The AHRC is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, along with the other UK Research Councils. The AHRC is governed by its Council, which is responsible for its overall strategic direction, and we are incorporated by Royal Charter. The UK is a world leader in arts and humanities research. The AHRC’s vision is to enhance our global distinction by focusing on excellence of achievement, extending opportunity and building capacity through partnerships.


ESRC is the UK’s largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. They support independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and civil society. Their total budget for 2016/17 is around £192 million. At any one time they support over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and independent research institutes. ESRC is a non-departmental public body (NDPB) established by Royal Charter in 1965 and receive most of their funding through the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Their research is vigorous and authoritative, as they support independent, high-quality, relevant social science.