ESRC Transformative Research call (deadline: 9am, 29 September 2017)

The ESRC has announced a fourth funding round for their Transformative Research call. This call supports projects running for up to 24 months at a maximum of £250,000 FEC. The ESRC has indicated that only two applications can be submitted to this call by each participating research organisation.

Internal process

Candidates wishing to participate in the internal selection process must submit a two-page CV and a case for support by Friday 29 September at 9am to the Social Sciences Division Research Facilitator.

The case for support must be presented as follows:

  • Maximum two sides of A4
  • Transformative idea: please identify your specific research question(s) for the project. Please explain why your project is transformative.
  • Transformative approach/methodology: clearly state what you propose to do, how you will do it and why it is important. Why this is an unconventional or creative approach? Please describe the ways you will deliver project outcomes and manage the risks.
  • Deliverables and potential impact: please outline the measurable outcome(s) from the project. Please also explain scientific and any potential economic and societal impact that the project will seek to achieve.
  • The case for support must be completely anonymous and should not reference the institutions or applicants in any way that would enable them to be identified.

The internal assessment panel will meet in early/mid October. The panel will only consider the case for support from each candidate. The CV candidates are being asked to submit will be used by the Social Sciences Research Facilitator to verify applicants are eligible for this call.

Full proposals

The results of the selection process will be communicated to all candidates as soon as possible after the meeting of the panel. The two successful candidates are expected to submit their full proposals (see below) to Research Services by Monday 30 October (the ESRC submission deadline is Tuesday 7 November).

Please note that once the call has closed the ESRC will shortlist and invite a number of applicants to a two-day 'pitch to peers' assessment workshop in mid-April 2018. Principal investigators must attend this workshop. Any applicants who would be unable to attend the workshop should not take part in the internal selection process for this call.

The two applications to eventually be submitted to the ESRC will not only include a case for support and a CV: a pathways to impact document, data management plan and justification of resources will also be required. Applicants participating in the internal selection process are therefore advised to start planning all of these in addition to the case for support and CV to be submitted to the internal selection panel.

Should you have any questions about the call and/or the internal selection process, please get in touch with the SSD Research Facilitator: armando.romanzozaya@socsci.ox.ac.uk.

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