We have two advisory committees: the Research Committee and the Capability Committee.

The role of the advisory committees is to provide advice to the ESRC Office and Council in support of the development of strategy, policy and activity. This includes the identification of future priorities and opportunities, and the proposal of clear plans of action to address these priorities. Committee members also play a role in supporting the delivery of the ESRC’s strategy through undertaking key roles including chairing commissioning panels, membership of groups on specific priorities or areas of policy, and interacting with the wider governance structures which support our major investments.

The committees work closely together to deliver the commitments set out in the ESRC Strategic Plan 2015, and in future Strategic Plans, each taking lead responsibility for advising Council and the Office on the areas relevant to their remit.

Each committee has approximately 13 members, with the Chair being a member of Council. The membership includes academics from a range of social science disciplines, and user members from the private and public sectors, and civil society.

Committees meet three times a year, in March, July and November, with the July meeting normally providing an opportunity for the two committees to meet jointly.