Network Funding Call

The network is planning two Plus Projects Funding Calls. Our second funding call is now open.

                              Network Plus Project Funding Call #2: Interventions

We are delighted to announce that our second plus projects funding call is now open. Grants will be available for small projects of up to £15k and large projects of up to £50k (provided at 80% full economic costing i.e. successful applications would receive up to £12k or £40k respectively). The call will close at 5pm on 2nd October 2020.

In this second funding call we will commission research that aims to understand:

  1. What interventions/specific activities reduce loneliness and social isolation in the general population, and whether these interventions/specific activities also reduce the risk of the onset of mental health problems, and/or
  2. What interventions/specific activities reduce loneliness and social isolation in individuals with existing mental health problems.

We are interested in interventions at individual, group and community levels. Applicants will be asked to demonstrate that their proposed project would integrate multiple disciplines and relevant lived experience perspectives. We strongly encourage collaborations involving the third sector and projects led by Early Career Researchers. 


Join our slack workspace for those interested in applying

If you are thinking about applying to this call, we encourage you to join our dedicated slack workspace to find collaborators, ask us questions and join/create special interest groups. You can join though this link.

Q&A webinar on 5th August

On the 5th August we will be holding a zoom Q&A about this funding call between 3:30-4:30pm (please note change of time). We will outline what we are looking for, explain the practicalities and a member of the Network Co-Production Group will talk about good practice in Patient and Public Involvement (PPI). You will then have the chance to ask questions about the call. Please register through this link, and you will be sent a zoom link to join the meeting.


Funding call Documents


All successful projects must adhere to ESRC funding rules as outlined in their funding guide: https://esrc.ukri.org/funding/guidance-for-applicants/research-funding-guide/

Resources on different methods

To help applicants to explore methods regarding intervention evaluations we have put together some presentations on dfferent methods, by experts in this area:


Our website also contains a range of resources on our Network Events and Resources pages that we hope applicants will find helpful, including presentations from network events and reference lists of published papers and reports regarding loneliness and social isolation in mental health.

If you have any queries regarding this call, or you would like to discuss your application, please email the Network Coordinator: ellie.pearce@ucl.ac.uk 


Network Plus Project Funding Call #1: Pathways

This funding call closed for applications on Friday 31st January 2020 at 5pm.

 Ideas and work-in-progress documents for inspiration