Deadline for outline proposals is 16:00 on 13 November 2019.

The ESRC, on behalf of UKRI, will invest up to £32.4 million (at 100% fEC) over five years, in an independent, world-class Productivity Institute. The Institute funded through UKRI’s Strategic Priorities Fund, will bring together world-leading experts from a range of disciplines and backgrounds and will work directly with relevant stakeholders, for example policymakers and businesses, enhancing the state of knowledge in the field and to inform those working to improve regional, sectoral and firm-level productivity in the UK.

The Institute will deliver a thematic research programme to provide a deep understanding of the drivers of productivity including regional divergence, as well as what individuals, firms, regions and national policy can do to improve productivity. It will also enable the collection of new types of data that complement and build on existing data, forming data-rich analyses that will be the backbone of transformative social science in this field.

Outline proposals are now invited from research teams which should set out initial plans for meeting the ESRC’s objectives for this investment. Further information on the call and how to submit a proposal can be found in the call guidance documents below:

Engagement event

On 06 November 2019, we held an information and networking event. The event was an opportunity for potential bidders to gain further clarity on the call and application requirements before the submission deadline for outline proposals. The event was also open to other interested parties including industry, business and policy makers looking to find out more about bids in development and to engage strategically with the ESRC about our productivity research portfolio.

Provisional commissioning timetable

  • Outline proposal submission deadline – 16:00 on 13 Nov 2019
  • Shortlisting decision to applicants – Jan 2020
  • Invited full proposal submission deadline – March 2020
  • Expected project start date – 1 Sept 2020

Please note: This timetable and information on the Productivity Institute is provided to help researchers and stakeholders to respond to this funding opportunity, but may however be subject to change. Clear announcements and information about any changes will be communicated.