Scottish independence and cross-investment working

Additional funding opportunities for Scottish independence and cross-investment working (deadlines: 30 and 31 August 2012.)

1. Scottish Independence

The ESRC is taking forward a major project addressing issues around the post-referendum future of Scotland.  As part of the programme of research and other work leading up to the referendum, additional funding will be made available to existing ESRC investments for knowledge exchange and impact promotion activities and new research, both before and potentially after the vote, building on resources, capacity and work streams already supported.

The ESRC therefore invites current Research and Resource Investments to apply for extra funding to support additional activity focused specifically on the Scottish independence debate. The proposed work should inform the debate in the run-up to the referendum and assist in planning across areas on which the outcome of the vote will impact.  This includes voting, business intelligence, economic management, policy development, building of new constitutional arrangements, defence and administrative practice, particularly in public service delivery.

The research or activity must also complement the other work that ESRC is supporting on the Scottish independence decision, as well as being consistent with the broad activities currently undertaken by each investment. Investments are able to apply for any amount between £20K and £200K to support a range of activities, including: research; knowledge exchange; secondary data analysis, or; communications/public engagement.

Further information about the level of support available, together with the remit of the activity and guidance on applying for additional funding can be found under separate cover at Annex 1; an application can be found under separate cover at Annex 2. A conceptual map of the issues related to the Scottish Independence debate which resulted from a recent ESRC consultation can be found at Appendix 1.  The deadline for submitting an application for this additional funding stream is 4.00pm on Thursday 30 August 2012 and should be sent by email to Timothy Wright

2. Cross-Investment Working

ESRC has also made provision to support more joint working between investments, and I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.  We would welcome bids that:

Bids should be no more than one A4 page in length, summarising the nature, cost, demand for and potential impact of the proposed collaboration.   These should be sent by email as soon as possible to Luke Moody and by no later than Friday 31 August 2012. The intention is that funding decisions will be made quickly.

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