Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats: 2021 Commissioning Call

The UK Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats wishes to commission a programme of activities that addresses some of the current security threats facing the UK.

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£1m total funding is available, and up to 80% FEC can be covered by the grant. Indicative costs are up to £62,500 for short projects and up to £125,000 for long projects.

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The call is open to higher education institutions, research organisations, charities, commercial companies, and individuals from the UK and overseas, who can demonstrate a capability to deliver a high-quality programme of research on the following topics.

Successful applicants will become part of CREST’s larger research programme, benefiting from resources for translating and communicating evidence for impact, and opportunities for sustained interaction with their key stakeholders – including UK and overseas governments.

Call topics

  • Identifying Social Media Influencers and their Impact
  • Evidence Base of Data-driven Personalised Advertising
  • Culture and Effective Messaging Overseas
  • Predicting Narcissism and Risk Appetite from Language Data
  • The Effects of Communication Medium on Working Relationships
  • Joiners to Online Communities: How do People Build Trust, Credibility, and Influence?
  • Evaluating the Cumulative Impact of Targeting Hardening
  • Evaluating Security Interventions in Public Locations
  • Evaluating the Cumulative Impact of HMG’s Counter-Terrorism Communications
  • Determining the Right Balance of Information Provision/Overt Communications to Achieve Effective Deterrence
  • How to Support and Enhance Community Deterrence
  • Evaluating and Improving the Learning from Multi-Agency Counter-Terrorism Exercises
  • Counter-Terrorism Appraisal Guidance
  • Prosecution Landscape for Extremist Actors
  • Contagion of Extremism
  • LASIT Analytical Framework
  • Rapid Reviews for Knowledge Sharing
  • Environment and Interventions
  • Conspiracy Theories and Extremism
  • Online-offline Hybrid Intervention

Projects are due to commence after October 2021.  All projects should be complete by December 2022.

The call closes at 16:00 GMT on 5 May 2021.

It is intended that the total amount available for this Call will be up to £1.25m at 100 per cent full Economic Cost (fEC), of which 80 per cent fEC (i.e., up to £1m) will be made available to successful applicants. In practical terms this means that UK HEI researchers should cost their projects using the same process as they would cost an UKRI grant. All other applicants must recognise that an application to CREST’s commissioning programme requires a commitment to provide the remaining 20% of full Economic Cost from their own resources. That is, CREST will pay 80% of the total costs outlined within the proposal. All costs should be inclusive of VAT and/or any other applicable tax.

All projects will be assessed on an individual basis against the Assessment Criteria in Section 4.5. However, the following are indicative costs for each activity:

Short projects/research synthesis : An indicative cost for this activity is £62,500 at 100% fEC (£50,000 at 80% fEC).

Long projects/original research: An indicative cost for this activity is £125,000 at 100% fEC (£100,000 at 80% fEC).


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