This year, ESRC are separating the Large Grants from the Centres in this funding opportunity.
The competition for Large Grants will open very shortly, inviting applications of between £1 million and £2.5 million at 100 per cent FEC. They expect to fund between three to four new Large Grants and the closing date for applications will be in October 2016.
Instead of also including an invitation for Centres applications on an open basis , this time they have announced two calls for research centres in specific areas (to open in June).
One will aim to create a centre on UK housing, with support of £5.6 million over five years. This is a collaboration with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and several other organisations within the housing industry. Applications close on 11 October.
The other call will aim to result in two Foundations of Inclusive Growth, with funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund. Each foundation will receive up to £5m over five years, and the deadline is expected to be 6 September.
There is a really detailed article on these centres now available on Research Professional: https://www.researchprofessional.com/0/rr/funding/insight/2016/5/Opportunity-profile–Housing-and-the-Global-South-take-centre-stage.html#sthash.VNepVaZv.dpuf