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Arts Humanities and Social Sciences Research


The Cambridge Arts and Humanities Impact Fund (AHIF) 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 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. 


Below: Abigail Brundin, Professor of Italian, shares her experience of participating in exciting collaborations with heritage organisations. For more interviews about impactful research in the Arts and Humanities, visit the Resources page.

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. Collaboration with public, private and third sector organisations.
  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

For full information, please consult the Scheme Guidance Notes.


2021-2022 Michaelmas Term Funding Call *Open*

2021-2022 MichaelmasTerm Call *Open*

Digital Application Form 

Scheme Guidance Notes

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. Full details on eligibility are available in the Scheme Guidance Notes. 

Projects ranging in value from £5,000 to £10,000 will be supported, but there is flexibility around these figures. Projects must be completed within 12 months of the award of the grant. Bids for testing experimental or innovative approaches are welcome, as are collaborative and co-funded projects. In response to the current challenges caused by COVID-19, applicants are also encouraged to consider ways that their research could address new needs emerging at this particular time.

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, economic, public-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 Scheme Guidance Notes. 

The deadline for submitting applications is 10th November 2021, 5pm. Applications can only be accepted through the digital application form.

Applicants should note that their of Head of Faculty/Department and relevant Research Grants Administrator must be informed about the application at the earliest opportunity, to ensure that internal approval procedures are followed. All applications must be approved by the Head of Faculty/Department through the online system before the scheme deadline.

Applicants are strongly recommended to consult with the A&H Impact Facilitator, Dr Benedict Kent ( to discuss their proposal in good time prior to submitting. 

If you experience any technical difficulties with the form, please contact the Impact Team at the address above.


2021-2022 Flexi Fund *Rolling*

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, through the dedicated application system.  

Flexi Fund Application 

Applicants are strongly urged to consult the AH Facilitator ( to discuss their proposal prior to submitting it.


Past AHIF Awards

2020-2021 Awards

Projects Leads

Unfolding - London Design Biennale 2021 Dr Antiopi Koronaki, Dr Michael Ramage, Dr Ana Gatóo
Travelling in Ancient Sumer: Urban Studies and Sensory Archaeology to Recreate Ancient Sumer Dr Augusta McMahon, Dr Marie-Françoise Besnier
Community Engagement in the Redisplay of Egyptian Objects at the Fitzwilliam Museum Dr Helen Strudwick
Archaeological Heritage Conservation, Stakeholders Forum, and Public engagement Dr Abidemi Babalola
Developing a National Cataloguing Standard for Medieval Religious and Secular Seals Dr Philippa Hoskin
Owned by Everyone: The Cultural and Ecological Importance of Chalk Streams Dr Mark Wormald

Sonic Accompaniment to Birth in the Jewish Sahara

Dr Vanessa Paloma Elbaz, Prof. Katherine Ellis

Love Letters to a Liveable Future: In Digital Performance

Dr Zoe Svendsen

Marvelous Micromuseums

Dr Dacia Viejo Rose, Rachel Hooper, Victoria Mitchell

New Digital Framework for Hidden Histories

Dr Chris Burgess, Dr Lucy Delap, Dr Ben Griffen

2019-2020 Awards

Project Leads

Secondary Education and Social Change in the UK after 1945Secondary Education and Social Change in UK since 1945

Prof. Peter Mandler, Dr Laura Carter, Dr Chris Jeppesen

Jomon Matsuri: Changing Perceptions of the Japenese Past, Contemporary Art and Archaeological Enquiry

Dr Liliana Janik

Scripture and Violence: Resources to Help Stakeholders in Their Efforts to Change Prevalent Attitudes

Dr Daniel Weiss, Dr Julia Snyder, Dr Giles Waller

Forma: Vernacular Building for Sustainability

Dr Wesam Al Asali, Dr Michael Ramage

A Publicly Available Geographical Information System (GIS) Boundary Dataset and Gazetteer for Mapping Data in Historic English Parishes

Dr Alice Reid, Dr Leigh Shaw-Talyor

Florence 4D: Tailoring Augmented Reality Smartphone Apps for Impact

Dr Donal Cooper

Building the Indus Civilisation in Minecraft: Digital Heritage, Alternative Pasts, Coding, and Student Imagination

Dr Adam Green, Dr Cameron Petrie

Arabic Phonics: Development of a Research-led Toolkit for Teachers of Arabic

Dr Saussan Khalil

Ways of Seeing: Jacopo del Sellaio's story of Cupid and Psyche in Augmented Reality

Dr Donal Cooper, Dr Kate Noble, Dr Paola Ricciardi, Mr Dan Pett

Rosenöl und Deutscher Geist: The Fortunes of Intellectual History in Germany

Prof. Richard Bourke

Good Practice in Digital Commemorations of the Holocaust

Dr Gillian Carr

Recording Decisions and Actions connected with Claims for the Removal/Protection of Statues in UK Civic Spaces during the Summer of 2020

Prof. Marie Louise Stig Sorensen

A Good Death? Explorations of Dying Well

Dr Laura Davies

Life Under The Sun: Amarna Children's Website

Dr Kate Spence

Learning Together: Introduction to French Literature and Film in HMP Whitemoor

Dr Emma Gilby

Community Heritage and Education for Sustainable Development in Tanzania

Prof. Paul Lane

Writing in the Ancient World

Dr Philippa Steele

2018-2019 Awards

Project Leads

City Women in the Eighteenth Century

Dr Amy Erickson

Phish and ChYpPS: Using digital technologies in the heritage sector to engagepatients and participants in health and wellbeing programmes

Mr Daniel Pett

Hiraeth: An arts outreach programme for unaccompanied asylum seeking children in Cambridgeshire

Dr Brechtje Post, Prof. Ianthi Tsimpli

Timber Towers of Tomorrow: Explore the science and engineering of super talltimber from cells to skyscrapers

Dr Michael Ramage

Children of the ICTY

Dr Maja Spanu

Firing Like the Romans 2: Construction of a Roman Potter's Workshop

Dr Simon Stoddart

My Little Enlightenment Plays

Dr Sophie Seita

An Account of Italy: Audley End and the Grand Tour

Prof. Abigail Brundin

'A Good Death': Explorations of Dying Well

Dr Laura Davies, Dr Emma Salgard-Cunha

EAT FEAST FAST: Material Culture and Food Memories in Contemporary Cambridge Communities

Dr Melissa Calaresu, Dr Victoria Avery

Romeyka: Let's Speak It!

Dr Ioanna Sitaridou

Women of the Avant-Garde: The American Surrealist Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012)

Dr Alyce Mahon

Factory of the Future: Producing International Impact of Performance Research

Dr Zoe Svendsen

Ashurbanipal: the Last Great King of Assyria

Dr Selena Wisnom, Dr Martin Worthington

Learning Pontic Greek: A Pedagogical Impact Project

Dr Ioanna Sitaridou

Learning Together: Introduction to French Literature and Film in HMP Whitemoor

Dr Emma Gilby

Liszt’s Unheard Opera: Sardanapalo

Dr David Trippett

2017-2018 Awards

Project Leads

The Pop-Up Museum: Ancient Egyptian Coffins at the Fitzwilliam

Dr Julia Dawson, Dr Helen Strudwick

Kepler’s Harmonies

Dr Tim Watts

Scripture and Violence

Dr Daniel Weiss

Text and Meaning: the Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language as Treasure-Trove

Prof. Máire Ní Mhaonaigh

Sharing the Amarna Story: Coproducing a Community Learning Resource

Dr Kate Spence

Early Modern Parisian Soundscapes

Dr Nick Hammond

Changing Public Perceptions of Ancient Mesopotamia

Dr Martin Worthington, Dr Selena Wisnom

Materialising the Digital Archive: Multi-Media Tennyson

Dr Ewan Jones

Restoring Lost Songs

Dr Sam Barrett

Narrating Climate Change in the Colombian Caribbean

Dr Rory O'Bryen

An Account of Italy: Audley End and the Grand Tour

Prof. Abigail Brundin

Electronic Shakespeare

Prof. Peter deBolla, Mr Scott Mandelbrote

New Light on Newton

Mr Huw Jones

Mind Your Language: Focus on Valencia

Prof. Dominic Keown

Scores of Scores

Dr Mark Gotham

Architecture for Resilience in China

Dr Emily So

Bruno Munari: The Lightness of Art

Dr Pierpaolo Antonello

Firing Like the Romans

Dr Simon Stoddart

Polychromy Matters

Dr Victoria Avery

Playing Medieval Lives

Prof. John Robb

Pursuing best Practice in Supporting Muslim Service Users in Community Probation Contexts

Dr Ryan Williams, Dr Paul Anderson