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ESRC Research Grants (open call)

Escrito por NOGP/aip  em 18 de Janeiro de 2019

If you have an excellent idea for a research project, the best way to seek funding for it is through our Research Grants open call.

The ESRC Research Grants (open call) invites proposals from eligible individuals and research teams for standard research projects, large-scale surveys and other infrastructure projects and for methodological developments. The call offers researchers considerable flexibility to focus on any subject area or topic providing that it falls within ESRC’s remit.

Proposals can draw from the wider sciences, but the social sciences must represent more than 50 per cent of the research focus and effort.
We particularly encourage ambitious and novel research proposals addressing new concepts and techniques and those with the potential for significant scientific or societal and economic impact. We are also keen to encourage fresh ideas from new researchers and appropriate proposals are welcomed from those with limited research experience.

ESRC is committed to supporting research which is world class and informs prosperity, wellbeing and justice on an international scale. The Research Grants open call enables UK  researchers to collaborate with the best scholars in their field across the globe through the International Co-investigators policy. The past 50 years have seen a marked increase in global interdependencies with many of the current challenges we face having a global reach. We are keen to support cross-national comparative work and research projects with an international focus.

Our funding decisions are based on a number of criteria including quality, timeliness, potential impact and value for money.

You can submit proposals to the call at any time – there are no fixed closing dates.


Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Prazo de inscrição

domingo, 30 de junho de 2019 às 23:59 (97 dias restantes)

Critérios de elegibilidade

Applicants are eligible for funding whether or not they are established members of a recognised research organisation (RO) ( Applicants for research grants who are not established members of a recognised RO must be accommodated by the RO and provided with appropriate facilities to carry out the research. (These requirements also apply to all individuals named as co-investigators.) If the principal investigator or a co-investigator is retired, the expectation is that their involvement in a project would be covered by a contract with the RO. If there are costs associated with such time these should be regarded as a Directly Incurred Cost.

Research proposals may be submitted jointly by more than one applicant. In such cases, one person must be regarded as the principal investigator taking the lead responsibility for the conduct of the research and the observance of the terms and conditions. Correspondence regarding the research proposal and grant will be addressed to the principal investigator only. All co-investigators must make a significant contribution to the conduct of the research.

We positively encourage active collaboration between UK researchers and those in other countries, where this will help to ensure that UK research is at the international leading edge. Co-investigators based in overseas research organisations can therefore be included in research grant proposals. Business, third sector or government body co-investigators based in the UK can also be included on research grant proposals.

The call is for proposals ranging from £350,000 to £1 million (100 per cent full Economic Cost (fEC)) for a period of up to five years. Detailed information on eligible costs can be found on pages 30-35 of ESRC’s Research Funding Guide ( Proposals will need to show 100 per cent of full Economic Cost of the proposed research. The ESRC will meet 80 per cent of the full economic costs on proposals submitted.

Proposals can be for basic, applied or strategic research. The call allows proposals for standard research projects, methodological development, or for large-scale surveys or other infrastructures (eg linguistic corpora or the classification, cataloging and compilation of information which would be of benefit to social science researchers and a possible wider audience.) It is important that infrastructure proposals clearly demonstrate their utility to a broad community of researchers, and wider audiences as appropriate. It is also possible to submit a proposal for two or more linked projects, provided that the relationship between them is properly explained and justified.

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.

Knowledge exchange should not be treated as an ‘add-on’ at the end of a research project, but considered before the start and built into a project.

In line with the RCUK position on Excellence with Impact, we expect that our researchers will have considered the potential scientific, societal and economic impacts of their research.  ESRC applicants should actively consider how these impacts can be maximised and developed through the Pathways to Impact document in their proposal. This will form part of the peer review and assessment process.

All submitted proposals have to comply with our Framework for Research Ethics and we are committed to ensuring that our research community makes the outputs from ESRC-funded research publicly available.


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