The Social and Economic Value of Health
An innovative research programme to investigate the impact of health on society and the economy
- Researcher-led open call for outline proposals supporting original research to position people’s health as an asset for the economy and society.
- £1.5m is available for research that will generate new knowledge on the ways in which the physical and mental health of a population shapes their social and economic outcomes.
- Each project team will receive up to £300,000 for projects with a maximum duration of two years.
- Researchers are initially invited to submit outline proposal applications for review.
The Health Foundation’s £1.5m Social and Economic Value of Health in a Place Research Programme 2019 invites researchers to submit ideas for research that will generate new knowledge on the ways in which the physical and mental health of a population shapes their social and economic outcomes.
Economic and social factors have a complex, dynamic and multidirectional relationship with health. While much is known about the impact of social and economic factors on health outcomes, ie the wider determinants of health, relatively little is understood about the impact of health on the social and economic outcomes of individuals and populations.
Social and Economic Value of Health in a Place research programme seeks to understand the extent to which the health of a population (physical and/or mental) shapes the social and economic outcomes of that population.
We want to support five projects with funding between £200,000 and £300,000 for a maximum duration of two years.
These projects will develop the concepts and metrics needed to help understand how the health status of a population may influence the social and economic outcomes of that population.
The priority areas for this call are:
- understanding the relationship between a given population’s health and the health of individuals within that population
- establishing the definitions and metrics needed to examine the relationship between the health of a population in a place and the social and economic outcomes of that place.
There is a two-stage application process for this programme. Applicants must initially submit an outline proposal application form; these applications will be reviewed and successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.
- The programme opens on Thursday 13 June 2019
- We will hold an information call from 14.00-15.00 on Tuesday 25 June 2019
- The closing date for outline proposals is 12.00 Thursday 25 July 2019
- Following a review of the outline proposals, shortlisted projects will be invited to make a full application.
This research call builds upon our existing research in this area. Our Social and Economic Value of Health programme is already supporting six research projects to explore this relationship from the perspective of individuals. View these projects below.
How to apply
If you are interested in applying for the Social and Economic Value of Health in a Place Research Programme 2019, please go through the following steps to complete your application.
1. Important supporting information
2. The application process
Applications for this round of our Social and Economic Value of Health in a Place Research Programme 2019 will be piloting our new two- stage application process. You must complete the Outline proposal application form in full before submission. Forms should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application form requires you to supply information outlining how your project proposal meets the selection criteria outlined in the Notes for applicants.
Outline proposals rated most highly against the criteria will go through to the next stage (stage 2) of assessment, where applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.
For further information about the call and application process, please refer to the Frequently asked questions.
3. Information call
We held an information call from on Tuesday 25 June 2019. This information call offered applicants the opportunity to hear more about the programme and ask questions to clarify understanding. We were not be able to answer specific technical questions about individual applications. Read the transcript of the information call.
The deadline for all outline proposals is 12.00 Thursday 25 July 2019. We will not accept submissions after this date.
Applicants will be informed as to whether they have been invited to submit a full proposal in mid-late August. The deadline for full proposals is 12.00 Friday 27 September 2019.
Shortlisted candidates from stage 2 will be interviewed in November 2019. Interviewed applicants will be advised of the outcome in November 2019.
Social and Economic Value of Health Research Programme 2017
We are currently funding six projects under the first round of this programme.
Aims of the programme
This Health Foundation programme aims to generate new knowledge and expand our understanding of the impact that a person’s physical and/or mental health has on their own economic and social outcomes over the medium to long term.
The programme will help develop understanding of the economic and social case for investing in strategies that maintain, protect and create health more broadly than through investment in health care, by reframing health as an asset that can potentially deliver wider economic and social returns on investment.
We are funding six projects with between £150,000 and £350,000. They will each run for up to three years.
The projects span a range of age groups and different social and economic outcomes. They will look at areas such as whether health status changes across the life course; whether similar experiences of health result in different outcomes across generations; and how variations in people’s mental and physical health shape their social and economic outcomes.
Key areas of interest for the projects include:
- the impact of a person’s health on the economic and social aspects of their life, both at specific points in time and over the course of their lives
- understanding how individuals’ different experiences of health leads to varying economic and social outcomes in the future
- comparing across generations to find out whether similar experiences of health result in different outcomes, reflecting a changing context
- methods that test explicitly whether health affects economic and social outcomes, rather than economic and social factors affecting health.
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