This invitation to tender is open for application until 14 December 2020.

  • We are seeking a supplier to carry out a scoping review and stakeholder interviews to inform future research on emotional support for young people.
  • The results of this work will help us to develop a call for research on the topic of emotional support for young people.
  • We anticipate bids up to a maximum of £40,000 (inclusive of VAT and expenses). 
  • The deadline for responses is 17.00 on 14 December 2020.

Between 2017 and 2019, the Health Foundation ran the first phase of the Young People’s Future Health Inquiry which involved an initial research stage to:

  • better understand the assets, opportunities and protective factors that develop as young people approach adulthood
  • to assess how various wider determinants of health experienced during the transition to adulthood impact on their future health prospects as they age.  

This stage of the inquiry indicated a need for further research on the factors which enable families to offer young people aged 12–24 years strong emotional support during their transition to adulthood, particularly focusing on the external factors which may affect family relationships. 

About the project

The Health Foundation is seeking a supplier to carry out a scoping review and stakeholder interviews to provide a robust review of the research evidence and to allow the Health Foundation to understand where there are research gaps on what enables families to offer young people strong emotional support during their transition to adulthood. The results of this work will help us to develop a call for research commission on the topic of emotional support for young people.

The review of the evidence will explore and clarify what is known and what are the research gaps. It should be based primarily on relevant academic literature and to a lesser extent the grey literature. We will give the supplier a literature search of relevant academic and grey literature, an in-house scoping summary paper, the results of initial stakeholder mapping, and a presentation on causal impact mapping at the project inception meeting.

The stakeholder interviews will aim to understand:

  • Where do the stakeholders believe there are gaps in the evidence?
  • What type of evidence is most useful to the stakeholders?
  • What types of evidence do they believe are most absent?

The interviews will be conducted with relevant public sector and third sector partners who use evidence in this space in order to inform policy decision-making as well as leading thinkers in the field. In total, we would expect 15–20 stakeholder interviews to be conducted.

The successful team will be appointed in January 2021, ideally with the ability to start soon afterwards. 

We would like the draft report to be completed by Friday 12 March 2021, the final report to be delivered by Friday 26 March 2021 and a presentation to the scoping panel in week commencing 12 April 2021.

How to apply

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please follow the steps below to complete your application.

1. Important supporting information

All applicants must read the invitation to tender in full before completing the online application form.

2. The application form

All applications must be completed and submitted via our online system AIMS. You need to first register on AIMS before you can complete the online application form. It is important that you register as your organisation rather than as an individual. Please include the contact details for the person you wish to be the primary contact for your application.

Full guidance on accessing, completing and submitting your application via AIMS can be found in the Applicants user guide. We recommend that you keep a copy of this manual to hand to refer to while you complete your application.

3. Deadlines

The deadline for online applications is 17.00 on Monday 14 December 2020. We will not accept proposals submitted after this time.

If you have any queries please email Hardeep Aiden or Martina Kane.

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