Call for NCRM Methodological Research Projects

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) is pleased to invite proposals from early career researchers (ECRs)* for Projects that will undertake cutting edge methodological research development in one or more of the following areas:

  • Methods for assessing and enhancing survey data quality
  • Analysis of longitudinal data
  • Innovation in Ethnographic approaches
  • Bayesian data analysis
  • Innovation in Visual methods

The Research Projects will be part of a programme of research coordinated by the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM), and will work with the Director and Co-Directors to achieve the Centre’s strategic objectives. The projects will run for between 12 and 18 months, commencing on 1 September 2017. A total of £625,000 (fEC, ESRC contribution £500,000) is available. The budget for each individual Research Project is up to a maximum of £125,000 (fEC, ESRC contribution £100,000) over a maximum of 18 months. It is expected that one project will be commissioned in each project area (subject to quality thresholds being met), although projects may span more than one topic area
(e.g. ethnographic and longitudinal methods or Bayesian Data Analysis for assessing survey data quality).

How to apply

Updated 22 November 2016: Please note that the Call for Proposal and the Guidance for Applicants have been revised and are available via the hyperlinks below. The changes reflect the removal of a maximum of applications per eligible research organisation and additional information regarding the eligibility of applicants.

Intention to Submit

Applicants must send an Intention to Submit using the form available from the NCRM website Call for Proposals to the NCRM’s Research Coordinator, Mrs Penny White, by email to p.c.white@southampton.ac.uk by 16:00 on 16 December 2016.


Full Application

Please download the Call for Proposals, Guidance for Applicants, Application Form and the Costings Template below:


Please read all documents carefully and if you have any questions concerning the application process, please contact the NCRM’s Research Coordinator.

An eligible application will comprise a completed Application Form in pdf format and a completed Costing Template as an excel file attachment submitted together by email to the NCRM’s Research Coordinator by 16.00 on Tuesday 28th February 2017. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Applications which have not followed the directed procedure or which do not contain all the required information will be rejected.

If you wish to discuss the call informally, please contact the NCRM’s Research Coordinator in the first instance.

* For the purpose of this call, an early career researcher has a maximum of four years’ postdoctoral academic research experience. Further details are included in the Guidance for Applicants.