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Arts and Humanities Impact Fund

The Cambridge Arts & Humanities Impact Fund


The Cambridge Arts & Humanities Impact Fund provides flexible funding to support and enhance the impact of Arts and Humanities research.

Due to a lack of AHRC funding for research impact, the Arts and Humanities Impact Fund (AHIF) aims to enhance the non-academic impact of the outputs of arts and humanities research at the University of Cambridge. Other research councils such as the ESRC and EPSRC run Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs) with regular internal funding calls at Cambridge. Please check if you are eligible to apply for these if your research falls within their funding remit.

The AHIF supports impact activities within the field of Arts and Humanities as broadly defined by the AHRC, such as:

  1. Activities to broaden research engagement with business, NGOs and the public and third sectors. This can cover deepening and strengthening relationships with existing contacts as well as establishing new contacts.
  2. Engagement with public, private and third sector organisations through secondments.
  3. Development and promotion of new engagement methods to help promote best practice across arts and humanities knowledge areas.
  4. Short projects to define routes to impact, liaising with partners and finding the resources to enhance impact activities.
  5. Innovative and unusual projects leading to impactful outputs and outcomes.


Applications are invited from any researcher active in the arts and humanities who holds a current contract of employment as a senior independent researcher – at the point of application – with the University. Relevant non-school institutional staff (such as from Museums or Libraries) on academic-related contracts are also eligible to apply.

A guide to impact in the Arts & Humanities can be found here.


Here are our current funding calls:

1. Impact Funding

The Impact Fund provides flexible funding for impact projects in arts and humanities disciplines, as broadly defined within the AHRC’s remit.

The current funding call closes on Monday 27th November 2017 and a second round will open in Easter Term 2018. Projects ranging in value from £5,000 to £10,000 will be supported, but there is flexibility around these figures. Projects should be completed within 9 months of the award of the grant. Bids for testing experimental or innovative approaches are welcome, as are collaborative and co-funded projects.

Awards will be made available to fund work which will significantly increase the probability of the ideas and findings generated by research having an impact on the private, public and third sectors, whether that be in a cultural, social, policy or pedagogic capacity. The awards are not for the continuation of research. Applications should therefore focus on the development of impact activities and outputs and not on research.

The Impact Fund grants can be used to support staff on the project, consumables, travel etc. Only direct costs are eligible. The funds cannot be used to support students or to cover PI time.

For further details on eligibility and assessment criteria, please consult the ‘Guide for applicants.’

Call deadlines for 2017-18

  1. Monday 27th November 2017 5pm
  2. Monday 5th March 2018 5pm

Please find the AH Impact Fund guidance document and application form below:

AH Impact Fund Guide for Applicants                                  

AH Impact Fund Project Application Form                    

Please submit all applications to


2. Flexi Fund

This fund is available to fund timely, tactical opportunities in short time scales, which require a quick turnaround for funding. This could include, but is not limited to, activities such as select committee attendance, workshop organisation, or the creation of short-term impact projects. Funding is also available for initial meetings with non-academic partners that can demonstrate a potential to lead to further impact. 

 Awards will typically not exceed £2,000 and will cover 100% Directly Incurred Costs only.

Applications to this scheme are accepted on a rolling basis.

Please use the AH Impact Fund Project Application Form to apply and submit all applications to


Reporting requirements.

The following reports must be submitted at the following milestones. Specific dates will be agreed by the Impact Fund Coordinator.

Interim Report

Half   way through the project

This   is just a short update via email reporting against the project’s current   status

Final Report

At the completion of the   project

This is a longer report which   details the impact achieved and any in-kind or additional funding leveraged.   This report will be assessment by the Steering Group and the relevant Head of   Department.


For advice and support in preparing an application, or for guidance on impact or Knowledge Exchange more generally, please contact the Impact Fund Coordinator Dr Julianne Pigott on