Current funding opportunities

Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI) - Open Call

Did you know that our data collections can be used in SDAI grant proposals?

The Secondary Data Analysis Initiative aims to deliver high-quality high-impact research through through utilising existing data resources created by the ESRC and other agencies in order to address some of the most pressing challenges facing society. Proposals are welcome at any time. Funding is provided for up to 24 months with an overall limit of £300,000 (100% fEC) per grant.

Previously, it was required from applicants to use at least one ESRC-funded data resource and to include a named early career researcher as principal investigator or co-investigator. These restrictions have now been lifted. Following an evidence based review, ESRC decided to open SDAI for applications that seek to exploit secondary data from a range of UK and international data resources including longitudinal studies and other data infrastructures, as long as applicants can provide confirmation that they have access to these sources and data. The use of at least one of ESRC-funded resources and longitudinal studies is still strongly encouraged, but it is no longer a requirement. Also, the ESRC still encourages applications from early career researchers as principal investigators or co-investigators, but this is not a requirement for applying to the call.

Proposals should focus on the generation of non-academic impact through addressing substantive research questions. Methodological and capacity development as part of this work is encouraged but should not be the core focus. The SDAI will therefore support the innovative and creative use of data or methodologies and support capacity-building in the area of secondary data analysis.

The Initiative operates alongside ESRC’s Research Grants open call. Proposals will be considered by a Grants Assessment Panel (GAP) that has been specifically convened to consider SDAI proposals.

Funding will be available for around 12-15 proposals a year, subject to quality. This may increase with the involvement of other organisations.

Further details can be found on the ESRC website.