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ESRC responsive mode: research grants round two

General & Misc
Project Size:
£350,000 - £1,000,000

Key Details:

  • Funding Type: Grant
  • Award Range: £350,000 - £1,000,000
  • Application Window: Opens on 29th September 2023, 9:00am UK time and closes on 25th January 2024, 4:00pm UK time.
  • Duration: Up to five years (60 months).

Opportunity Overview:

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is inviting applications for its second round of research grants to fund basic, applied, and strategic research across disciplines within ESRC's remit. The program is designed to support ambitious, high-quality research proposals that have the potential for significant scientific, societal, or economic impact.


  • Applicants should be aligned with one of ESRC's disciplines and more than 50% of the research focus and effort should be in the social sciences.
  • Applications via the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Funding Service.


  • No thematic or methodological priorities; highest quality proposals will be funded.
  • Proposals may include standard research projects, methodological development, large-scale surveys, or other research infrastructures.


  • Proposals solely for unspecified research work, research already carried out, literature surveys, general conference attendance, and several other categories are not eligible.

Additional Considerations:

  • Encouragement for international collaboration.
  • Consideration for data management and quality.
  • Applicants are encouraged to integrate knowledge exchange and collaborative activities.
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