AHRC are looking to fund two research fellows to conduct horizon scanning and gap analysis and related tasks to inform the future of possible AHRC investment in languages research.
Working with AHRC staff and data, this appointment will take note of existing achievements, including but not restricted to the Open World Research Initiative (OWRI). However, it will look beyond AHRC’s previous funding to identify new and emerging research themes and relevant policy areas that languages research could address. This would include the research agendas of:
- both academic and non-academic communities
- wider stakeholders
- government departments
- those that do not usually receive funding from AHRC.
This horizon-scanning exercise will focus on the AHRC remit area of global languages. The posts will be supported for a five-month period, after which findings will be summarised into a report for the executive team of the AHRC.
It is anticipated that the post holders will complete an initial review within the first month (due end of January 2022 or early February 2022), followed by a fuller final report at the end of the five-month period (deadline end of May 2022).
The fellows will also be expected to have regular informal interactions with AHRC staff to monitor progress. In addition, the fellows will benefit from AHRC’s connections with:
- award holders
- subject associations
- government departments.
Outputs expected from this exercise in the final report include, but are not limited to:
Questions explored by this project may include, but are not limited to:
- what topics within languages research in the UK are:
- both emerging and under-researched?
- how are indigenous and community languages represented in the UK research and innovation landscape, and what changes in this area might make way for new opportunities for languages research?
- how are indigenous and community languages represented in community co-produced projects?
- what are the opportunities for new interdisciplinary collaborations within and beyond language departments?
- how does languages research align with the government departments’ areas of research interest?
- what opportunities for new languages research lie in the overlap between languages and the other disciplines?
- how can languages research in the UK contribute to addressing wider social challenges in the UK?
- what opportunities for new languages research lie in links to the wider cultural or heritage sector?
- what opportunities for new languages research lie in the value added or commercial benefits of languages to business and the business sector?
- what opportunities for new languages research lie in the intangible cultural value of languages?
A maximum of £50,000 will be available to support each of the research fellows for a period of no longer than five months. For these fellowships, AHRC will meet 80% of the full economic cost.
The award must start between 1 January 2022 and 31 January 2022.
It must produce a finished report no later than 31 May 2022.