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ESRC Secondary Data Analysis – changes to eligibility including increase in £ and project duration


As of 17 May 2018, eligibility criteria for the ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI) will be changing.

Since December 2015, SDAI has operated alongside ESRC’s Research Grants open call. Following ESRC’s internal review of the Initiative, including an analysis of the volume and review outcomes of applications received so far, along with feedback from external stakeholders, it was concluded that changes to the Initiative were needed to improve the quantity and quality of proposals submitted.

As a result, the following changes to the SDAI have been introduced and will apply as of 17 May 2018:

  • The maximum funding threshold for applications will increase from £200,000 (100% fEC) to £300,000 (100% fEC)
  • The maximum duration of proposals will increase from 18 months to 24 months.
  • Previous eligibility criteria to (a) use only one of ESRC-funded data resources and (b) to include at least one named early career researcher as principal investigator or co-investigator have been relaxed.
  • Instead, as of 17 May, the ESRC will welcome proposals that aim to exploit secondary data from a range of UK and international data resources funded by ESRC and by other agencies, given sufficient justification and confirmation.
  • ESRC will continue to encourage applications that include a named early career researcher as principal investigator or co-investigator and/or applications that seek to use one or more ESRC-funded data resources.

These changes to the eligibility criteria will allow applicants greater flexibility when utilising existing UK and international data resources to deliver high-quality and high-impact research. This also provides a huge opportunity for comparative analysis into some of the most pressing challenges facing society in the UK and internationally.

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ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre Innovation Fund


The ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre is inviting proposals from UK-based academics for projects that will capitalise on their core consumer data sets, extend their network of partners, and drive forward substantive and innovative social science research across a broad range of disciplines and research areas.

They are inviting proposals that contribute to their research themes, as well as extensions into other research areas of strategic significance, including those aligned with ESRC’s priorities in:

  • Mental Health
  • Housing
  • Productivity
  • Understanding the Macro-Economy
  • Ways of Being in a Digital Age

The Centre is looking to fund in the region of 8-10 projects, each valued at between £20,000-£60,000 (100% fEC). Projects will run from early October 2017 and must be completed no later than the end of September 2018.

Deadline for Applications: 5pm 31st July 2017.

For more information, please visit the Consumer Data Research Centre.

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NERC Improving Health with Environmental Data

The Natural Environment Research Council invite proposals for their call on improving health with environmental data. This supports projects that aim to identify and fill knowledge gaps about the potential use of environmental data in support of improved health outcomes in the UK, focusing specifically on air pollution and environmental hazards alongside health and biomedical data.

Closing date: 12 July 2016

Applicants must attend the brokerage event to be held on the 10th May in Edinburgh in order to be eligible to submit proposals.

For more information, please visit NERC.

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How and why you should manage your research data: a guide for researchers

Check out this guide from Jisc on engaging with research data management processes.

It will be of interest to university researchers and research data management support staff, including those who are responsible for giving advice to researchers on the storage, management, publication and archiving of research data.

To access, visit:

If you have specific questions regarding research data management at MMU, please contact our Impact and Engagement Manager Sam Gray.

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ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative Open Call

The Secondary Data Analysis Initiative aims to deliver high-quality high-impact research through the deeper exploitation of major data resources created by the ESRC and other agencies.

Proposals are welcome at any time. Funding is provided for up to 18 months with an overall limit of £200,000 (100 per cent fEC) per grant.

The call is now open and operates alongside ESRC’s Research Grants open call. Proposals will be considered by a new Grants Assessment Panel (GAP) that will meet for the first time in July 2016.

For more information, please visit:

For support during your application, please contact your relevant Research Development Manager.

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ESRC annual call for Seminar Series has opened – now also includes larger Strategic Networks in four steer areas


Research seminars and Strategic networks competition 2015/16

Funding is available for UK research organisations to hold Research seminars and Strategic networks for groups of academic researchers, postgraduate students and non-academic users from different organisations. Seminar groups meet regularly to exchange information and ideas with the aim of advancing research within their fields. Strategic networks are a new addition to this annual competition and will have a central aim of generating and developing innovative and interdisciplinary collaborations focused on potential new priority areas.

The Strategic networks will build collaborative systems and groups through a wider range of activities than seminars. They reflect the core aims set out in the ESRC’s Strategic Plan to promote innovation, risk-taking and multidisciplinary collaboration. Where appropriate, seminar and network group members should be drawn from the public, commercial private and civil society sectors as well as from research organisations.

Although we are committed to the open nature of the seminar competition, at the same time we are introducing a number of steers in this round of the competition which are focused on:

  • Civil Society
  • Education and Neuroscience
  • Biosocial research
  • Big data.

Seminar proposals are encouraged to address one steer topic area. Strategic network proposals are required to address one of the areas.

Seminar series and network grants don’t fund staff time or overheads but cover 100% of the event costs such as travel. Seminar series grants are limited to a maximum justified costing of £30,000 and network grants are limited to a maximum justified costing of £100,000.

Please see: and contact your Research Development Manager for info and support.

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ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative – call for outline proposals

ESRC  secondary data

ESRC have just announced a call for the third phase of the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI). The aim of this call is to deliver high-quality, high-impact research through the deeper exploitation of existing data resources. The ESRC has now run two successful rounds of the SDAI and funded just under 80 projects. Based on the success and outcomes of those first two phases the ESRC is now inviting applications for Phase 3 focusing on the following core principles:

  • Maximising the use of key ESRC-funded data resources and infrastructure
  • Developing the capacity of early career researchers to undertake research using complex data resources
  • Keeping the initiative open in terms of thematic focus
  • Working collaboratively with non-academic stakeholders to extract value from data resources for mutual benefit.

Based on these principles this call will:

  • Fund projects of up to £200,000 (at 100 per cent fEC) in value
  • Require the use of at least one ESRC-funded data resource/ infrastructure (see Appendix I of the call specification)
  • Require the inclusion of at least one early career researcher as principal or co-investigator
  • Support proposals including non-academic partners
  • Support the innovative and creative use of data and/or methodologies
  • Support proposals addressing ESRC strategic priorities
  • Support proposals with an international or comparative focus.

Outline proposals are to be submitted by 1 Tuesday 27 January 2015. Proposals will be initially reviewed by a sift panel in March 2015 and decisions announced in late March/early April 2015.

Following this, successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by late April/early May 2015. These proposals will be peer reviewed and those meeting the quality threshold will be assessed by a Commissioning Panel. For eligible shortlisted proposals, final decisions will be made in September 2015, with an announcement of those decisions in October 2015. It is expected that most grants will commence on 1 January 2016.

Grants will be for a maximum duration of 18 months with an overall limit of £200,000 at 100 per cent full Economic Cost (fEC). ESRC aim to fund 20-25 grants through this call, depending on the quality of proposals received

ESRC funded data resources are:

• 1970 British Cohort Study (
• Understanding Society (
• European Social Survey (
• British Election Studies (
And resources made available through the ESRC’s Big Data Network:
• Business and Local Government Data Research Centres (
• Administrative Data Research Network (

For full details please see:

and speak to your Research Development Manager for assistance.