Centres and Large Grants
We are pleased to announce the call for outline proposals for our 2014/15 Centres and Large Grants Competition. This competition is aimed at experienced researchers who require longer-term or extended support for research groups, inter-institutional research networks, project-linked programmes, medium-to-large surveys, other infrastructure or methodological developments, or any related larger-scale projects.
The competition is for proposals ranging from £2 million to £10 million (at 100 per cent fEC) with a term of up to five years. It is currently anticipated that the budget for the next round will be £22 million. The ESRC Council expects to make around four awards. Note that proposals will in part be assessed in terms of how much they potentially add value to the ESRC’s existing portfolio, and those that heavily overlap with or duplicate the programmes of existing centres and large grants are unlikely to be successful.
We welcome applications of excellent quality in any area of social science. This year’s competition also has two specific strategic steers, on ‘The Future of Higher Education’ and on ‘Sustainable Prosperity’, which sit alongside the normal open element of the call.
To facilitate the new interdisciplinary relationships and networks that may be required to address the ‘Sustainable Prosperity’ steer, we strongly advise that potential applicants attend the information and consortium-building event being held in central London on 28 April 2014. More information about registering for the event is provided in the call specification.
This year’s competition will be run as a two-stage application process. In the first stage, outline proposals should be submitted via the Research Council Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) System no later than 16.00 on 5 June 2014. In early August 2014, shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit full proposals by late September 2014. Short-listed proposals will be invited for interview on 14 and 15 January 2015. Funding decisions will be announced in January 2015, and grants are expected to start in October 2015 unless, exceptionally, applicants can make the case for an earlier start.
Detailed guidance on the procedures for completing the outline proposal form is available in the ‘Je-S guidance notes for applicants (outline stage)’ document.
- Call specification (PDF, 275Kb)
- Je-S guidance notes for applicants (outline stage) (PDF, 177Kb)
- Frequently asked questions (PDF, 151Kb)
If you have any questions or would like further information about the scheme, please contact:
- Tim Pank
Telephone: 01793 411508
- Glen Noble
Telephone: 01793 413038
- Christina Rowley
Telephone: 01793 413133
‘Future of Higher Education’ steer
- Jeanine Woolley
Telephone: 01793 413012
- Rachel Tyrrell
Telephone: 01793 444518
‘Sustainable Prosperity’ steer
- Tom Roberts
Telephone: 01793 442821
- Hannah Collins
Telephone: 01793 413024
For information about the consortium-building event for this steer, please email email@example.com.