Approaches to Understanding and Measuring Wellbeing

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The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), in partnership with the What Works Centre for Wellbeing (WWCW), are pleased to invite proposals for innovative research projects that focus on a wide range of methodologies and approaches to understanding and measuring wellbeing. 

Proposals are welcome that will look at a vast range of definitions of wellbeing, as well as different methodological approaches to the measurement of wellbeing. This could include debate and comparative study around different understandings and views of ‘wellbeing’ in addition to investigating different methodologies to utilising data resources to inform the measurement of wellbeing in varying contexts. The successful team will be expected to work closely with the WWCW Hub and any existing research projects.

Applicants can apply for up to £550,000 (100%fEC) of which UKRI will contribute 80%. The intention is to fund one grant. Applicants are invited to submit a full proposal via the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) System no later than 20 June 2019, 16.00. A shortlisting panel meeting will be held in June and interviews will take place in July. Funding decisions will be communicated to applicants by the end of August 2019. The successful grant must start by 15 November 2019.

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 20/06/2019


How to make an application

ESRC are administering this call please visit the Approaches to Understanding and Measuring Wellbeing page at:

Further Information


The AHRC work with the UK Shared Business Services (UK SBS) to deliver all of our funding activities. All queries regarding eligibility for funding and applications in progress and also queries regarding current awards, should be directed to the SBS team dealing with your subject area using the contacts page

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