Transformative Research Call 2 – successful grants 2013/2014

26 June 2014

In October 2013, the ESRC launched the second round of the pilot Transformative Research Call, following the first round in 2012/13. The aim of the call was to provide a stimulus for genuinely transformative research ideas at the frontiers of the social sciences, enabling research which challenges current thinking to be supported and developed.

The ESRC invited proposals from UK research organisations eligible for Research Council funding. Only one proposal was accepted from each eligible research organisation, except those in the 'Top 11 Institutions by Research Expenditure' in 2012/13, who were allowed to submit two proposals. In total 67 applications were received under this round of the call.

The Transformative Research Call utilises an innovative peer review process where a two-page research proposal was reviewed anonymously by an expert commissioning panel. Shortlisted applications are then invited to attend a 'Pitch to Peers' workshop where each applicant is given seven minutes to present their proposal followed by a further 15 minutes of questioning. Each application is then graded by other applicants and the commissioning panel.

Following the 'Pitch to Peers' workshop this year, the commissioning panel recommended funding of 13 grants, which all have a maximum limit of £250,000 (100 per cent fEC) and run for 18 months.

See also the Transformative Research Call 2012 successful grants (PDF, 39Kb) (announced May 2013)