Building on the current work of the Innovation Caucus, the network will provide quality social science insights to shape innovation support by UKRI and to champion the role of social sciences in supporting innovation.
The objectives of the innovation evidence network are:
- The provision of quality social science insights to inform and shape the work of UKRI, in particular Innovate UK and ESRC, and to shape thinking about innovation support
- To act as a champion for the role of the social sciences in supporting innovation and to promote interdisciplinary approaches to engaging with innovation
- To increase capacity for engaging with innovation through network building as well as through supporting the development of early career researchers and knowledge exchange professionals involved in or employed by the network.
Applicants must be based at a research organisation eligible for Research Council funding.
Applicants can apply for up to £600,000 (100% fEC) for a period of two years. There will be a maximum cost to UKRI of £480,000. Costs should be calculated on a full economic cost (fEC) basis.
The grant will start on 1 June 2019 and will finish by 30 May 2021.
The deadline for expressions of interest is 28 November 2018.