19102022 Exec Meeting ESRC SCH and LPIP summary note

Next steps for the ESRC Strategic Coordination Hub (SCH) and Local Policy Innovation Partnerships (LPIPs)

During the Exec Committee discussion on the SCH opportunity, there were a number of points raised around UPEN’s approach and engagement with its members, including:

  • Strong agreement that UPEN should play a key role in any hub bid, and be costed in accordingly.

  • That an initial next step would be for UPEN to circulate a ‘menu of options’ setting out ways it could support SCH/LPIPs bids.

  • That UPEN will continue to identify interest from members in the LPIPs and SCH opportunity.

  • The amount by which UPEN would be costed in, would be determined by those leading the bids and their ambitions for UPEN engagement.

  • There was discussion of the merits of UPEN providing specific support for one SCH application and being mindful of the need to support the whole membership in the context that UPEN may not be aware still of all UPEN members who will be leading bids for the SCH. The ‘menu of options’ was mentioned as an approach.


SC noted UCL involved in developing SCH bid with other UPEN members and non-academic partners and very happy to discuss with others.

This to date is in the only SCH bid UPEN is aware of in development.

UPEN is aware of 6 other universities interested in being part of a SCH bid, but not as a lead.

Other notes of interest
Cambridge Science and Policy (CSaP) are keen to offer any SCH bids the opportunity to offer a work package focused on the policy fellowship scheme they currently run.

Key timeframes
By Nov 17: UPEN will be aware of whether it has been included into any SCH bids


Posted 28/10/2022 10:42

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