There are no plans to run a Research Seminars competition for 2016-17.
The Research Seminars competition was run annually and sought to award funding to UK research organisations to hold research seminar series. In the previous round funding was also available for eligible institutions to hold strategic networks.
Seminar groups meet regularly to exchange information and ideas with the aim of advancing research within their fields. Networks build collaborative systems and groups through a wider range of activities than seminars. They reflect the core aims set out in the ESRC's Strategic Plan to promote innovation, risk-taking and multidisciplinary collaboration.
It is expected that seminar groups and network members are drawn from the public sector, commercial private sector, civil society and other relevant organisations, as well as from other UK research organisations.