Large Grants for Ambitious Research in Social Sciences


Relevent Country: United Kingdom

Type of work: Research and Survey

Applications are now open for the Large Grant to fund ambitious social science-focused research with the potential to generate significant economic or societal impact.

This opportunity also includes funding for one ‘resilience in crises’ grant in collaboration with Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Funding Information

  • Total fund: £10,000,000
  • Award range: £1,000,000 – £2,500,000
  • Duration: Proposals can be up to five years in length.

What they’re looking for?

  • They invite proposals from individuals and research teams at eligible institutions to take forward an ambitious research agenda with the potential to generate significant economic or societal impact.
  • Their expectations are that large grants funded under this funding opportunity will:
  • undertake a programme of ambitious and novel research
  • show strong commitment for the career development of researchers (particularly at early-career stage)
  • make significant contributions to scientific and economic or social impact
  • involve potential users of research and include a clear strategy for creating impact that improves outcomes for individuals, society and the economy
  • drive interdisciplinary research within and beyond the social sciences
  • take advantage of international collaborative or comparative opportunities.

Eligibility Criteria

Standard ESRC eligibility rules apply. The principal investigator for this funding opportunity must be based at an organisation eligible for funding for the duration of the grant. Eligible organisations are:

  • UK higher education institutions
  • research council institutes
  • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)-approved independent research organisations
  • public sector research establishments
  • NHS bodies with research capacity.