Curious about InterAct? We’ve compiled a selection of our most commonly asked questions to help you to determine if joining our community is right for you.

If you can’t find the answer you are looking for, you can always contact us at info@interact-hub.org.

What is InterAct?

InterAct is an ESRC funded network that aims to bring together economic and social scientists, UK manufacturers, and digital technology providers to address the human issues resulting from the diffusion of new technologies in industry.

We aim to build a strong, vibrant, interdisciplinary community where funding can be effectively distributed to researchers who will generate actionable economic and social science insights for the benefit UK businesses.

What funding is available to me?

There are several distinct funding opportunities available to members of the InterAct Network, including:

  • Systematic reviews
  • Early career research fellowships
  • Storytelling fellowships
  • An impact accelerator fund
  • Sandpit projects
  • Traditional research funding calls

These opportunities range from those limited in duration to some spanning the three year length of the project. To find out more about what funding is currently available, visit our funding opportunities page.

How can I get involved?

We welcome stakeholders from academic, business, or digital technology sectors to join the InterAct Network.

We will be regularly holding events over the next three years, both online and in-person, to facilitate the development of relationships within the network and build connections. You can view a full list of upcoming dates on our events page.

In addition, you can follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter for news and updates or subscribe to our newsletter on our Join InterAct page.

If you are seeking funding for a project or want to see what opportunities are currently available, please refer to our funding opportunities page.

What is the definition of an Early Career Researcher (ECR)?

For grant eligibility, an ECR is defined as someone who is either:

  • Within eight years of their PhD award (this is from the time of the PhD ‘viva’), or equivalent professional training.
  • Within six years of their first academic appointment (the first full or part time paid employment contract that lists research or teaching as the primary functions).

These periods exclude any career break, for example family care and health reasons.