ESRC New Investigator Applicant Survey

Closed 7 Jun 2024

Opened 2 May 2024


This survey is open to anyone who has applied as a Principal Investigator on at least one proposal submitted to the Economic and Social Research Council’s ‘New Investigator’ grant scheme between 1 January 2016 and 4 May 2023. We are not asking about any other ESRC funding opportunities. Please only respond if you have specifically applied to the New Investigator scheme within this timeframe.

The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

We are interested in the views of both successful and unsuccessful applicants, including cases where an applicant has submitted more than one proposal to the scheme.

ESRC’s New Investigator scheme issues grants that support new researchers, at the start of their careers, to become independent researchers through gaining experience of managing and leading research projects and teams. Applicants to this scheme can submit proposals ranging from £100,000 to £300,000 (at 100% Full Economic Cost) for a period of up to five years. Proposals can draw from the wider sciences, but the social sciences must represent more than 50% of the research focus and effort.

How UK Research and Innovation will use your personal data

The personal data you give us will be used to help us understand the functioning of ESRC’s New Investigator grants scheme.

We are not asking for or gathering your personal details, including contact information. We will not use the information you give in your response to identify you or link your response to specific applications. Response data will be deleted once analysis of it has been completed.

Your personal data will be handled in line with UK data protection legislation and managed securely. If you would like to know more, including how to exercise your rights, please see our privacy notice.

If you have any questions, or if you do not wish to be contacted again for this purpose, please email


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