In 2012, having recognised a need to build social science leadership in dementia research, the ESRC and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) collaborated to fund a £20 million social science dementia research initiative.
Building on the success of the first initiative, we will soon announce a new ESRC-NIHR initiative making up to £16.5 million available for social science research in dementia prevention, interventions and care delivery. This new initiative will deliver part of the ESRC's innovation in health and social care priority.
We are seeking to fund large grants which will be national or international focal points for social science research in dementia, making a significant contribution to scientific, economic and societal impact. Applications are expected to be between £2 million and £5 million (at 100% full economic cost) with a duration of between three to five years, and must start in January 2019.
We encourage potential applicants to think innovatively about interdisciplinary aspects and how to embed underpinning research, particularly to address inequalities and workforce issues. Grants should provide opportunities for early career researchers to move towards becoming independent researchers in this field.
We expect that proposals will be invited in the following areas:
- Prevention based on an understanding of socio-economic and environmental risk or protective factors and how best to effect changes in behaviour in order to lessen the risk of developing dementia.
- Social interventions to slow cognitive decline and promote social inclusion, carer involvement, carer support and quality of life in dementia, underpinning cost effective care models tailored for the population in need.
- Delivery of interventions looking across care settings, care givers and care providers to deliver the right set of care arrangements in the most appropriate place at the right time.
The call will operate a two-stage application process.
- Full guidance on how to apply available - January 2018
- Application deadline (outline stage) - March 2018
- Decisions announced (outline stage) - May 2018
- Application deadline (full proposals) - July 2018
- Decisions announced (full proposals) - October 2018
- Grants commence - January 2019