ESRC are pleased to invite outline proposals to take forward an ambitious research agenda with the potential to generate significant economic or societal impact. They welcome proposals for standard research projects, large-scale surveys, infrastructure projects, and for methodological developments in any area of the social sciences. They actively encourage interdisciplinarity, both within and beyond the social sciences.

Outline proposals should be between £1 million and £2.5 million (at 100% full economic cost) for a period of between three to five years. ESRC expect to fund up to four awards. 

This call provides opportunities for promoting innovation and interdisciplinarity, both within and beyond the social sciences, however excellent research within a particular social science discipline is also welcome. 

This year’s competition will run as a two-stage application process. Outline proposals should be submitted via the UKRI Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) System no later than 16.00 on 14 June 2018. Shortlisting decisions will be made in September 2018, when shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit full proposals (closing date in November 2018). Proposals will be peer reviewed and assessed at a panel meeting in April 2019, with funding decisions available in May 2019.

Grants will commence from 1 October 2019.

ESRC require that we select and submit only three applications for their Large grants competition. The submission deadline for outlines is 14th June. In order that our selected teams have the time to develop their competitive proposals, Division requires that applicants provide their case for support, pathways to impact and description of resources, for internal assessment by 3pm Friday 20th April. 

Please contact Karen or Elizabeth if you are interested in applying as soon as possible.

The Trust and Global Governance Large Grants call also launches in April.

Find out more about the call by visiting the ESRC's webpage.