The SAN is comprised of leading experts from the academic and user communities. It helps the ESRC exploit opportunities and access the voice and expertise of its communities. The SAN provides:

  • detailed expert support and advice including on 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

SAN membership

The network was established in April 2018 and is comprised of a range of leading academic and user experts from across the social sciences with membership refreshed regularly.

Strategic Advisory Network (SAN) new members' recruitment 2021

We are currently recruiting up to 19 members to join our SAN, with a diverse range of expertise and experience in the broad spectrum of the social sciences and/or in the use of social, economic and behavioural research with a commitment to UK Research and Innovation's mission and priorities.

This pool of experts provides advice in various areas to help us identify and take advantage of opportunities to enable impact through our research, training and data infrastructure portfolio. Appointments to the SAN will usually be for up to three years with the possibility of extension up to a further three years. Appointments begin with effect from April 2021.

We welcome applications from professionals in the public, private and third sectors who are familiar with the use and application of research evidence as well as academic members, including early and mid-career researchers.

We particularly encourage applications from women, those with disabilities, members of minority ethnic groups, and other groups who are currently or historically under-represented on ESRC's groups, networks and panels.

Further information and application details.