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What Works Centre for Wellbeing

Call for Applications for Four Evidence Programmes

The AHRC is working with a range of partners, including the ESRC, Public Health England, DCMS, Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage, to establish an independent ‘What Works Centre’ on Wellbeing. The Centre will seek to enhance understanding and the evidence base on the impact of policy and practice interventions / initiatives (including those involving the creative, cultural, heritage and community sectors) on wellbeing and to support the use of this understanding and evidence in community, policy and practice contexts.

As a part of establishing the Centre, the ESRC, on behalf of all funding partners, has issued a call for the applications for four academic-led, inter-disciplinary three-year, themed evidence programmes to look at what works for wellbeing in the following areas:

  • culture and sport
  • communities
  • work and learning
  • cross-cutting capabilities

The AHRC is co-funding these evidence programmes to ensure that they can benefit from cross-disciplinary insights and can build on relevant expertise and research in the arts and humanities. As a part of this we would also wish to encourage applications for the ‘communities’ evidence programme that build on relevant research under the Connected Communities Programme and for the ‘culture and sport’ evidence programme that build on insights from AHRC’s Cultural Value Project as well as from other relevant arts and humanities research (e.g. under other AHRC strategic themes and responsive mode).

Full details of the call can be found on the ESRC’s website.

An applicant workshop was held on 5 November, further details on this workshop can be found on the ESRC’s website. Attendance at the workshop is not a requirement for submitting proposals.

Key dates

  • Formal announcement of the Centre and full guidance on how to apply for this call issued - 29 October 2014
  • Applicant workshop (Birmingham) - 5 November 2014
  • Evidence programme application deadline - 16.00 on 21 January 2015
  • Interviews for shortlisted applicants (London) - March 2015
  • Awards commence - 1 June 2015