Pre-call announcement

The ESRC will be inviting proposals for a single Coordination and Evidence Hub in early January 2019 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 and in review).It is anticipated that up to five proposals will be funded under the research project call.

The 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.

The purpose of this pre-call announcement is to provide potential applicants time to build partnership networks ahead of submitting their proposals.

An indicative call summary has been provided below for initial information purposes only. Applicants will need to refer to the final call documentation when finalising their applications. This will be released on 15 January 2019. The review and assessment process will be based on the final call documentation.

Town hall event

We will be holding a town hall meeting on 29 January 2019 in Bristol. 

The aim of the event is for potential applicants to learn more about our expectations for a productivity network, as well as to meet potential collaborators. We strongly encourage at least one member of any proposed leadership team to attend this event.


To register your interest in attending the town hall event, please complete the online form.

Please note you are registering an interest to attend this event; this does not guarantee a place. Places are strictly limited due to the size of the venue. In cases where several people are from the same organisation, we reserve the right to nominate a delegate.

You will receive a formal invitation email from the ESRC if you are allocated a place to attend.

How to apply

The call for a single Coordination and Evidence Hub proposals will open on 15 January 2019. Applications must be submitted via Je-S before 16:00 on 14 March 2019.

Call documents

Key dates

  • Pre-call announcement - 13 November 2018
  • Call opens (with final call guidance documents) - 15 January 2019
  • Town Hall meeting - 29 January 2019
  • Closing date for proposals - 16:00 on 14 March 2019 
  • PI response - April / May 2019
  • Interview panel - June 2019 (date tbc)
  • Grants start - 1 September 2019