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Heritage researchers in Jordan gain opportunity for access to cutting-edge UK equipment

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The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) have announced an exciting new opportunity for academics applying to the Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development in Jordan call.

STFC, which is also part of UK Research and Innovation, are set to provide additional funding to support access to science facilities across the UK, significantly enhancing projects funded through the call. These facilities include the UK Diamond Light Source synchrotron, which could, among other things, enable researchers to safely build a structural image of the interiors of heritage objects, or determine their chemical composition.

The Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development in Jordan call will support collaborative UK-Jordan research projects, which explore the increasingly important role of cultural heritage in delivering sustainable economic growth and social welfare in Jordan. It is funded through the Newton-Khalidi Fund which aims to strengthen the collaborative research and innovation partnership between Jordan and the UK.

Access to STFC UK science facilities is subject to a separate application process and applicants are advised to contact STFC to discuss how use of their facilities could help support their existing research. Applications to the Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development in Jordan call must still be viable without support from STFC and their facilities.

More information about applying for this call and for access to STFC facilities can be found on the AHRC call page and in the updated AHRC call guidance.


Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron. Harnessing the power of electrons to produce bright light, scientists can use it to study anything from fossils to jet engines to viruses and vaccines.

Last updated: 15 October 2018

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