ESRC Research Grant: Approaches to Understanding and Measuring Wellbeing (£550,000)


The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), in partnership with the What Works Centre for Wellbeing (WWCW), are pleased to invite proposals for innovative research projects that focus on a wide range of methodologies and approaches to understanding and measuring wellbeing.

They welcome proposals that will look at the vast range of definitions of wellbeing, as well as different methodological approaches to the measurement of wellbeing. This could include debate and comparative study around different understandings and views of ‘wellbeing’ in addition to investigating different methodologies to utilising data resources to inform the measurement of wellbeing in varying contexts. The successful team will be expected to work closely with the WWCW Hub and any existing research projects.


  • Up to £550,000 (100% full Economic Cost- fEC) on initial application for a period of between 24 and 36 months
  • the successful research team will have the opportunity to apply for an additional £60,000


A shortlisting panel meeting will be held in June and interviews will take place in July. Funding decisions will be communicated to applicants by the end of August 2019. The successful grant must start by 15 November 2019.


  • Principal investigators (PIs) must be based at an UK research organisation eligible for research council funding.
  • CO Investigators (Co-Is) may be based anywhere in the world, but the Co-I’s research organisation must submit a ‘letter of support’ using the template provided within the Je-S guidance. This is to ensure comparability of standing between international organisations and UKRI-recognised UK research organisations, and to ensure commitment to the project.

All proposals must be submitted in English, costed in pounds sterling using the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system. Proposals can only be accepted by electronic submission through the Je-S system

To apply, download full call here

Application Deadline: Applicants are invited to submit a full proposal via the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) System no later than 16:00 on 20 June 2019

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