ESRC Publish New Delivery Plan: 2016-2020


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:

  • Productivity.
  • Understanding the Macro-Economy.
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing.
  • Housing.
  • 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