The ESRC have set priority areas for investment over the next four year.
They will invest in areas of national priority, mobilising social science evidence to address significant social and economic challenges. The initial priority areas for investment across all areas of the portfolio are:
- Mental health
- Understanding the macroeconomy
- Ways of being in a digital age
Further calls will announced in these areas over the coming months.
A Productivity funding opportunity has been highlighted. Please see below for further details.
The UK has experienced a long term slowing in productivity growth and particularly since 2008 the “productivity puzzle” of exceptionally weak growth when compared to international competitors. There is a pressing need for further research evidence to explain productivity levels and to provide the basis for development of new policy measures to support and foster productivity.
As an initial step we will commission a ‘network plus’, to provide leadership and encourage joint working. The network, as well as providing a forum for networking and knowledge exchange will map current research activity, seed-fund small research projects, run thematic workshops and rapid response reviews and build interdisciplinary capacity.
We will advertise the call once released on the RKE Blog.