Research Sandpits

April 2023 Research Sandpit


Please note, our April 2023 Research Sandpit has now taken place, but we will be holding more Research Sandpits shortly - please join our mailing list to be notified of the next event.

You can read a run down on the April Research Sandpit here.

Are you from one of our partner organisations?

Do you have a fantastic idea for a health and social care research project?

Our twice-yearly Research Sandpits help turn your great ideas into fundable projects.

  • Our research sandpits provide networking opportunities and extended discussion time between researchers and partners to turn good ideas into proposals that can catalyse opportunities for funding practice-led research.
  • We provide tailored support to interested individuals and teams from our partner organisations to refine their ideas into workable research proposals that can then either receive seed funding from future partnership funding calls or bigger grants.
  • We link researchers together with experienced research facilitators who help to shape proposals with input from citizens and service users drawn from the UEA Citizens Academy. Our expert facilitators are either subject experts in the field or experienced in research design or leading large scale complex programmes of research.
  • Where applicable, we also provide support for working out the costings of projects.

Our research themes for both our Research Sandpit and our next funding call are:

  • Population Health Management, reducing inequalities and supporting prevention
  • Improving Mental Health
  • Management of long-term conditions and multimorbidity
  • Improving integrated urgent and emergency care
  • Learning disability and autism
  • Workforce development and sustainability
  • Digital technology to improve care delivery


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