The Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI) features ad-hoc competitions in collaboration with ESRC's partner organisations. These calls may focus on exploitation of other datasets or research questions identified by the partner organisations that differ from those in the standard call. In these instances additional funding will be available which will be ring-fenced specifically for these projects.
Details of any highlight notices will be published here, and where a highlight notice differs in remit from the SDAI open call, further information will be provided.

What Works Centre for Wellbeing - highlight notice

ESRC, in partnership with the What Works Centre for Wellbeing (WWCW), is seeking to fund up to six projects (dependent on quality of proposals and funding available) via a highlight notice to ESRC's Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI) open call, we are inviting innovative proposals on 'Understanding Wellbeing' using secondary data.

Projects should use existing data resources to explore the concept of wellbeing in a range of contexts, including but not limited to:

  • work (including flexible, informal and self-employed) 
  • community relationships (including trust, empowerment, belonging, social connections, loneliness and isolation, living conditions)
  • finance (including debt, financial uncertainty/precarity)  
  • health (Including improving mental health and wellbeing through changes to nutrition, physical activity, arts/cultural intervention etc.)
  • wellbeing inequalities (for individuals or groups)

Proposals for this SDAI highlight on wellbeing must receive sufficiently supportive peer review comments to be considered at the ESRC Grants Assessment Panel meetings in July or November 2019.

How to apply

The deadline for the receipt of proposals under the highlight is 31 March 2019 for the July panel and 31 July 2019 for the November panel. Funding is available for up to 24 months with a maximum ESRC funding contribution per project of £300,000 (100% full Economic Cost (fEC)), of which ESRC will contribute 80%). 

Successful research teams will work with the What Works Centre for Wellbeing for the duration of the project. Applicants must therefore contact the centre before applying.

Applicants should also include relevant expert members of the WWCW as co-investigators or partners on the project:

Applicants must include relevant expert members of the WWCW as co-investigators or partners on the project.