We are pleased to invite research proposals for the first phase of our new Governance after Brexit Programme. 

The implications of Brexit are profound and wide-reaching, spanning all areas of society, politics and economics across the entirety of the UK. Brexit will have an impact on the UK’s constitutional arrangements, the nature of the state across multiple levels and a range of government policy objectives, instruments and means of policy delivery. Brexit also has consequences for political parties and civil society organisations, business and trade unions and for judiciaries, courts and legal systems. Its consequences may differ for generations and classes, 'races' and ethnic groups, and genders; as well as for nations and regions, localities and communities; and for groups of people who identify as 'Leavers' or 'Remainers'.

This call aims to develop a major programme of research which addresses the impact of Brexit on all of these facets of UK governance. This body of work seeks to engage with the multitude of challenges posed by Brexit, and the opportunities it offers, for society, politics and economics throughout all regions and localities.

We encourage applications from across the full breadth of social science subject areas and cognate disciplines. This call is particularly interested in proposals with research strategies that take risks in pursuit of high-level rewards, which blend disciplines and push the boundaries of methodological innovation across all levels of analysis.

This first phase of Governance after Brexit will be made up of two streams of smaller and larger grants:

  • The smaller 'Innovation' grants are intended for projects with highly innovative research methods, a diverse range of participants and a novel combination and application of disciplinary approaches. The commissioning process is designed specifically to identify and support innovative and cutting-edge work, and allows for a higher acceptance of risk than would perhaps be the case with more traditional commissioning approaches.
  • The larger grants are intended for fuller, larger-scale activities, such as survey work, comparative and ethnographic methods, and multiple location studies.

Submissions process for smaller grants

Please note that proposals to the 'Innovation' stream require you to also provide an anonymous proposal summary (maximum of 2 sides of A4) in addition to the complete proposal and case for support. This should be uploaded as an additional attachment when making your submission. There is no separate deadline for the anonymous proposal summary and it is not permissible, or feasible within the Je-S system, for this to be submitted separately. Specifications for the anonymous proposal summary itself can be found in the Je-S guidance for Smaller ‘Innovation’ Grants.

Assessment process

Smaller 'Innovation' grants will be assessed through a two phase process. Eligible proposals will first be assessed anonymously by an expert commissioning panel. The resulting shortlist of proposals will then be considered by the commissioning panel who will then make final funding recommendations. 

Larger grants will be assessed by at least three expert academic peer reviewers. Applicants will have the opportunity to respond to anonymised reviewer comments before proposals are considered by the commissioning panel and funding recommendations are made. Applicants should nominate two potential academic reviewers and may also nominate up to two potential users from business, government or voluntary sectors.

How to apply

All proposals must be submitted through the Je-S system. Detailed information about how to apply is provided in the guidance below.  

Smaller 'Innovation' grant proposals should be between £150,000 and £249,999 at 100% fEC and should start from 1 November 2018 for a maximum period of 24 months if successful. All proposals for smaller grants must be received by 16.00 on 3 May 2018.

Larger grant proposals should be between £250,000 and £750,000 at 100% fEC (with the ESRC contributing 80% fEC) and should start from 1 December 2018 for a maximum period of 36 months if successful. All proposals for larger grants must be received by 16.00 on 22 May 2018.

Call documents