The Economic and Social Resarch Council (ESRC) is CECAN’s primary funder.
ESRC is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a new organisation that brings together the UK’s seven research councils, Innovate UK and Research England to maximise the contribution of each council and create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish. The vision is to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.
ESRC are the UK’s largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. They support independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and civil society. ESRC’s total budget for 2017-18 was around £202 million. At any one time ESRC supports over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and independent research institutes.