ESRC New Investigator Grants - July 2023

ESRC New Investigator Grants will support new researchers and academics at the start of their careers to become independent researchers through gaining experience of managing and leading research projects and teams. Proposals could be for a range of activities such as standard research projects, surveys and other infrastructure projects and methodological developments.

Grants can be for up to five years in duration, however please note that due to the funding level for the scheme, usually a maximum of 1.5 - 2.5 years are possible if the PI intends to include a full time salary. The overall limit for the scheme is £300,000 at 100 per cent Full Economic Cost. For an estimation of costs, or advice on what you could request under this scheme, please contact

Applicants must be able to articulate why they should be considered an early career researcher and how the award of a New Investigator grant will have a demonstrable impact on their trajectory to becoming an independent researcher. Click here for more information about the ESRC new investigator grant – UKRI and the Call specification.

Though applications to the scheme can be made on a rolling basis, the School arranges deadlines to enable applicants to submit ahead of the ESRC panel meetings in which funding decisions are made – these take place in March, July and November annually.

SAME Gathered Field Stage

The School is able to support one application to this scheme at any one time. Candidates wishing to apply to the department’s gathered field must first ensure that they meet the ESRC eligibility requirements for this call.

Candidates should submit Expressions of Interest (see details below) to SAME Research Support Team by 10am on Tuesday 25th April 2023.

Please mark “ESRC New Investigator Grant gathered field” in the subject line.

Expression of Interest to include: 

  • An Outline proposal (no more than 3 pages A4, Arial font size 11) covering the following headings:
    • Research Questions and Context
    • Methodology
    • Timetable
    • Dissemination and Data Management
    • Impact
    • Resources Required (NB precise costings not required at this stage)
    • Skill/Career Development Plan
  • Mentor support statement (no more than 1 page A4, Arial font size 11) covering:
    • Confirmation of required support for applicant (advice and assistance in developing their proposal, building suitable links with leading researchers in their field, as well as with potential beneficiaries and users of the applicant’s research)
    • Benefits of hosting the project for the department
    • Confirmation mentor can contribute required time as part of the host institution’s commitment to the project (i.e. not directly funded)
    • Details of any secondary mentoring arrangements required (if applicable)
  • Summary CV (no more than 1 page A4, Arial font size 11) demonstrating eligibility for the scheme