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Lifelong health and wellbeing phase 2

This call is now closed for applications and is only available for reference purposes.

Lifelong Health and Wellbeing (LLHW) is a major cross-council initiative supporting multi-disciplinary research addressing factors across the life course that influences healthy ageing and wellbeing in later life. The Research Councils in partnership with the UK Health Departments invite applications for phase 2 of LLHW.

Funding partners

Research Councils


UK Health Departments


Strategic objectives

The objectives of the LLHW initiative are to:

  • Target factors over the life course that may be major determinants of health and wellbeing in later life.
  • Identify and develop effective interventions that lead to improved health and quality of life in later life.
  • Inform policy and practice including the development of services and technologies to support independent living.
  • Increase capacity and capability in ageing-relevant research.


Focus of the call

The focus of the call is to drive forward innovative high quality multi-disciplinary research in highlighted priority areas that would not usually be supported through existing funding schemes.

Proposals are welcome in the following research priority areas:

Mental capital, mental health and wellbeing

Understanding the biological, social, economic, cultural and environmental factors, including work, that impact on mental capacity and mental wellbeing in later life.

Markers for the ageing process

Development and validation of markers, or integration of existing markers that can predict or allow measurement of the ageing process. Research can encompass biological, social, economic, cultural and/or environmental indicators.

Interactions between determinants of healthy ageing

Improving our understanding of the interplay between factors that influence healthy ageing, resilience and wellbeing.

Interventions that promote healthy ageing and independence in later life

Development of novel interventions to promote healthy ageing, independence and wellbeing in later life, including interventions taking a preventative approach across the life course.


Available funds and types of awards

Funds will be available through two modes of support:

LLHW Collaborative grants

LLHW Collaborative grants will support high quality innovative research conducted by multi-disciplinary teams of researchers. Collaborative will add value by contributing to the overall strategic aims of the LLHW initiative and addressing key research challenges within the specific priority areas highlighted in the call.


Collaborative teams will be truly multi-disciplinary and will involve strategic partnerships with other sectors such as practitioners, policy makers, industry and the public. In addition to carrying out high quality research, Collaboratives will build research capability and capacity through training and career development opportunities and by attracting existing expertise into the area.


Funds of up to £7 million (80 per cent FEC) will be available over a five year period. It is anticipated that three to six collaborative awards will be made in this call.

For further details see LLHW Collaborative grant guidance and evaluation notes


Collaborative Development Networks

Collaborative Development Networks are designed to build research capacity and capability by establishing multi-disciplinary partnerships that are focused on developing a research strategy within the priority areas highlighted in the call. Stakeholder and user engagement will be an essential component of Network activities.


Applicants can request up to £50k for a maximum period of 10 months (this scheme is outside the scope of FEC). It is anticipated that approximately 10 Collaborative Development Networks will be supported in this call. As a condition of funding, applicants must be able to commence activities within a month of an award offer. At the completion of the funding term there is an expectation, but not a requirement, that a Network will submit a proposal for a LLHW Collaborative grant as part of the LLHW phase 3 call to be announced in 2010.


For further details see Collaborative Development Network guidance and evaluation notes.


A one day workshop to facilitate developing contacts and building multi-disciplinary and cross-sector collaborations for potential network applicants will be held in London on 12th December 2008. For more information, see LLHW Network workshop details.


Assessment process

LLHW Collaborative grant applications will be internationally peer-reviewed and assessed by the research advisory panel which will make funding recommendations to the funding partners. The decisions of the funding partners will be final. Ongoing progress of the Collaborative will be assessed on an annual basis by the research advisory panel.


Collaborative Development Network proposals will be assessed by the research advisory panel which will make funding recommendations to the funding partners. The decisions of the funding partners will be final.


Research advisory panel

  • Professor David Armstrong (Chairman), King’s College London
  • Dr David Britt, LLHW Public Perspective Group
  • Professor Chris Carey, University College London
  • Professor Cyrus Cooper, University of Southampton
  • Dr James Goodwin, Help the Aged
  • Ms Anne Harrop, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Professor Kay-Tee Khaw, University of Cambridge
  • Professor David Kipling, Cardiff University
  • Professor Peter Lansley, University of Reading
  • Professor Shon Lewis, University of Manchester
  • Professor Janet Lord, University of Birmingham
  • Ms Jackie Marshall-Cyrus, Technology Strategy Board
  • Professor John Mathers, Newcastle University
  • Professor Brendan McCormack, University of Ulster
  • Professor Gail Mountain, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Professor James Nazroo, University of Manchester
  • Professor John Starr, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Anthea Tinker, King’s College London
  • Professor Frans van der Ouderaa, Leiden University Medical Centre
  • Professor Bill Vennart, Pfizer Ltd
  • Dr Jean Waters, LLHW Public Perspective Group
  • Professor Scott Weich, University of Warwick
  • Ms Maxine Willitts, Department for Work and Pensions



LLHW Collaborative grants



Launch call

11 November 2008

Application deadline

12 February 2009

Peer review (external)

March – April 2009

Research Advisory Panel to assess applications

Mid June 2009

Funding partners make funding decisions

Mid June 2009

Awards announced

July 2009


Collaborative Development Networks



Call launch

11 November 2008


12 December 2008

Application deadline

14 January 2009

Research Advisory Panel to assess applications

Early March 2009

Funding partners make funding decisions

Early March 2009

Awards announced

April 2009

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LLHW phase 1

Information on previous funding under the LLHW phase 1 call can be found in the closed call for proposals section.


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