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My winning proposal: Time well spent

Image: Artur Porter-Simons

Historian Joy Porter reflects on two-year build up to an AHRC Standard Research Grant win

Top tips

  • Look through Arts and Humanities Research Council strategy literature to highlight synergies.
  • Be realistic about timeframes to work up a major team-oriented bid—it will likely take years rather than months.
  • Large bids that are written piecemeal often lack a clear continuous voice and this might not be the best way to proceed.
  • Respond to reviewers’ comments in the spirit of using the comments to improve the final bid.
  • Be prepared to justify the amount of time spent on a major bid, as well as the likely costs involved, within your institution.

With a remit to support collaborative research projects that cost between £50,000 and £1 million, the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Standard Research Grants have the capacity to support major interdisciplinary projects focused predominantly within the council’s remit.

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