The Centre for Future Health is committed to nurturing excellent research in the area of health and wellbeing across all disciplines - from the biomedical and health sciences to the work of social scientists and researchers in the arts and humanities.
What sort of projects have we funded?
We have supported an extremely broad variety of initiatives: from priming new research and running pilot projects, to seeding more translational and external-facing work, to helping establish new external partnerships. We also set up a dedicated fund for recently appointed early to mid-career researchers.
Throughout this time the Centre has supported interdisciplinary working across departments and faculties in order to enrich the scope and potential translatability of research.
Funded projects range from an investigation of the role of long non-coding RNA in infectious, inflammatory, and vascular diseases to a workshop to develop research proposals related to sustainable wellbeing and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and from a review of specialist paediatric palliative care input for children with malignancies to an exploration of the benefits to individuals of a new virtual reality community singing platform. For further information please see our 'Funded Projects' page.
Further details about the schemes
Please click on the + symbol in the expandable boxes below for further information about each of the four constituent schemes.
Providing support for innovative pilot projects to generate valuable new data and/or proof of concept which can then be used to leverage significant external funding for a larger-scale follow-on project. Projects are particularly welcome that push conceptual or technical boundaries and combine different disciplinary approaches to gain a fuller understanding of an issue and/or broaden the relevance of the project to a larger number of stakeholders.
Supporting mutually beneficial collaborative ventures with external organisations locally and across the globe in the area of health and/or wellbeing. These include research groups at other academic institutions, industry, the healthcare sector, the third sector and NGOs, policy organisations and think-tanks, government and civil service departments. Also funding to support focused networking events with specific partners addressing specific goals, global knowledge exchange programmes or to prime new inter-institutional research schemes.
Funding to sutpport Knowledge exchange, Impact and Translation (KIT) in the area of health and/or wellbeing across all faculties, including funding the recruitment of personnel and resources to provide translational services to the PI. Examples include:
- the generation of a dynamic online ‘data explorer’ for a large health-science related database
- accelerating clinical development of an intervention to support mental health
- research on genetic or environmental causes of a disease with a clear translational outcome
- the publication of a book that prompts a reevaluation of public policy in a specific health domain
Also the possibility to apply for a six-month ‘discipline-hopping mini fellowship’ for a PhD student (either from York or elsewhere) who wishes to take a short leave of absence during or shortly after their graduate studies to work as a ‘translational officer’ with a named researcher in a bioscience, social science, arts or humanities department.
Funding to recently appointed early and middle career researchers working within the Centre for Future Health remit to prime new work. The applicant is required to be within three years pro rata of being appointed as a lecturer or senior lecturer to York - career breaks because of family commitments, ill health or to take on work outside of research are exempt from counting towards the three years. The applicant also needs not to have any current significant external funding by the standards of the discipline and to show a clear trajectory towards applying for significant funding to appropriate external schemes.
Up to £2,000 - apply at any time
The CFH Rapid Response Fund supports small projects that will stimulate new research activity with a view to unlocking future funding opportunities and/or support the establishment of new collaborative partnerships. Funding may be requested for instance to organise a conference or a workshop that brings together different groups from inside and/or outside the University to address clearly focused questions and goals. Funding could also be used to support a short pilot project which might test proof of concept or to gather some additional data to support a subsequent larger application (either internal or external). Funding is not available to support attendance or presenting at conferences or other events.