From May 2019 to May 2020, the Strategic Hub Fund supported invitation-only bids to build new research datasets and carry out innovative research of importance to key public policy areas. As a result of this process, we now have a flow of new research-ready datasets that we are keen to widen approved researcher access to.
Now, our key focus is to fund research using these new datasets through competitive open calls – particularly through our Research Fellowship Scheme. We are also working with our colleagues at the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) to fund Methods Development Grants to address methodological challenges of research using administrative data. You can find out more about both schemes below.
ADR UK will continue to remain alert to further opportunities to create linked datasets with potential to enable important research and improve lives. If you are a government department or other public body interested in making better use of your existing data, but don't have funding support, please get in touch.
A regularly updated list of grants awarded from the ADR UK Strategic Hub Fund is available in the publications section of our website.
ADR UK Research Fellowships
The ADR UK Research Fellowship Scheme, developed in collaboration with the respective data owners, aims to ensure the first users of the data will be researchers whose work will be scientifically valuable and policy relevant. Data owner engagement and expectations, as well as engagement with key policy stakeholders, are built into the scheme.
Research Fellows will conduct research and analysis to derive insights from linked datasets, showcase their potential for policy impact and public benefit, and develop them as useful research resources for future users. The data is held and will be made available to Fellows via the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Secure Research Service (SRS).
Applications are now open for the ESRC - ADR UK No.10 Data Science Fellowships, a unique opportunity for impact-driven economic and social scientists to co-design and deliver research to inform decision-making, and help embed the use of linked administrative data to inform policy at the top level of UK government; the application deadline is 2 June 2021.
Methods Development Grants
ADR UK is also working with colleagues at ESRC to fund Methodological Development Grants. These opportunities invite proposals for research which aims to support the social science community to work collaboratively across sectors and disciplines to address common methodological challenges. ADR UK is funding work that aims to address challenges associated specifically with the use of administrative data for research. The first of these opportunities was launched in February 2020; applications closed on 11 June 2020.
To be the first to hear about new funding opportunities, please sign up to our mailing list. Details of any current open calls to fund research using administrative data are listed below.
Call for expressions of interest: Research-ready data and access funding
22 April 2021
Closes 17 September 2021. We are launching a call for expressions of interest for funding to support the development of new linked datasets and the better use of existing linked data for research to address major societal challenges in England.
Funding opportunity: a unique chance to shape data science at the heart of UK government
8 April 2021
[NOW CLOSED] The Economic and Social Research Council and ADR UK are now accepting applications for up to four new data science fellows to spend a year collaborating with 10 Downing Street’s data science team and the Office for National Statistics.
Funding opportunity: ADR UK welcomes applications for linked justice and education data Research Fellowships
26 January 2021
[NOW CLOSED] ADR UK is accepting applications for 12-month Research Fellowships to conduct analysis using the MoJ-DfE linked dataset.