III | Full Phase III Specifications
This work is an
extension of that undertaken by the Research Capacity-building Network for TLRP
Phases I and II. Like that work it is covered by standard ethical guidelines
for the conduct of social science research as published by the British Educational
Research Association. However capacity-building during commissioning of research
is an innovative venture for the ESRC. We will be acting in response to requests
for advice at the preliminary stage, and working more intensively with all short-listed
proposals. We therefore suggest the following additional specific guidelines:
- No one
linked to a Phase III proposal will be eligible to be part of the Network, while
they remain also part of the competition for funding.
The Network activities, as described in the proposal, will not be available
to applicants from Cardiff University (University of Wales, Cardiff). To retain
equity, if necessary, we will use consultants from other institutions to assist
applicants from Cardiff University (to an extent equivalent to that below).
Other than noted above, the Network will deal even-handedly with all potential
The members of the Network, contacts (see below) and consultants will not take
part in the refereeing process for Phase III.
Members of the Network will not discuss any proposals with anyone outside the
Network, other than the applicants themselves and any consultants agreed with
During the call for outline proposals all potential applicants who request assistance
from the Network will be entitled to a maximum of two hours help.
After the short-listing process, each applicant will be assigned a Network contact
or 'buddy' who, as far as possible, has relevant experience in both the substantive
and methodological area of the bid. The time commitment of this contact will
depend on the number of short-listed bids, the size and scale of each specific
bid, and the expressed needs of the applicants. When the number and scale of
short-listed bids is made public, we will publish the minimum time that contacts
will work with all bids.
Wherever possible advice and comments from contacts and consultants will be
made in writing.