Promoting Physical Activity into Older Age: Call for Research Proposals

This has turned out to be an ageing-themed research week. Earlier this week we had news of the MRC and ESRC’s Extending Working Lives call, now those two funders together with 7 others have released a new call for research on Promoting Physical Activity in Older Age.

At a glance: call facts

  • Applications must be interdisciplinary and must be aligned specifically to this call, rather than Design for Wellbeing or NIHR Public Health Research
  • Older age and later life refers to 60+ years of age
  • The call is focused on prevention of ill health, rather than rehabilitation
  • Up to £1M is available per application (of a total £5.5M pot)
  • Studentships may not be requested as part of the funding
  • Collaborations with users, service providers, stakeholder organisations and government departments are strongly encouraged
  • Applications should include costs of up to £10k for networking activities
  • The deadline is 4pm, Thursday 18th October
  • Applications should be made via Je-S (the Joint Electronic Submission system)
  • If there are large numbers of applications the funders may undertake a triage of proposals before sending them out for external peer review

What are they looking for?

Interdisciplinary proposals which focus on the following three areas:

  • Physiological effects of activity and sedentary behaviour on older people’s health
  • Understanding the determinants of physical activity and sedentary lifestyles in later life
  • Measurement of activity and inactivity in older populations
Further detail on anticipated research focus in each of these areas is available on the MRC call page.


The call is part of the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing theme. Apart from ESRC and MRC, the funders involved are: AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government, NIHR, Health and Social Care Research and Development Office, Northern Ireland and the National Institute for Social Care and Health Research, Wales. The fact that there have been so many calls about ageing released recently, as well as the fact that most research councils are involved demonstrates the importance that UK government places on research in this area.

Applicants interested in submitting a bid to this call are encouraged to contact RBS at an early stage for advice and proposal support.


ESRC NIHR Dementia Call Timetable Released

Further to our post earlier this week, ESRC has just release more information about the Dementia initiative it is running in collaboration with NIHR:

ESRC-NIHR Dementia Initiative

The call will address the following areas:

  • Prevention, including public awareness and early presentation
  • Public health of behaviour change, including the role of social interventions in slowing cognitive decline
  • Delivery of interventions in hospitals care homes and carers, including the interface between professionals, lay people and patients, sometimes The Medical Negligence Experts recommend to report any bad treatments there might be regarding hospitals.

If you’re interested in applying you can register to attend a meeting for all potential applicants to be held in mid-late June: Register here.


Research collaboration to tackle public health

Northumbria University is involved in a regional consortium which has received funding from NIHR to contribute to public health policy and practice:

Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, is a ‘virtual’ research centre, which brings together staff and students from Northumbria, Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside universities.

With responsibility for public health set to switch from the NHS to local authorities, Fuse has been accepted by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) as one of only eight member organisations to form a new body in England – the School for Public Health Research (SfPHR).

The Government backed School aims to build closer bonds between researchers and public health policy makers and practitioners at a local level, increase the evidence of what does and doesn’t work in practice, and share this knowledge so that it can influence policy.

Each member organisation will receive funding in the region of £450,000 per year (£2.25m over five years) to undertake priority research for public health in England.

Professor Susan Carr, Associate Director of Fuse, who leads the team of researchers at Northumbria’s School of Health, Community and Education Studies, said: “This will bring exciting opportunities to contribute to public health research and the evidence base for improvement of population health. The aim to build closer bonds between researchers and public health policy makers and practitioners is at the heart of our research approach.

“We look forward with great enthusiasm to contributing to the agenda of the School for Public Health Research.”

Read the full story on the University website.