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)
The Department for International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Wellcome Trust (WT) jointly fund the Health Systems Research Initiative. All funders are committed to funding world-class research with high potential for impact on policy and practice.
Launched in 2013 this programme will generate world class and cutting-edge research that addresses key questions on strengthening and improving health systems in developing countries. Following an excellent response to this programme from the research community, funding has now been secured for an annual call under this initiative until 2021.
The programme’s aims are to fund methodologically rigorous, high quality research that will:
1. Generate evidence on how to strengthen and improve health systems for people living in low- and middle-income countries.
2. Use a health systems approach to inform the delivery of evidence-based interventions or structural changes. Proposals must demonstrate how interventions relate to and affect wider elements of a health system such as governance, financing, health workforce, information systems, service delivery etc.
3. Provide evidence that is of direct relevance to decision makers and practitioners in the field.
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Daniel Turnberg Travel Fellowships give early-career biomedical researchers the chance to undertake short-term visits to further their research experience and learn new techniques. This scheme aims to build research links and developing ongoing scientific collaborations between the UK and the Middle East.
The scheme offers the opportunity for biomedical researchers from the Middle East to visit a research institution of their choice in the UK, and for those from the UK to visit a research institution of their choice in the Middle East. The Fellowship will cover airfare and a subsistence allowance for a period of up to four weeks. Funding is provided to an upper limit of £3,500 per fellowship (up to £750 of which can be used to cover the cost of airfares). The proposed visit should take place within 10 months of the date of award.
The scheme will also offer a small number of three month fellowships. The upper limit for these is £9,000 (up to £750 of which can be used to cover the cost of airfares).
Fellowships are open to medical and non-medical graduates who can show a commitment to a career in research. Applicants will typically, but not necessarily, be at post-doctoral level. Research may be in any field within biomedical research, but the funding may only be used to support studies that are relevant to human health. Proposals must be a discrete research project, it cannot be used as additional funding for another project or help pay for conference or PhD travel. While there can be a training element to the project it must not be wholly training.
The countries included in the scheme are the UK, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories. Applicants must either be based in the UK and plan to work in one of the other countries, or intend to come to a UK institution from one of the other countries.
The deadline for applications is 11 January 2018.
Precision medicine – also known as stratified medicine or personalised medicine – is one of the priority themes for Innovate UK’s (IUK) health and life science sector. IUK has now launched a competition to fund innovation projects that support the development of precision medicine technologies, defined as better targeting of treatments for patients by combining clinical knowledge with advances in diagnostic techniques and data analysis.
It is estimated that only 30% to 70% of patients respond positively to any one particular drug, and it is important that companies producing precision medicine technologies avoid focusing too much on technology and not enough on end user needs. This issue can be exacerbated by companies not having the time or resources to explore these issues at an early stage.
This competition seeks solutions to these challenges. Applications can be for feasibility studies to help companies assess the research, development and adoption issues their concept will need to address and the likelihood of success, or research and development to help companies develop and trial precision medicine technology.
Feasibility projects can be up to £100,000 and last up to 12 months. They may be either:
- Single-company SME projects; or
- Collaborative projects led by an SME.
Research and experimental development projects can range from £1 million to £2 million and last up to 24 months. They may be:
- Led by a business or research and technology organisation.
- Collaborative projects.
Collaborations must include at least one other grant-claiming partner, and projects must show an improvement in the competitiveness and productivity of at least one UK SME involved in the project, although the project does not need to be led by an SME.
Applicants must explain clearly how their proposed technology will advance precision medicine. Applications that can provide evidence of engagement with regional precision medicine centres of expertise across the UK are particularly encouraged.
The lead applicant must first register online before completing and uploading the online application. There is a briefing event on 20 September for this call.
The deadline for applications is 25 October 2017.
Collaborative Awards in Science is a funding scheme introduced by the Wellcome Trust as a result of changes made to its funding framework at the end of 2014. The changes drew a clearer distinction between strategic and responsive funding, and responsive funding, which represents the majority, has been divided into five categories that run across the Trust’s Science, Innovations, Medical Humanities, Society and Ethics, and Engaging Science programmes. These categories are: people, seeds, teams, places and resources.
Collaborative Awards in Science fall into the teams category and are intended to provide flexible support to excellent groups of independent researchers with outstanding track records. Proposals should address important scientific problems that can only be achieved through a collaborative team effort. Applications which propose to carry out interdisciplinary research across the Trust’s Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Innovations funding are particularly encouraged.
Collaborative Awards are for teams of researchers and each applicant must be essential to the proposed collaborative research. They must have:
- Proven research expertise and experience in their field.
- An academic or research post (or equivalent).
- A salary for the duration of the award period.
Applicants should usually be based at eligible organisations in the UK, Ireland, or low- or middle-income countries. However, exceptions can be made for projects that need specific expertise or resources provided by team members based in other countries.
Team size will depend on proposed research, but should generally have more than two applicants, and no more than seven. Teams may be based in the same or different organisations, and must bring different expertise or disciplines to the research question. Members of a team must have proven experience in collaborative research and consist of independent research groups.
Awards do not normally exceed £4 million and the amount will depend on what a proposal can justify as necessary to fulfil its objectives. They are normally for up to five years and provide funding for the direct costs of carrying out the research.
Preliminary applications should be submitted through the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker system by the closing date of 15 November 2017.