Remit, portfolio and priorities - ESRC


Areas we fund

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) supports research in economic, social, behavioural and human data science.

We fund research and invest in training, methods development, and resources such as data collections and services in the social science disciplines. These disciplines include:

  • area and development studies
  • demography
  • economic and social history
  • economics
  • education
  • environmental planning
  • human geography
  • international relations
  • linguistics
  • management and business studies
  • politics
  • psychology
  • science and technology studies
  • social anthropology
  • social policy
  • social statistics, methods and computing
  • social work
  • socio legal studies
  • sociology.

You can also find out more about who we fund and the research facilities, methods development and resources we invest in – including data collections and services.

Check if your research is within ESRC’s remit

Before making a research proposal, you can check if your research is suitable for ESRC funding. It’s a good idea to do this if your research is interdisciplinary or not clearly within ESRC’s research areas.

Last updated: 26 January 2022

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