Grants Delivery Group (GDG)

The funding recommendations for our Research Grants, New Investigators and Secondary Data Analysis (SDAI) schemes are made by the Grants Delivery Group (GDG). The GDG is chaired by an academic member of Council. These funding recommendations are informed by the Grant Assessment Panels (GAPs).

Funding recommendations of other responsive mode schemes are made by specially constituted commissioning panels.

Grant Assessment Panels (GAPs)

The role of the Grant Assessment Panels is to appraise proposals submitted under the responsive mode schemes and classify them by grade according to procedures and criteria approved and overseen by Council, which has responsibility for the schemes.

The role of academic panel members is to assess and score the proposals allocated to them in light of the reviewers’ comments and principal investigator (PI) response to reviewers' comments, bringing their own expertise to the assessment, rather than simply summarising the peer review. User panel members comment on proposals and participate in panel discussions, but do not formally score proposals. User members are not restricted to commenting on impact and knowledge exchange considerations, since their expertise may equip them to comment on the substance of the research.

GAP members

Membership of the GAPs is predominantly academic, although each panel has a number of non-academic ('user') members. Appointments to the panels are normally for two years in the first instance, with the probability of renewal for a further two-year term.

GAP structure

The GAPs are multi-disciplinary bodies comprising 55 to 65 members in total. There are three GAPs organised around clusters of disciplines, and a fourth for the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI). The panels meet three times a year in March, July and November.

    Panel composition (from November 2016)

    Panel A

    • Demography
    • Environmental Planning
    • Human Geography
    • Psychology
    • Statistics and Computing and Methodologies

    Panel B

    • Education 
    • Linguistics 
    • Social Work 
    • Science and Technology Studies 
    • Socio-Legal Studies 
    • Sociology

    Panel C

    • Area and Development Studies
    • Economic and Social History
    • Economics
    • Management and Business Studies
    • Political Science and International Relations
    • Social Anthropology
    • Social Policy

    Panel D

    • Secondary Data Analysis

    New members

    ESRC are recruiting new Chairs, Academic and User members for the Grant Assessment Panels (GAP).  Please find advertisements and link to application form below. The closing date for applications is 17:00 hours on Friday 18th September 2020.

    ESRC are currently inviting applications from academics suitably experienced in the social sciences to act as members of our 2020 Grant Assessment Panels (GAPs).

    ESRC are inviting applications from academics suitably experienced in the relevant social sciences to the role of Chair for two of its Grant Assessment Panels (GAPs):

    ESRC are now inviting applications from suitably experienced persons to act as ‘user’ members of the GAPs spanning the public, private and third sectors. Users are non-academic members of the panels who represent the fields of policy and practice.

    How to Apply

    The link to the application form can be found here.