Essential information for new grant holders

If you are a new ESRC grant holder, there are a few things you need to know. Here we have put together a few essentials.

Communicating your research

Adherence to the communications policy (summarised below) is a condition of the receipt of funds from an ESRC research grant. You must:

  • submit a 200 word abstract of the research project at the beginning of your grant, before funding can begin
  • give initial publicity for the grant, together with the host research organisation(s)
  • acknowledge ESRC support as far as possible, including in all publications and other forms of  communication, such as press releases, PowerPoint presentations, papers, stationery etc, using the ESRC logo where appropriate. Acknowledgements should identify the type of ESRC support and quote the grant reference number where possible. (See further guidance on acknowledging ESRC in journal articles.)
  • give ESRC advance notice and sight of press releases at least two working days before they are distributed and, where possible, advance notice of likely newspaper articles or media appearances.
  • communicate the research findings through publications, seminars, conferences, electronic outlets and the media, to both academic and non-academic audiences, potential users and beneficiaries (especially business, government and voluntary organisations)
  • submit an End of Award Report to the ESRC, including a 250 word summary of the research findings, within three months of the grant ending
  • submit details of the scientific and practical impacts arising from the grant in an Impact Report submitted 12 months after the end date of the grant.

You should refer to section 6 ('Communication and exploitation of research results') of the Research Funding Guide for full details on all of the above.

The Impact toolkit includes information on developing an impact strategy, promoting knowledge exchange, public engagement and communicating effectively with your key stakeholders

Uploading your outputs

Unless you are told otherwise, you are contractually obliged to upload any outputs arising from your grant to the ESRC research catalogue. See the Research Funding Guide for full details.

Open access

For all grants awarded as a result of applications submitted from 1 October 2006, it is mandatory, at the earliest opportunity, to:

  • deposit a copy of any resultant articles published in journals or conference proceedings, in the ESRC research catalogue
  • wherever possible, deposit the bibliographical metadata relating to such articles, including a link to the publisher's website, at or around the time of publication, in the ESRC research catalogue.

Check our further information on open access, including details of ESRC's open access policy.

The Research Information Network (RIN) has produced a useful flyer on paying for open access publication charges (PDF, 521Kb).

For more advice on uploading your outputs, contact researchoutcomes@rcuk.ac.uk or telephone 0800 292 2478.

Other resources for your research

Keeping in touch with ESRC

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