The ESRC is inviting proposals from leading researchers for Brexit Priority Grants as part of the ESRC's UK in a Changing Europe initiative. These are to support a range of activities including research synthesis, user engagement and new short-term research activity related to the process of the UK leaving the European Union.

Proposals must be policy-focused and centre on the implementation of Brexit and its consequences under one or more of the following priority areas:

  • Changing political contexts in Europe and the positions of other member states
  • Citizens’ expectations on Brexit outcomes
  • Brexit and UK party politics
  • Legal issues and the transfer of competencies (eg environmental/climate, energy, agricultural and fisheries policies etc)
  • Implications for migration
  • Economic impact of Brexit and future trade arrangements. This includes the impact on the economy overall or particular sectors of the economy or regions (eg on UK cities, rural areas, devolved administrations).

Whilst grants under the call will be able to support new research, grant holders will be expected to undertake stakeholder and public engagement activity throughout the grant’s duration. Grant holders will also be expected to work in partnership with the UK in a Changing Europe initiative, led by Director Professor Anand Menon, in communicating the research.

Application process

The grants will be between £100,000 and £300,000 (100 per cent fEC, with the ESRC contributing 80 per cent fEC) and for a duration of up to 18 months. We anticipate supporting 10 grants under this call and expect them to commence on 1 April 2017.

The closing date for proposals is 16.00 on 25 January 2017. Proposals will be assessed by a specially convened expert panel. Applicants will be informed if they are successful in early March 2017.

Call documents