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ESRC Call – Future of the Armed Forces: understanding issues around integration of Regular and Reserve personnel

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ESRC 2The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in collaboration with the British Army and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) is seeking to commission innovative research projects to help inform some of the pressing issues facing the Armed Forces in the process of integrating Regular and Reserve components into a ‘Whole Force’ structure.

Significant changes that are expected as a result of the transformation process require high quality social science analysis. Research can help to identify, explain and understand the cultural, social and economic issues that impact on both Regular and Reserve components and to identify additional external factors which may have an influence on the successful integration.

Proposals for this call are invited to address one or more of critical issues which will inform the transformation process, for example:

•Social, economic and cultural issues that impact on regulars and reserves
•Attitudes of families, employers and wider society towards reserve service
•Empirical evidence of the impact of amendments to personnel and training policies
•Any cultural change for both Regular and Reserve components.

The closing date for proposals is 16.00 14 November 2013. Proposals should be submitted electronically using the Research Council’s Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) form.

For full details please see the ESRC website here.


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