The CRSE is calling for proposals for a short report that addresses key research questions in relation to the impact of self-employment on wellbeing that are relevant for policy and practice.

This is part of a new initiative designed to improve the integration of research-based evidence into policy, through the production of quarterly policy focused reports.

The aim of the report is to present the author’s perspective on a particular area of policy interest based on a review of existing literature, and propose practical recommendations to facilitate the development of interventions and evidence based tools for policymaking.

We are interested in proposals for topics that investigate the impact of self-employment on wellbeing - what constitutes good work for the self-employed, and how to enact quality work for the self-employed in a sustainable way.

We welcome submissions by interdisciplinary and/or international teams that present diverse perspectives or new ideas that address some of the key research questions that are relevant for policy and practice in this area. Ultimately, proposals by experts in the area with the potential to make the greatest impact on policy and/or practice will be preferred.

Download call for proposals here.

Project funding and output

The CRSE is awarding an honorarium of £10,000 (excluding VAT) for the delivery of a short industry/public-policy report (max 3,500 words) accessible to the general public and policymakers.

The report will be published to coincide with National Freelancers Day in the UK, therefore enabling the authors to maximise the impact of their research on industry and policy at this national, high profile event.

Key dates

  • Proposals due: 03-Jan-2018
  • Interviews with shortlist author(s) if required: 10-Jan-2018
  • Successful author(s) notified: 12-Jan-2018
  • First draft of report due (for review by sub-committee): 12-Feb-2018
  • Presentation of report to steering committee (in person or video conference): 19-Feb-2018
  • Final report due: 06-April-2018
  • Publish report: 28-June-2018

Submitting proposals

Authors are invited to submit a short proposal on a specific topic/question that you wish to address relating to the overall theme, in accordance with the submission guidelines. Please send proposals to Kayte Jenkins at by 5:00pm (GMT) 03 January 2018.

For full details on the project and guidelines download the call for proposals.