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ESRC announces Future Research Leaders scheme

The ESRC has announced its Future Research Leaders scheme, which aims to enable outstanding early-career social scientists to acquire the skills to become the future leaders in their field. Proposals are welcome in any topic which falls within ESRC’s remit, but ESRC particularly encourages applications that explore innovative research methods and those that fall within the RCUK cross-Council research themes. For full details of the call see:
Eligibility: Applicants must (on the ESRC closing date for proposals) have a maximum of four year’s academic research experience (excluding career breaks) following the submission of their PhD. Applicants may be post-docs, UTOs, CTOs or those currently completing their PhDs (provided the thesis is submitted by 1 October 2014). A proportion of the budget is ringfenced to support proposals from those at the earlier stage in their career. Applicants cannot be current or former principal investigators on ESRC or other Research Council grants, except ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships and Research Councils UK Fellows. The call is open to applicants with or without a permanent academic post.
Funding: The ESRC funding will cover up to 60% of the grant holder’s time and the host research organisation must support the remainder of the holder’s normal salary. The Isaac Newton Trust has generously agreed to underwrite up to 10 successful applications and provide matching funding for the duration of the grants (3 years).
The ESRC wants to see only a limited number of applications from a single research organisation, which should be bids from outstanding individuals, with the potential in Research Excellence Framework terms to become the 4* researchers of the future. The Isaac Newton Trust also expect a selection process that ensures that only high quality proposals are submitted to the sponsor.
To meet these requirements, it is intended that this call will be coordinated according to the University’s Restricted Calls Procedure.
Expression of Interest: If you are interested in submitting an application, please send an Expression of Interest stating your name, department and the summary of your proposal (no more than 1 paragraph) to by 04 August 2013. There is no selection at the EoI stage; it enables us to identify likely number of proposals at the full selection stage.
Internal Selection: Please submit an Internal Selection Form (see attached) to by 18 August 2013 for the Internal Selection, together with the letter from your Head of Department or Departmental Administrator, which should confirm that the project is supported by the Department, the applicant’s eligibility and details of any proposed departmental support (for example the provision of a programme of research skills training).
ESRC closing date: 24 September 2013 (16:00)
For help in developing proposal please contact Dr Daniel Wunderlich, research facilitator for arts, humanities and social sciences:


Posted on 24/07/2013

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