ESRC New Investigator Scheme

Updated 27th November 2020

The New Investigator scheme aims to provide early career researchers with the opportunity to lead their first major research grant and gain experience of managing a research project and team. These grants replace the Future Research Leaders scheme.

The call is open to high-quality candidates from anywhere in the world who have a maximum of four years’ postdoctoral experience and the support of an eligible UK research organisation. Grants ranging from £100,000 to £300,000 at 80% full Economic Cost (FEC) can be awarded. Proposals are welcomed across the full disciplinary range of the social sciences and at the interface with the wider sciences, however the social sciences must represent at least 50 per cent of the research focus and effort.

You will be able to submit applications for this scheme at any time- there are no fixed closing dates. 

Read more on the ESRC website about the new 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