Transnational organised crime – cross-disciplinary innovation awards





The Economic and Social Research Council, in collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Research Council, under the partnership for conflict, crime and security research programme, invites applications for its transnational organised crime call. This funds innovative research and networking activities which address transnational organised crime, from a range of cross-disciplinary approaches and research perspectives. Applications from collaborative work between social scientists and arts or humanities researchers, working where appropriate with engineers and physical scientists, are welcome. The following topics will be considered:

•the illegal movement of people, goods and money across international borders;

•human trafficking and illicit trafficking of arms and drugs;

•cross-border money laundering, bribery, corruption and financing of criminal and terrorist networks;

•cyber enabled crime;

•international art, conservation and heritage crime;

•transnational sexual exploitation, and trade in counterfeit identities and goods.

Applications which explore linkages with other PaCCS themes will also be considered.

Collaborations with researchers and stakeholders beyond the UK is strongly encouraged reflecting the international nature of organised crime.

Awards are worth £100,000 each, at full economic cost, for a duration of 18 months. The council expects to fund approximately 10 projects.

For further details contact

Closing date 30 Mar 16


Social Science and Humanities, Horizon 2020 Information Days: Autumn 2015


New Horizon 2020 2016/17 Work Programme Information Days:

Following publication of the 2016/17 Work Programmes for Horizon 2020 in the Autumn, ESRC and other UK National Contact Points (who provide guidance on Horizon 2020) will be running a series of information days around the UK. The events will actively promote the new Work Programmes to the UK social science and humanities research community and provide information about the calls, as well as some helpful advice on applying to the European research framework.

Upcoming events

  • The British Academy, London: 2 November
  • University of Nottingham: 4 November
  • University of Glasgow: 9 November
  • Swansea University: 16 November
  • Queen’s University Belfast: 18 November

Registration will open in September, on a first come first serve basis, and will be available through the ESRC website. For more information about the events, please contact

Information will also be sent via the mailing list for Horizon 2020’s Challenge Six, if you would like to be included on this list, please email

Slides from the H2020 Information Day (18 February 2015)


ESRC: Research seminars and Strategic networks competition 2015/16


The Economic and Social Research Council is supporting Research seminars and Strategic networks through its 2015/2016 annual competition.

Seminars and networks will address groups of academic researchers, postgraduate students and non-academics users from different organisations and sectors (public & private sectors, civil society and research bodies).

It is expected to advance research, to generate and to develop innovative and interdisciplinary collaborations, especially with overseas researchers and stakeholders from Newton countries.

A number of steer are focused on Civil society / Education and Neuroscience / Biosocial research / big data.

Seminar series grants are limited to a maximum justified costing of £30,000 and network grants are limited to a maximum justified costing of £100,000. The closing date for proposals is 16.00 on 8 April 2015.

To apply, please click here.

ESRC: Secondary data analysis initiative – phase 3


The Economic and Social Research Council invites applications for the third phase of its secondary data analysis initiative. This aims to deliver high-quality, high-impact research through the deeper exploitation of existing data resources. Projects must focus on the following core principles:

•maximising the use of key ESRC-funded data resources and infrastructure;

•developing the capacity of early career researchers to undertake research using complex data resources;

•keeping the initiative open in terms of thematic focus;

•working collaboratively with non-academic stakeholders to extract value from data resources for mutual benefit.

Additional primary data collection is not funded under this call, however new datasets created through data linkage are permitted. Applicants may propose research in any area of the ESRC’s remit.

Established members of UK research organisations are eligible to apply. Applicants who are not members of a research organisation must be accommodated by a research organisation and provided with appropriate facilities to carry out the research. International applicants from anywhere in the world and UK-based businesses may be included as co-investigators. This call requires the inclusion of at least one early career researcher as principal or co-investigator and strongly encourages proposals that include non-academic partners.

Grants support a maximum project duration of 18 months with an overall limit of £200,000. ESRC expects to meet 80 per cent of the full economic costs and the host institution is expected to support 20 per cent. This call expects to fund 20 to 25 grants.

Closing date 27 Jan 15

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ESRC urban transformations research call


The Economic and Social Research Council invites applications for its urban transformations research call.

This supports new research that adds significant value to the broad portfolio of cities and urban transformations research currently supported by the ESRC. The topics of social innovation, urban living and technology, and urban economies are of particular interest. Proposals for this call should adopt one or more of the following cross-cutting areas:

•inequalities, diversities and difference;

•politics, governance and democracy.

Proposals featuring elements of comparative urban research, the utilisation and exploitation of new and existing data, and co-design and co-production with non-academic stakeholders are welcome.

Grants are worth between £750,000 and £1 million at 80 per cent full economic cost over a maximum of three years. The total funding amount for this call is £3m.

Closing date 05 Feb 15

Further details

What Works wellbeing


The Economic and Social Research Council invites applications for its What Works wellbeing programme. This funds wellbeing themed evidence programmes in support of a new and independent What Works centre for wellbeing. Proposals should address the following themes:

•cross-cutting capability;

•work, learning and wellbeing;

•community wellbeing;

•culture, sport and wellbeing.

Principal investigators must be based at a research organisation for the duration of the award. The inclusion of international co-investigators is welcomed and inter-institutional proposals or partnerships with non-higher education institutions are strongly encouraged.

Funding is worth between £875,000 and £1.06 million per programme over three years.

Find more details here

Closing date 02/12/14

Call for proposals: Does human spaceflight affect the perception and uptake of STEM subjects?

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The UK Space Agency, in partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council, invites proposals for the call: Does human spaceflight affect the perceptions and uptake of STEM subjects?

It aims to fund social research into the effects of human spaceflight programmes and the correlation between astronaut programmes and the interest in and uptake of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) among children.

Proposals for studies must address the following areas:

  • levels of engagement with STEM subjects in school, especially at key stages two and three
  • social mobility, namely the increased engagement in STEM from disadvantaged students and schools in underprivileged areas
  • knowledge of societal usefulness of space

It is anticipated that funding in the region of £300,000 to £350,000 will be available, over three years. This may cover research time, research assistants and other resources relevant and necessary to the proposed research.

This call is open to researchers at research organisations eligible for ESRC funding.

Closing date: 13 October 2014

For further information go to:


ESRC – funding for future research leaders


The Economic and Social Research Council invites proposals for its future research leaders scheme. This scheme supports outstanding early-career researchers to carry out excellent research and to develop all aspects of their research and knowledge exchange skills. Proposals are welcome in any topic that falls within the ESRC’s remit.

The scheme is open to high-quality candidates from anywhere in the world who have a maximum of four years’ postdoctoral experience and the support of an eligible UK research organisation.

Grants will last a maximum of three years with an overall limit of £350,000 at 100 per cent full economic cost of which the ESRC will pay 80 per cent. Up to 40 grants will be funded. Closing date 20 Jan 15

Further details

ESRC Festival of Science

About the ESRC Festival of Social Science

The Festival of Social Science offers an opportunity for researchers to hold events aimed at non-academic audiences. Events which are aimed primarily at academic audiences are not eligible to be part of the Festival or to receive sponsorship.

The Festival of Social Science 2014 will take place from 1-8 November, and applications for sponsorship of up to £2,000 can be made to assist with events.

Social science research makes a difference. Discover how it shapes public policy and contributes to making the economy more competitive, as well as giving people a better understanding of 21st century society. From big ideas to the most detailed observations, social science affects us all everyday – at work, in school, when raising children, within our communities, and even at the national level.

This celebration of the social sciences takes place across the UK – via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions and much more. This is the eleventh year that ESRC has held the Festival of Social Science and each year the Festival grows from strength to strength.

We are pleased to confirm that the 2014 ESRC Festival of Social Science will be taking place across the UK from 1-8 November.

The call for applications is now open. The closing dates for:

  • Sponsored applications is 16.00 on 9 May
  • Non-sponsored applications is 16.00 on 16 May

Events must:

  • be held during the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2014 (1-8 November)
  • fit with the aims and objectives of the Festival
  • feature social science (ideally with a social scientist involved in the event)
  • be free to attend
  • not be aimed primarily at academic audiences

Please get in touch with the team if you are interested and click here for further information ESRC Festival of Science


A year off to work on design with a business

This fund gives a design researcher the chance to work in business for 6 months to a year and collaborate on projects. They are interested in three priorities:

  • The role of design in the innovation system
  • The role of design in service innovation
  • Evidence to demonstrate the impact and value of Design

Below is some more information.

Funding Body: AHRC and ESRC

Scheme: Design fellowships

Overview: These enable design researchers in UK universities to become embedded in business or public service organisations and work with them on collaborative projects.

Researchers should be keen to apply or test ideas about service innovation in business, public sector or similar context. They should apply in collaboration with a business or public sector organisation of their own choice.

Fellowships support a period between six months and one year on a full time or part time basis, with costs. Awards must start between 1 August and 31 December 2014.

Budget: AHRC meeting 80 per cent of full economic costs

Deadlines: 24 April 2014

Further Information:

Design and innovation