We are committed to working towards effective and transparent arrangements for managing demand for our research funding. Our aim is to attract fewer – but higher-quality – applications, so that the best social science can be funded in the most effective way.
Why we do it
Effective demand management processes will:
- reduce the amount of effort that goes into preparation and submission of unsuccessful applications
- reduce the burden placed on reviewers
- reduce administrative effort in both research organisations and ESRC
- increase success rates.
We believe that the best way to manage demand is by working in partnership with research organisations through self-regulation. All applicant organisations should aim both to improve quality and regulate volume across all ESRC schemes, in particular focusing on squeezing out the 'tail' of poor quality applications.
We publish raw data and our analysis of overall success rates and other application information.
We review progress against our demand management objectives each year.
We have provided analysis on the quality of proposals being submitted to ESRC, which we aim to use to help us to work effectively with Research Organisations on future demand management and research strategy.