Funding opportunities

We provide a range of funding opportunities, including schemes, competitions and initiatives. Our funding opportunities enable individuals and groups to pursue world-class research in academic institutions and independent research centres.

All new funding opportunities are posted on our Twitter account when they are announced (also check #esrcfunding).

Urgent research grants

To allow us to respond rapidly to unexpected and transient events where there is a strong case for immediate research, we have launched a pilot Urgency Grants Mechanism.

Latest funding opportunities

Applications now welcome

Festival of Social Science

The call for applications to host an event as part of the 2014 Festival is now open.

Knowledge exchange

Shaking hands

Knowledge exchange opportunities from the PhD stage through to senior academic level.

Postgraduate funding

Filling in form

Find out about postgraduate studentship opportunities and how to apply for them.

Research Grants

Delivering form

Our Research Grants provide funding for excellent ideas. They range from £200,000 to £2 million.

International funding

Globe

Find out about overseas research opportunities and how to get involved in international research networks.

Centres and Large Grants

People

Our Centres and Large Grants competition provides funding of between £2 million and £10 million.

Research Seminars

Seminar

Our annual Research Seminar competition brings people together through seminar groups.

Future Research Leaders

Student conferences

Our Future Research Leaders scheme supports outstanding early career researchers.

Grant enquiries

ESRC grants are administered by UK Shared Business Services (UK SBS). UK SBS is the primary point of contact for all queries.

Please email grantspreaward@uksbs.co.uk or telephone 01793 867018 for queries relating to:

  • processing of grant proposals
  • peer review of individual proposals.

Please email grantspostaward@uksbs.co.uk or telephone 01793 867121 for queries relating to the administration of current grants.

For call-specific queries, please contact the relevant person specified on the call.