The ESRC Manchester Festival of Social Science: apply for funding now

festival of social science

Up to £1,000 available for events linked to high-quality social science research

We are delighted to announce that Manchester Metropolitan University is partnering with the Economic and Social Research Council and the Universities of Manchester and Salford as part of the 2017 ESRC Manchester Festival of Social Science. The Festival runs from November 4 to 11 and will involve academics working alongside community and cultural partners to create engaging and inspiring research-led events.

Over the past two years, the Manchester strand of the Festival, led by the University’s Office for Research and Knowledge Exchange, has attracted 10,000 people to 60 events and reached an estimated 3million people through features in the national media. This year we are aiming to improve the impact of the Festival, drawing in new audiences and partners from across the city.

The call for applications to host events is now open and the application deadline is 4pm on Friday May 5. 

Any researcher who is organising events over the duration of the Festival can benefit from our marketing efforts by applying to associate their event under the Festival banner. In addition, applications can be made for up to £1,000 sponsorship from Manchester Metropolitan University to hold an event as part of the Festival. Events must include social science and should engage with groups outside of academia including young people, third sector organisations, the general public, business, or local government and policy makers.

Applications for interdisciplinary events, and applications that seek to bring together two or more Festival partners, are encouraged. We welcome applications from early career researchers, including PhD students.

For inspiration and ideas for the kind of event you might run, you can find out about the 2016 events at or you can watch videos of previous Manchester Metropolitan events on the ESRC website at:

If you are thinking of applying to hold an event during the Festival then you should seek guidance and advice from the research impact and engagement team by contacting