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Opportunity profile: Helping Middle Eastern heritage bloom

The AHRC-funded Nahrein Network has up to £100,000 on offer for projects in Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey. To win, close collaboration with partners in those countries is a must, Eleanor Robson, director of the network, tells Sophie Inge.

Eleanor’s top tips

  • Applications should rely on a broad definition of history, heritage and the humanities and not necessarily just archeological fieldwork.
  • Principal investigators on Large Grant bids can be from the UK or partner countries, but equitable partnerships must be at the core of all bids.
  • Projects must be focused on the partner countries; the funding must be spent there and be used to develop capacity.
  • Without collaborators in the region targeted by your bid, your application will fail.
  • Be sure to detail project management plans in the application.

The Nahrein Network is one of the Network Plus grants awarded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund.

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