ESRC Standard Research Grant

Next Deadline: 25 January 2024

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.


Applicants can be at any stage of their academic career; but the project team must have a level of skills, knowledge and experience that is appropriate to the proposed project. At the Faculty of Law, both permanent postholders and fixed-term research staff are eligible to apply for funds to cover their salary. 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. 

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.

Applications should be made via the new UKRI Funding Service. You cannot apply on the Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) system.

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


Previously, this funding opportunity was open for applications on an ongoing basis. From 25 May 2023, there will be consecutive rounds with opening and closing dates for applications. Please see below details of internal deadlines and the next funder deadline for the outline stage:

Law Faculty deadline for initial expression of interest 1 December 2023
Law Faculty deadline for first draft review 15 December 2023
Research Services deadline 18 January 2024
Next funder deadline (outline stage) 25 January 2024

Th next funding round will open the day after the current round's outline stage deadline.