The ESRC will shortly open a call for research projects as part of their urban transformations portfolio.
Major changes are taking place in cities across the globe, both in the fast-growing urban centres of developing countries and in the declining or resurgent cities in the developed world. The majority of people now live in urban areas and the urban population in many developing countries will exceed 50 per cent by 2030. Transformations in urban economies, new technologies, and responses to environmental change are reshaping the distribution of power, resources, and information in cities. These transformations are radically reshaping social relations and the built environment in some cities, while others experience continuity or decline, seemingly unable to garner the opportunities flowing from these changes.
The ESRC will invite innovative and ambitious proposals between £500,000 and £750,00 (at 80 per cent FEC), and will commit up to £3 million in total to support new research which adds significant value to the broad portfolio of cities and urban transformations research currently supported by the ESRC. High quality proposals are sought which fill clearly identified gaps in the current funding landscape, primarily the topics of ‘social innovation, urban living and technology‘ or ‘urban economies‘. Proposals for this call should also adopt one or both of the cross-cutting areas ‘Inequalities, diversities and difference‘ or ‘Politics, governance and democracy‘.
Potential applicants are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the ESRC Urban Transformations portfolio, the scoping report (PDF, 109Kb) and the priority areas identified for social science investment.
Full guidance and the call specification will be released on 20 November 2014 and the closing date for full Je-S applications will be 5 February 2015.
- Call specification and guidance available – 20 November 2014
- Application closing date – 5 February 2015
- Commissioning Panel meeting – July 2015
- Decisions to applicants – August 2015
- Grants to commence – December 2015