You must apply using the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system.
You can find advice on completing your application in:
- the Je-S handbook
- Je-S guidance for applicants document in the ‘additional info’ section.
We recommend you start your application early.
Your host organisation will also be able to provide advice and guidance.
Submitting your application
Before starting an application, you will need to log in or create an account in Je-S.
- Select ‘documents’, then ‘new document’.
- Select ‘call search’.
- To find the opportunity, search for: Food system trials to encourage healthy, sustainable diets (2022).
This will populate:
- council: ESRC
- document type: standard proposal
- scheme: research grants
- call/type/mode: food system trials to encourage healthy, sustainable diets (2022).
Once you have completed your application, make sure you ‘submit document’.
You can save completed details in Je-S at any time and return to continue your application later.
ESRC must receive your application by 20 September 2022 at 16:00.
You will not be able to apply after this time. Please leave enough time for your proposal to pass through your organisation’s Je-S submission route before this date.
You should ensure you are aware of and follow any internal institutional deadlines that may be in place.
All other timings following the 20 September 2022 co-design phase application closing date for this opportunity are indicative and may change.
For in-depth information about the application process, refer to the Je-S guidance for applicants in the ‘additional info’ section.
In addition to the Je-S application you must include the following mandatory attachments:
- case for support (maximum of eight sides of A4)
- justification of resources (up to two sides of A4)
- data management plan (up to three A4 sides)
- CV (up to two sides of A4 per named person).
Other attachments may be required based on your current circumstances. For more information, refer to the Je-S guidance for applicants in the ‘additional info’ section. If a letter of support is needed, be aware that the following cannot provide letters of support for applicants:
- Cabinet Office
- HM Treasury.
Case for support
This is the main body of your proposal. You must include the following sections:
- a detailed vision for the research team in line with the requirements of this funding opportunity. This section should demonstrate your knowledge of inequalities related to diets and the food system as well as the policy, social, environmental, and economic context within which the programme will be delivered
- a detailed description and justification of the approach you will take to design the food system trials programme. You are not required to provide specific details of the trials you will deliver. Successful applicants will receive funding to develop a detailed proposal as part of the delivery phase of the programme and be expected to work closely with government partners. However, your co-design phase application should include details of:
- the approach the research team will take to leveraging interdisciplinary expertise and designing a robust programme of trials
- potential interventions, food environments and associated trial design options that could be included in the programme of trials, with appropriate justification (for example, priority evidence gaps and feasibility)
- plans for stakeholder engagement and consideration of lived experience in the co-design phase of the programme. This could include engaging:
- organisations, individuals, or groups within the research and policy community
- public services
- community and consumer groups
- identification of key risks and potential mitigations
- management and governance plans, including effective working with ESRC and government partners (see the ‘additional info’ section for details about the Programme Board) and effective monitoring and evaluation. This should also include details of any formal advisory groups that the research team plans to establish or draw upon
- evidence of your skills, expertise and experience in designing and delivering research trials particularly using experimental or quasi-experimental methods. You should include examples of prior successes and past lessons learnt from running complex programmes in multiple settings
- details of how equality, diversity and inclusion and environmental sustainability will be placed at the core of the proposed programme.
Your case for support should be a self-contained description of your proposed work in designing the programme, with relevant background and references. It should not depend on additional information that assessors are required to access via external links.
Assessors are advised to base their assessment on the information contained within the application and are under no obligation to access any such links. This means that links should not be used to provide critical information.
Justification of resources
Your justification of resources should state that the resources you are requesting are appropriate to undertake the activity described in your case for support.
It should also explain why they are appropriate, taking into account the nature and complexity of your proposal. It should not simply list the resources required, as this has already been done in the Je-S form.
Where you do not provide an explanation for an item that requires justification, it will not be funded.
Data management plan
The data management plan is a compulsory attachment and should be a maximum of three sides of A4. The data management plan should outline the project’s approach to managing data.
You must include a short CV (up to two sides of A4) for the principal investigator and for each named person in the research team. This should contain, as appropriate:
- relevant academic and professional experience
- experience of project management
- a summary list of any relevant publications.
We acknowledge that it is a challenge for applicants to determine the future impacts of COVID-19 while the pandemic continues to evolve. Applications should be based on the information available at the point of submission and, if applicable, the known application specific impacts of COVID-19 should be accounted for.
Where known impacts have occurred, these should be highlighted in the application, including the assumptions or information at the point of submission.
There is no need to include contingency plans for the potential impacts of COVID-19. Requests for travel both domestically and internationally can be included in accordance with the relevant scheme guidelines, noting this COVID-19 advice.
Reviewers will receive instructions to assume that changes that arise from the COVID-19 pandemic, post-submission, will be resolved and complications related to COVID-19 should not affect how your application is scored.
Where an application is successful, any changes in circumstances that affect the proposal will be managed as a post-award issue.
Third party data protection
You must ensure that you have obtained the permission of any other person named on the proposal form (for example any co-investigators or project partners) for the:
- provision of their personal information to UKRI
- processing of their data by UKRI for the purpose of assessing the application
- management of any funding awarded.