The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has today published plans for how it will manage the increasing demand for its research funding. Their aim is to have fewer, high-quality applications so the best social science is funded in the most effective way.
They will be introducing an initial programme of measures of improved self-regulation and a change to their existing peer review practices and submission policies.
These measures include:
- the introduction of an invited-only resubmission policy as of June 2011
- revised sifting mechanisms (greater use of outline applications and earlier sifting for standard grants)
- issue more tightly specified calls on managed mode schemes which address the ESRC strategic priorities
After 12 months of these initial measures the ESRC will review their effectiveness, to establish whether further steps need to be taken to manage demand. In case further steps are required the ESRC welcome your views on the potential options, particularly in relation to the following questions:
- Which main demand management options are worthy of further development and why?
- How might those options be further developed and refined?
- Which, if any of the main demand management options, would you not consider for further development and why?
- Overall, which of the options offers the best opportunities to effectively manage demand whilst ensuring the flow of high-quality research applications? Are there any further options which are not included in this paper whcich should be considered by us as part of our demand management strategy?
The deadline for the submission of responses is 16 June 2011. These should be completed using the form on ‘SurveyMonkey’ at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/demand_management.
We would encourage all academic staff researching in the social sciences to respond to the consultation.
To ensure your research proposal stands the best chance of success use BU’s internal peer review scheme – the Research Proposal Review Service.