UK Centre for Evidence Implementation in Adult Social Care To lead the way for better implementation and use of high-quality research evidence in adult social care.

  • The UK Centre for Evidence Implementation in Adult Social Care will aim to increase the use of high quality research evidence to improve and support innovation within adult social care.
  • The Health Foundation and Economic and Social Research Council have announced £15m to co-fund the unique Centre and are looking for a Centre Director and leadership team to manage its establishment, development and delivery. 
  • Applications are now open for Intentions to submit and full proposals should be submitted by 16:00 on 29 January 2020.


The Health Foundation and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), part of UKRI, are co-funding the development of a unique £15m UK Centre which will lead the way for better implementation of high quality research evidence in adult social care. 

The new Centre aims to increase the use of evidence-based innovations and improvements in adult social care and the transition from children’s services into adult social care, as well as its interfaces with other services such as health, housing and education. It will seek to improve the uptake of evidence-based interventions in commissioning and frontline practice and build capacity among staff working in adult social care to evaluate innovations and improvements.

Operating across the UK, and drawing on UK wide learning, the Centre will bring together academic teams and experts in the mobilisation and implementation of research evidence, with social care staff, providers, commissioners, policy experts, and people with lived experience of adult social care.

Invitation to apply to lead the UK Centre  

We are looking for an experienced Centre Director and leadership team, who will lead the co-design, implementation and delivery of the Centre. The Director and leadership team will be appointed in summer 2020 and the design and the delivery of the Centre will begin in late autumn 2020.

The Centre will be unique in its approach by developing a team of knowledge mobilisation and implementation experts, social care sector stakeholders and representatives of people with lived experience of social care and their carers, and academics to deliver change through greater knowledge mobilisation and evidence implementation within the sector.  

The Centre will have a UK-wide remit and will be expected to operate in the existing regional and national landscapes.

The Centre will comprise three phases, each led by the Centre Director and leadership team:  

  1. Co-development phase (six months) October 2020 to March 2021
  2. Establishment phase (12 months) April 2021 to March 2022  
  3. Delivery phase (five years) April 2022 to March 2027  

Engagement events and webinar

To support the commissioning of the Centre, the Health Foundation and ESRC will be running a series of engagement workshops. The events will bring together potential applicants to discuss the initiative with representatives from the Health Foundation and ESRC, to explore some of the challenges they are trying to address and to build the necessary networks and partnerships needed to develop the Centre and achieves its aims. The format of the event will be a combination of talks, open discussion with Q&A and a networking opportunity. Potential applicants are strongly advised to attend one of the events.

The events are happening in London on 6 November 2019 and Edinburgh on 12 November 2019

For those unable to attend the workshops on these dates, we will hold a webinar for potential applicants on 14 November at 13:00, which will last approximately one hour. Spaces will be limited, so we encourage you to register your interest early to avoid disappointment. Registration for the webinar will close on 7 November 2019.

How to apply

For full details of how to apply to be the Centre Director and to download the call specification document, the selection criteria for assessing applications and the commissioning timetable, visit the ESRC website.

Intention to Submit

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete an Intention to Submit summarising the people and partners to be involved in the proposal and how the aims of the call will be addressed. The Intention to Submit has been designed to support you with the development of your proposal and we will provide feedback to applicants on eligibility and fit to call where appropriate. It is not a requirement to provide an intention to submit in order to apply, but applicants are strongly encouraged to do so. An Intention to Submit should be submitted via the ESRC web form by 16:00 on 22 November 2019.  

Full proposals

Full Proposals should be made via the UK Research and Innovation Joint Electronic Submission System and submitted to the ESRC by 16:00 on 29 January 2020


The Director and leadership team will be appointed through a commissioning process which will include peer review and an expert commissioning panel. If your proposal is shortlisted by the commissioning panel you will be invited for interview in early June 2020. Funding decisions will be announced in July 2020.


  • Full guidance published – 29 October 2019
  • Engagement events – 6 and 12 November 2019
  • Webinar – 14 November 2019  
  • Application deadline for Intention to submit – 22 November 2019  
  • Application deadline for full proposals – 29 January 2020 
  • Deadline for full applicant’s response to reviewer comments – 25 March 2020 
  • Interviews – Early June 2020  
  • Funding decisions announced – July 2020 
  • Grants start – October 2020 

Further reading


The Health Foundation and the Economic and Social Research Council partner to support a new UK Centre to enhance the use of research evidence in adult social care

9 September 2019

The Centre will aim to increase the use of high quality research evidence to improve and support...

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