ONS Research Funding Grant
1. About the ONS research funding grant
The purpose of the ONS research grant is to support academic research into economic measurement.
We are keen to encourage and support scholars in the early stages of their academic career and therefore applications are invited from post-doctoral academics working in UK universities.
We are looking to support applications for funding of up to £5,000 to facilitate research that aligns to our priority areas of interest which are highlighted below:
- Measuring the finance sector
- Measuring foreign direct investment
- Measuring quality change of goods and services
It is our role to provide the economic data and statistics that the UK needs, recognising that the economy and the needs of our users are continually changing.
The task of developing our statistics is challenging: the economy is evolving in multifaceted ways that makes economic measurement ever more complex. The growth in services, often digitally delivered, the importance of intangible assets and the continuing trend of globalisation, all makes understanding and quantifying economic activity more challenging.
We are not going to solve these problems on our own and recognise that there are many others who can help us improve our measurement of the economy. Therefore, we are keen to further increase our engagement with academic and research institutions, through the promotion of a wider use of the economic statistics we produce.
Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Grants are available for advanced research, at postdoctoral or equivalent level, in the fields of the humanities and the social sciences. Postgraduate students are not eligible to apply.
- Applicants must be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom.
- Grants will not be made retrospectively: this means that the work for which support is requested must not have commenced before the grant is announced.
3. Eligible costs
Funds may be sought to cover the direct expenses incurred in planning, conducting, and developing the research, including:
- Project planning and development costs (cost of travel for discussion in the UK and overseas; initial workshops with potential partners)
- Research assistance (based in UK or abroad)
- Workshops or conferences to advance the programme of research (principally the costs of travel and maintenance for key participants)
- Specialist software
Scheme opens: Monday 27th January
Deadline for applications: Friday 28th February
Grant announcement expected: Monday 16th March
5. Further information
If you are interested, would like to apply or need further details on the eligibility criteria for ONS research funding, please send an email to Nathan Birch/ Emily Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org