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CLOSER was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) between 2012 and 2017. Its initial five year grant has since been extended to March 2021 by the ESRC.

The initial grant of approximately £5 million for 2012 to 2017 was made possible by a landmark contribution from the Government’s Large Facilities Capital Fund.

About the Economic and Social Research Council

The ESRC is the UK’s largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. It supports independent, high quality research that has an impact on business, the public sector and the third sector. The ESRC’s total budget for 2012-13 is £205 million. At any one time the ESRC supports over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and independent research institutes. For more information, visit the ESRC website.

How are the individual studies funded?

The studies in the CLOSER network receive core grants from different funders. Some of the studies also receive additional funding to carry out specific projects. To learn more about how each of the studies is funded, visit explore the studies.