June 11, 2024 | University Partners

University of Bedfordshire awards research grants to tackle health inequalities in BLMK

Three innovative research projects have been announced as the first recipients of a grant programme launched by the University of Bedfordshire and the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board.

The programme aims to improve knowledge and understanding of health inequalities in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) and will see the University and the BLMK Integrated Care System (ICS) work closely to pump-prime research and innovation ideas from service providers across the local area.

Professor Yannis Pappas, Director of the BLMK Research & Innovation Hub, announced the successful applicants at the ‘Integration in Action’ conference held at the University of Bedfordshire on 13 May. Each recipient will receive a grant of up to £15,000 for work lasting up to 12 months on a project which addresses at least one of the ICS’s strategic priorities.


Professor Andrew Church, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation at the University of Bedfordshire, said: “We are delighted to be able to award this funding to three very innovative and exciting research projects. Each of the projects will work to tackle at least one of the Integrated Care System’s strategic priorities so we are pleased to be working closely alongside the BLMK ICS to support the research and we look forward to seeing the outcomes.”

Dr Rima Makarem, Chair of the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board, added: “I’m delighted that we have been able to make our first research grant awards. Our health and social care system relies heavily on a solid evidence base, and this programme is an essential part of that.

“I know these three worthy recipients will make a difference to residents through the work they are undertaking, so that we can reduce health inequalities, promote growth and help people to live longer, healthier lives in the local area.”