The ESRC and Innovate UK jointly invite applications to lead a network of experts in innovation from across the social sciences; the network will provide quality social science insights to shape innovation support by UKRI and to champion the role of social sciences in supporting innovation. This will build on the current work of the Innovation Caucus.

We will fund a single network for up to £600,000 at 100% full economic cost with a maximum cost to UKRI of £480,000.

To submit an expression of interest, a single principal investigator should complete the online expression of interest form. We expect the leadership of this network to consist of a single principal investigator with research assistance or a project manager, and do not expect co-investigators in applications for this call. Full details of the questions asked in the form are available in the call document.

We will select up to three applicants and invite them to submit a full proposal in early December 2018 with a deadline at the end of January 2019. The network will run for 24 months.

How to apply

Please submit your expression of interest  by filling out an Expression of interests form

Call documents

Call specification (PDF, 76Kb)

Key dates

  • Closing date for expressions of interest – 16:00 on 28 November 2018 
  • Closing date for full proposals – 16:00 on 29 January 2019 at 16:00
  • Interview panel – week commencing 18 February 2019
  • Decision communicated – week commencing 25 February 2019
  • Grant start date – 1 June 2019