The AHRC has committed to ensuring that the research it funds can be properly exploited and applied in areas where it can make a difference. In particular, the AHRC’s new delivery plan puts KE, external engagement, collaboration, partnership working, public and policy engagement and impact at the very heart of all that it does.
The AHRC has made a huge investment of £20m fEC to establish four ‘Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy’ over the next 4 years. The purpose of these hubs will be to build new partnerships and entrepreneurial capacity in the ‘Creative Economy’ and in addition increase the number of arts and humanities researchers actively engaged in research-based knowledge exchange.
Take advantage of this investment and look at how you can engage with the creative economy; perhaps through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)? An excellent example of knowledge exchange, KTPs are run by the Technology Strategy Board and are co-funded by a range of bodies such as the AHRC.
KTPs provide academics with the opportunity to:
- Apply knowledge and expertise to important problems facing businesses
- Develop relevant teaching and research material
- Identify new research themes and undergraduate and post graduate projects
- Publish high quality journal and conference papers
- Gain an improved understanding of business requirements and operations
- Contribute to the (REF)
- Participate in rewarding and ongoing collaboration with innovative businesses
- Supervise and act as mentors for past graduates working on business based projects
Why not consider the benefits of knowledge exchange and use your research to move forward in building partnerships and entrepreneurial capacity in the creative economy……