ESRC’s Secondary Data Analysis Initiative

ESRC's Secondary Data Analysis Initiative

By applying for the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative you can receive funding for your research which uses datasets from the Centre and other ESRC resources.

ESRC’s Secondary Data Analysis Initiative aims to deliver high-quality high-impact research through the deeper exploitation of major data resources created by the ESRC and other agencies.

The call is always open and operates alongside ESRC’s Research Grants open call.


Proposals are welcome at any time. Funding is provided for up to 18 months with an overall limit of £200,000 per grant.

SDAI will only consider projects which seek to exploit in innovative ways one or more of the ESRC data resources – of which the Business and Local Government Research Centre is one. It is also a requirement that proposals include at least one early career researcher as principal or co-investigator. Applications which include non-academic partners are strongly encouraged.

Proposals will be considered by a new Grants Assessment Panel (GAP) that has been specifically convened to consider SDAI proposals. Funding will be available for around 20 proposals a year.

How can the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre help?

As a researcher you can apply to use the Centre’s data resources and use these to underpin SDAI funding applications. Our open data are available to download straight away, or we welcome applications to safeguarded and controlled datasets. Find out more about how to access our data.

About our data

Our data relate to:

  • Local economic growth
  • Supporting vulnerable people
  • Public access to green infrastructure
  • Methodologies for big data

Examples of our datasets:

  • Footfall data
  • Company performance data
  • Councillor data
  • Care home data
  • Vulnerable children data
  • Healthy weight data

Browse all the datasets we currently have available in our Data Portal.

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Read more about the SDAI and submit your application on the ESRC website.