This call has now closed. The following is for information only.

The ESRC is pleased to invite full proposals to undertake social science-led research and knowledge exchange activity to understand how, why and where innovation happens in social care, to best understand how to improve people’s lives. This call is only open to those who have been invited to apply following outline proposal stage.

Each grant should be highly collaborative involving a range of disciplines and stakeholders throughout the research process. We take a deliberately broad definition of innovation including systems, practices, organisations, processes, products and funding.

Proposals should reflect the reality of how social care is experienced by care recipients and providers, their friends and families, and care professionals, as well as exploring the relationships between those involved. Applicants should explain how the proposed research and knowledge exchange activity will enable the uptake, spread and adoption of change in social care to deliver improved individual and system outcomes – covering patient, carer and staff outcomes and experience as well as robust evidence of cost-benefit, both within organisations/ sectors and between different parts of the system.  

Proposals are expected to be between £1 million and £2 million (at 100% full economic cost) with a duration of up to 60 months. Grants should start between 1 September 2019 and 30 September 2019.

Full proposals have been invited from applicants shortlisted in the outline stage of the call and will be subject to peer review. Anonymised reviewer comments will be sent to applicants for written response. Full proposals will be considered by the panel before final recommendations and funding decisions are made.

The panel will include academic experts, non-academic research users and patient and public involvement (PPI) representatives. The peer review stage will include both UK and international academic experts. 

How to apply

Proposals should be made via the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system

Key dates

  • Full call opens – 19 December 2018
  • Deadline to submit full proposals – 16.00 on 27 February 2019
  • Deadline for applicant’s response to reviewer comments – May 2019
  • Funding decisions announced – June 2019
  • Grants start – Between 1 September 2019 and 30 September 2019 inclusive

Call documents