Research in the humanities and social sciences
We fund research in the humanities and social sciences that addresses any aspect of health.
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Why it's important
At different times in history, or in different cultures and settings, people can have very different experiences of health, disease and wellbeing.
Understanding more about those experiences can improve the delivery of healthcare. It can also improve the way scientists conduct their research.
- knowing how ethnicity affects the way people experience healthcare could improve how treatment is delivered to a broad range of people in a broad range of settings
- having a deeper understanding of the social elements of pain could affect how a researcher constructs a clinical study.
What we're doing
- researchers at all career stages
- collaborations across research groups
- academic research centres
- libraries and archives to make their health-related collections available for research
Examples of the research and other work we've funded are:
- the social and psychological outcomes of IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies for individuals, families and society
- the ethics of involving pregnant women in clinical trials for diagnostic tests, treatments and vaccines for Zika virus
- how stereotypes about diets in Scotland, including the deep fried Mars Bar, affect health policy.
- an interdisciplinary study involving historians, clinicians and philosophers into the role of emotions in psychological and physical wellbeing
- cataloguing the entire Oxfam archive, from the minutes of its inaugural meeting to records of its campaigns.
Find out more about our funding schemes.
- See a list of people and projects we’ve already funded