In June 2016, five higher education institutions in Amsterdam decided to start a new platform for cooperation on research in and through the arts. ARIAS, the Amsterdam Research Institute of the Arts and Sciences, aims to foster collaborative research between the Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA), Gerrit Rietveld Academy, University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam). All five institutions are represented in the ARIAS board as well as in the ARIAS advisory committee. Goal of ARIAS is to facilitate new joint research programs, funding applications and to give visibility to research in and through the arts.
Drawing from important research themes at NWO and the Nationale Wetenschaps Agenda, the three main research clusters of ARIAS are: ‘the city as a site of research’, ‘art, culture & health’, ‘art, research and education.’ An important aim of ARIAS is to give shape to Third Cycle Trajectories (post-master education and research programs) in the arts, including a PhD in the Arts.