About ESRC

The ESRC is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. We support independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and the third sector.. At any one time we support over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and independent research institutes.

Information about ESRC, including our history, mission and priorities.

We fund a range of schemes, competitions and initiatives. Our funding opportunities enable individuals and groups to pursue world-class research in academic institutions and independent research centres. Funding opportunities.

The ESRC has produced a range of research publications highlighting social sciences and ESRC-funded research.

Our magazines Society Now and Britain in 2011 showcase the diversity of ESRC-funded research. The newsletter eNews highlights the latest news from ESRC.

Articles and opinion pieces covering current and completed ESRC-funded research. A selection of case studies highlighting ESRC research impact in various areas of society. Click here to view the full listing of Features. The ESRC also produces a range of briefings highlighting key research findings and policy relevance.

 Find out about events that ESRC and our research investments are involved in. See our Festival of Social Science section for guidance and updates on the Festival week or click here to view the full listing

What's new

  • What is social science?

    The social sciences are all about understanding the way humans behave and interact with each other - helping to make our society a better place to live.

  • Master challenge: the UK food system

    ESRC and the FSA, under the Global Food Security programme are delighted to announce the five successful grants of the ‘Understanding the Challenges of the Food System’ call.

  • Empathy and trust in communicating online

    The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has announced the successful proposals to be funded under the Empathy and Trust In Communicating ONline (EMoTICON) call.

  • What your hand gestures say about you

    New research shows that what you do with your hands when you talk secretly reveals a lot about your intelligence and ability to empathise with others.

  • Gymnasts under pressure at higher risk of eating disorders

    Many elite gymnasts are preoccupied with weight and body shape, with some scoring well above average for eating disorder symptoms, say researchers from Swansea University.

More Articles ...