Scale up health inequality prevention and intervention strategies funding

The AHRC, MRC and NERC are looking to fund research to establish how cultural, natural and other community assets can mitigate health inequalities.

Apply for funding to carry out a pilot study for the Mobilising Cultural and Natural Assets to Combat Health Inequalities programme.

Maximum award: £180,000

Closing date: 23 September 2021 16:00 

Specifically, research should focus on how prevention and intervention strategies can be scaled up from small, locally based approaches benefitting small numbers of individuals, to whole communities. Projects will therefore support the national roll out of place-based approaches to public health as an established part of health policy.

You must be:

  • a UK resident
  • hosted by a research organisation eligible for AHRC funding.

Your project must:

  • relate to health outcomes
  • involve a range of arts and humanities disciplines
  • engage with other academic disciplines
  • include collaborations with partners from outside academia.

The full economic cost of your study can be up to £180,000. AHRC will fund 80% of the full economic cost.

Who can apply

Applications for pilot studies are encouraged from those working both with existing and newly developed partnerships for improving population health and social wellbeing in the UK. Ensuring these partnerships fit into new and emerging local and national intervention structures will be key.

Projects may be approached from grass roots through to a strategic level.  However, it is essential that proposals articulate how the project may influence at a strategic level in the longer term. The study should focus on how to scale up small, local approaches for addressing health inequalities.

They are particularly interested in receiving applications to this funding opportunity from researchers and practitioners working within areas of social deprivation that feature low on socio-economic indices. A strong place-based focus is required, however you may draw on input and expertise from other areas in designing your project and assembling your team.

Projects must relate to health outcomes and include collaborations with partners, including for example:

  • Non-academic partners, including, for example:

NHS trusts

local authorities

local arts and nature organisations

the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector

  • interdisciplinary research collaborations
  • health and social care practitioners.

Proposals should be submitted by the principal investigator, but must be co-created with input from all of the partners and this should be evidenced in the application.

Standard eligibility criteria will apply to this opportunity for UK investigators and research organisations.

Applicants must be resident in the UK and be hosted by an eligible research organisation (higher education institution or recognised independent research organisation) as stated in the AHRC funding guide.

Proposals that only involve collaboration between researchers within the remit of a single research council are out of scope.

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