Area: UK

Deadline: 16 March 2023, 4pm

Apply for funding to establish dance research networks that explore current issues, generate change and legacy for the sector. There will be up to 5 networks. You can also apply for 1 programme lead opportunity to work with the networks to provide mapping, monitoring, evaluation, and learning. You must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for AHRC funding.

A maximum of £100,000 will be available to support each of the research networks for 18 months. For these, AHRC will meet 80% of the full economic cost. The award must start between 1 and 31 October 2023. For the programme lead you can apply for funding up to £100,000. AHRC will fund 100% of the full economic costs. The award must start between 1 and 31 October 2023.

For the programme lead you must send an intention to submit by 27 January 2023, 4:00pm UK time, to [email protected] Network and programme lead duration 18 months.

Who can apply

To apply for this funding opportunity, you must be at an eligible research organisation. This is any UK higher education institution that receives grant funding from one of the UK higher education funding bodies, or a UK Research and Innovation-recognised research institute or organisation. See funding guide section.

Each network should be led by a principal investigator and can have multiple, including international, co-investigators. Each network must:

  • have a mix of partners and stakeholder (for example dance companies, industry professionals, community groups)
  • cover a range of dance genres, disciplines, and cultures
  • provide opportunities for career development including early career researchers
  • demonstrate familiarity with the breadth of the UK dance research community
  • focus on 1 or more contemporary themes or challenges facing the dance research community
  • be committed to promoting inclusivity and diversity as a fundamental principle

How to apply

AHRC must receive your application by 16 March 2023 at 4pm UK time. You will not be able to apply after this time. You should ensure you are aware of and follow any internal institutional deadlines that may be in place. For information on the application process, please visit UK Research & Innovation's website: