Opportunities for business

What’s available for businesses

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.  

Collaboration with business benefits social scientists, by providing an improved understanding of business requirements, identifying new research themes and helping to ensure that their research makes a difference.

Find out about forthcoming events, funding opportunities and recent publications

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Find out more about ESRC investments data

The ESRC invests heavily in world class data infrastructure, providing a valuable resource to answer some of the most pressing questions facing our economy and society.

  • Find out how datasets held by the UK Data Service can be used by researchers in your organisation

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:

Expand the skills and knowledge with your business

Get summaries of recently completed research

  • Access our bank of Evidence Briefings organised by policy area including the public services, health and wellbeing, education, innovation and skills, economy and business.

Find researchers who know about your field of work

Expand your skills base

Partner directly with researchers on applications for ESRC-funding

Join others interested in using and making evidence

  • Become a member of the Alliance for Useful Evidence to be alerted to events, publications and discussions about making evidence use a reality
  • Sign up for blogs from leading academics writing for The Conversation website (external website), part funded by the UK Research Councils

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If you would like to find out more please email us at knowledgeexchange@esrc.ac.uk.