The Joint Programming Initiative "More Years Better Lives - The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change (JPI MYBL), is a pan-European and Canadian intergovernmental initiative gathering European countries and Canada to jointly coordinate European and national research programmes related to demographic change and fund new transnational research initiatives. Areas affected by demographic change cover a wide range of research fields and policy topics ranging from health to social welfare, education and learning, work and productivity to housing, urban and rural development and mobility.

Call for Proposals

Following a pre-announcement earlier in the year, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), alongside ten other European and Canadian funding organisations, is pleased to invite applications for the Equality and Wellbeing across Generations (EWG) funding opportunity. This is a call which has been developed under the JPI MYBL.

The EWG call is now open and the deadline for applications is 14 September 2020 at 17:00 Central European Time (CET).

Major demographic changes are taking place across Europe and Canada and these changes can increase inequality, bringing greater opportunities for some people but fewer opportunities for others. One key change is in the relationship between generations, where historical assumptions about mutual responsibilities and benefits may no longer be valid. The EWG joint transnational call invites researchers to submit proposals that will enhance our understanding of: 

  • How demographic change is altering the implicit contract between generations?
  • How policy can ensure that change results in a reduction in inequality?

The call aims to support policy in reducing inequality in the face of demographic change, specifically three aspects of inequality:

  1. Income and wealth
  2. Caring responsibilities
  3. Social and political participation

In addressing these topics, we expect proposals to pay particular attention to cross-cutting issues of gender, cultural background[1] and socio-economic background, all of which have a major bearing on inequalities.

UK applicants are permitted to address all three topics and all three cross-cutting issues set out in the scope of the call.


A total contribution of approximately 6,736,000€ will be provided by the eleven national funding agencies. The UK budget for this call is approximately 1,120,000€ and it is anticipated that three to six projects with UK components will be funded. ESRC will provide funding for 80% of the Full Economic Cost (fEC) of the UK components of successful projects.

Call Documents

The Call will be administered via the Belgium Science Policy Office (BELSPO). Applicants should refer to the EWG website in order to register for access to the Electronic Submission Platform. On the website, applicants will also find the Guidelines for Applicants document. UK applicants should pay particular attention to the UK annex within this document.  

Please note that successful UK applicants will be asked to submit their proposal through UKRI’s Joint Electronic System (Je-S) when the funding decisions had been made, in order for ESRC to administer the Awards. To reduce the administrative burden on applicants during the initial application stage, applicants will not be required to upload additional UK-specific attachments to the Electronic Submission Platform at this time, except for the ’UK Funding Template – Mandatory Attachment’ which can be found on the Platform.

Partnering Tool and Submission Platform

The EWG website includes a platform, which acts as a partnering tool and a submission platform. Through this tool prospective applicants can identify collaborators in other countries that are participating in the call. Interested parties can post their expertise and indicate that they are looking to join a collaboration, or they can put out a request for particular expertise that they require as part of a collaboration they are forming. The tool can also be used to identify and connect with relevant stakeholders.

At the same time this platform will be used to build and submit your application. The platform has been built especially for this call and is very user-friendly. The recorded webinar gives you a detailed walk through of the platform and it’s functionality. 

Expression of Interest (EOI)

The call has a non-compulsory EOI stage. We encourage applicants considering submitting a proposal to this call to add basic information, such as their name, keywords and disciplines, onto the Electronic Submission Platform by 14 August 2020.  This will help the funders to find suitable experts to assess the proposals.

Relevance of COVID-19

The funders acknowledge the relevance of the COVID-19 pandemic to the topic of this call. The pandemic has brought a refreshed focus on the relationship and inequalities between and within generations and on the responsibilities of generations to one another. The virus and the measures put in place to stop its spread are having differential impacts both between and within generations. This includes in key areas of daily life that are addressed as topics of this call - income and wealth, caring responsibilities, and social and political participation. The primary focus of proposals to this call should be the research topics and cross-cutting issues set out in the call scope. However, proposals can, and where appropriate should, recognise the COVID-19 pandemic as an important contextual factor in the research that is proposed.

If you missed our webinar, you can still view the recording.

[1] meaning factors that may shape an individual’s upbringing including, but not limited to, national origin, nationality, race, ethnicity, religion and language