The UK in a Changing Europe (UKICE) initiative has been funded by the ESRC since 2014 and is directed by Professor Anand Menon at King’s College London. UKICE’s principal aim is to promote rigorous, high-quality and independent research into the complex and ever changing relationship between the UK and the European Union. 

UKICE takes the form of a knowledge hub, based at King's College, London (KCL). Around this a number of separate but linked investments have been commissioned, including Senior Fellows, small-scale commissioning fund grants, and Brexit Priority Grants. 

Current research funded under UK in a Changing Europe can be found on the UK in a Changing Europe website.

A third wave of Senior Fellowships will support the continuation of the UK in a Changing Europe initiative and will be appointed through a competitive process. Further information can be viewed on our funding opportunities page

Brexit Priority Grants

In spring 2017 the ESRC funded 25 research projects focusing on the processes and consequences of the UK leaving the European Union. The projects ranged from nine to 18 months and were funded as part of ESRC’s The UK in a Changing Europe initiative.

The research covers a wide range of issues including: the public’s Brexit preferences, the impact of Brexit on stability and peace in Northern Ireland, to its effect on trade, agriculture, migration and the lives of expats and European families living in Britain.

A full list of the 25 research projects is available on our website.

Since December 2017 the collective programme of Brexit Priority Grants have been coordinated by Dan Wincott, Blackwell Professor of Law and Society at Cardiff University.

Governance after Brexit

In 2018 the ESRC invited proposals for the first phase of the Governance after Brexit programme. This call supported innovative and ambitious projects developing fundamental research on the long-term governance implications of Brexit across the UK.

full list of projects funded under the first phase is available on our website.

The collective Governance after Brexit programme of work will also be coordinated by Dan Wincott in his capacity as ESRC Leadership Coordinator for Governance after Brexit and will liaise closely with the work of UK in a Changing Europe.

A second phase of Governance after Brexit is due to follow with further information on the scope and format of the call to be announced in 2019.