Policy placements are available to Imperial College London staff to undertake flexible working arrangements to directly work with policy makers in national or local government on the co-production of work to bring the influence of previously conducted research to bear in government policy making.

It is not necessary that the impact activities proposed relate specifically to individual research projects or studentships previously funded by ESRC, nor do individuals need to have been supported by ESRC in the past. However, supported placements must be able to demonstrate how they will create impact and influence policy from social science research that has been conducted within the remit of ESRC. For further information on the remit of ESRC please see http://www.esrc.ac.uk/about-esrc/what-is-social-science/ or discuss with the named contact if you are unclear about whether the fundamental research on which the impact activity will be based was in ESRC remit.

Policy placements can support up to one month of time over a maximum of a six month period. Projects are not expected to be more than £5,000, however, if you have other requirements please contact the Programme Manager.

For more information on the call, please see the call guidance (pdf). We are currently accepting applications to this call, applications will be considered on a rolling basis every month; if your application is received by 5pm on the first Monday of the month unless otherwise stated below, you will informed of the outcome within that month. Applications received after the first Monday of the month will not be reviewed until the following month.

Please note:

  • There is no assessment of applications in August
  • if the Monday is Bank Holiday, the deadline will be on Tuesday.