The Secondary Data Analysis Initiative aims to deliver high-quality high-impact research through through utilising existing data resources created by the ESRC and other agencies in order to address some of the most pressing challenges facing society. Proposals are welcome at any time. Funding is provided for up to 24 months with an overall limit of £300,000 (100% fEC) per grant.

The Initiative operates alongside ESRC’s Research Grants open call. Proposals will be considered by a Grants Assessment Panel (GAP) that has been specifically convened to consider SDAI proposals.

Funding will be available for around 12-15 proposals a year, subject to quality. This may increase with the involvement of other organisations.

Changes from May 2018

The following changes to the SDAI were introduced in May 2018:

  • The maximum funding threshold for applications will increase from £200,000 (100% fEC) to £300,000 (100% fEC)
  • The maximum duration of proposals will increase from 18 months to 24 months. 
  • Previous eligibility criteria to (a) use only one of ESRC-funded data resources and (b) to include at least one named early career researcher as principal investigator or co-investigator have been relaxed.
  • Instead, as of 17 May 2018, the ESRC will welcome proposals that aim to exploit secondary data from a range of UK and international data resources funded by ESRC and by other agencies, given sufficient justification and confirmation.
  • ESRC will continue to encourage applications that include a named early career researcher as principal investigator or co-investigator and/or applications that seek to use one or more ESRC-funded data resources.

Changes to Pathways to Impact requirements

UK Research and Innovation has announced changes to requirements on ‘Pathways to Impact’. Applicants will no longer be required to provide a ‘Pathways to Impact’ plan or complete an ‘Impact Summary’ within all grant proposals from 1 March 2020.

The Je-S form for the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI) call will be updated between 24 and 29 February 2020 to remove the ‘Pathways to Impact’ plan and ‘Impact Summary’ ahead of 1 March 2020.  ESRC recommends applicants avoid submitting proposals to the SDAI Open Call during this update period.

Call documents for proposals submitted prior to 24 February 2020

Call documents for proposals submitted from 1 March 2020

Additional documents

Peer review guidance

If you have received a request to review a proposal as part of the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative open call please ensure you read the specific peer review guidance below:

Previously funded projects