Thinkpiece & Whitepaper Call Dec 2016 - CLOSED

This call as now closed. Seven applications were funded. The resulting thinkpieces and whitepapers will be presented at our first Annual Symposium which will be taking place on 24th May and 25th May 2017. The information below about the first call has been left online so that you can see the work that the GetAMoveOn Network+ is doing.


First call for GetAMoveOn Network+ thinkpieces & whitepapers

Call opens: Thursday 22nd December 2016
Call closes: 5pm GMT Friday 27th January 2017 (Deadline extended from 20th to 27th)
Funding available: 10 awards of up to £5,000 each

In this start-up phase of the GetAMoveOn Network, we want to fund an initial series of up to ten ‘thinkpieces’ or whitepapers, of no more than 8,000 words in length, which can help to scope and define approaches and stimulate debate about the role of current and future technologies in enhancing levels of activity and movement in one of our three target groups: schools, workplaces, communities of older adults.
These can address theoretical, methodological, policy, business or other practical aspects. We are making this first call deliberately open-ended to invite a diverse and creative mix of topics and approaches. The resulting white papers may identify topics and research agendas that could subsequently be developed into pilot projects or larger research collaborations.
Application forms should be submitted by 5pm on Friday 20th January by email to
Proposals will be reviewed by the GetAMoveOn Network+ team and Advisory Group, and letters to successful applicants will be sent out on Friday 3rd February 2017.

Who should apply?

We welcome applications from teams consisting of:

  • Academic researchers (in universities and research institutes);
  • Policymakers (e.g. in government departments like Department of Health, Department of Communities & Local Government); Schools, Colleges, Universities, Businesses & Care Organisations (able to address GetAMoveOn challenges in an educational, corporate or care context);
  • Think tanks and NGOs (able to provide civil society perspectives).

Proposals from early career researchers (defined as having five years or less research experience post-PhD) are particularly encouraged, as are collaborative proposals, involving applicants from more than one sector. International collaborations are also welcome, provided the lead applicant is based in a UK organisation.

Please note, we cannot award money directly to individuals. All proposals must be led by an organisation that is eligible to receive RCUK funding: see RCUK funding eligibility. Grants can only be awarded through the organisation with which the lead applicant is affiliated (e.g. university, research institute)
The precise model through which the funding will be made available can be determined by the organisation in question (e.g. it may be put towards a formal buy-out of academic staff time, or allocated more flexibly according to consultancy-style day rates).

What we are not looking to fund

There are a few things that we are specifically not planning to fund through this call.
– evaluations of your organisation’s own programmes;
– fund-raising events;
– activities that are normally the responsibility of government;
– conferences, honoraria for speakers;
– capital or material costs.

What we offer

These are small grants of up to £5,000 per proposal. We would not expect to fund any additional costs beyond this. This will be grant funding – we will not own the IP to the work, although we will publish and disseminate the work. Please note that VAT is not payable on grants.

For successful applicants

Completed papers should be no more than 8,000 words long (excluding references), and need to be submitted by 5pm Friday 28th April 2017. They should be written in an accessible style for policy and practitioner, as well as academic, audiences.
The final papers will be published, and will be presented, at the inaugural GetAMoveOn Network+ symposium, which will take place in late May/early June 2017.


If you are planning to put in an application to the first GetAMoveOn Network call for think pieces & short white papers please read these Think piece FAQs

Application forms

You can download an application form

Any questions?

If you have questions about this call, or would like more information, please contact Clare Casson on