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Funding

Funding Opportunities 

We will be regularly posting information about Social Care Research funding opportunities here. If you have a social care research idea or proposal that you think fits into any of the calls listed please get in touch with us to see if and how we can support you.

Where can social care practitioners find support to get into research?

We are able to:

  • Help find academic collaborators
  • Help find practice and service collaborators
  • Point you in the right direction for help to find existing research materials and refine and review research submissions

 

 

New Investigator Grants

The ESRC are pleased to invite proposals for our New Investigator Grants. New Investigator Grants form one element of our support for early career researchers and the scheme is specifically aimed at supporting those looking to make the transition to an independent researcher through managing their first major research project. These grants replace our 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 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.

The call will operate alongside ESRC’s Research Grants open call and you can submit proposals at any time - there are no fixed closing dates. We aim to announce the majority of decisions within 26 weeks of receiving the proposal although we cannot guarantee this, since it is dependent on receiving sufficient good quality peer review comments within the necessary timescale. 

More information here.

Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI) - open call

The Secondary Data Analysis Initiative aims to deliver high-quality high-impact research through through utilising existing data resources created by the ESRC and other agencies in order to address some of the most pressing challenges facing society. Proposals are welcome at any time. Funding is provided for up to 24 months with an overall limit of £300,000 (100% fEC) per grant.

The Initiative operates alongside ESRC’s Research Grants open call. Proposals will be considered by a Grants Assessment Panel (GAP) that has been specifically convened to consider SDAI proposals.

Funding will be available for around 12-15 proposals a year, subject to quality. This may increase with the involvement of other organisations.

More information here.

 

Research Grants

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. Awards ranging from £350,000 to £1 million (100% 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.

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. Please see the Call Specification and scheme specific Je-S Guidance below for more details of what can be applied for under this call.

You can submit proposals to this call at any time - there are no fixed closing dates. We aim to announce the majority of decisions within 26 weeks of receiving the proposal although we cannot guarantee this, since it is dependent on receiving sufficient good quality peer review comments within the necessary timescale. Please see the FAQs for further details. You must apply using the Joint Electronic Submission System (Je-S).

The content and quality of the application you submit will determine whether or not you are successful. Therefore it is vital that you have a full understanding of what is required, as well as knowing the various stages of the application process, so that you maximise your chances of gaining an award. We offer guidance on how to write a good application.

International collaboration and funding

We welcome the inclusion of international co-investigators on ESRC proposals.

We also have bilateral agreements with funding agencies in several countries.

Call documents

More information here.

ERC

Proof of concept

Closing 25th April

Have you already received an ERC grant for your frontier research project and now want to explore the commercial or societal potential of your work? The ERC Proof of Concept Grant could be for you.

Who can apply:

All Principal Investigators in an ERC frontier research project, that is either on going or has ended less than 12 months before 1 January 2019, are eligible to participate and apply for an ERC Proof of Concept Grant. The Principal Investigator must be able to demonstrate the relation between the idea to be taken to proof of concept and the ERC frontier research project (Starting, Consolidator, Advanced or Synergy) in question.

The ERC is piloting the use of lump sums as a simplified funding mode for PoC. This will test efficiency and viability of such funding method compared to the current funding mode which is based on the declaration of actual costs.: The financial contribution will be awarded as a lump sum of € 150 000 for a period of 18 months.

More than one Proof of Concept Grant may be awarded per ERC funded frontier research project but only one Proof of Concept project may be running at any one time for the same ERC frontier research project.

More information here.  

The MS Society Annual grant round for research

The MS Society 2019 Grant Round is now open.

The deadline for applications is at 12 noon on Thursday 11 April.

As in previous grant rounds, all applications will be organised into either our Care and Services or Biomedical research funding streams.  We will have four types of award in the 2019 Grant Round:
    -    PhD studentship
    -    Innovative Awards
    -    Project Grants
    -    Junior Fellowships (Care and Services research only)


More information here.

PhD Studentship

PhD studentships are designed to encourage the best science graduates to embark on a research career in MS.

Eligibility - Project must be based at a UK university or NHS institution - Must be relevant to MS - Must fit with our Research Strategy - Student must have minimum of upper second class honours degree or equivalent.

Maximum duration: Up to 36 months

Innovative Grant

Purpose: To provide support for innovative short-term, small-scale pilot or proof of concept projects

Eligibility:

- Project must be based at a UK university or NHS institution

- Must be relevant to MS

- Must fit with our Research Strategy

Funding :amount Up to £40,000

Maximum duration:  Up to 12 months

Project Grant

Purpose: To provide support for research projects designed to answer a single question or a small group of related questions. Such questions must be directed towards our Research Strategy.

Applications should be hypothesis driven.

Eligibility:

- Project must be based at a UK university or NHS institution

- Must be relevant to MS

- Must fit with our Research Strategy

Funding amount:  No lower or upper funding limit, however value for money will be one of the criteria to be considered.

Maximum duration: Up to 36 months

 

Care and Services Junior Fellowship

Purpose Junior Fellowships are aimed at attracting and retaining talented scientists, early in their career in MS research.

Eligibility:

- Lead applicant must be the Junior Fellowship candidate

- Project must be based at a UK university or NHS institution

- Must be relevant to MS

- Must fit with the Care and Services programme of our Research Strategy (note that Biomedical applications will not be accepted).

Funding amount:

No lower or upper funding limit, however value for money will be one of the criteria to be considered.

Maximum duration: Up to 48 months

 

GCRF Gender and intersectionality and Education as a driver of sustainable development network plus

The ESRC are pleased to invite proposals for a new Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Network Plus call. This call will have two separate thematic areas of focus, and applicants can apply to either distinct strand through this call.  One theme will be Gender and Intersectionality and the other theme will be Education as a Driver of Sustainable Development.

GCRF is a £1.5 billion funding stream to support research which addresses the problems faced by developing countries. GCRF forms part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment, and as such funding under this call will be awarded in a manner consistent with ODA guidelines.

The following funding is available for applications and we aim to fund one Network plus under each thematic area in this call:

  • Gender and Intersectionality Network Plus - proposals of up to £4.75 million (UKRI contribution) and up to 48 months duration. 
  • Education as a Driver of Sustainable Development Network Plus – proposals of up to £4.75 million (UKRI contribution) and up to 36 months duration. 

Proposals must be led by a researcher at an eligible UK research organisation and should be submitted through the research councils’ Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system. 

How to apply

A short Expression of Interest (EOI) should be completed by those intending to submit to this call by 16:00 on 11 March 2019. All proposals must be submitted through the Je-S system by 16:00 on 11 April 2019. Grants are expected to start by 1 November 2019. 

 

More information here.

GCRF Development-based approaches to protracted displacement

ESRC, on behalf of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is pleased to invite applications for the Development-based approaches to Protracted Displacement call. Funding has been allocated from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) which is a £1.5 billion fund to support cutting-edge research that addresses the problems faced by developing countries.

Proposals should be submitted via the Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S) by the deadline of 16:00 (UK time) on 8 May 2019. Projects should commence by 1 January 2020.

For more information click here.

£4.8m available to scale up local digital adult social care projects

Organisations that provide and commission adult social care services are invited to bid for a share of £4.8m to enable them to roll out their local digital projects on a wider scale.   

Applications for the Social Care Digital Pathfinders grant open today for existing products and services that have already been piloted in small local areas, or have a strong evidence base, with the view to implementing them on a larger scale.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday May 22 at 5pm.

For more information and to apply click here

 

The SafePod Network - call for Safepod applications

The SafePod Network (SPN) is a new investment from the Economic and Social Research Council. The main objective of SPN is to improve public benefit research by supporting, strengthening and widening remote access to research datasets through the provision and operation of an independent network of safe setting facilities, known as SafePods®. These facilities will be based at higher education institutions and other UKRI funded organisations across the UK.  

For further information and informal enquiries please telephone 01334 463901. The closing date for applications is 7 June 2019.

Click here for more information.

Approaches to Understanding and Measuring Wellbeing

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), in partnership with the What Works Centre for Wellbeing (WWCW), are pleased to invite proposals for innovative research projects that focus on a wide range of methodologies and approaches to understanding and measuring wellbeing. 

We welcome proposals that will look at the vast range of definitions of wellbeing, as well as different methodological approaches to the measurement of wellbeing. This could include debate and comparative study around different understandings and views of ‘wellbeing’ in addition to investigating different methodologies to utilising data resources to inform the measurement of wellbeing in varying contexts. The successful team will be expected to work closely with the WWCW Hub and any existing research projects.

Applicants can apply for up to £550,000 (100%fEC) of which UKRI will contribute 80%. We intend to fund one grant. Applicants are invited to submit a full proposal via the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) System no later than 16:00 on 20 June 2019. A shortlisting panel meeting will be held in June and interviews will take place in July. Funding decisions will be communicated to applicants by the end of August 2019. The successful grant must start by 15 November 2019.

For more information click here.

Opening Soon

Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences 2019

Pre-call announcement

The partners for the Open Research Area (ORA) are pleased to announce their sixth joint call for proposals due to open Spring 2019. This notice is being issued now to allow interested researchers to begin discussions with potential research partners in advance of the formal call for proposals.

 

Proposals will be accepted for research projects in any area of the social sciences. In this round, proposals are required to involve researchers from any combination of three or more participating countries. The proposed research should be integrated across the participating countries, and expected to make an original and significant contribution to scientific knowledge.  

For more information click here.

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