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ESRC - Innovation in Social Care Collaborative Grants


The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is pleased to invite outline applications for large collaborative grants on Innovation in Social Care.

Through this call, they will fund social science-led research and knowledge exchange activity to understand how, why and where innovation happens in social care, to best understand how to improve people’s lives.  Each grant should be highly collaborative, involving a range of disciplines and stakeholders throughout the research process. They take a deliberately broad definition of innovation including systems, practises, organisations, processes, products and funding.  Proposals should reflect the reality of how social care is experienced by care recipients and providers, their friends and families, care professionals, as well as exploring the relationships between those involved.  Applicants should explain how the proposed research and knowledge exchange activity will enable the uptake, spread and adoption of change in social care to deliver improved individual and system outcomes, covering patient, carer and staff outcomes and experience, as well as robust evidence of cost-benefit both within organisations/ sectors and between different parts of the system.

Grants are expected to be between £1 million and £2 million (at 100% full economic cost), with a duration of up to 60 months. Grants should start on 1 September 2019 or later.

To apply, outline proposals should be made via the UKRI Joint Electronic Submission (JeS) System ( and submitted by no later than 16.00 on 16 October 2018. They must be costed and approved by the relevant research organisation before submission. Following shortlisting, applicants of successful outline proposals will be invited to submit full proposals through the Je-S System.

Further information regarding the call, and documentation are available on the ESRC website -

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