ESRC Standard Research Grant

Updated 27th November 2020

ESRC Standard Research Grants Awards range awards range from £350,000 to £1 million (100 per cent full Economic Cost (fEC)) can be made to eligible institutions to enable individuals or research teams to undertake anything from a standard research project through to a large-scale survey and other infrastructure or methodological development.


At the Faculty of Law, both permanent postholders and fixed-term research staff are eligible to apply for funds to cover their salary. For further information, please visit the section on "I need my salary covered". It is advised that permanent members of staff should include 10-30% of their time on the grant application. This does not affect your salary or employment contract with the Faculty but that there would be an opportunity to discuss a teaching buyout at the application stage.

Detailed eligibility criteria is also set out within the ESRC guidance for applicants.


There is considerable flexibility when it comes to subject area, too. As long as you always make sure that your suggested topic falls within ESRC's remit, you are free to concentrate on any research area. Proposals can draw from the wider sciences, but the social sciences must represent more than 50 per cent of the research focus and effort. Please see the Call Specification and scheme specific Je-S Guidance for more details of what can be applied for under this call.

The ESRC attaches major importance to the position of UK social science in the international and global arena. They positively encourage active collaboration between UK researchers and those in other countries, where this helps to ensure that UK research is at the international leading edge.

You can submit proposals to this call at any time - there are no fixed closing dates. ESRC announce the majority of decisions within 26 weeks of receiving the proposal although they cannot guarantee this, since it is dependent on receiving sufficient good quality peer review comments within the necessary timescale.

Applications should be made via the Joint Electronic Submission System (Je-S). Please allow sufficient time to read the system guidance notes especially with regards to the on-line approval process.

For further information (including guidance and advice on writing an application) please refer to the ESRC website for this scheme.


Please allow sufficient time for your application to be reviewed and amended at each stage. This will allow us to support you more effectively and ensure that your proposal is ready for formal submission.

Law Faculty deadline for initial expression of interest 30 Days prior to proposed submission
Law Faculty deadline for first draft review 15 Days prior to proposed submission
Research Services deadline 5 Days prior to proposed submission
Funder deadline Not applicable - Open Call

The majority of decisions are within 26 weeks of receiving the proposal. It is advised that project start dates as set for 9-12 months from submission of the proposal.