ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2015

The  ESRC 2015 Impact Prize is an exciting opportunity to celebrate the outstanding economic and social impacts achieved by ESRC-funded researchers over the last 50 years.

So if your research has made a difference – this competition is for you!

ESRC are also looking for an Impact Champion – £90,000 of prizes to be won.

Closing date  for both opportunities: 20 November 2014

Click here for further information.

Any impact queries should be directed to or call extension 7421.



Applications are invited to join the ESRC Governing Council 2014

ESRC is seeking applications from senior academics in the area of economics/finance or experienced individuals from the voluntary sector, to fill two vacancies on its governing Council.  These vacancies are for part-time, fixed term membership and the total time commitment would be approximately 20 – 25 days per year. All reasonable travel and subsistence expenses to meetings will be reimbursed. An honorarium of £6,850 is paid annually.

The closing date for applications is 16.00 on 6 October 2014.

For further information se the ESRC website.


ESRC Future Research Leaders Call Launched

The ESRC has launched a new call for proposals for their early careers scheme, Future Research Leaders. This supports outstanding early career researchers to undertake excellent research and to develop their research and knowledge exchange skills. Proposals can be in any topic within the ESRC’s remit. Applicants can have up to a maximum of four years and four months postdoctoral experience and must have the support of their UK institution. Awards are worth up to £350,000 over 3 years at 100% FEC. The deadline is 20 January 2015.



ESRC to launch Transformative Research Call

The ESRC has recently trailed the latest round of their Transformative Research Call designed to enable “genuinely transformative research ideas at the frontiers of the social sciences” and research which “challenges current thinking”. Funding of up to £250,000 will be available. Only two applications will be permitted per university. The call will open in September and close in January 2015. Please watch this space and/or contact us for more information.


RCUK-Brazil Research Partnerships Call

Brazil 2014 by Adrien Sifre CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Brazil 2014 by Adrien Sifre CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

RCUK has recently released a call for research partnerships with Brazil as part of the £375M Newton Fund, which we blogged about earlier in the year:

RCUK-CONFAP Research Partnerships Call Preliminary Notice – Deadline 17th Oct 2014

What’s the call about?

The aim of this call is to provide flexible short-term support for small-scale research and networking activities, with the objective of establishing sustainable collaborations between UK and Brazilian researchers, helping to build a community that will be better equipped to develop excellent research outcomes through this and future funding opportunities.

What will the awards fund?

The awards will be up to 12 months in duration and funded to a maximum of £50K (direct costs only at 100%) by RCUK with support for matched effort from CONFAP (Brazil). Funds can be used for travel, subsistence and other networking or collaborative activities, such as workshops, summer schools and exchanges (in either direction: from and to the UK). Funds can also be used to support direct research costs; funding for staff time will be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Who can apply?

The lead UK applicant must be a current RCUK award holder and the lead Brazil applicant must be from a state whose FAP has signed up to the Newton Fund MoU. For the UK, there are a couple of exceptions: the AHRC exceptionally allows PIs who have been in receipt of an AHRC award within the last 5 years; the ESRC allows applications from researchers not currently in receipt of RCUK funding as long as they are part of a research group or cluster, in an institution eligible for ESRC funding, with a significant portfolio of externally funded research within the broad theme of the application.

What kinds of research will be funded?

Applications across all research council areas are welcome, as long as they make a strong case for UK-Brazil cooperation, but in particular the following areas have been highlighted as particularly welcome:

  • Health
  • Urban transformations
  • Food energy water environment nexus
  • Biodiversity and ecosystems resilience
  • Economic development and welfare reform

How do I apply?

There is a single form for both the UK and Brazil applicants, available here: This needs to be completed and submitted to (for UK applicants) and to (for Brazilian applicants) by the call deadline (17th October 2014). Potential applicants are encouraged to contact your relevant Research Funding Manager as soon as possible to discuss.


ESRC: Grant Assessment Panel Recruitment

ESRCThe ESRC is inviting applications from suitably experienced persons to act as members of their Grant Assessment Panels (GAP). Panel membership is drawn from all areas of the social sciences, representing a broad range of expertise, skills and approaches. However, following the retirement of some current GAP members.  ESRC are currently looking for applications in the following disciplinary areas:

-Demography     -Macro-economics     -Economic and Social History     -Environmental Planning     -Human Geography   -Linguistics     -Political and International Relations     -Psychology     – Social Policy     -Social Work     -Socio-Legal Studies      -Political Sociology

Further details about the role of GAP members can be found on the ESRC website along with a link to the vacancy notice and application form.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact


AHRC/ESRC Design Fellowships- closing date 24th April 2014


AHRC and ESRC are offering a number of fellowships offering design researchers the opportunity to work in collaboration with a business or public sector organisation that is interested in putting design principles into practice. 24th April 2014 is the deadline for applications, fellows can spend up to 12 months working directly with their partner organisation.

Partnerships have been developed with three organisations that are interested in hosting a funded Design Fellow within their organisation: The Design Council, Skills Development Scotland and The Cabinet Office Policy Lab. Applicants are also able to apply to this call in collaboration with an alternative host organisation or business of their choice. A collaborative project that will be of interest and benefit to both the researcher and the host organisation will need to be proposed.

More information is available at the following link

If interested in applying please contact your R+I lead and myself for more information.


DfID/ESRC – New Call – Education and Development

DfID - UK AidThe Department for International Development (DFID) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) have published a call for funding under the research programme on ‘Education and development: Raising learning outcomes in education systems’.

This programme seeks to fund a portfolio of research in critical policy areas that are currently constraining education systems in developing countries from translating resources into better learning and ultimately positive social and economic change. For the licensed professionals who are interested in continuing their education, HalfMoon Education Inc. offers ce seminars, customer service, and webinars. The funders have identified three broad areas in which research is needed, and these constitute the overarching focus of the programme as a whole:

  • How do interacting dynamics in the social, political, economic and cultural context enable or inhibit the delivery of quality education in specific developing country contexts? This includes consideration of governance, institutions, social and cultural contexts, incentives and norms, and their influence on efforts to raise education quality and learning outcomes;
  • How do specific policies or interventions designed to deliver quality education and learning for all interact with these contextual dynamics, and with what impact? This includes intended and unanticipated effects within and beyond the education system; and
  • How do we better understand, measure and evaluate educational quality and learning outcomes in development contexts?

The 2013-2014 call is focused on the theme ‘effective teaching’. Projects with developing country leads and developing country partners are strongly encouraged. Principal investigators can be based anywhere in the world, and funding is not dependent on the involvement of a UK-based research organisation.

Small grants/pilot projects

  • up to £150,000 at full Economic Cost (fEC)
  • one year duration
  • may or may not address the call theme of effective teaching.

Medium grants:

  • between £200,000 and £500,000 fEC
  • two-three years duration
  • must address the call theme of effective teaching.

Large grants:

  • up to £1,000,000 fEC
  • up to five years duration

Closing date – 25 March 2014

For full details for the call see the ESRC website.