Proposals Sought for ‘Transnational Organised Crime: Deepening and Broadening our Understanding’ Funding Call

Proposals Sought for ‘Transnational Organised Crime: Deepening and Broadening our Understanding’ Funding Call

The Partnership is now inviting proposals for a new call under its Transnational Organised Crime Theme (TNOC). As part of the ESRC contribution to the Partnership, they would like to commission up to four research grants that will deepen and broaden our understanding of the complex issues related to TNOC and its interrelation with other licit and illicit activities.

The key questions this call poses are: 

  • Which factors enable and facilitate TNOC, and how is this evolving?
  • Which factors disrupt and impede TNOC? 
  • How do societal and cultural values shape TNOC, and conversely how does TNOC shape social and economic structures and cultures, deliberately or otherwise?

Cross-disciplinary research projects are welcome, in particular proposals which span the remits of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) or the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). However, applicants must demonstrate that their proposed approach is grounded in the social sciences and suitable for ESRC funding

Proposals are invited for grants between £200,000 and £450,000 (100% fEC (full economic costs)) of which the ESRC will fund 80% and the balance must be guaranteed by the research organisation. Projects can be up to 36 months in duration and must commence between 1 November 2018 and 1 January 2019.


The call seeks to encourage co-design and co-production of knowledge with policymakers and practitioners, and engagement between researchers and users of research in the public and private sectors and civil society. All projects are strongly encouraged to involve non-academic stakeholders in the design, implementation and dissemination of the proposed research. The TNOC Research Integrator, Dr Tristram Riley-Smith, is available to speak to prospective applicants about such collaborations.

Network Database

To support applications to the call, the Partnership has established a database to facilitate networking opportunities between academic researchers across disciplines and non-academic stakeholders. It is hoped that the database will serve as a platform for the creation of research groups leading to applications under this call. 

View the database of offers for collaboration

Key Dates

  • Call opens – 5 April 2018
  • Call closes – 16.00 on 14 June 2018
  • Peer Review – July 2018
  • PI response to reviewer comments – early August 2018
  • Commissioning Panel meeting – September 2018
  • Decisions to applicants – late September 2018
  • Grants commence – 1 November 2018 to 1 January 2019


For further information about the call or to apply please visit the ESRC website