FASS Health Research Hub Funding Call

The FASS Health Research Hub invites applications for seed corn and development funding of between £200 and £400 to stimulate new health-related projects and collaborations, and to assist in the dissemination of research.

Funds awarded must be spent by 31st May 2024. Applications cannot be made retrospectively for work already carried out. Please be aware that funds are limited and so applications should be carefully costed.

Applications should be submitted on the form below by email to fasshealthhub@lancaster.ac.uk and will be considered on a rolling basis until Friday 29th March 2024. The call will close once funds are exhausted.

Health Research Hub Funding application form 2023-4


In 2022-23 we funded the following seed projects:

Scoping exercise: Exploring collaborative research and action learning in the SEND system

Dr Anne Murphy, Professor Karin Tusting (LAEL)

The FASS health hub funding has enabled us to pay for Anne’s time to identify and make connections with key individuals in the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) system regionally, in education, local authorities and health, who are interested in principle in being involved with further research alongside a parallel action learning process. We have discussed some of the major challenges faced by managers and leaders in this area, particularly the combination of increased needs and resource constraints. We have identified some initial topics for possible leadership learning, such as transition points. Our plan is now for these key individuals to form the advisory group as we build a larger proposal for further research collaboratively with them.


Launch event of the Queer Medical Humanities Network (QMHN)

Dr Benjamin Dalton (DELC)

The FASS Health Hub funding supported the inaugural event of the newly formed Queer Medical Humanities Network (QMHN) at Lancaster University, which is led by Dr Benjamin Dalton and aims to spotlight issues relating to queer and LGBTQIA+ healthcare within the Medical Humanities. This “seed meeting” took place on 21st Friday 2023 in the Innovation Lab at Health Innovation One. It brought together researchers from across diverse departments and faculties of the university (including from DeLC, English and Creative Writing, History, Sociology, FHM) and catalysed foundational dialogues for the Network whilst discussing ideas for future events, conferences, and funding bids.


International Conference of European Traditional Chinese Medicine

Dr Amily Wang (DELC)

With the support of FASS Health Hub funding award, I have attended the International Conference of European Traditional Chinese Medicine. With Prof Shulan Tang, the chair of alumni of Nanjing TCM university, (the organiser of the conference) we are soft launching the Chinese Wellbeing Programme on 26th October 2023 in Lancaster University, providing Taichi, massage, TCM wellbeing consultation to staff and students on campus. In the conference, we shared best practice of TCM in the UK context, diagnosis, clinical communication, and discussed opportunities for joint funding application for UK-China Institutional Partnership Exploration Fund, and drafted the application together.