In 2012, having recognised a need to build social science leadership in dementia research, the ESRC and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) collaborated to fund a £20 million social science dementia research initiative.
Building on the success of the first initiative, we will soon announce a new ESRC-NIHR initiative making up to £16.5 million available for social science research in dementia prevention, interventions and care delivery. This new initiative will deliver part of the ESRC’s innovation in health and social care priority.
We are seeking to fund large grants which will be national or international focal points for social science research in dementia, making a significant contribution to scientific, economic and societal impact. Applications are expected to be between £2 million and £5 million (at 100% full economic cost) with a duration of between three to five years, and must start in January 2019.
We encourage potential applicants to think innovatively about interdisciplinary aspects and how to embed underpinning research, particularly to address inequalities and workforce issues. Grants should provide opportunities for early career researchers to move towards becoming independent researchers in this field.