ESRC: National Crime and Justice Laboratory academic lead

Notify Faculty of intention to apply by: 11 December 2023

Funder Deadline: 11 January 2024

The ESRC invites applications for a 12-month opportunity for a senior academic to provide leadership and strategic guidance to the National Crime and Justice Laboratory at the Home Office (Co-funders).



The Home Office intends to establish the National Crime and Justice Laboratory (NCJL) to fulfil a 2019 manifesto commitment to “create a worldclass National Crime Laboratory ”. The NCJL aims to maximise the potential of the data currently held within policing and across government to support a data-driven approach to strategic policing, criminal justice system (CJS) and wider Home Office police development and evaluation. The NCJL aims to open this data to academics to be able to utilise the untapped capacity and capabilities of academia and industry to provide a cost-effective and innovative response to pressing CJS priority areas and challenges. Overall, the NCJL aims to:

  • increase the utilisation and value of CJS data
  • improve data-driven policymaking, leading to improved CJS outcomes
  • increase the resource capacity to conduct rigorous and robust research
  • improve analytical capabilities (including methods, tools and expertise)
  • build partnerships across government, policing and academia



Applicants must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for ESRC funding. 

The post holder will be required to have security clearance to SC level and Non-Police Personnel Vetting level 3, and should normally have been resident in the United Kingdom for the last five years (as required for SC clearance), although a lack of UK residency in itself is not necessarily a bar to a security clearance.


Duration and Value

The full economic cost of your project can be up to £120,000. ESRC and Home Office will fund 80% of the full economic cost. The post holder must be at least 0.4 FTE and at most 0.6 FTE on the project.

The funding period will commence on 1 April 2024 and last for 12 months.


How to Apply

Applications must be submitted via the UKRI Funding Service system by 11 January 2024 4:00pm UK time. The project lead is responsible for completing the application process on the UKRI Funding Service, but the UKRI expect all team members and project partners to contribute to the application.