Research Grants

If you have an excellent idea for a research project, the best way to seek funding for it is through our Research Grants open call. Awards ranging from £200,000 to £2 million (100 per cent full Economic Cost (fEC)) can be made to eligible institutions to enable individuals or research teams to undertake anything from a standard research project through to a large-scale survey and other infrastructure or methodological development.

There is considerable flexibility when it comes to subject area, too. As long as you always make sure that your suggested topic falls within ESRC's remit, you are free to concentrate on any research area.

You can submit applications to the scheme at any time - there are no fixed closing dates. Please see the FAQs on the application process (PDF, 105Kb) for guidance on how long you should allow from submission to decision. This gives us the flexibility to respond rapidly to the latest developments in the academic world and society. You must apply using the Joint Electronic Submission System (Je-S).

The content and quality of the application you submit will determine whether or not you are successful. Therefore it is vital that you have a full understanding of what is required, as well as knowing the various stages of the application process, so that you maximise your chances of gaining an award. We offer guidance on how to write a good application.

Changes to Research Grants funding thresholds

We are introducing changes to the funding thresholds for our Research Grants scheme. Under the new arrangements the lower threshold will rise to £350,000 and the upper threshold will be reduced to £1 million at Full Economic Costs. These changes will come into effect from 1 July 2015. Current thresholds will continue to operate for any application submitted up to 30 June 2015. For further details, please see our announcement on the threshold changes.

International collaboration and funding

We welcome the inclusion of international co-investigators on ESRC proposals.

We also have bilateral agreements with funding agencies in several countries.

Further information