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ESRC New Investigator Grants

Contact - ssps.research@ed.ac.uk

The ESRC have launched the New Investigator Grant scheme to support early career researchers in their transition to an independent researcher.  

The call is open to high-quality candidates who are within four years from their pre-viva PhD submission date.  The scheme is designed to allow newer researchers to gain experience of research leadership and management and to formulate their plans for their research careers. Applicants who technically meet the eligibility criteria but hold a professorship will not be eligible to apply as there is an expectation that they have already obtained these research and management skills.

Grants will usually be between two and three years duration and within an overall limit of £300,000 at 80-100% full economic costing.

The ESRC plans to fund up to around 30-35 grants a year. For more information on the scheme, please see:

https://esrc.ukri.org/funding/funding-opportunities/new-investigator-grants/ 

Application process:

The ESRC expects to see only a limited number of proposals from a single research organisation, and these must be of the very best quality. Therefore all applications will be put through an internal review process at both School and College level and only a limited amount of applications will be allowed to be submitted to the ESRC.

SSPS will have 3 DEADLINES annually:

-  15th April

-  15th August

-  3rd December

SSPS requires a mentor (SSPS core staff) for all early-career fellowships. In order to apply, you must first identify, contact and have an agreed mentor for your proposed project application. The project must have Head of Subject Area approval, your mentor can help to obtain this before submitting your application to the School. 

Please sent your completed Joint electronic submission form (find Je-S here, you will need to register), Case for Support (6 pages), Pathway to Impact (2 pages) and CV (2 Pages) to ssps.research@ed.ac.uk.  Please note, no budget information is required for the SSPS panel round. 

The comments will be provided within a few weeks of the above deadlines to support further development of successful proposals before being submitted to College panel at one of their 3-yearly boards.

If you plan to apply for this scheme and would like to get extra comments or discuss your project in more details, please feel free to submit 1 page summary of your application alongside your CV at any time to ssps.research@ed.ac.uk.