The ESRC Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre runs an annual Early Career Researcher (ECR) Development Fund.

The Fund aims to build research capacity and capability to tackle current and emerging challenges related to vulnerability and policing. It seeks to widen the reach of the Centre’s work, enabling ECRs to lead co-produced pioneering projects that contribute new findings and insights. It will support research in areas where knowledge gaps are most prominent and where research benefits offer the greatest value. The Centre will provide support to the successful applicants to maximise the reach and impact of the research.

  • Research grants of up to £25K for 12-month projects commencing May 2023
  • Vulnerability and policing open call with thematic steer for 2023: Young People
  • Aligns with Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre programme of work and values and principles
  • Deadline for applications: Monday 30 January 2023

ECR Development Fund for 2023

The 2023 Fund is now closed. Watch this space for information about next year's call.

The thematic steer for 2023 is young people. However, all eligible applications will be considered and equally assessed against the criteria, regardless of thematic focus. The strength of proposals will be the first and foremost priority when allocating funding.

A webinar took place on Wednesday 2 November providing more information about the Fund and the application process. Access the webinar recording here.

The deadline for applications to the 2023 funding call was Monday 30 January 2023.

Find out more about the Fund: