ESRC New Investigator Grants

The Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) New Investigator Grants scheme replaces its Future Research Leaders scheme. It aims to support new UK based researchers and academics to develop their careers through gaining experience of managing and leading research projects and teams. Applicants must be the principal investigator on proposed projects and be able to show how an award would have a demonstrable impact on their career progression in becoming an independent researcher. Have a maximum of four years’ academic research experience between submitting their PhD thesis and submitting the New Investigator proposal (or be of equivalent professional standing). Career breaks are excluded from the four-year period and periods of part-time academic employment can be calculated on a pro-rata basis. Co-investigators are permitted, and encouraged for interdisciplinary proposals or where they would provide specific technical expertise that is essential to the project.

As part of their proposal, applicants should include a programme of training and development activities that will ensure their continued progression towards being an independent researcher. Programmes could incorporate elements such as project management, research methods development, knowledge exchange and user engagement, impact, national and international networking and research development, and should be developed in consultation between the applicant, their mentor and the host organisation. Applicants must also demonstrate how they will identify, address and monitor the training needs of any staff employed on the grant.

Grants of between £100,000 and £300,000 (100% fEC) are available for the duration of up to five years. ESRC will contribute 80% of full economic costs (fEC).

Applicants must submit applications through the Research Councils’ Joint Electronic Submission System (Je-S). Following peer review, projects will be assessed by the Grants Assessment Panels (GAP), which meet in March, July and November of each year. It is expected that 10 to 12 proposals will be funded at each GAP round.

There is an open call for research proposals under this scheme; there is no deadline and applications can be submitted at any time.

ESRC New Investigator Grants Information

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