Innovation Caucus Membership: Call for Expressions of Interest

The Innovation Caucus is seeking Expressions of Interest for new members, with a commitment to ensuring that social science research insights shape innovation policy, practices and programmes. The Innovation Caucus is an ambitious and innovative initiative, jointly funded by Innovate UK and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to promote greater knowledge exchange with the social science research base.

A key aim is to facilitate engagement around research insights that inform innovation policy and practice, to promote innovation-led growth and social wellbeing. A defining characteristic and strength of the Innovation Caucus is our membership, which currently comprises over 60 social scientists from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, engaged in different aspects of innovation research. Our members are drawn from universities across the UK, who engage with Innovate UK and the ESRC, contributing their expertise and insights to develop new thinking, explore ideas and shape live policy issues and debates.

For more information, see The Innovation Caucus develops and facilitates opportunities for social science researchers to engage with the ESRC and Innovate UK, drawing on the research expertise of the membership. The Innovation Caucus model is based around a number of core activities that seek to convene and engage academic members with the ESRC and Innovate UK in different ways, including:

  • Acting as a ‘critical friend’ to Innovate UK and the ESRC
  • Rapid responses to priority questions requiring expertise
  • In-depth evidence reviews and briefings
  • Round table discussions, masterclasses and workshops
  • Primary research to fill identified gaps in knowledge

More information is available here on the ESRC website.

The deadline for applications is 17:00 on Friday 18 October, 2019. To apply, please submit this Expression of Interest form. If successful, members will be appointed immediately, for a term ending on 31 August 2021 (with the possibility of an extension, by mutual agreement). New members will be expected to attend a meeting at UKRI’s headquarters in Swindon, on 23 January, 2020.