The ESRC is pleased to invite applications from UK-based organisations working in the area of survey data collection for short-term innovation and development projects. 

Each project will be required to deliver a 10-page report, including an executive summary and references, on the findings from the project, and any key recommendations. 

Through this call for evidence, we will fund projects that will gather evidence and learning from the survey organisations themselves, to benefit directly from their expertise in survey methodology, practicalities of survey data collection, and to tap into the latest developments and innovative thinking in survey methodology and use of methods.

Areas of interest include: 

  • Innovative means to contact and recruit individuals who are members of ‘hard to reach’ or marginal groups, including the use of different sampling designs, the use of different types of incentives, and the reliability and response rate of alternatives to face-to-face contact. Also exploring issues relating to non-response bias, including alternatives to overall response rates;
  • Innovative means to retain individuals in longitudinal studies who are most likely to drop out, including individuals at transition periods in the lifecourse, such as school leavers and young adults, and non-resident fathers; 
  • Innovative ways to administer survey questions, including alternatives to face-to-face interviews, and technology based approaches;
  • Alternatives to the standard model of a periodic administration of a general questionnaire to the whole sample.

We also welcome applications that address any other area of survey methodological innovation. 

The ESRC are providing up to £20,000 funding per project, and expect to fund six to seven projects, depending on the quality of applications. 

How to apply

Applications should be presented using the online application form, and be no longer than two pages.

Call documents

Key dates

Please submit your application by 21 January 2019.       

Successful applicants can start their projects as soon as funding is confirmed, and must be completed by the end of April 2019.