Funding opportunity coming soon: Apply for an ADR UK Research Fellowship

This funding opportunity is now open for applications - read the full details

ADR England flagship datasets are large, de-identified datasets, which enable researchers to develop unprecedented insights into our society at a population level. Covering a diverse range of themes – from education and health to experiences of the justice system – these datasets can be used to answer pressing policy questions, to inform decisions that improve people’s lives. The datasets are held within the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Secure Research Service and other ADR UK trusted research environments.  

Researchers will be able to apply for a fellowship grant of 18 months in duration, up to a maximum of £200,000 per annum (full economic cost).  

This funding opportunity is expected to open for applications on 13 February 2024. Sign up to our mailing list to be informed when applications open. Applications will close on 30 April.  

About the data

You must use ADR England flagship datasets for your fellowship. The current range of existing ADR UK flagship datasets are: 

For 2024, ADR UK anticipates the following new and updated datasets: 

  • New: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) linked to His Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) - UK. Register for the applicant webinar
  • Updated: Ministry of Justice Data First: Cross-Justice System – England and Wales dataset: to include the Offender Assessment System dataset. Register for the applicant webinar.  
  • New: Administrative Data | Agricultural Research Collection (AD | ARC) dataset – England and Wales. 
  • Updated: Education and Child Health Insights from Linked Data (ECHILD) – England dataset: to include a mother-baby link
  • Updated: Growing Up in England (GUIE) dataset: to include additional years of children in need and children looked after data.  

ADR UK is keen to pilot the use of the Integrated Data Service, and so also encourages applications to use the following dataset: 

This dataset will be accessed within the Integrated Data Service – find out more about the Integrated Data Service

These anticipated additional datasets are subject to agreements and documentation being finalised in time for a February launch and are subject to change.  

Register for an applicant webinar

To find out more about this funding opportunity, register for the online briefing on Monday 4 March 2024, 12:00 – 13:00.  

If you’re interested in applying for a fellowship working on the themes of crime and justice, and/or children and young people, register for an applicant webinar on academic and community partnerships, Friday 1 March (various timeslots available). You’ll have the chance to hear from relevant community stakeholders to inform your application. 

You can also register for a specific webinar on the following ADR England flagship datasets: 

You can also watch recorded webinars on a number of other ADR England flagship datasets. Please note that these webinars were recorded to support a previous funding opportunity, so any dates mentioned do not apply to the upcoming opportunity: 

Watch a recorded webinar on how to write a successful fellowship application.

Key dates

13 February 2024 Applications open
4 March 2024, 12:00 - 13:00 Applicant webinar: Opportunity briefing
5 March 2024, 12:00 - 13:00 Flagship dataset webinar: Data First
7 March 2024, 11:00 - 12:00 Dataset webinar: Nursing and Midwifery Council Register linked to Census 2021
7 March 2024, 12:00 - 13:00 Flagship dataset webinar: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings linked to His Majesty's Revenue and Customs
30 April, 16:00 Application deadline

Find out more

Individual researchers from eligible research organisations will be able to apply to this funding opportunity, in line with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)’s standard eligibility criteria. Find out more in the ESRC research funding guide.   

Early career researchers are encouraged to apply and must have a mentor.  

Full details will be available when the funding opportunity opens for applications in February 2023. In the meantime, find out more on the UK Research and Innovation Funding Finder


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