ESRC Health and Wellbeing Call - 2021

Call for project applications now open - submission deadline 22 March 2021

Briefing Session

Access the slides from the briefing session: ESRC Impact Acceleration Account Funding Call - Health and Wellbeing and view a recording of the session on Stream.

Who should apply?

This is an internal funding call, open to all Lancaster University academics. Applications are welcomed from researchers at all stages of their research careers. Applications may be from individual academics or teams of academics who are working with a partner organisation external to Lancaster University.

The scope of this call is intended to be broad and open to applications that can demonstrate positive impacts on the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities, businesses and organisations or the wider economy and society.

Physical and mental health and wellbeing is influenced by political, social, economic, environmental and cultural factors, which shape the conditions in which we are born, grow, live, work and age. Social factors include our surroundings, education and skills, housing, the food we eat, money and resources, transport, family, friends and communities and a sense of purpose and/or good work.

There are a range of health and wellbeing factors that affect people’s employment prospects, business’ productivity and in turn have broader economic and social impacts. In addition, improved healthcare delivery can generate economic impacts by fostering greater innovation, increased efficiency, as well as delivering direct health benefits.

One in 12 people in the UK are over 75. By 2040, this will rise to one in seven. A third of children born now are expected to live to 100. On average, people aged 65 will live just half of the rest of their life without disability[1].

The UK government’s Industrial Strategy Grand Challenge mission for ageing society is for people to enjoy at least five more years of healthy, independent living by 2035, while narrowing the gap between the experience of the richest and the poorest. With the aim for everyone to remain active, productive, independent and socially connected across generations for as long as possible.

Partner Eligibility

Partners can be from a wide range of sectors, including, but not limited to, private businesses (of any size or sector), NHS bodies, local authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships, school, charities, NGOs, community organisations or special interest groups. A key aim of the IAA is to build sustainable partnerships beyond the initial impact project. If you have a project idea but not a current partner, please get in touch with your faculty Partnership Development Manager.

Funding Available

IAAs can fund a range of partnerships. As a guide, funding is considered under the following categories:

Seed Funding: £3,000 - £5,000 to stimulate new partnership working, develop new ideas. Typically over a 3-6 month period.

Growth Funding: £5,000 - £15,000 typically to support established partnerships, that already have clear routes to impact, to accelerate, deepen or broaden impact. Typically over a 6-12 month period.

Joint Funding: £15,000 - £20,000 (above £15k there is an expectation of cash match funding from the partner organisation). Funding can be used to support e.g. short-term staff placements, either from the University out to the external partners or vice-versa, or other services that support the exchange of knowledge and expertise between the University and partner organisations. Typically over a period of 12 months.

How to Apply

Applicants should download and complete the application form and read the guidance notes.

Guidance Notes

Application Form

Contact your faculty Partnership Development Manager (PDM) – in the first instance, we would encourage you to discuss your proposed project or prospective IAA application, and seek support and advice, from your faculty PDM in your knowledge exchange and engagement team.

Completed applications should be submitted by e-mail to with [IAA Health Funding Application – your name] in the e-mail header.
Submission deadline: 22 March 2021


8 February - Funding call opens
22 March - Submission deadline and call closes
w/c 29 March - Successful applicants confirmed
w/c 12 April - Project launch meetings between Project Lead and IAA Partnership Development Manager

Further information and queries

For any questions about the ESRC IAA and the Health and Wellbeing call please contact: Melanie Burton, ESRC Impact Acceleration Account Partnership Development Manager