The Centre for Longitudinal Studies Resource Centre

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) provides core funding for the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) Resource Centre from 2015-2020.

The grant allows CLS to continue managing the three British birth cohort studies it currently houses: the 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS), the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70), and the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS). ESRC also supports CLS to manage Next Steps, its fourth cohort study.

Over the next five years, CLS will carry out new surveys of the MCS cohort at age 17 (2018), the BCS70 cohort at age 46 (2016) and age 50 (2020), and the NCDS cohort at age 60 (2018).

Additional funding for the CLS Resource Centre will be provided by the Medical Research Council, for a biomedical follow-up of the 1970 British Cohort Study.

The Millennium Cohort Study is co-funded by a consortium of government departments. We also receive support from our host institution, the UCL Institute of Education, and a number of other funders also support enhancements to data collection, including the US National Institutes of Health, and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

ESRC grant reference number: ES/M001660/1


The Centre for Longitudinal Studies Cross-Cohort Research Programme (CCRP)

From 2015, the ESRC will provide funding for a new three-year Cross-Cohort Research Programme led by CLS.

Using data from the four CLS-managed birth cohort studies, the programme will aim to improve our understanding of the intergenerational transmission of economic and health inequalities in the UK.

Research will be carried out by the leading academics responsible for these studies, complemented by the work of expert external collaborators and visiting scholars from other countries.

The programme of research will benefit from CLS’s experience in designing longitudinal surveys, its knowledge of the data sets, and the centre’s insight into UK public policy issues.

ESRC grant reference number: ES/M008584/1


Other research grants

A number of other research funders and third sector organisations also provide support for research projects based at CLS that make use of the CLS studies. These include the Nuffield Foundation and Save the Children.