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Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI) - open call (rolling basis)

Escrito por NOGP/aip  em 17 de Janeiro de 2019

The UK has world-leading data resources for social and economic research, providing a huge opportunity for comparative analysis into some of the most pressing challenges facing society in the UK and internationally.  The call further aims to develop the capacity and skills of the social sciences communities in using large and complex secondary data and encourage partnerships with non-academic stakeholders to ensure impact on policy and practice.

The Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI) aims to deliver high impact, policy and practitioner relevant research through the deeper exploitation of the major data resources created by the ESRC and other agencies.

In summary, this call:

  • requires the use of secondary data from at least one existing UK or international data resource;
  • is flexible and open to using any appropriate UK and international data resources but encourages, in particular, the use of at least one ESRC-funded data resource;
  • is flexible and open to the inclusion of researchers at different career stages, who wish to develop their skills in using secondary data, but also encourages applications from early career researchers as principal investigators or co-investigators;
  • encourages proposals which include non-academic partners.

The call is for proposals up to £300,000 (100% full Economic Cost (fEC)) for a period of up to 24 months. Detailed information on eligible costs can be found in the ESRC’s research funding guide ( Proposals will need to show 100% of full Economic Cost of the proposed research. The ESRC will meet 80% of the full economic costs on proposals submitted. Please note that costs for training courses for early career researchers may be included in the grant proposal.


Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Prazo de inscrição

domingo, 30 de junho de 2019 às 23:59 (104 dias restantes)

Critérios de elegibilidade

Applicants are eligible for funding whether or not they are established members of an ESRC-recognised research organisation (RO) ( eligible for responsive mode funding. Applicants 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 individuals named as co-investigators.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek early engagement with research users in the public, private and civil society sectors when developing proposals. This emphasis on partnership and research impact is reflected within the assessment process and will be taken into account by the GAP. The Pathways to Impact statement should be:
• project-specific and not generalized
• flexible and focused on potential outcomes.

Proposals should focus on the generation of non-academic impact through addressing substantive research questions. Methodological and capacity development as part of this work is encouraged but should not be the core focus.

The SDAI will therefore support the innovative and creative use of data or methodologies and support capacity-building in the area of secondary data analysis. Applicants need to consider the potential scientific, societal and economic impacts of their research and how these can be maximised and developed.

As part of projects including an early career researcher(s), applicants are also encouraged to include wider programmes of training and capacity-building that develop capacity around the understanding or use of particular data resources, methods or topic areas. This might be through seminars, workshops or other mechanisms.

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.

SDAI will only consider projects which seek to exploit secondary data from one or more existing UK or international data resource(s), providing that applicants have access to these.  Proposals seeking to use resources where data is readily accessible and routinely available for research use as part of established processes do not require a letter of support.

Additional primary data collection will not be funded under this call. However, new datasets created through data linkage are permitted. Where new datasets are created applicants are required to include a data management and sharing plan which discusses how this data will be stored and shared. Please see the ESRC research data policy ( for further guidance. All applicants are expected to comply with this policy.

Applicants must ensure that the proposed research will be carried out to a high ethical standard. Applicants must demonstrate in the proposal that they have considered any potential ethical issues and how they will be addressed – ensuring that an ethics review is in place before the project commences and that all risks are minimised. We expect researchers to have thought about and detailed the potential ethical implications of their research during the lifecycle of the project (including knowledge exchange and dissemination), what measures will be taken for ongoing review, what type of ethics review is required and how the review will be secured. Applicants should also state if ethical approval has already been obtained, or when and how this would be sought if the proposal were to be funded.

Proposals can be submitted at any time and there are no set closing dates. However, given annual funding levels and expected number of submissions at each GAP round, applicants are required to carefully consider the timing of the submission of their proposal to the ESRC. Large volumes of proposals will adversely affect success rates at each GAP round and will count towards the demand management statistics of the applicant’s research organisation.


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