Funding - Understanding the potential of place to impact health and health inequalities

10 April 2019

The Public Health Research Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this topic: '19/50 Understanding the potential of place to impact health and health inequalities'.

Research Questions

  • What place-based interventions are effective for maximising health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities?
  • What are the positive outcomes of such interventions for health and wellbeing?
  • What are the negative health impacts of place-based interventions and how can they be mitigated?
  • What is the cost and cost-effectiveness of such interventions?

PHRP recognise the importance to health of individual aspects of place such as green spaces, housing and infrastructure for active travel. However, this particular call is not for research into those individual elements of place, but rather for research that looks at the impact of place as an integrated whole.

The types of interventions on which they wish to see evidence generated include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Interventions designed to create healthy places (e.g. where and how to develop or build healthy environments)
2. Interventions that integrate environmental and behavioural interventions
3. Upstream interventions, such as those that engage planning practitioners, policy-makers, decision-makers and politicians in creating healthy places
4. Interventions designed to stimulate system change, resulting in healthier environments
5. Interventions to ensure places are all-age or disability friendly (e.g. enabling people with limited mobility to be active).

Applicants are asked to consider how they can generate evidence that will shed light on:

  • How interventions can be sustained (as environmental assets that are not properly maintained can become environmental ‘bads’)
  • How different land-use development options can be compared with respect to their impact on health and health inequalities

Researchers in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who consider that they can carry out high-quality research are likely to be eligible.
PHRP welcome proposals in which appropriate professionals (e.g. a director of public health or chief executive of a charity) are formally part of the project team as a co-applicant, and in which they play a defined role in the project.

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 12 November 2019.

Find out more


PHRP are holding a webinar to support applications to this funding opportunity, on Friday 26 April 2019, 10:30-11:30. Michael Chang from the Healthy Places Team at Public Health England will be running the webinar, along with Helen Walters from the NIHR. Sign-up to the webinar


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