ESRC Legacy Centre Status Review is a rigorous process of review to establish the ongoing excellence and credibility of a former ESRC Centre.  It provides the opportunity to apply for continued recognition as an ESRC Centre for a further five year period. 

Application is by invitation only. Centres will typically be invited to apply for this status as their transition funding comes to an end, having received between eight and 10 years of funding from the ESRC, and should be largely self-sustaining.

If successful, legacy centre status will enable the centre to continue to brand itself as an ESRC centre, and receive up to £100,000 funding over the five year period to support knowledge exchange, user capacity-building, engagement and communication activities. This extended period of recognition is intended to:

  • Maximise the impact of the research activity and ESRC investment to date, through support for knowledge exchange, user capacity-building and communication activities (eg research methods and skills training for users)
  • Support the centre through its assurance of excellence in leveraging further funding and supporting the centre’s efforts to ensure the influence and use of its research


Our graduated centres funding pathway aims to foster and sustain a larger number of ESRC centres over the longer term.  We recognise the strategic value of ESRC Centres as beacons of research excellence, with high impact nationally and internationally. Legacy Centre Status is the third stage of this pathway.

Further information about the ESRC centres policy review and the background and principles behind the revised funding model are detailed in our Centres Policy summary (PDF, 64Kb).

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