This is a detailed list of all our councils’ themes, research areas, programmes and priorities. You can find what we are investing in and what resources you can access.
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Design is a strategic priority area for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) with design research having much to contribute to the UK economy. AHRC currently funds a £25 million research programme, Future Observatory: Design the Green Transition, aimed at addressing green transition and net zero goals through design interventions.
ESRC invests in methodological innovation to ensure that researchers have the methodological skills and tools needed to respond to research challenges in a changing, interdisciplinary research and funding environment. This includes developing new methods and building capability across the social science research community.
This scheme aims to drive fundamental discoveries stemming from MRC’s research boards and the wider academic community along the developmental pathway towards patient benefit and or commercialisation.
The digital economy theme focused on supporting research to rapidly realise the transformational impact of digital technologies on aspects of community life, cultural experiences, future society and the economy.
This theme aims to support and fund research that harnesses the new potential of the data revolution, including the continued growth of communication systems and bandwidth, and advances in miniaturisation and sensor technologies.
The digital security by design (DSbD) challenge funds business and researchers to update the foundation of the insecure digital computing infrastructure by creating a new, more secure hardware and software ecosystem.
The theory, algorithms and architectures for processing data and signals and the information they carry.
The aim of this programme is to work with business and public sector users to exploit the rich diversity and potential of public, and possibly commercial, data to create innovative digital services that deliver economic, social and environmental benefits.
This challenge is investing in electrification technologies, including power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD). The investment will support the UK’s push towards a net zero carbon economy and contribute to the development of clean technology supply chains.
The aim of this area of investment is to fund innovative applied research in early childhood development (ECD) in global contexts. This includes the physical, socio-emotional, cognitive and motor development of children up to eight years old.
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