Opportunities for business

How the private sector can benefit from the researchers and research we fund.

The ESRC supports social scientists at all stages of their careers to undertake high quality research across a large number of social and economic issues. We only support research activity that meets our excellence criterion, is developed to ensure the highest chances of making impact, and is provided for independent investigation. We partner businesses with world-leading academic researchers to deliver new ways of thinking that can advantage, but may challenge, your business.

To find out the difference that research we fund has made on businesses, look at recent examples of research and examples of successful collaborations between researchers and business in our library of impact case studies.

Collaborative opportunities

The ESRC provides a wide range of opportunities to engage with world leading social scientists and their work, including:

  • networking
  • collaboration and training
  • evidence and data

Business and Local Government Data Research Centres

The Big Data Network will strengthen the UK's competitive advantage in Big Data and drive economic growth. As part of the network, three Business and Local Government Data Research Centres are creating a safe and secure data infrastructure for researchers to access business and local government data, for innovative research of mutual benefit to data owners.

The centres that are being established are:


If you would like to find out more or need advice and guidance please email us: knowledgeexchange@esrc.ac.uk.