Happiness and Wellbeing

Happiness and Wellbeing


The RSE Scotland Foundation (the Foundation), a connected charity of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, plans to initiate a new programme of research in the area of  ‘health,  happiness and wellbeing’, specifically aimed at understanding factors that enable young people to make successful transitions from adolescence to adulthood.  Consultation and an expert advisory group have identified this as an important and timely area for further research, with particular relevance to young people, communities and institutions in Scotland today.

As a first step in taking this programme forward, the Foundation wishes to fund two systematic reviews of empirical evaluations of interventions intended to improve health, happiness and wellbeing or reduce inequalities for young people undergoing the transition to adulthood.

The Foundation anticipates funding one systematic review of population interventions and one of individual interventions.  It is expected that both reviews will cover published and grey literature on studies deemed both unsuccessful and successful, and will include work conducted in any country where the results may be relevant to Scotland.  

The remit does not extend to studies conducted on clinical populations or studies that examine the impact of interventions on disease end points.   

The aim of the literature review is to inform a second stage which will focus on novel studies leading to the development and delivery of an intervention study in Scotland.  

Funding details

Applicants may apply for one or both studies. The Foundation encourages applications from major authorities in this field and funds could be used to buy out the time of senior workers. The total budget divided between both studies will be up to £90,000. Full economic costs will not be paid.  

Study start date – To be agreed with successful applicants but not before mid-October 2015 and no later than 1 February 2016.

Duration - To be agreed with successful applicants, with up to 6 months as a guideline

Reporting mechanism

The Foundation would like to approve the final search criteria/methodology but the investigators will be free to publish their findings.  A final report of the findings must be submitted to the Foundation within two weeks of the agreed completion date.

Eligibility and Application process

Applications for the first stage are now closed.

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