ESRC and DFID are pleased to announce that Tranche 2 of the Invite Only call RLO Follow-on Fund 2018 – 2021 is open to all RLO Principal Investigators and Co-Investigators, both past and present. The call is focused on impact enhancement, research augmentation, capacity building (workstreams 1 – 3) and cross-grant synthesis (workstream 4) activities, which build on their existing RLO grant.

The call is open to any Principle Investigator (PI) or Co-Investigator (Co-I) who has held a research grant funded within the RLO programme. Co-Is who wish to apply as a PI to this Follow-on Fund call must have the express support of their original RLO grant’s PI. The original grant can be open or closed at the point that the application(s) are made and they will be awarded as separate grant(s) to the existing/completed RLO grant. Any researcher who has not been a PI or Co-I on an RLO-funded grant is not eligible to apply. All uninvited or ineligible applications will be rejected.

In workstreams 1-3 (impact enhancement, research augmentation, capacity building) proposals are invited for grants with a full economic cost (fEC) value of between £25,000 and £100,000 for either workstream, or for any combination of these three workstreams. Researchers are eligible to apply for a number of these grants, on multiple occasions, however the total amount of all awarded grants linked to the original proposal must not in sum exceed £100,000. Note that whilst cross-grant learning (where appropriate for inclusion) will be viewed positively in workstream 1 to 3, it is not a requirement for these workstreams and proposals within these workstreams must stand alone ie they cannot be co/inter dependent.

In workstream 4 (cross-grant synthesis) proposals are invited from RLO researchers working in collaboration with other RLO grants. These proposals must also have a fEC value of between £25,000 and £100,000. Researchers can also apply for a number of these grants, on multiple occasions, and can collaborate with different projects in these applications. The funders are keen to encourage applications to workstream 4. Therefore in addition to the maximum of £100,000 allocable per grant in workstreams 1 – 3, a further £100,000 may be allocated to original RLO grants against workstream 4 (this makes a maximum of £200,000 across all 4 workstreams). 

Projects may be up to a maximum of two years in duration. The call has been designed so that all grants will get an equal chance to access this additional funding if and when they are ready to do so.  Proposals can be submitted at any point in the three-month windows, but will not be assessed until the window has closed. 

The full specification and other important call-specific guidance documents can be found below:

Call documents

Key dates

This invitation-only call will be open twice a year, in bi-annual tranches (opened every six months) for the next two and a half years. The second bi-annual tranche will open 30 May 2019 and close 16:00 (UK time) on Thursday 25 July 2019. The final tranche will open in approximately May 2021. Up to £2 million has been allocated for the length of the call.