Active Health & Wellbeing UIF Initiative


Physical activity (active health) is recognised to be a powerful intervention in both the prevention and management of long-term conditions. In addition to the health benefits, it is a key focus of industry growth in areas such as, fitness and well-being and tourism. For example, in the Highlands walking, cycling and other outdoor pursuits are key parts of adventure tourism, which employs over 3000 people across Scotland, contributing almost £350m to the economy (adventure tourism in Scotland; Highlands and Islands Enterprise, 2015).

Three photos showcasing outdoor activities

The primary aim of the Active Health and Wellbeing University Innovation Fund is to encourage economic growth of local businesses and 3rd sector organisations with active health at their core.

Active Health & Wellbeing Challenge Fund

The aims of the Challenge Fund are to:

  1. Address challenges in the Active Health and Wellbeing sector
  2. Enable engagement between the University and the relevant sector
  3. Promote the achievement of the Active Health & Wellbeing targets

Funding is available from the AHWF for short-term collaborative projects between the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and Scotland’s physical activity and health commercial and voluntary sectors.

Applications are invited to the Active Health and Wellbeing Challenge Fund call AY23/24.


  • Applications to be submitted by 12 noon on Thursday 14th September 2023 to
  • Applicants will be advised Friday 13th October 2023 of the outcome
  • Projects must be completed and spent by 31st July 2024
  • The funding award is typically up to £5,000

We recommend you prepare any ethics approvals in parallel with your submission.

Please see the application form, guidance notes for your reference.

Whilst this list, within the guidance notes, is not ‘set in stone’ it gives an indication on what you could potentially use the funding for

Previously funded projects:

  • Bradley S, Matthews K, Gorely T, Munoz SA. Collaborative scoping exercise to examine the feasibility of three active health options for young people and families in three Highland communities.
  • Bradley S, Smith H, Walter K, Gorely T, Munoz SA. UHI evaluation of the Active Health Link Worker Project.
  • Gorely T, Masterton C, Leslie S. Exploring the use of Football Fans in Training as a mode of delivery for cardiac rehabilitation.
  • Megson I, Brunetti A, Treweeke A. Antioxidant extracts from micro-algae for cardiometabolic health: an in vitro pilot study.

Funding applications will be invited annually during summer/autumn.


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