ESRC is pleased to invite proposals to this funding opportunity, which is aimed at establishing and fostering the development of long-term partnerships between policing and academia, involving other relevant partners and stakeholders where appropriate.
The intention is to develop strong networks and joint research activities linked to tackling the issue of VAWG.
The ever-changing nature and increasing complexity of crimes against women and girls create challenges for the police. Women and girls are disproportionately impacted by gender-based violence, abuse and intimidation.
In turn, police resources have been stretched due to rising reports of:
- domestic abuse
- sexual violence
- abuse and exploitation
- stalking and harassment.
These have caused increases in criminal investigation and digital evidence examination work for the police.
These challenges are occurring in a context of divergent public opinion of and confidence in the police, triggered by varied experiences of policing and feelings of safety.
As crimes against women and girls continue to change, so too do the requirements for the research and evidence needed to help tackle these crimes. Every constabulary is grappling with a unique combination of challenges, and no evidence-based crime reduction intervention or solution works in every instance.
The ongoing need to generate, test and evaluate evidence, approaches and interventions represents a challenge for researchers. So too does the requirement to synthesise existing findings, review and update systematic reviews of evidence, and revisit current evidence of what works in policing.
Responding to these types of crime requires a multi-agency approach, in which collaborative research activity and partnerships are necessary elements.
We are eager to support the UK research community in expanding its engagement with partners outside of academia. Research and knowledge exchange partnerships between police constabularies and academic researchers have advanced our current understanding of VAWG and helped to refine police practice.
While some parts of the UK are benefiting from the work of highly active partnerships, there are other locations where limited resources and capacity are making partnership working challenging.
This funding opportunity was designed to provide a route through some of the challenges restricting the creation and growth of research partnerships between the police and academia. It also aims to enable collaborative networking, knowledge exchange and co-designed activities that will help tackle VAWG head on.
COVID-19 guidance for applicants
Given the ongoing uncertainty surrounding travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ESRC recognises that the proposed programme of work may be subject to change. We encourage you to consider how your proposal might be flexible in delivery should regulations have changed when the time comes to implement activities.
Read the COVID-19 guidance for grant applicants.
Je-S guidance for applicants (PDF, 318KB)
Equality impact assessment (PDF, 168KB)