Strategic Priorities (ESRC only)

ESRC’s strategic plan identifies seven areas of strategic challenge for economic and social research. These challenges build on existing research, help consolidate knowledge but also recognise emerging key areas for social science. Full details of ESRC’s Strategic Challenges can be found at:

You must consider if your research project falls within one or more of ESRC’s Strategic Challenges then select the relevant priority(ies) from the drop down list:

There is also an option to record a ‘not applicable’ selection. It is a mandatory requirement that at least one option is selected. 

However applicants should note that no funds are ‘ring fenced’ for these Strategic Challenge areas and applications that fall outside of these areas will not be disadvantaged. The only criteria for funding will be the overall scientific quality of the application and its potential for high scientific and/or user impact.