ESRC funds research within the social sciences, including:
- area and development studies
- economic and social history
- environmental planning
- human geography
- management and business studies
- political science and international relations
- science and technology studies
- social anthropology
- social policy
- social statistics, computing and methods
- social work
- socio-legal studies
As well as research on economic and social issues, we also support the national data infrastructure that underpins this research. Research grant applications can draw from the wider sciences, but the social sciences must represent more than 50% of the research focus and effort.
Your proposal can cover anything from a standard research project through to a large-scale survey, research methodology or infrastructure development (such as the compilation, classification and cataloguing of data). For infrastructure applications you should clearly outline the value for a broad community of researchers or wider audiences.
You can submit an application for two or more linked projects, provided that the relationship between them is properly explained and justified.
For more information please read our specification for this funding opportunity (PDF, 151KB).