The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) aims to bring together the UK’s world-leading research with business to meet the major industrial and societal challenges of our time.

Social science provides insights into many aspects of the business environment – including consumer behaviour and public attitudes; identifying opportunities for new goods, services and business models; improving supply chain relationships; maximising the value of consumer, health and other data, regulations; and understanding sector workforces and the capacity for transformation.

Social science also has a pivotal role to play in understanding the challenges themselves so that subsequent thinking about solutions takes the economic, psychological, social, legal, geographic and wider implications for people and communities into account.

ISCF competitions

On behalf of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), ESRC is running the following competitions under wave 2 of ISCF:

All competitions under ISCF involve collaborations with businesses and other disciplines. Researchers interested in getting involved should regularly check funding opportunities across UKRI, including other research councils and Innovate UK.  

Further information about ISCF