The ESRC is reflecting upon its future strategic direction as they prepare the ground for a new Strategic Plan, which will be published in early 2015. As part of this process, the ESRC has announced it is launching a consulatation with its various stakeholders and has welcomed as many views as possible.
In 2015, the ESRC celebrate half a century as the leading UK funder of research on economic and social issues. Throughout this time the ESRC have continually adapted to the changing environment they work in and are now developing their strategy for the next five years - a period of significant change in the wider research and higher education environment and a period of transition for the ESRC as the organisation will be welcoming a new Chief Executive Officer later this year.
Over the last few years the ESRC have witnessed a period of financial constraint which has required the organisation to think hard about its roles and how they prioritise their activities. The financial outlook remains challenging and therefore the ESRC needs to continue to focus on those areas where ESRC adds most value. This is the primary focus of the consultation exercise.
The ESRC are looking for input from all interested individuals and institutions including universities, learned societies, government departments, as well as other public, private, and third sector organisations.
The call for input will close at 16.00 on Tuesday 15 July 2014. If you have any questions about the consultation please send those to firstname.lastname@example.org .