Funded by ESRC, Cabinet Office and Barrow Cadbury Trust
The Social Enterprise Research Capacity Building Cluster (SERC) was established to develop the research on those parts of the Third Sector which combine a social purpose with trading and enterprise activity. It is a collaboration between Middlesex, Durham and London South Bank Universities with eight PhDs, ten Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, six placements and 18 small voucher projects. It has trained and provided research experience on social enterprise to 33 new researchers, 10 KTP associates, and supported 38 social enterprises with specific research outputs. SERC has also given 32 established academics the opportunity to be involved in research on social enterprise. The original funding of £950,000 from the Economic and Social Research Council, (ESRC), Cabinet Office and Barrow Cadbury Trust was complemented with additional funding of over £1.3 million from social enterprises, and other funded projects for the centres of excellence in the three partner universities.
The bid developed four components:
Social enterprises joined the cluster activities through co-funding activities, and joined other existing partners from across the sector who were committed to building up the research capacity.