The Economic and Social Research Council has released it’s new deliver plan. To support its strategic aims over the next four years four key areas of activity have been identified:
*Fostering Research and Innovation (c.47 per cent of overall budget: 17 per cent Responsive Mode, 25 per cent Strategic Mode, 5 per cent International)
*Creating and Maximising Data Infrastructure for Research (c.15 per cent of overall budget, plus additional allocated capital funds)
*Building Capability (c.30 per cent of overall budget; 25 per cent Doctoral, 5 per cent Postdoctoral)
*Facilitating Partnerships and Realising Impact (c.5 per cent of overall budget)
Its initial priority areas for investment across all areas of its portfolio are:
- Understanding the Macro-Economy.
- Mental Health and Wellbeing.
- Ways of Being in a Digital Age.
The Council will also be playing a key role in developing and delivering both the £1.5 billion Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), and the extended Newton Fund, working alongside the RCUK and delivery partners elsewhere.
For further information: ESRC Delivery Plan 2016-2020