ESRC Standard Research Grant

Open Call: Please notify Faculty at least four weeks in advance of intended application date.

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.

Note also the following linked schemes with international collaborators that have similar remits:

ESRC responsive mode: UKRI-SBE lead agency opportunity (Collaborate with US researchers)

ESRC responsive mode: working with Luxembourg researchers

ESRC responsive mode: working with Brazilian researchers


This funding opportunity has now reverted back to an open call on an ongoing basis as opposed to consecutive rounds. The Faculty requests if you are interested in applying to this scheme that you notify us at least four weeks ahead of your intended submission date.