The 5 Most Common Types of Social Research Tenders

Published27th May 2022

Are you looking to source new social research tenders? Here is where to start…

Before you begin to bid on social research tenders, you need to understand why organisations require social research services. But you also need to know what types of social research tenders there is.

In this blog, we identify the five most common types of social research services that buyers will seek and why.

What is social research?

Social research is carried out so that we can learn about people and society. By understanding the nature of human society, we can use this knowledge to develop products/services to better suit the public. Improving our understanding of health and wellbeing, as well as many other factors like leadership, psychology, and sociology etc.

When conducting social research, researchers will look at human behaviour, socio-economic groups, location, and trigger topics.

Why do buyers procure social research services?

You may be wondering why organisations procure social research services. This is because it allows for continuous development in society and contributes to continued evolution.

What type of social research tenders are there?

When looking to source social research tenders, you need to understand which type of social research the buyer is requiring. What information are they trying to gather? And how can you help?

Here are the five most common types of social research tenders:

Community welfare tenders – These contracts will aim to enhance the welfare of communities. Often, you will find public sector contracts linked to these services.

Behavioural understanding tenders – This breaks down society further, looking at social groups and their behaviours. Social research tenders of this type will usually be related to companies who offer services/products to the public. This will allow them to predict trends for future growth and support offerings.

Knowledge improvement tenders – Gaining insight into society’s beliefs, where they stemmed from and their level of knowledge. Social research tenders within this category will allow companies to understand certain issues. From this, they can begin to work on how they can be resolved. Social research tenders within these services are usually linked to non-profit organisations and government contracts.

Social progress tenders – Very similar to the above point, but it takes into consideration, prejudices and misconceptions. By obtaining this information, it allows for developments towards more inclusive societies.

Tenders for formulating new theories – This applies to overall societal development. Researching new fields of study, ideologies and theories can aid in new behavioural changes. This can lead to new development in technologies, government policies and teaching methods. A good example of this is to look at mental health services. Researching what is impacting mental health in society can lead to new therapy methods to combat the issue.


When sourcing social research tenders, you need to establish your remit of what type of research services you can provide. Buyers will require research on different topics to aid in their development and continued growth.

Common social research tenders can be broken down into the following categories:

  • Community welfare
  • Behavioural understanding
  • Knowledge improvement
  • Social progress
  • Formulating new theories.

The first step in understanding the buyer’s needs is to understand what your services can provide them. This will be identified in their specifications. You may also find that your services can you crossover into others. Providing more opportunities for you to bid on. Once you know this, you can begin to search for social research tenders.

Do you need help with searching for social research tenders?

If you’re struggling to find suitable tenders and don’t know where to look, Research Tenders is the perfect solution!

A subscription to Research Tenders can offer your business:

  • Access to a wide range of exclusive, public, and private sector research contracts in the UK
  • A daily email bulletin, sent straight to your inbox when new opportunities are uploaded
  • Discounted support from Hudson Succeed, our bid writing division
  • 20-minutes of free consultancy with one of our Bid Consultants each month.

You’ll have 24-hour access to our Research Tenders portal where you will find opportunities for:

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Here are just five examples of social research tenders we have sourced on Research Tenders:

Social Covenants & Charters Research

Equality and Human Rights Commission – North West – Budget: £10k

Euro 2028 Bid – Socioeconomic Impact Research

The United Kingdom Sports Council – London – Budget: £65k

Developing Communications & Engagement Resources to Support an Increase in Diversity of Participants in Research

NHS E I Office – Yorkshire and Humber – Budget: £80k

Healthcare Access, Experience & Outcomes Research – Socially Deprived Communities

NHS England – Yorkshire and Humber – Budget: £100k

Research Development & Evidence Framework

Defra Network eTendering Portal – South West – Budget: £80million

Found a social research tender and need help with bid writing?

You don’t always have the time or resources to write a winning response in-house.

Outsourcing to bid writing experts can help. Our sister company, Hudson Succeed, offer four levels of bid writing support. They boast an 87% success rate and have over 60 years of bid writing experience. They have four bid writing packages available:

Tender Writing

Once you’ve found a tender you’d like to go for, we can support with the writing. Our Bid Writers can write the tender response for you. They can even provide a full Tender Writing breakdown and even submit it on your behalf.

Tender Mentor 

Tender Mentor can give your tender response a once over before you submit. Our Bid Writing Team will analyse your response, notifying you of any errors and opportunities for improvement prior to submission.

Tender Ready

During the Tender Ready service, our Bid Writing Team will create professional policies, procedures, and case studies in your company branding. If you already have this content, they can review everything carefully to ensure that nothing is missed. Once the programme is complete, you’ll have access to three days’ worth of bid consultancy. This can be used for bid writing, tender reviews, or general advice and guidance.

Tender Improvement

The Tender Improvement package can help those who have tendered before but aren’t seeing results. Our Bid Writers can assess your previous responses and work with you to develop improved content.

Get in touch to find out how we can help your business grow.

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With Discover Elite, you get:

  • An annual subscription to a maximum of two Hudson Discover sector-specific portals
  • Either five or seven tender breakdowns per month, depending on the package you choose
  • Weekly phone calls with your dedicated Account Manager to discuss viable tendering opportunities
  • Pre-market and award engagement notices monitored on your behalf
  • Buyer portal management including registration, password management, downloading documents and assessing viability based on your bid or no-bid strategy.

Get in touch with us today, to get started in your search for new social research tenders.

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