NIHR will be accepting applications for the 2018 NIHR i4i Challenge Awards from 1 February 2018.
Applications must offer innovative technological solutions to influence the patient care pathway and improve outcomes, supporting aspirations as set out in the Five Year Forward View For Mental Health and the Framework for Mental Health Research in the United Kingdom.
Proposals are invited from teams comprised of clinicians, academics and small to medium sized enterprises, and may address one or more of the following:
- Integration of physical and mental health services across the NHS
- Accurate, cost-effective, faster screening and diagnoses of mental health conditions
- Effective management of mental health conditions including prevention, early intervention, tailored treatments and active disease monitoring.
Funding will be awarded on a ‘winner takes all’ basis to a project of three to five years’ duration, with no limit on the level of funds requested. Stage one applications will open 1 February, closing 4 April 2018. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a stage 2 application. More details can be found on the NIHR i4i website. Alternatively please email the i4i programme team.
The NIHR i4i Programme is a translational funding scheme supporting the development of innovative medical technologies. Its aim is to advance healthcare technologies and interventions for increased patient benefit in areas of clinical need.
The Royal Society is an independent academy promoting the natural and applied sciences. It has a dual role as the UK academy of science, acting nationally and internationally, and as a provider of a broad range of services for the UK scientific community.
The Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships, established through the generosity of the Leverhulme Trust, seek to provide opportunities for experienced academic researchers to focus on full-time research for up to one year by relieving them of all their teaching and administrative duties during that period. Preference is given to candidates who, as well as demonstrating scientific excellence, can show that such relief is particularly needed and timely.
Fellowships can be held at an applicant’s own university, or any university or not-forprofit research organisation in the UK. This includes industrial research organisations in the UK approved by the Council of the Royal Society and the Leverhulme Trust. The subjects covered are all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.
Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent and hold a permanent post at a UK university or eligible not-for-profit institution. Applicants must be at a stage in their career when they have a well-established, fully independent research programme of their own, and would particularly benefit from a period of full-time research. They should not have had sabbatical leave or other support relieving them of teaching and administrative duties for a total of one year or more in the three years preceding submission of an application.
Applications from mid-career candidates are particularly encouraged.
A fellow’s employing institution is reimbursed for full salary costs (including USS and NI) for an applicant (up to the equivalent of the minimum point on the lectureship scale as paid by host university). Research expenses of up to a maximum of £2,500 are also available to cover costs of consumables, equipment, travel etc. The length of tenure is between one academic term and one year.
Applications should be made using the Royal Society’s Flexi-Grant system by the closing date of 21 February 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)
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.