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As part of ESRC's contribution to the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS), ESRC wishes to commission research that will deepen and broaden understanding of the complex issues related to Transnational Organised Crime (TNOC) and its interrelation with other licit and illicit activities.

These grants are intended to generate innovative approaches and we encourage the submission of proposals which take a range of approaches and research perspectives.

These approaches may include work which brings together, compares or reinterprets diverse literatures and/or data, capacity-building activities, exploratory and pilot studies, as well as conceptual and methodological development.  

Key themes

The key questions this call poses are: 

  • Which factors enable and facilitate TNOC, and how is this evolving?
  • Which factors disrupt and impede TNOC
  • How do societal and cultural values shape TNOC, and
  • conversely how does TNOC shape social and economic structures and cultures, deliberately or otherwise?


Cross-disciplinary research projects are welcome particular proposals which span the remits of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) or the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Funding Level

Proposals are invited for four grants between £200,000 and £450,000 (100% fEC (full economic costs)) of which the ESRC will fund 80% and the balance must be guaranteed by the research organisation.

Projects can be up to 36 months in duration and must commence between 1 November 2018 and 1 January 2019.


For further information see the ESRC call website.

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