Apply to do research that seeks to transform UK productivity. To apply, you must be from a UK-based research organisation eligible for ESRC funding. Your project must be multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary or both. Your project’s total economic cost can be between £1 million and £2 million. We will fund 80% of the full economic cost. Funding will last 3 years, starting in April 2022.
This funding opportunity is part of the ESRC’s strategic priority of significantly extending the understanding of productivity in the UK and finding ways to to improve it. The ESRC is looking to fund between four and six projects that add to the portfolio of ongoing productivity research funded by the Strategic Priorities Fund. Projects will be funded between £1 million and £2 million at 100% fEC (ESRC funding at 80%). Projects should be multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary or both, providing clear evidence of an ability to generate impact and address currently under-researched themes. Areas that the ESRC’s expert advisory group identified as particularly under-researched in relation to improving UK productivity are:
net zero and the green economy;
This list is not exhaustive and applications are welcome in other areas that have the potential to improve UK productivity. The ESRC would welcome proposals that explore productivity through different and new lenses not covered by existing research projects.
Principal investigators must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for ESRC funding. Proposals can also include: eligible international co-investigators; co-investigators from UK business, policy or civil society; and, public sector research establishments (PSREs). Your proposal must be primarily social science. It must be multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary or both.
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