About the ESRC
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is an independent, government-funded body set up by Royal Charter.
The mission of the ESRC is:
To promote and support, by any means, high-quality basic, strategic and applied research and related postgraduate training in the Social Sciences;
To advance knowledge and provide trained social scientists which meet the needs of users and beneficiaries, thereby contributing to the economic competitiveness of the United Kingdon, the effectiveness of public life services and policy, and the quality of life;
To provide advice on, and disseminate knowledge and promote public understanding of the Social Sciences.