ESRC Launches Phase Two of the Governance After Brexit Programme

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is looking for highly innovative and ambitious proposals that will develop fundamental research on long-term governance implications of Brexit across the UK.

This call is the second of two calls under the Governance after Brexit programme. Projects will overlap with the first phase of the programme, a group of smaller innovation grants and larger research grants which started in December 2018.

As part of the Governance after Brexit programme award holders under this call will be expected to work closely with the ESRC’s UK in a Changing Europe initiative to maximise the opportunities to disseminate this distinctive long-term research perspective on Brexit.

Brexit affects society, politics and the economy across the UK. The UK-EU exit negotiations have challenged the UK state, devolved political systems, local government, business organisations and trade unions, civil society organisations and the wider public. The primary aim of this call is to encourage proposals which adopt a long-term perspective and/or involve fundamental research into issues of governance, and the questions, problems and opportunities which lie behind and beyond the negotiations.

Proposals should address the call’s key research challenges and opportunities in an innovative and ambitious manner. This may include conceptual and theoretical innovation as well as the development of novel research methods and approaches. Potential innovation is an assessment criteria for this call and proposals which demonstrate a clear capacity for innovation are preferred over proposals which might seek to redeploy existing work in a Brexit context.

The priority areas are:

The UK’s position in the world ‘after Brexit’

UK economy and society ‘after Brexit’

The constitution, politics and policy ‘after Brexit’.

All UK Higher Education Institutions are eligible to receive funds for research, postgraduate training and associated activities. Research Institutes for which UK Research and Innovation has established a long-term involvement as major funders are also eligible to receive research funding.

Independent Research Organisations (IROs) approved by UK Research and Innovation are eligible to apply for ESRC funding.

Principal investigators (PIs) must be based at an organisation eligible for ESRC funding for the duration of the award.

The budget for the call is approximately £4 million and ESRC expect to fund upwards of six awards under the second phase of this programme.

Proposals of between £300,000 and £750,000 at 100% Full Economic Cost (fEC) are sought. The ESRC will fund 80% of the fEC.

Proposals should have a start date of 1 November 2020 and a maximum duration of 36 months.

Outline applications should be submitted by the deadline of 16 January 2020.

Full proposals will be invited in March 2020.

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