This article outlines several volunteer-related research projects currently underway in the United Kingdom, initiated and funded by the government. There are as yet no findings to report, but e-Volunteerism feels the article will be useful to our readers as a model for how government research can support volunteer efforts. This is quite connected to the Points of View topic that appears elsewhere in this issue. The questions raised toward the end of the article for "future study" are provocative and we hope they will start other researchers thinking about additional ways to study issues of direct usefulness to practitioners. We will, of course, keep readers informed as the reports promised below become available.