Five established research centres, previously funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), have been awarded the new ESRC ‘Legacy Centre Status’ and funding of just under £500,000 (£100,000 each – funded at 100% fEC) under a new funding model for centres designed to maximise the impact of their achievements and longer term sustainability.

The first Legacy Centre Status Review invited a small number of active former ESRC centres for assessment in April 2019 and approved this status for the following centres:

  • Centre for Evidence-based Public Services (CEPS) – formerly known as the Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO) – University of Bristol – Principal Investigator, Professor Helen Simpson
  • Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre (DCAL) – University College London – Principal Investigator, Professor Mairéad MacSweeney
  • Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice (CeMMAP) – Institute for Fiscal Studies - Principal Investigator, Professor Andrew Chesher
  • Centre for Learning and Life Chances (LLAKES) - University College London – Principal Investigator, Professor Andy Green
  • Centre for Time Use Research (CTUR) – University College London - Principal Investigator, Professor Jonathan Gershuny

The Legacy Centre Status Review is a rigorous process of review to recognise the ongoing excellence and credibility of a former ESRC centre. Securing this status will enable the centres to continue to brand themselves as an ESRC Centre for a further five year period, receive up to £100,000 funding to support communication, knowledge exchange, and capacity building activities.

ESRC legacy status and funding forms the last stage of the graduated centres funding model introduced in 2017 following a review into how ESRC could continue to foster and sustain the excellence and impact of its centres over a longer period.  Legacy status introduces the opportunity for centres to be invited to apply to be recognised as an ESRC Centre for a further period once substantial ESRC Centre funding comes to an end. 

Professor Jennifer Rubin, Executive Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council said: “Legacy status will ensure that these ESRC-funded centres are recognised for their ongoing excellence and are able to continue to maximise the impact of the centres’ achievements and value to society.  We are delighted that these centres will, through this recognition, retain their close strategic relationship with the ESRC.”