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ESRC-AHRC Joint Call – ISCF Healthy Ageing Research Director

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is inviting applications for the post of Research Director for the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) Healthy Ageing Challenge. This call is being led by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

The Research Director will provide strong, authoritative leadership on an £10.53 million programme of social science and arts and humanities research for the Healthy Ageing Challenge. They will be responsible for the coherence of research across a portfolio of research activity as well as linking with other Healthy Ageing activities funded. A substantive part of their role will be to lead and co-ordinate the forthcoming Social, Behavioural and Design Research Programme (SBDRP), in which research projects will address key issues facing the older population and ways in which support and care can be delivered effectively.

The successful applicant will be expected to have an outstanding track record of research and impact leadership within areas relevant to healthy ageing, and a broad understanding of the potential for different disciplines within and across the social sciences and arts and humanities to contribute to this research area. Further details of the role and additional eligibility criteria are provided in this document.

Of the £10.53 million research programme, £1.22 million of funding is available for this call. This includes £730,000 available for the Research Director post across 48 months, and £490,000 for a flexible funding pot to be distributed by the Research Director. These figures are presented at 100% fEC and ESRC will contribute 80% of fEC.

The funding for the Research Director post is expected to cover the Research Director’s salary costs, support staff and leadership activities. The flexible fund will be available to the Research Director to administer to award holders to meet the needs of investments in the wider Challenge portfolio and facilitate opportunities to enhance the evidence base.

Applicants are encouraged complete an Intention to Submit (ItS) form by 16:00 on 23 September 2019, and full proposals must be submitted via the Research Council’s Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) system by 16:00 on 15 October 2019.

It is expected that the successful applicant will take up the post in January 2020.

Please visit the ESRC website for further information and guidance.

Key dates

  • Call for proposals open – 19 August 2019
  • Intention to submit deadline – 23 September 2019
  • Deadline for submissions – 15 October 2019
  • Shortlisting panel meeting – 8 November 2019
  • Shortlisted candidates notified – 11 November 2019
  • Interviews – 20 November 2019
  • Applicants notified of outcomes – December 2019
  • Appointment publicly announced – January 2020
  • Start of post – January 2020

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