ESRC is commissioning a single Coordination and Evidence Hub as part of its Transforming Productivity, Management Practices and Employee Engagement initiative.
This follows an earlier call for research projects on management practices and employee engagement, and their relationships with productivity (now closed). A series of five individual research grants have now been awarded, with a total research council contribution of £3.8 million (80% fEC). The projects will start in February 2019 and are scheduled to run between 24 and 36 months.
The overarching purpose of the Coordination and Evidence Hub will be to act as an umbrella-structure that brings the individual research projects together into a cohesive and strategic whole, and provides a central link to the ESRC’s broader productivity portfolio. In addition to its central coordinating function, the Hub will deliver a synthesising and evaluating role across the programme of project investments; ensuring cross-theme fertilisation, drawing out cross-cutting evidence, and evaluating interventions to analyse ‘what works’. Critically, the Hub will also provide a focus for knowledge exchange and the translation of research into practice.
Applicants can apply for up to up to £1.95 million (100% fEC). The ESRC will contribute up to £1.56 million (80% fEC – subject to HMT approval) over 36 months; the remaining balance must be guaranteed by the host research organisation.
The successful Hub is expected to start on 1st October 2019 and must run for a minimum of 36 months. Applications must be submitted via the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) before 16:00 on 14 March 2019.
Town Hall event
We held a Town Hall meeting on 29 January 2019 in Bristol. The aim of the event was for potential applicants to learn more about our expectations for a Coordination and Evidence Hub, as well as to meet potential collaborators.