Economic and Social Research Council - New Investigator Grants

Research-external funding

For us to meet this deadline, please contact the Research Support Team by the deadline stated above.

This opportunity supports researchers at the start of their careers to enable their transition to become independent researchers through gaining experience of managing and leading research projects and teams.

It also provides an opportunity for them to support their own skill development, and that of any research staff employed on the grant.

Proposals can draw from the wider sciences, but the social sciences must represent more than 50% of the research focus and effort.

Grants range from £100,000 to £300,000, with ESRC providing 80% of the cost and the research organisation covering the balance. The duration of this award is up to five years (60 months).

Funding can support:

  • Standard research projects
  • Surveys
  • Infrastructure projects and methodological developments

Please check the PI eligibility policy

For more information, please contact the Research Facilitation Team at