What help can the ESRC offer?

A package of support is open to all ESRC funded award holders, postgraduate students and those working in ESRC funded investments. This includes:


The ESRC offer up to £1,500 to contribute to the running of activities. Funding has to be applied for and preference will be given to those activities which are consistent with the Festival's strategic aims and objectives. Details of these and the application form can be found on the organise an event page

Activities involving the general public and young people above the age of 14 are encouraged, as are events held outside of London, particularly in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Above all, we encourage you to think imaginatively.

Assistance with organising your event

ESRC offer support to all event organisers, regardless of the level of funding. The range of services we offer includes:

  • sending promotional materials
  • general advice and guidance.

Event organisers must provide their own staff to run and manage the activity as the ESRC cannot do this for each event.

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Branding/publicity material

ESRC has developed and established a visually striking brand and identity for the Festival of Social Science. Using the brand in a consistent fashion across each of the different events adds weight to the brand and the Festival, which in turn adds weight to each individual event.

The logo is available in various formats and is available to download along with guidelines on how to use it.

In addition to the logo, the festival team will send each event organiser various publicity materials, including:

  • flyers and copies of the programme of events
  • an ESRC Festival of Social Science exhibition banner
  • ESRC publications 

Media relations

The Festival offers a unique opportunity to raise the profile of your research and your organisation.  A press pack will be available to download which will include resources such as media guidelines, how to conduct an interview, and a press release template.

In addition, the Festival team encourage you to get in touch. The Festival will be launched with a press event, and any input you can provide for this will be of value. In addition we are more than happy to offer help, advice and guidance in issuing your press release to the most relevant contacts.

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The venue

ESRC can provide guidance for you when selecting a suitable venue for your event. You may find the possible community venues guide (PDF, 101Kb) useful when choosing your venue.

Advice and guidance

A good first point of call is the ESRC's comprehensive communications impacts toolkit, which offers succinct and straightforward communications advice on many topics.  You may also find the top tips to holding an event in the ESRC Festival of Social Science (PDF, 121Kb) useful when organising an event.

In addition to these on-line resource, the Festival team are on hand to answer any questions about the Festival and give communications advice.

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