You must apply using the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system. Detailed information on how to apply is provided in the Je-S guidance for applicants for this funding opportunity (see ‘Supporting documents’ in the ‘Additional info’ section).
You can find advice on completing your application in:
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.
All investigators involved in the project need to be registered on Je-S.
Any investigators who do not have a Je-S account must register for one at least 7 working days before the opportunity deadline.
- Select ‘documents’, then ‘new document’.
- Select ‘call search’.
- To find the opportunity, search for: Operationalising scaled production and sharing of synthetic data.
This will populate:
- council: ESRC
- document type: Standard proposal
- scheme: Research grant
- call/type/mode: Operationalising scaled production and sharing of synthetic data 2023
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 9 May 2023 at 4:00pm UK time.
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.
In addition to a completed proposal, your application must include the following attachments:
- case for support (maximum 6 pages)
- justification of resources (maximum 2 pages)
- applicants’ CVs (maximum 2 pages each)
- letters of support from key partners or stakeholders
- Gantt-style timeline (PDF format, 1 page, size A3 or A4)
- other annexes (maximum 6 pages in total)
Attachments should be uploaded in PDF (rather than Microsoft Word) format, to reduce document corruption issues. With the exception of letters of support, attachments should be in font size 11 with 2cm margins (recommended font type is Arial or Garamond).
Case for support
This is the body of your research proposal. It must not exceed 6 sides and must include details on:
- the overall approach and planned methods to conduct the evaluation
- evaluation expertise in the team
- previous relevant work
- plans for engaging with relevant stakeholders, including data owners, TREs, and academic and non-academic researchers that use them
- commitment to actively engage with the activities of the ADR UK-led public consultation on public attitudes to synthetic data
- understanding of the synthetic data landscape, and knowledge of some of the barriers and opportunities it presents for supporting research using secure data
- knowledge exchange and impact plans
The case for support should be a self-contained description of the proposed work with relevant background and references, and should not depend on additional information such as the inclusion of external links. The expert panel are advised to base their assessment on the information contained within the application and are under no obligation to access such links (so they should not be used to provide critical information).
CVs should include:
- contact details
- qualifications (including class and subject)
- academic and professional posts held since graduation
- a list of the most relevant and recent publications
- a record of research funded by ESRC and other bodies
This should not exceed 2 sides of A4.
Justification of resources
This is a 2-side A4 statement justifying the resources required to undertake the research project. Where you do not provide an explanation for an item that requires justification, it will be cut from any grant made.
Proposals that include co-investigators from the UK business sector or from third sector organisations that engage in economic activity must ensure that the involvement of these organisations complies with state aid legislation.
Proposals that include co-investigators from third sector organisations that are deemed not to engage in economic activity must provide evidence of this status in the justification of resources.
Please refer to the Je-S help text for further guidance.