When considering submitting a proposal to ESRC you must consider the following:
- Eligibility details for individual schemes and calls found within our funding opportunities
- Eligibility of your research organisation to receive funding for research. A list of eligible organisations can be found on the UKRI website
- The ESRC Research Funding Guide (PDF, 375Kb) which sets out the ESRC funding rules.
- Will your proposal include international co-investigators?
- Will your proposal include business, third sector or government body co-investigator (PDF, 69Kb)s?
Please note: If you are interested in postgraduate funding, please refer to the ESRC guidance on studentships . The ESRC does not directly provide funds for postgraduate students. If you wish to apply for postgraduate funding, you should apply directly to a Doctoral Training Partnership.
What to do if you are unsure whether your research is suitable for funding by ESRC
If you are unsure whether your proposed research falls within the remit of ESRC, please complete the Remit query form
You don't need to provide detailed background information, references or costs relating to your research within the form. It is more helpful to explain clearly the research challenges, social science methodologies, outputs and beneficiaries of your proposed research.
For further information about ESRC's scientific remit, please refer to our discipline classifications
We also advise you to contact us prior to submission if you are working at an interface area between research councils. We are in regular contact with other research councils to ensure that applications are assessed by those with the most appropriate expertise.
Our joint statement with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) relating to the interfaces between the arts and humanities and the social sciences may be useful before contacting either AHRC or ESRC with a remit query.
The Cross-Council Remit Agreement (CCRA) – updated July 2020
The Research Councils’ Cross-Council Remit Agreement (formerly known as Cross-Council Funding Agreement) is the process for collaborating on the peer review of research proposals that straddle more than one Research Council’s remit under their ‘responsive-mode’ research grants schemes. The aim of Cross-Council Remit Agreement is to ensure that no gaps develop between the Councils’ subject domains and to ensure equality of opportunity for proposals at the interface between traditional disciplines, where many of the major research challenges of our time are located.
Further information on the CCRC can be found on UKRI website.
If you have any other queries about remit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org