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ESRC/AHRC Global Challenges Call for New Social and Cultural Insights into Mental, Neurological, and Substance Use Disorders in Developing Countries – deadline 11 January 2018

ESRC/AHRC Global Challenges Call for New Social and Cultural Insights into Mental, Neurological, and Substance Use Disorders in Developing Countries

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is inviting proposals to fund innovative and interdisciplinary research that takes a social and cultural perspective on the challenge of mental health problems in developing countries. For this call, a wide definition of mental health is important; this will encompass mental, neurological, and substance use (MNS) disorders.

Proposals should address one of the following themes:

  • The socio-economic and cultural contexts of MNS disorders and people’s understanding of them
  • Living with MNS disorders in developing countries
  • Prevention, worsening of and resilience against MNS disorders.

Ambitious projects are sought that are capable of proposing new avenues for research, that directly engage with this agenda. This may include comparative, cross-regional and cross-sectoral research. Proposals may fall under the remit of ESRC, or as cross-disciplinary proposals across the remits of both participating research councils. Methods should be interdisciplinary both within and beyond the social sciences, with specific funds available for those which fall in significant part within AHRC remit.

Proposals are invited for durations up to 30 months and must be led by a researcher at an eligible UK research organisation. Co-investigators can be based anywhere in the world.

The ESRC has a total budget of £4 million allocated to this call. In addition, AHRC will make funds available for interdisciplinary projects which fall significantly within their remit. The councils expect to fund a balanced portfolio of proposals of varying sizes and ambitions, with a maximum grant value of £1.25 million at 100% full Economic Cost (fEC)

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