The ESRC is pleased to invite outline applications for large collaborative grants on Innovation in Social Care.
Through this call, we will fund social science-led research and knowledge exchange activity to understand how, why and where innovation happens in social care, to best understand how to improve people’s lives. Each grant should be highly collaborative involving a range of disciplines and stakeholders throughout the research process. We take a deliberately broad definition of innovation including systems, practices, organisations, processes, products and funding.
Proposals should reflect the reality of how social care is experienced by care recipients and providers, their friends and families, and care professionals, as well as exploring the relationships between those involved. Applicants should explain how the proposed research and knowledge exchange activity will enable the uptake, spread and adoption of change in social care to deliver improved individual and system outcomes, covering patient, carer and staff outcomes and experience as well as robust evidence of cost-benefit both within organisations/ sectors and between different parts of the system.
Grants are expected to be between £1 million and £2 million (at 100% full economic cost), with a duration of up to 60 months. Grants should start on 1 September 2019 or later.