Funding opportunity: Research using ADR England flagship datasets

Researchers can apply for a fellowship grant of 18 months in duration, up to a maximum of £175,000 at 100% full economic cost (FEC). ADR UK will fund 80% full economic costs in line with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)’s funding policy.   

The deadline to apply to this round is 24 January 2023 at 16:00.   

If you are planning to apply to this funding opportunity, you can request a mentor through a new pilot programme.

About the data

Applicants must use key ADR England flagship data for their fellowship. An overview of these datasets can be found in the ADR England flagship datasets brochure. For this round, we are prioritising funding for applications using:

Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO)

The LEO dataset provides a unique insight into the transitions of individuals from their education to workplace. The dataset allows researchers to analyse longer-term labour market outcomes at person level, enabling a major leap forward in the assessment of education policy and provision, and with greater accuracy than ever before. Read about ADR UK's research priorities for LEO.

Growing Up in England (GUIE) 

The GUIE dataset can be used to better understand how factors such as household circumstances and geography shape educational outcomes for children in England. This can in turn inform public policy that benefits disadvantaged children and young people and supports social mobility. Read about ADR UK's research priorities for GUIE.

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) - 2011 Census

The Wage and Employment Dynamics data linkage project is a collaboration led by researchers from the University of the West of England, aiming to better understand wage inequalities in Britain. Phase one of the project is made up of two parts: 1) Linkage of the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) data to 2011 Census; and 2) the development of an enriched version of the ASHE dataset to enable longitudinal analysis. This will allow for insight into the dynamics of wage and employment issues, and how characteristics such as gender, disability, and ethnicity influence these. Read about ADR UK's research priorities for ASHE-Census 2011.

We will prioritise funding for applications utilising these three datasets and are looking to fund a minimum of two fellowships on each dataset. We have some funds for fellowships outside of these priority datasets and want to encourage applications covering the range of ADR England flagship data.  

Research priorities for this round of fellowships are summarised in the links under each dataset. However, we are open to, and encourage applications utilising wider ADR England flagship data. We ask that applicants demonstrate policy interests in their research if their proposal is to use flagship data outside of the priority list above.   

Eligibility and funding 

We welcome proposals from individual researchers from eligible research organisations, in line with ESRC’s standard eligibility criteria. See the ESRC research funding guide for further details. 

Researchers on fixed term contracts are eligible to apply if their institutions are willing to extend their contracts to cover the period of the fellowship.  

Joint applications on a job-share basis are permitted for this funding opportunity. If your application is linked to another applicant as a proposed job share, please state this in your case for support and set out your proposed arrangements. We require both applicants to make separate applications for any joint applications.  The recommended minimum time commitment of 60% full-time equivalent for the core research phase can be split if proposing a job share. 

Aims and objectives

We are looking for fellowship proposals that meet the following objectives:  

  • useful research: proposals that will act as ‘pathfinders’ for conducting research and deriving insights from the dataset, and which showcase the potential for policy impact and public benefit 
  • useful data: proposals that will develop the data as a useful research resource for future users  
  • useful engagement: proposals that will foster opportunities between academia, government, the third sector and the public to allow fresh thinking to flourish and maintain public acceptance of the use of data for research purposes
  • community building: proposals that will greatly boost the applicant's development as a research leader in their field and include activities promoting the development of a wider community around a particular dataset or theme.   

More information on these objectives can be found in the general funding opportunity specification.

Fellowship structure and expectations

The ADR UK Research Fellowship is up to 18 months in total: 

Research phase (up to 15 months): maximum 1 full time equivalent (FTE) . This should cover typical research project stages including project set up, analysis and delivery of the research aims of your project. 

Impact and development phase (up to 3 months): maximum 0.5 FTE. This phase should be dedicated to building on the momentum from your research phase and maximising opportunities for knowledge exchange, impact and development opportunities. Activities during this phase should enhance the research goals and policy impact of you work. Wider activities may also contribute to your own development and support the wider research community using administrative data.  

We understand that new opportunities may arise during the research phase of your project and plans may need to change accordingly.  Successful fellows will meet with ADR UK to review their impact and development phase plans during month nine of their fellowship to discuss any required changes and adjustments. We will work flexibly throughout the fellowship to consider change requests and support emerging opportunities.


Funding is available for a maximum of £175,000 at 100% full economic cost. You may apply for either a part-time or full-time research fellowship, but the recommended minimum is 60% full-time equivalent.

Key dates

Applicant webinar on the LEO dataset Wednesday 26 October 2022, 11:30 – 13:00
Applicant webinar on the ASHE-Census 2011 dataset Wednesday 26 October 2022, 14:00 – 15:30 
Applicant webinar on the GUIE dataset Thursday 27 October 2022, 11:00 – 12:30 
Deadline Tuesday 24 January 2023, 16:00   
Panel meeting Early April 2023
Latest project start date 15 August 2023

We expect future rounds of this scheme to be held in 2023 and 2024. Exact dates and scope of these calls will be confirmed closer to the time. 

For more details, including the assessment criteria and how to apply, visit the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Funding Finder


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