Emotional Support for Young People A new programme funding research into young people’s experience of emotional support and how this forms part of the wider determinants of health

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This programme is closed for applications.

  • Emotional Support for Young People is a new £750,000 programme developing the evidence base on young people’s experiences of support.
  • The programme will support four to six teams across the UK, with up to £200,000 funding each, to further their research. 
  • The programme is now open and applications will be considered on a rolling basis. This means that applicants may revise unsuccessful applications and resubmit before the extended deadline, at 10.00, Monday13 June 2022. Teams are encouraged to apply early to take advantage of this.

There is a well-established link between the wider determinants of health, such as economic security, and young people’s mental health outcomes. Research has shown that emotional support can act as a protective factor or ‘buffer’ when it comes to young people’s mental health outcomes.

In our Young people’s future health inquiry, participants aged 12–24 found a clear link between their mental health and the emotional support they received from their families. They also recognised social and economic factors that shaped their family members’ capacity (or ‘bandwidth’) to offer support.

Born out of the inquiry, this new programme – Emotional Support for Young People – will support four to six teams across the UK to complete research projects over 12–18 months. These will help develop the evidence base on what shapes the emotional support that young people experience, and the effect this has on their mental health outcomes. 

Invitation to apply 

The Emotional Support for Young People programme is an open call, available to suitably qualified and experienced research teams based in the UK (although individual members may be based abroad).  

Successful teams will receive funding of between £100,000 and £200,000, over 12–18 months, to complete research projects focused on at least one of the following priority areas: 

  • understanding the role played by family relationships, and hence the emotional support experienced by young people, as part of the wider determinants of health 
  • understanding the specific impact of family members’ working lives on the emotional support that young people experience from their families.

We encourage applications from multidisciplinary teams combining expertise from a broad range of disciplines, including social psychology, sociology and other social sciences. 

We expect young people to be meaningfully involved in the design and delivery of any proposed research, as they are involved in our processes. Members of our youth panel will review shortlisted applications, so applicants should make every effort to write in plain English. 

Interested? Then we encourage you to familiarise yourself with the application process and apply as soon as possible. If your proposal is rejected early on, you will have the opportunity to revise and resubmit before the extended deadline: Monday 13 June 2022, 10.00. We will not accept applications submitted after this deadline.  

How to apply 

Important: You must read our Notes for applicants in full before submitting an application via our online platform.  

Our Frequently asked questions document compiles popular queries received at youngpeople@health.org.uk, as well as questions from our information call held on Wednesday 27 April 2022. See the slides from the information call too.  

Key dates



Launch of the call for proposals 

Wednesday 6 April 2022 

Information call

Wednesday 27 April 2022 (13.00–14.00) 

Longlisting Weekly

Internal review 


Close of the call for proposals - now extended  

10.00, Monday 13 June 2022  

External peer review 

Mid–late June 2022 

Panel meeting for interview selection 

Friday 8 July 2002 

Interviews and final selection 

Wednesday 20 July 2022 

Commitment of funds  

Mid–late July 2022 

Contact us 

If you have any questions about the programme that are not addressed here – or in the Notes for applicants or Frequently asked questions – please email youngpeople@health.org.uk. We will try to respond within 3 working days. 

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