ESRC Council

The ESRC Council is a committee of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) created under the Higher Education and Research Act 2017 alongside eight other committees. It is made up of members from business, civil society and the public sector, as well as representatives from the academic community. Council advises the Executive Chair and UKRI Board on social science activity

Strategic Advisory Network

The Strategic Advisory Network (SAN) provides the office with strategic and agile expert advice and support and is designed to complement the work of Council. 

Senior Leadership Team

The ESRC Senior Leadership Team (SLT) has responsibility to ensure appropriate decisions are taken and guidance given to continue the effective operation of the organisation.

Executive Chair

The Executive Chair is responsible for the implementation of UKRI policies and decisions, and for the overall management of the ESRC Office.

ESRC office

We have around 170 staff working across several teams.

Declarations of interest

In line with UKRI policy, Directors and Council members are required to declare any private, professional or commercial interests that might conceivably conflict with the interests of the ESRC. These declarations are updated annually and are open to public inspection.


Our Grant Assessment Panels (GAPs) assess proposals for three key responsive mode schemes:  Research Grants, New Investigator Grants and the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI)

Data & Infrastructure, Skills & Methods Expert Advisory Group

The Data & Infrastructure, Skills & Methods Expert Advisory Group (EAG) is intended to support and complement ESRC’s existing governance structures, in particular, Council and the Strategic Advisory Network (SAN), by providing more detailed consideration of current and future challenges, and opportunities, for ESRC’s portfolio of investments in data and infrastructure, and skills and methods.