaboration

Peter Brown, Director of the Irish Research Council, added:

The awards we are jointly announcing today will not only enhance the integration of humanities and technology, but they will also facilitate UK and Irish researchers to widen their professional networks through collaboration and exchange of ideas, and to cultivate long-term links between Ireland and UK-based researchers.

“I am particularly pleased to see that many projects engage extensively with partners in the creative industries and cultural heritage organisations, demonstrating the huge potential for intersectoral synergies and the opportunity to create inclusive solutions, ranging from an exploration of the use of emerging digital technologies to transforming understanding of online practices to the provision of world-class digital research repositories. The engagement between disciplines, academic and non-academic organisations across Ireland and the UK adds up to an initiative which is truly rich in possibilities.”

Awardee and Project Details

Lists of awardees and their projects are available to download on the right-hand side of this page.

A calendar of events and activities for each project, including their social media and websites, is also available for download and will be periodically updated.

Digital content such as project blogposts will be added to this page over the coming months.

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