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Cambridge Global Challenges


The Economic and Social Research Council ESRC is commissioning a new phase of its National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM), presenting an exciting opportunity for a team to develop and deliver a strategy for methods training and capacity-building in the social sciences.

The new phase of the NCRM will be an integral part of ESRC research infrastructure and is expected to develop, deliver, and co-ordinate methods training activity across the social sciences. More specifically, it will be responsible for:

  • co-ordinating ESRC’s investment in research methods training
  • delivering a strategically informed and diverse programme of research methods training
  • identifying, implementing and sharing best practice.

Applicants will be able to apply for up to £3 million (100% fEC) for a period of five years. ESRC will contribute 80% of the total budget. All proposals will be subject to ESRC’s funding rules as outlined in our Research Funding Guide.

Eligibility and application procedure

The specification for the NCRM call will be released at the end of July.

All applicants must submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) form through the Joint Electronic Submission System (Je-S) no later than 18 October 2018.


More details are due to be released at the end of July; please check the ESRC website for updates.

Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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