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ESRC 2020 Research Centres Competition: UCL’s internal demand management process

Key points

  • To comply with ESRC stipulations, a compulsory UCL internal demand management process has been put in place to select the strongest proposals. The process will be overseen by UCL’s Collaborative Social Science Domain
  • Only those Principal Investigators with Expressions of Interest (EOIs) selected by the Domain’s cross-disciplinary selection panel will be able to submit their outline proposals to the ESRC
  • Principal Investigators' primary research area must be within the social sciences.  Please refer to the list of research areas that fall within the ESRC’s remit for further information
  • Deadline for submission of EOIs: 10am, Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Overview of ESRC Research Centres

  • Research Centres are major ESRC strategic investments. In addition to taking forward an ambitious research agenda and making significant economic and/or societal impact, they add value by increasing research infrastructure, building capacity, encouraging interdisciplinary working in social science and beyond, and enabling research collaboration in the UK and internationally.

  • Research Centre funding is aimed at experienced research leaders who require longer-term or extended support for research groups, inter-institutional research networks, programmes of research, medium to large surveys, other infrastructure or methodological developments, or any related larger-scale projects. Research Centres also have a distinct role in supporting the development of early career researchers and building new research capacity. They are expected to be high-impact investments over the longer term.

  • The Centres 2020 competition is open to applications of excellent quality in any area of social science within the ESRC remit. The call also includes a highlight notice in the area of Changing Populations, in particular ‘Connecting Generations’.

  • Full details about the ESRC Research Centres Competition 2020

  • Full guidance and Expression of Interest form: UCL login required