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    Arts, Humanities and SocialSciences - Opportunities andChallenges Paul Boyle

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    Introductiono ESRC, AHRC and BA represent half of the active

    researchers and disciplines in UK

    o ESRC UK funder of long-term, strategic social scienceresearch

    o ESRC funded research, data and people support all

    sectors of UK economyo UK has outstanding social science research

    base

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    Fundingo ESRC budget 11/12 approx. 203m

    o Research funding frozen

    o ESRC - 12% cut in real terms to Programme budget

    o ESRC - 23% cut in real terms to Administration budget

    o Important to continue to invest in the future:

    o Long-term infrastructure

    o Next generation of research leaders

    o Areas of major national importance

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    Investing in the Futureo Three priority areas

    o Global Economic Performance and Sustainable

    Growth

    o Influencing Behaviour and InformingInterventions

    o Vibrant and Fair Society

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    Social Science Researcho Priorities represent a range of critically important

    social science questions to be addressed, e.g.:

    o Sustainability of Economic Performance andGrowth

    o Interdependent Powers (Rising Powers)

    o Behavioural Change e.g. motivation/incentives,environmental behaviour

    o Inequality

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    Demand Managemento Aim to have fewer, high-quality applications so best

    social science is funded in most effective way

    o Introduced initial programme of measures to improveself-regulation and changes to peer review andsubmission policies

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    12 week consultation on additional measures shouldthey be necessary

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    Restructuring Schemeso Focusing resources on longer, larger grants ambitious

    social science.

    o Phase out Small Grants schemeo Increase lower and upper thresholds for Standard Grants

    scheme

    o Considering new ways of supporting innovation

    o Invest in Future Leaders

    o Integrate Postdoctoral Fellowships and First Grants create a single Future Leaders scheme

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    Restructuring Schemeso Streamlining: fewer but more flexible research

    competitions

    o Merge Large Grants and Centreso Phase out Mid-Career Fellowships

    o Result a simpler but coherent set of opportunities

    o Developing some new funding opportunities in priorityareas such as Rising Powers and InterdependentFutures

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    Data Infrastructureo ESRC supports some of the worlds leading studies

    o Strong data infrastructure is an essential core resource

    o Underpin research and training, and provide evidenceto both academic and non-academic researchers

    o Only ESRC supports these kinds of large, long-term

    investmentso The longitudinal jewels appreciate in value

    o Despite cuts to capital, we will protect a core data

    infrastructure

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    Economic and Societal Impacto ESRC does excellent research that has impact

    o Creating, assessing and communicating impact is

    central to all our activitieso ESRC attracts 28m of additional co-funding from

    Government Depts, 3 rd sector and international bodies

    o Business/private sector a priority for increasedengagement

    o Public Engagement through Committees, Networks,

    annual Festival of Social Science, RCUK concordat

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    o Many of the biggest research challenges are cross-disciplinary

    o RCUK cross-council challenges combine science,technology, art, humanities and social sciences

    o Social science central to all ESRC lead on GlobalUncertainties programme

    o Existing collaborations such as 20m New Dynamicsof Ageing and smaller scale fellowships

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    Joint statement on early and mid-career support

    Collaboration

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