This grant supports research that exploits existing data resources for social and economic research, created by the ESRC and other agencies, for comparative analysis. It also aims to develop research capacity and skills in using large and complex secondary data.
Grants can be for up to £300,000 for a period of up to 24 months. Funding is based on the full economic costs of the research, with ESRC providing 80% of the cost and the research organisation covering the balance.
Proposals can draw from the wider sciences, but the social sciences must represent more than 50% of the research focus and effort.
Additional primary (first-time) data collection will not be funded under this call.