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Restricted call: ESRC New Investigator Grants (internal deadline 15th June 2020)

Restricted call: ESRC New Investigator Grants  (internal deadline 15th June 2020)


The ESRC have announced their New Investigators scheme. This scheme is suitable for early career researchers who have yet to make the transition to be an independent researcher. Proposals are welcome in any topic which falls within ESRC's remit, including projects at the "interface with the wider sciences", provided that social sciences accounts for at least 50% of the proposed research. The ESRC will award grants of between £100-300K (covered at 80%fEC). For full details please see the call specification.


This call has a rolling deadline.  The ESRC aims to announce the majority of decisions within 26 weeks of submission, but the recommended project start date is 8 months after submission.


University Internal selection:


The ESRC expect the University to run an internal selection process to ensure that we submit only bids from outstanding individuals with the potential to become the research leaders of the future. The University can submit only a limited number of applications. To meet these requirements, this call will be overseen by a cross-school Committee, as decided by University's Research Policy Committee.


There will be 3 internal calls every year (in March, June and October).  Only applicants whose proposals have been approved and selected through the internal selection process will be allowed to proceed with submission of their applications to ESRC.


The applicants are required to submit the following documents to by Monday, 15th June 2020 (17:00pm)

  • The attached internal selection form; 
  • A letter of support from your Head of Department. This letter is very important to the success of the application as it is needed to confirm the details of the departmental support and the applicant's eligibility.
  • The letter must also specify a department/faculty based mentor, and a reviewer, both of whom have agreed to provide feedback on the full proposal, should the applicant be selected to proceed. The reviewer may be from within or outside the applicant's department/faculty. Please note that naming a reviewer is an internal requirement, and the reviewer will not be named on the full application to the ESRC.

The mentor and the named reviewer will be expected to provide feedback on the full proposal prior to submission to ESRC. This will be coordinated by the School Research Facilitator.


If you have any questions, then please write to


Posted on 07/05/2020

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