ESRC are looking for centres that deliver challenge-led research, bringing together the right people, disciplines, institutions and infrastructure to respond to that challenge within a 5-year timeframe. At least 50% of the proposed programme of research must fall within ESRC’s remit.
You will be expected to demonstrate that proposed centres can deliver:
- research: ESRC centres should deliver high-quality, interdisciplinary, internationally-recognised research findings to address unanswered questions about a defined challenge to our society, economy or both
- impact: ESRC centres should have significant economic and societal impact, demonstrating that the centre is responding to their specified challenge. Impact should be a major consideration throughout the scoping of a proposal, and during and beyond the lifetime of a centre. Research users should be engaged from the initial planning phases through to the end of an award
- capability: ESRC centres should develop the resources needed to become a centre of excellence that adds value to the wider community. This will include developing the people, producing the data and creating the infrastructure needed to respond to their specified challenge
This is an open opportunity where applications can respond to any societal or economic challenge that can be addressed through social science research. You should consider the structure of your proposed centre to ensure it can successfully deliver challenge-led research, whether through a consortium approach or single institution. Partnerships with non-higher education institution organisations across government, industry and civil society are also encouraged where appropriate.
Further details will be made available when the full opportunity is posted in February 2023.
We intend to commission additional centres in areas relevant to ESRC’s delivery plan and these competitions will be announced at the same time as the open centres competition.
This is a pre-announcement and information may change.