The ESRC Strategic Advisory Network (SAN) is comprised of leading academic and user experts. The Network was established in April 2018, replacing the previous Capability Committee and Research Committee.

The SAN exists to complement the work of ESRC Council and provide the office with:

  • detailed expert support and advice including the design of strategies and schemes, investment management, pre- and post-award, and interventions;
  • a broad perspective of advice on issues, proposals and decisions, including feedback on views within our various stakeholder groups;
  • access to a pool of academic and user experts to whom the office can turn to for ad-hoc advice and advocacy and to test out new ideas;
  • provision of input into general policy advice.

All members attend an annual meeting which usually takes place in June.