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AHRC-DFG Cooperation in the Humanities
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Pre-Call for Proposals
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) together with the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) will launch a bilateral call for collaborative research proposals bringing together Arts and Humanities researchers in the UK with Humanities (including Law and Linguistics) researchers in Germany to conduct outstanding joint UK-German research projects. This is the second in a series of annual bilateral DFG/AHRC calls, following a successful first call launched in 2018.

Both funding agencies are aware that some of the best research can only be achieved by working with the best researchers internationally. Accordingly, the aims of the call are:
- to support academic research of the highest quality in the Humanities undertaken by UK-German teams, whose primary aim is to make fundamental advances in human knowledge and
- to deepen and strengthen cooperation between UK and German researchers in the humanities, and to foster the growth of a transnational UK-German research culture.

The call will be open to applications addressing any research topic where there is significant potential to advance knowledge through collaborative research bringing together Arts and Humanities researchers in the UK whose research falls within the remit of the AHRC and Humanities (including Law and Linguistics) researchers in Germany.

Applicants in the UK must meet AHRC eligibility requirements and applicants in Germany must meet the DFG's eligibility requirements. Funding will be distributed among the research partners according to the researchers' place of work and, in general, according to the funding rules of each individual agency.

The duration of the projects will normally be and must not exceed three years. Successful Projects will be expected to start in early 2021. The UK component may seek up to £350,000 FEC, to which the AHRC will normally contribute 80% fec. Projects should be integrated but do not have to be symmetrical, in the sense that neither the sums requested nor the items requested have to be identical on the UK and German sides. However, we would expect the work packages to be delivered reasonably equally. Applicants should demonstrate the added value which cross-national collaboration bringing together researchers based in the UK and Germany will make to advancing research.

A single integrated case for support for the joint UK-German collaborative research project will need to be submitted in English. Where appropriate for the research topic, applicants may also submit their proposals in both English and German, although they are not required to do so.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of their scholarly merit and the added value of UK-Germany collaboration through a joint two-stage process. The first stage will involve assessment by two peer reviewers followed by an opportunity for applicants to respond to these reviews. The second stage will be consideration by members of a joint academic panel selected by the DFG and the AHRC which will agree final grades for applications and make funding recommendations to the funders. The peer review process will be undertaken in English. Funding will be granted from the core budgets of AHRC and DFG.

Applications for this call will need to be submitted through the UKRI Joint Electronic Submission (JE-S) System (by 4pm UK time) with parallel submission to the DFG's "elan" portal (with a deadline of Midnight German time). More information will be provided in the call guidance documents once the call opens in November.
Immediate resubmission of unsuccessful proposals from the first call under the AHRC-DFG MOU to the second call is not permitted.
The funding for UK researchers is provided by AHRC and is not impacted by Brexit, however travel, passports and movement of goods during the project will need to be considered in the light of government advice when working with German partners.

The detailed call for proposals is planned for 20 November 2019 with a deadline on 26 February 2020.

Contact person at the AHRC: Dr. Jamie Davies, phone +44 1793 416060, enquiries@ahrc.ukri.org (put "DFG" in the subject heading, please)

Contact persons at the DFG: Sigrid Claßen, phone +49 228 885 2209, and Dr. Nora Böttcher, phone +49 228 885 2693; AHRC-Ausschreibung@dfg.de
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