Call for proposals 2017

This year, the ESRC Festival of Social Science will run from the 4-11 November.

Our theme is Social Sciences: Creating Purpose

Focusing on the importance of social sciences in the work of University of Plymouth and ESRC researchers in building international and local communities, this year's Festival looks at creating 'purpose' and how it can influence our work, how we build communities, and live our everyday lives.

The call for proposals is now open. The deadline is the 12 May 2017.

The Festival of Social Science offers an opportunity for researchers to hold events aimed at non-academic audiences. Events, which are aimed primarily at academic audiences, are not eligible to be part of the Festival.

Event holders will have the chance to develop their event organisational skills and take part in this prestigious annual event. Events are promoted on the ESRC website and will carry the ESRC festival logo. Last year’s festival was very successful - view the excellent outputs from the event.

Applications are now open!!  Please download the application guidance and complete the application form. All events must involve a researcher from the social sciences.  If you are not a member of staff at the University of Plymouth and are interested in applying, please contact 

Application deadline 12 May 2017

Please return your completed application form by 12 May 2017 to

You can also use this email for any questions about the Festival, kindly use the subject heading 'ESRC Festival 2017' when corresponding. We look forward to hearing from you.