ESRC Business Boost funding for PhD students within SeNSS DTP consortium

Funding Opportunities

Small-scale Rapid Response funds – max £750 -£1,000

The Business Boost is funded through ESRC Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs) within three of the 10 SeNSS universities. Each of these universities also has smaller pots of funding available for PhD students from their respective universities. Further information can be found here:

·         University of Essex

·         University of Sussex


The SeNSS Business Boost will be holding training sessions on both general topics and specific themes.

Business Boost Workshop for PhD Students

‘Research Impact through Business Engagement’

This friendly and supportive one day workshop will provide you with the opportunity to benefit from the expertise and experience of researchers who have had successful collaborations with business.

  • learn from researchers’ experience of working with business

  • understand how to respond to the needs of business and society

  • maximise the impact of your research

Lessons learnt from academic success in research collaborations with business.

This workshop will be led by speakers, each having substantial research and business experience and will also include breakout sessions and opportunities for one-to-one advice and networking.

Tuesday 11 December 2018

10.30am – 4.00pm (refreshments and lunch included)

Etc Venues, Liverpool Street (Norton Folgate), London

Book your place now at (40 places available)

The event is fully-funded by ESRC, so is free of charge to PhD students of universities within the SeNSS-DTP consortium. Travel bursaries may be available, contact for details.



Nikki Pockett, SeNSS-IAA Business Engagement and Impact Officer:


If you are based at the University of Essex, you can also contact:

·         Dorian Hayes, Knowledge Exchange Manager, Social Sciences:


If you are based at the University of East Anglia, you can also contact:

·         Richard Clarke, Relationship Manager - Healthcare and Social Sciences:

·         Dr Maddie Copley, DTP Business Boost Fund Administrator:


If you are based at the University of Sussex, you can also contact:

·         Shelley Jenkins, Senior Doctoral School Coordinator:

·         Megan McMichael, ESRC IAA Project Manager:



Terms and conditions:Funding and training opportunities are part of the ESRC-funded Business Boost grant for the SeNSS network and includes opportunities for any PhD student working in a social science discipline - or with at least 51% of their research connected to the social sciences - across the 10 SeNSS universities.