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
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.