Opportunity status: Application Stage

Funders: UEA Health and Social Care Partners  

Funding Type: Grant 

Total fund value: £75,000

Publication date: 29 July 2021 

Opening Date: 13 September 2021

Closing Date: 15 October 2021

Notification of award: early November 2021 

Applications are invited for up to £25,000 for individual projects that deliver collaborative health and social care research for the benefit of our region. 

The call is intended to grow further research collaboration across our partnership. We will continue to provide support to collaboration in all areas of research and innovation but our strategically important research themes are critical to the people of our region and will be our primary focus. They are:  

  1. Young people’s mental health  

  2. Health ageing 

  3. Living with long-term conditions 

These areas were identified in 2019 as key issues in the health and care of the Norfolk, Suffolk and North-East Essex population and UEAHSCP is committed to investing in research in these areas as a strategic priority.  

Our work in these areas has been impressive in the short time that the partnership has been in existence, but we are committed to growing collaboration and achieving greater impact in these areas.  


The UEAHSCP Strategic Funding Call welcomes applications for projects to grow meaningful research collaboration in any of our three research themes.  

We welcome a diverse range of project types and ways of working. Applications may include, but are not limited to, analysis of practice, trialling of new approaches, data analysis, system audit, evaluation of tools or devices, community engagement and whole-system review, performance evaluation, service improvement or support initial research work as part of a major grant proposal. Applicants are encouraged to maintain a sense of ambition in both the initial project and subsequent activity.  

It is important that the project meets the minimum requirements listed below and will then be judged on the ability to address the ambitions and intent of the partnership and this funding call specifically.  

Projects should be ambitious in their long-term aims and can address a range of issues.  Examples of questions that research projects can respond to, include:  

  • How can young people’s mental health care and services be improved in the longer term? What damage has the pandemic caused and what would recovery and resilience look like in this area?  
  • How do we address the challenges of demand in elective procedures, particularly the backlogs caused by the pandemic? Are there long-term resourcing tools that could support a better way of caring for people by analysing all the factors and consequences of our prioritisation strategies? 
  • Is the change in demand for residential care simply a result of the pandemic or are we seeing a shift in domiciliary care for those living with long-term conditions? 
  • Are there new approaches that could help to influence the behaviour of service users toward a healthier lifestyle and reduce the level or nature of multimorbidity in our society?  
  • Can we build on our regional data, clinical, research and demographic assets to support better decision-making by citizens, professionals, organisations and systems?  
  • Can we identify and support ambitious improvements in the care for patients facing some of the most significant health challenges, including stroke, diabetes and dementia?  


The project will deliver value to service users and/or health and social care professionals in our region by improving service user care and/or service delivery, and will be aligned with one of our three key research priorities:  

  1. Health ageing 
  2. Young people’s mental health 
  3. Living with long-term conditions 

Projects must be led and hosted by one of the partners and include collaboration with other partner organisations. No minimum number of partners will be stated but successful bids will achieve increased collaboration as a valuable by-product. All funded activity must be completed within one year of the notification of the award. 

The application must address the following criteria: 

  • The importance of the project must be defined in terms of clinical need and service demand, and evidenced by recent, relevant data 
  • The project will grow new collaboration between partnership staff 
  • The project will fully engage with service users in a meaningful manner 
  • In the long term, the project will provide the platform for subsequent programmes of research and/or innovation and the ability to secure major external funding  
  • It must address health inequalities in the relevant area and explain how the work will help to overcome these issues 
  • There will be consideration of how recovery from COVID can be achieved and may provide insight into how care can be improved following learning from the pandemic 
  • Each application will evidence executive-level organisational support to provide the necessary in-kind provision of time and resources required in addition to the grant funding. 

The panel will look favourably on bids that can:  

  • Attract additional funding and/or in-kind time from other organisations or individuals  
  • Offer opportunities that align with other health and social care organisations or research networks 

Applicants can come from or work with our existing research groups. Applicants may also seek to build new groups or communities to grow research activity in their chosen field. 


Full details on the application assessment will be released in August. Consideration will be given to:  

  • Relevance of the project to the needs of the local population and/or health and care providers 
  • Quality of project design, including inclusivity and diversity 
  • Quality and extent of improved care outcomes and other factors including health inequalities in the region 
  • Quality and extent of post-project benefits 
  • Value for money and good project governance  
  • The ability of the application to drive collaboration 
Applications for funding should be made in the range of £10,000 - £25,000 per project. 


Projects will run for a maximum of 12 months from 1 December 2021.  


Key Dates:  

29 July 2021

Information on the funding call is published

13 September 2021

Application window opens

15 October 2021

Deadline for applications 

8 November 2021

Successful applicants contacted 


The Partnership Support Team will provide:  

  • Consultancy in preparation for your application and will help you connect with academics and clinicians to strengthen your project 
  • Administrative support in finance and contracting processes 
  • Project management advice for winning projects 
  • Communications support in promoting the project  


Thank you to thise who joined us for a briefing call in early September. If you missed out on attending, here are the slides.


The application window will open at midday on 13 September 2021 and close at midday on 15 October 2021. 

Applicants will complete a form and attach a timeline of their project and the supplementary materials required. Full details will be available at the application stage. 

Email ueahscp@uea.ac.uk to request an application form.

The application window will open at midday on 13 September 2021 and close at midday on 15 October 2021. 

Reach out with any further queries

Contact Mark Hitchcock

Contact the Partnership Support Team

UEA Health and Social Care Partners (UEAHSCP) is a collaborative research partnership hosted by UEA with an established network across health and social care organisations within Norfolk, Suffolk and North East Essex.  The Partnership’s focus is on increasing collaboration to improve care and support to both service users and health and social care professionals.  Membership includes clinicians, academics, health and social care professionals, service user representatives and associates who are working together to make it easier to do more research and innovation. Get in touch to see how we can work together ueahscp@uea.ac.uk




The grant does not provide salaries for partnership staff. UEAHSCP partners would usually gift this time to collaborative projects. Consideration will be given to short-term employment to temporarily grow capacity to allow progress on the project to be made and this may apply to partnership or external staff.  
  • All types of non-pay expenditure will be considered. 
  • Services from external organisations will be subject to UEA procurement processes. 
  • Where individuals are contracted, these must be in line with UEA recruitment processes and roles may need to be advertised. 
Each project will be required to submit a plan for reporting on ongoing progress, issue management and final outcomes. The exact style and nature of the reporting provision will vary between projects but the panel will look for rigour and reporting that achieves good engagement with a range of stakeholders. Funding will be withdrawn or recalled if the reporting timeline is not maintained.