AHRC is funding a programme called ‘Mobilising community assets to tackle health inequalities’, supported by:
The programme will take an interdisciplinary approach to funding research that aims to improve health inequalities in the UK, and is supported by a partnership with the National Centre for Creative Health (NCCH).
The UK has many community assets that have the potential to have positive impacts on health and wellbeing in their local community, such as:
- community organisations
This programme will support projects that link and integrate such assets into healthcare systems with the aim of reducing health inequalities. The programme will take an interdisciplinary approach, and aims to bring together teams of expertise from remits across UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), building collaboration with non-academic partners such as:
- health and social care
- lived experience researchers
- local authorities
- community groups
The programme is guided by AHRC’s Programme Director for Health Inequalities, Professor Helen Chatterjee. Researchers funded through this programme are expected to work cooperatively both with each other and Professor Chatterjee to increase the reach and impact of the work being funded through this programme.
The programme is formed of three phases, each of which has a funding opportunity with distinct aims.
Projects began in January 2022. This phase funded 12 pilot projects up to £180,000 for 12 months. These projects focus on how to scale up small, local approaches for addressing health inequalities.
Projects began in November 2022. In this phase, 16 consortia-building projects running for nine months were funded up to £250,000 each. These projects will facilitate cross-partner collaboration, incorporating relevant non-academic partners, including community groups and health system organisations.
This is a £20 million funding opportunity that AHRC co-developed with colleagues across UKRI, the NCCH, and other relevant stakeholders.
The funding opportunity launched in April 2023. This phase will provide large-scale funding for the community, mobilising the functional consortia and community hubs established in phase two and operationalising the evidence from small-scale projects in phase one.
The phase three funding opportunity is open to applicants who did not receive phase one or two funding.