WISERD Civil Society is one of nine research centres to have been awarded follow-on ‘centres transition funding’. This will enable us to continue our research and activities, and work towards increasing the use of our research in policy and practice.
WISERD Civil Society is an ESRC-funded social science research centre undertaking multi-disciplinary, policy-relevant research addressing civil society in Wales, the UK and internationally.
Together with the eight other centres, a total of just under £10.5 million has been awarded overall. Research organisations will support this follow-on period with a substantial co-funding total of £19.7 million in partnership with the ESRC to secure the long term sustainability of social science centres of research excellence in the UK.
WISERD Director, Professor Ian Rees Jones said: “I am very pleased indeed that WISERD has been awarded further ESRC follow-on ‘centres transition funding’. This substantial investment by the ESRC and the five WISERD partner universities reflects the importance and high quality of our research programme. It will enable us to work with our partners to deepen our capacity to translate our research into policy and practice, and to develop further research in the future.”
Professor Jennifer Rubin, ESRC’s Executive Chair said: "We are delighted that these nine centres have secured transitional funding. The breadth of social science that these centres of excellence encompass illustrates the strength of UK social science. This funding will support these centres and help set them on a path to long term sustainability. This model for funding social science research centres in partnership with research organisations in the UK recognises their strategic and financial benefits and their potential for making a contribution to better lives nationally and internationally.”