Commissioning Programme: Third Broad Topic Solicitation

CREST 2019 Commissioning Call

Commissioning announcement for social science research into understanding, mitigating and countering security threats.

Following the success of our previous commissioning calls, CREST is again seeking to identify and fund innovative and forward-looking economic, behavioural and social science research that will contribute to our understanding of contemporary security threats, or enhance the UK’s capacity to detect and mitigate such threats. Individual researchers and research teams in academic institutions, research organisations, SMEs, and industry are eligible for commissioning funds.

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 our key stakeholders – including UK and overseas governments.

Topic focus

Applicants should propose a programme of work that addresses one of the following topics:

  • Behaviour change
  • Information disclosure in online/virtual environments
  • Assessing the health of a relationship
  • Developing, measuring and maintaining rapport across different contexts
  • Moral Injury and belief change
  • Individual differences in the adoption and use of new technology
  • Behavioural analytics
  • Human engagement with Artificial/Augmented Intelligence
  • Misinformation and disinformation
  • Violent Domestic Extremism.

Please see the Call Specification (available from this page) for more details on each topic.

Types of proposals and duration

Applicants are invited to propose one of two kinds of activity to address a requirement. Short projects, which should last no more than six months, and long projects, lasting no more than twelve months. Both forms of activity may include workshops or other innovative dissemination activity that have a clear objective and offer more than what might reasonably occur at existing conferences or meetings.

Details of previous commissioned projects are available on our project page.


The total amount available for this Call will be up to £1.12million at 100 per cent full Economic Cost (fEC), of which 80 per cent fEC (i.e., up to £900,000) will be made available to successful applicants.

CREST will not reimburse costs associated with the development or submission of a proposal.


Applications must be submitted by 10:00 GMT on 23rd January 2019.

More information

Please download the Call Specification and CREST Subaward Terms from the following page: