eNews February 2013

eNews February 2013

Britain in 2013 goes digital

Britain inOur annual magazine Britain in is now available as a download for iPad on the Apple App Store. The app includes the complete contents of the magazine, with active links to investments and research, and costs £3.99 to download, under the education apps section.

It is hoped that versions for Android and Windows will follow.

Funding opportunities

  • ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize (closes 14 February)
  • ORA - Open Research Area in Europe for the Social Sciences (closes 15 February)
  • Student Internship Scheme (closes 8 March)
  • EU Joint Programme - Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) (closes 21 March)
  • ESRC future of UK and Scotland pre and post referendum investment (closes 16 April)
  • Third round - Digging into Data (closes 15 May)

More funding opportunities

Understanding Society

The second full set of data from the Understanding Society survey has been released, marking a milestone in the extensive longitudinal research project covering 30,500 households, including 54,600 adults and 5,000 children.

The release of Wave 2 is also marked with the launch of Understanding Society's new website.

The research team is inviting users of the study to take part in a consultation, covering questionnaires and the long term content of the study, to help them plan and implement the research in the future.

Latest research features

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Read our latest briefings on education:

  • The financial rewards of higher education
  • Using semantic web tools in higher education

Press releases:

Re-igniting Growth

Re-igniting Growth examines some of the challenges the UK faces after the economic downturn and explores a range of initiatives or changes to policy that could help kickstart growth. It includes a series of interviews with key academics funded by the ESRC, and gives the recession historical context.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership awards 2012

Harriet Knowles, University of Plymouth and Falmouth Harbour Commissioners, was one of the eight nominations for the Best Partnership award.

The KTP was also winner of the ESRC award for the most effective application of economic and social research.

The KTP developed and embedded a framework for sustainable port operation at Falmouth Harbour, with a focus on environmental and socio-economic issues.

Pre-call announcement

The ESRC and Department for International Development (DFID) are pleased to announce that we will be funding a second call of the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme.

We intend to announce the call for proposals on 25 February.


  • 11 February: British Library Doctoral Open Day: Social Sciences
  • 11 February: Myths and Realities 16: Are 'friends' the new 'family'?
  • 18 February: Modelling the effects of population ageing on the UK economy
  • 22 February: Financial structure: fine tuning or radical reform?
  • 28 February: Launch Workshop for the ESRC/TSB Retail Sector Initiative 2013

More events and upcoming research seminars

Save the date

Keeping philanthropy's promises - today's austerity, tomorrow's riches? - a Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy conference on 9-10 May.

Register your interest on the CGAP website and receive further updates.


Professor Linda Yueh, Associate of the Globalisation Programme at the Centre for Economic Performance, has been named as Chief Business Correspondent for BBC World News.