Research and Innovation Development Office
23 June 2017
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) will soon launch its Transformative Research Call for 2017-18.
Grants of up to £250,000 are available for projects of up to two years. As usual for Research Councils, ESRC will fund 80% of the full economic cost of the bid.
"The aim of this call is 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.
We regard transformative research as that which involves, for example, pioneering theoretical and methodological innovation. The expectation is that the transformative research call will encourage novel developments of social science enquiry, and support research activity that entails an element of risk."
As you can tell, these projects are expected to be exciting and prestigious, and lead to new avenues of research. In order to improve the quality of bids received, each university is only permitted to make two applications in total, ie you must talk to RIDO as early as possible in your preparation so we can put the best bids forward. That being said, we very much encourage ARU researchers to investigate this scheme. It gives a chance to revolutionise your field, and could set your career on a new path.