Supporting Engaged Research

In the Centre’s first year, we used our research support funding scheme to support more than a dozen short-term projects that aligned with the Centre’s aim to understand the cultures and environments that sustain health and well-being across the life course. To make sure we keep meeting that aim, at the close of the year we decided to reflect on how we support innovative engaged research and to review our funding schemes in the light of feedback from applicants (successful and unsuccessful) and the mentors who supported them.

As a result of those reflections, we’re delighted to announce two new funding schemes. Anyone who would like to apply for them will find more information in the linked documents, or you can contact the Centre on to discuss a potential application.

Research Initiator Awards

This scheme is only open to people or organisations from outside the university.

These small awards (£300 - £500) are not for research activities as such; our aim is to support individual applicants, or community organisations, to build the relationships that initiate engaged research and generate the conditions for future engaged research.

All kinds of creative and imaginative proposals for how this award could be used are welcome: hosting a workshop, making a creative intervention that opens up engagement around cultures and environments of health, working with a professional researcher to develop a research idea, setting up a small social media campaign to draw people to an issue or topic … we are open to suggestions.

For more information, please click here: Research Initiation Awards

To apply for the award, click here


Transformative Research Awards

This is a discretionary award to support leading-edge transformative research. We are open to novel, innovative and interesting proposals that are interdisciplinary, and where appropriate transdisciplinary, and that approach and pursue research in an engaged way.

Proposals should be for research that complements and extends the Centre’s research themes (Transforming Institutions, Transforming Engagement, Transforming Health across the life course and Transforming Relations). Proposals must be cross-disciplinary, and, where appropriate, generate and show routes for collaborative, transdisciplinary engaged research partnerships with communities (e.g. practitioners, publics, charities, voluntary organisations, community groups, etc.) and other relevant parties with a shared aim of contributing towards the development of healthy publics.

Proposals can come from researchers working in the Centre or members of the wider university (although in this case we would expect Centre members to be involved in the research process in some way).

For more information click here: Transformative Research Awards

To apply for the award, click here