Sep 11

Behavioural Insights Research Programme

  • Open call for original research on behavioural interventions in health care.
  • £1.8 million available to support up to eight multidisciplinary research teams to generate new knowledge of what can motivate people to act in more efficient and less wasteful ways.
  • Each project will receive between £150,000 and £350,000 for research completed over two to three years.

Our Behavioural Insights Research Programme aims to support research over a two to three year timeframe that designs, tests and evaluates behavioural interventions that can improve efficiency and reduce waste within health care services in the UK.

The programme also seeks to support research that increases our understanding of how to better implement and spread behavioural interventions in a UK health care context.

We are inviting researchers to submit ideas rooted in ‘behavioural insights’ or ‘nudge theory’ across three key areas of interest:

  • Patient pathways eg. improving patient flow within the system, improving coordination and transfer of care, as well as expediting discharge.
  • Procurement, pharmacy and medicines optimisation eg. minimising cost and waste in procurement and prescribing, as well as improving medication adherence.
  • Care best practice eg encouraging attendance, uptake of screening and health promotion by making every contact count; reducing unnecessary or ineffective care; better demand management and reducing harms.

We plan to work with and support multidisciplinary research-led teams that demonstrate strong collaborations between academics and researchers in psychology and behavioural economics, health care professionals, support-staff and managers, patients and those with design expertise to: strengthen our understanding of the potential for low cost behavioural interventions in improving quality, testing different approaches across different settings and services to examine how interventions work and for whom, in what circumstances and provide lessons on spread in a UK health care services context.

More information on the programme aims and funding priorities are available in the Notes for applicants.

How to apply

To apply, you must complete an online research proposal application form using our application system AIMS.

Please read the Application form guidance and Frequently asked questions and Notes for applicants before you begin your application.

Key dates

  • Friday 20 October 2017 (12.00pm) – Deadline to submit proposals. The online application portal will not accept submissions after this time.
  • 30 November 2017 – Longlisting of proposals. Longlisted proposals will then be externally peer reviewed.
  • 19 January 2018 – Shortlisting will be completed. Shortlisted proposals will be invited to attend an interview at our London offices.
  • 19 – 20 February 2018 – Interviews for research grants will take place. Please ensure that you are available for interview on these dates, as we are unable to offer applicants alternative interview dates.

Contact

If you have queries about the application process please email behaviour@health.org.uk in the first instance. We will endeavour to reply within five working days.

Sep 11

NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Scheme Workshop

The Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria is delighted to invite you to a dedicated training workshop focussing upon NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) funding and will be held on Tuesday 3rd October 2017 from 13:00 to 16:30 at Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street.

The i4i funding workshop will be facilitated by Ed Cooper from VitalSix Ltd and Dr Ian Newington, Acting Head of Special Projects at the NIHR and who leads i4i scheme.

i4i supports collaborative research and development projects in medtech SMEs, universities and the NHS that demonstrate proof-of-principle proof-of-principle and have a clear pathway towards adoption and commercialisation. The expected output is an advanced or clinically validated prototype medical device, technology or intervention. The aim is to de-risk projects and make them attractive to follow-on funders and investors.

Ed and Ian will be leading a practical workshop, providing guidance and advice based on real examples of previous applications. The aim of this workshop is to provide delegates with top-tips for developing an attractive proposition to the i4i scheme.

Further information on i4i can be found on the NIHR Invention for Innovation web page
https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/funding-for-research-studies/funding-programmes/invention-for-innovation/

For further information please contact sarah.black@ahsn-nenc.org.uk

 

Date: Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Time: 13:00-16:30
Venue: Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street

Register here.

Sep 11

Latest calls from the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme

17/65 – Dequalinium chloride as first-line treatment for bacterial vaginosis
17/66 – Short-term use of benzodiazepines for the acute management of acute low back pain
17/67 – Primary antibiotic prophylaxis for spontaneous bacterial peritonitis in cirrhosis
17/68 – Androgen replacement therapy in symptomatic men with low testosterone
17/69 – Safely and Effectively Stopping Medications in Older People with multimorbidity and polypharmacy
17/70 – Cost-effectiveness of earlier provision of powered wheelchair interventions for children with mobility limitations
17/71 – Treatment of new onset atrial fibrillation in the ICU
17/72 – Treatment of steroid resistant ulcerative colitis
17/73 – Early reoperation for patients with residual glioblastoma
17/74 – Early vs late cranial reconstruction (cranioplasty) in patients who have undergone a supratentorial decompressive craniectomy
17/75 – Management of an impacted fetal head during emergency caesarean section
17/76 – Home-blended food for children with gastrostomy tubes
17/77 – Clozapine for children and young people with treatment resistant schizophrenia
17/78 – Physical exercise for depression in adolescents
17/79 – Trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder in schizophrenia
17/80 – Psychosocial intervention to address the mental health needs of parents/carers of children newly diagnosed with autism
17/81 – Recurrent intra-articular corticosteroid injections in osteoarthritis
17/82 – Treatment to target in gout
17/83 – Biological response modifier drugs for rare autoimmune diseases
17/84 – Whole slide imaging in pathology
17/85 – Follow up of quiescent neovascular age-related macular degeneration
17/86 – The clinical and cost effectiveness of screening for Group B Streptococcus (GBS) in pregnancy
17/87 – Proton pump inhibitor therapy for refractory gastro-oesophageal reflux symptoms
17/88 – Fluid resuscitation regimens for burn injuries
17/89 – Interventions for babies born late preterm and early term
17/96 – Benzodiazepines for treatment resistant panic disorder

Aug 07

Research and Partnership Development for the Next Generation of Immersive Experiences

Funding available to support interdisciplinary research partnerships that can create new knowledge and address major challenges for the development of the next generation of immersive experiences

 

Funding body:Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Maximum value: £ 75,000Application deadline: 05/10/2017

Eligibility Criteria:

The audience for this call is wide. Those already engaged in the development of application of immersive experiences extend across the Arts and Humanities, a broad sector of the social sciences, technology, engineering, and those emerging areas where these disciplines already meet. However, this call will be of particular interest to and should stimulate collaborations between:

Arts and Humanities Researchers
Technology and Social Science Researchers
Creative Economy Industrial partners

Proposals are expected to bring together members from each of the three above groups to support interdisciplinary innovation.

The eligibility requirements for Primary Investigators and Co-Investigators are as per those for the standard route of AHRC Research Grants funding.

International Co-Investigators are permitted in this scheme.

Design researchers are welcome as either academic or creative economy partners as are IRO’s with appropriate skills and/or access to audience and environments to contribute to the research, to explore concepts and to test prototypes.

Application Procedure

The application form will be available in Je-S from early September 2017. Applications should be submitted online by the deadline of 5 October 2017 (4pm).

Key dates:

  • Call possible shortlisting: w/c 16 October 2017
  • Pitch to Peer assessment meeting: w/c 23 October 2017
  • Outcomes and successful projects announced: w/c 13 November 2017
  • Earliest start date for projects: 1 December 2017
  • Latest start date for projects: 1 February 2018
  • Projects completed: June – September 2018
  • Showcase event for funded projects: May 2018.

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Thomas Trewhella
    Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
    Polaris House
    North Star Avenue
    Swindon
    SN2 1FL
    Tel: 01793 416060
    Email: t.trewhella@ahrc.ac.uk

Jul 21

GCRF – Funding Update

The second GCRF Research Councils UK Collective Fund call “Growing Research Capability grants” worth £225m is due to come out soon. Keep an eye out and watch this space for more information.

The BEIS Global challenges Research Fund Strategy is now live on GOV.UK website. For the full strategy see here.

The Global Challenges Research Fund has a couple of calls open now. In each case, please refer to the call website for full details including eligibility requirements and thematic priorities:

Interdisciplinary Research Hubs to Address Intractable Challenges Faced by Developing Countries

This RCUK call invites proposals from UK research organisations to establish challenge-led and impact-focused GCRF Interdisciplinary Research Hubs. Between £8M – £20M (full economic cost) will be available for each Hub, provided over a 5 year period starting on 1stDecember 2018. RCUK are looking to award 12-15 Hubs.

Each Hub is required to demonstrate:

  • Challenge and impact focus – address a specific currently intractable development challenge(s) with realistic pathways with the potential to deliver a broad range of  measurable impacts, and a clear plan for sustaining and further developing the work undertaken during the lifetime of the Hub.
  • Interdisciplinary research excellence – anchored by well-integrated interdisciplinary approach which demonstrates both underpinning research excellence and the ability to think across, between and within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and that adds significant value to existing global research efforts.
  • Global partnerships – a commitment to capacity building and a programme of research and supporting activities which is co-developed with international partners, through genuine and equitable partnerships with researchers and relevant development agencies; third sector and Civil Society Organisations; industry and other private sector organisations; policy makers.
  • Organisation and leadership – strong research and operational leadership which incorporates robust financial and risk management, assurance, governance and effective monitoring and evaluation, and facilitates the ability to learn and adapt over the lifetime of the Hub.

If interested an Intention to Submit survey must be completed by 29th September 2017. Outline proposals must be submitted by 16:00 on 9th November 2017.  For more information see here.

Resilient and sustainable energy networks for developing countries

This call aims to support an internationally leading programme of research, centred on energy networks, to tackle the challenges faced by developing countries.  Proposals to this call must focus on energy distribution in off-grid locations or locations with sporadic grid connection. A particular emphasis should be placed on energy distribution which is maintainable, has good longevity, has low cost and addresses a range of energy uses beyond home lighting. EPSRC invite attention to the robustness of a local grid or micro-grid to natural hazards, with an emphasis on the vulnerability of physical assets.  Projects which aim to tackle the energy distribution issues faced by low-income countries are particularly welcome. Please be aware that proposals primarily focused on advancing renewable energy sources, including solar energy, will not be considered through this call. £7.5 million is available from the EPSRC for this call to fund 6-8 projects up to 36 months in duration. Deadline for submission of an expression of interest is 16:00 on 17 August 2017, the call for full proposals closes 16:00 on 21st September 2017. For more information see here.

Jul 13

Nuffield Foundation Research, Development and Analysis Programme

Grants available to support research, development and analysis projects that work to improve the design and operation of social policy in the areas of education, welfare and justice.

Fund Information

Funding body:
Nuffield Foundation
Maximum value:
£ 500,000
Application deadline:
02/10/2017

Extended Description

In June 2017, the Nuffield Foundation published a five-year strategy setting out its funding priorities, and as a result launched this funding programme to reflect these priorities.

The Foundation’s research, development and analysis portfolio is central to the delivery of their mission to advance educational opportunity and social well-being across the UK. It is expected that funded projects will work to improve the design and operation of social policy, especially in those areas in which the Foundation has always identified as underpinning a well-functioning society: Education, Welfare and Justice.

The Foundation seeks to build the capacity of the public policy system, including those responsible for policy delivery and practice, to understand and interpret research and analysis and to develop policy and practice in these three domains.

Education

The Education portfolio seeks to improve evidence, policy and practice in education and skills, from early childhood onwards. The portfolio also includes research into wider influences on life chances, such as the role of families.

The Foundation is particularly keen to fund work that addresses one or more of the following areas. These are not exclusive and it is possible that research carried out under one of the five themes will also be relevant to one or more of the others.

  • Early years education and childcare
  • Skills
  • Teaching quality
  • Young people’s pathways
  • Educational disadvantage

Welfare

The Welfare portfolio builds on earlier work on economic advantage and disadvantage and the finances of ageing. It seeks to improve lifelong economic and social well-being and participation by funding research that studies the determinants of adult and later life outcomes and welfare, how these determinants are changing across generations and how they may be mitigated where desirable. The Foundation is particularly interested in the effective design of, and behavioural responses to, policies which seek to protect against adverse outcomes, improve living standards and increase active participation in society.

The Foundation is calling for proposals in one or more of the following areas. These are not exclusive and it is possible that research carried out under one will be also be relevant to one or more of the others.

  • Family dynamics and labour market outcomes
  • Social and economic welfare in later life
  • Geographical inequalities
  • Social and economic analysis to inform public debate

Justice

The Foundation aims to improve outcomes for people who are seeking to resolve legal problems and disputes – including those which concern their rights in relation to the State – by facilitating evidence-based change within the justice system. This includes what happens in courts and tribunals (and the processes which lead up to them), as well as alternative mechanisms for redress outside the formal system. The Foundation will continue to consider the extent to which access to justice is achieved – including, but not confined to, access to legal advice and representation. However, the Foundation is also keen to balance this with an increased focus on procedural and substantive fairness. Above all else, they are interested in work that seeks to measure and explain the extent to which legal and other processes for dispute resolution improve outcomes for individuals and society. The Foundation has a special interest in the following topics:

  • Family and youth justice
  • Decision-making
  • Participation and rights

The Foundation supports a wide range of research, development and analysis projects, including:

  • Reviews and synthesis
  • Data collection and/or analysis
  • Pre-trial development work
  • Comparison or controlled trials or evaluations
  • Research translation

In addition to research, the Foundation occasionally funds projects of a more developmental nature. These must have direct bearing on, or strong links to, the Foundation’s funding priorities. They may or may not lead to larger scale applications for funding from the Foundation. Examples might include:

  • Initial development or feasibility studies for practical project interventions, with relevance to wider populations, i.e. beyond those directly involved in the project.
  • Small-scale inquiries, working parties or similar mechanisms to engage and deliberate with a range of stakeholders to reach common ground on a priority policy or practice issue and research/identify a potentially workable way forward.
  • Exploratory analysis of new data to inform the feasibility and potential for further analysis.
  • Small-scale deep-dive/observational studies to understand the operation of a policy or practice area to inform a larger scale project or initiative.

Eligibility Criteria

The Foundation encourages applicants to submit an outline proposal to test out the idea with them and to guide applicants on their eligibility.

In general, a wide range of organisations are eligible to apply for funding including, but not confined to, universities based in the UK and for projects focused on the UK context. However, applications are welcome from UK-based organisations to carry out collaborative projects involving overseas partners (and/or exploiting data relating to other countries), for example where:

  • These provide useful comparators for UK experience in the Foundation’s areas of substantive interest.
  • There are lessons to be learned from international experiences.
  • Policy or practice overseas might be adapted for the UK.
  • There is a capacity building dimension that might benefit the UK.

Applications from an overseas organisation may be considered in exceptional circumstances, along the lines of the above where there is no workable arrangement whereby a UK-based organisation can host the grant.

Although the Foundation does not contribute to general appeals for pooled funding, in some circumstances they will consider partnership funding. Where applicants wish to propose a partnership funding model, applicants will be expected to argue the case for such an approach within their Outline application.

Where applicants wish to seek funding for more than one project, the Foundation is willing to consider more than one Outline application from the same organisation. However, applicants should bear in mind that it is unlikely that more than one Outline application from a single PI within a given funding round would be shortlisted.

Additional Information

Approximately 20% of Outline applicants are invited to submit a Full Application. Around 500 applications are received per round, of which around 10% are funded.

The whole application process is likely to take between six and eight months for most projects.

Value Notes

Grants will normally range in size from £10,000 up to £500,000, with most lying between £50,000 and £300,000.

Occasionally the Foundation will make grants larger than £500,000 but these often require a bespoke timescale for consideration and decision, which will be discussed with applicants. Many of the large-scale projects build on earlier Foundation involvement in individual projects, initiatives or clusters of work.

The Foundation occasionally makes smaller grants for pilots or research, development and analysis work costing less than £10,000.

Most funded projects are between six months and three years in duration, but proposals that have a longer timescale will be considered. Projects are funded at 100% of eligible costs, covering directly incurred and directly allocated costs.

Eligible costs include:

  • Salaries up to the Foundation’s salary cap (for both UK and non-UK staff), National Insurance, and employer pension contributions (up to the salary cap).
  • Cost of living and incremental pay increases (up to a maximum 5% per annum).
  • Estates costs for HEI staff who are not permanent staff or PIs (pro rata basis).
  • Overheads for non-HEIs (not expected to exceed 60% as a proportion of salaries).
  • Consultants (daily rates usually within range £250 – £800).
  • Equipment.
  • Travel and subsistence.
  • Data collection/ fieldwork.
  • Costs of events, publications and dissemination activities.
  • Admin and office expenses.

Restrictions

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Individuals without a formal employment or other relationship with the institution hosting the grant.
  • Projects led by individuals unaffiliated to any particular organisation.
  • Projects led by schools or further education colleges.
  • Projects led by undergraduates or Master’s students.
  • PhD fees or projects where the main purpose is to support a PhD.
  • The establishment of academic posts.
  • Ongoing costs or the costs of ‘rolling out’ existing work or services.
  • ‘Dissemination-only’ projects, including campaigning work, which are not connected to the Foundation’s funded work.
  • Local charities, replacement for statutory funding, or local social services or social welfare provision.
  • Requests for financial help or educational fees from or on behalf of individuals.

Unless special permission is granted, applications for projects that are being considered by another funder at the same time will not be accepted. The Foundation is unlikely to fund proposals that have been unsuccessful elsewhere unless the project is outstanding and central to their areas of interest.

Terms and Conditions

Each Outline application is screened by one or more members of the grants team. When assessing applications they will consider the following factors:

  • Relevance – an interesting question/issue that fits the Nuffield Foundation’s mission and is relevant to the questions in their three domains. There should be a clear articulation of what applicants intend to do, why it matters, and what difference it will make.
  • Rigour – for analysis and drawing conclusions as well as design/data collection. Methods need to be right for the question (and many of the questions need some quantitative analysis).
  • Engagement – with policy and/or practice, as well as public dissemination through the media and other channels. Engagement needs to be end-to-end, not just at dissemination stage.
  • Impact – explanation of the potential for impact: clarity of outputs and outcomes and the relationship between the two.
  • Resources – strong team and appropriate budget.

The full terms and conditions guidance document can be found on the Foundation’s website.

Application Procedure

There are two funding rounds each year.

Applications to the 2017/18 funding rounds must be submitted by the following deadlines:

  • May 2018 meeting:
    • Outline application deadline: 2 October 2017
    • Full application deadline: 12 January 2018.
  • November 2018 meeting:
    • Outline application deadline: 16 March 2018
    • Full application deadline: 6 July 2018.

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    Nuffield Foundation
    28 Bedford Square
    London
    WC1B 3JS
    Tel: 020 7631 0566
    Fax: 020 7323 4877
    Email: outlines@nuffieldfoundation.org

Jul 11

MRC Call notice – Confidence in Global Nutrition and Health Research

MRC is pleased to announce our Confidence in Global Nutrition and Health Research call as part of our suite of activities under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The research supported through this call will contribute to the UKs commitment to research for the benefit of Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).

These are institutional pump-priming awards, with the funds providing an opportunity to define research questions and develop strategies in global nutrition research, and to establish and consolidate UK-LMIC partnerships.

The call was launched on 27th June 2017. Applications open on the 4th of July and close on the 14th September 2017. 

For details and guidance on how to apply please follow the link below:

https://www.mrc.ac.uk/funding/browse/confidence-in-global-nutrition-and-health-research/confidence-in-global-nutrition-and-health-research-institutional-pump-priming-awards/

Jul 11

British Academy Global Challenges Research Networking Grants

The Academy of Medical Sciences in partnership with the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society, is delighted to announce the call for applications to a scheme to allow researchers from developing countries and the UK to forge links and hold networking events to generate innovative and interdisciplinary research ideas to address global challenges.

What is offered

This scheme is targeted at researchers who are looking to form new international collaborations. The maximum amount available is £25,000. Applications from the humanities and social sciences are welcome.

Applications should focus on building a collaborative network and therefore have to be submitted jointly by a lead overseas researcher from a developing country and a lead researcher based in the UK.

To be eligible to apply, both applicants must:

  • Have completed a PhD or have experience at an equivalent level
  • Have proven research experience in their field
  • Hold a permanent position at an eligible institution (in the UK or a DAC-listed country), or a fixed-term contract for the duration of the award.

Projects must start between 1st January 2018 and 31st March 2018, and the funding will last for one year. Full details of eligibility for this scheme are outlined in the guidance, which can be downloaded from the right side of this page. Please read this carefully before submitting an application.

Please contact the Academy of Medical Science’s grants team if you have any queries on 0203 1413 244, or email the team at gcrfnetworking@acmedsci.ac.uk.

For more information see here.

Jul 07

Nuffield Foundation Launches Research, Development and Analysis Programme

Following the launch of their new five-year strategy, the Nuffield Foundation has announced a new £20 million Research, Development and Analysis grants programme to align their funding priorities with the strategy.

The programme seeks to build the capacity of the public policy system, including those responsible for policy delivery and practice, to understand and interpret research and analysis and to develop policy and practice in the areas of education, welfare and justice.

Education

The Education portfolio seeks to improve evidence, policy and practice in education and skills, from early childhood onwards. The portfolio also covers research into wider influences on life chances, such as the role of families.

The Foundation is particularly keen to fund work that addresses one or more of the following areas:

  • Early years education and childcare
  • Skills
  • Teaching quality
  • Young people’s pathways
  • Educational disadvantage

Welfare

The Welfare portfolio seeks to improve lifelong economic and social well-being and participation by funding research that studies the determinants of adult and later life outcomes and welfare, how these determinants are changing across generations, and how they may be mitigated, where desirable. The Foundation is particularly interested in the effective design of, and behavioural responses to, policies which seek to protect against adverse outcomes, improve living standards and increase active participation in society.

The Foundation is calling for proposals in one or more of the following areas:

  • Family dynamics and labour market outcomes
  • Social and economic welfare in later life
  • Geographical inequalities
  • Social and economic analysis to inform public debate

Justice

The Foundation aims to improve outcomes for people who are seeking to resolve legal problems and disputes – including those which concern their rights in relation to the State – by facilitating evidence-based change within the justice system. This includes what happens in courts and tribunals (and the processes which lead up to them), as well as alternative mechanisms for redress outside the formal system. The Foundation will continue to consider the extent to which access to justice is achieved – including, but not confined to, access to legal advice and representation. However, the Foundation is keen to balance this with an increased focus on procedural and substantive fairness. Above all else, they are interested in work that seeks to measure and explain the extent to which legal and other processes for dispute resolution improve outcomes for individuals and society. The Foundation has a special interest in the following topics:

  • Family and youth justice
  • Decision-making
  • Participation and rights

A wide range of research, development and analysis projects will be supported under the Research, Development and Analysis Programme, including:

  • Reviews and synthesis
  • Data collection and/or analysis
  • Pre-trial development work
  • Comparison or controlled trials or evaluations
  • Research translation

In addition to research, the Foundation occasionally funds projects of a more developmental nature. These must have direct bearing on, or strong links to, the Foundation’s funding priorities.

A wide range of organisations are eligible to apply for funding including, but not confined to, universities based in the UK and for projects focused on the UK context. However, applications are welcome from UK-based organisations to carry out collaborative projects involving overseas partners (and/or exploiting data relating to other countries).

Grants will normally range in size from £10,000 up to £500,000, with most lying between £50,000 and £300,000. Occasionally the Foundation will make grants larger than £500,000 but these often require a bespoke timescale for consideration and decision, which will be discussed with applicants. The Foundation may also consider requests for smaller grants for pilot studies or research, development and analysis work costing less than £10,000.

Most funded projects are between six months and three years in duration, but proposals that have a longer timescale will be considered.

There are two funding rounds each year. The Foundation encourages applicants to submit an outline proposal to test out the idea with them and to guide applicants on their eligibility.

Outline applications to the 2017/18 funding rounds must be submitted by 2 October 2017 for consideration at the May 2018 meeting and by 16 March 2018 for the November 2018 meeting.

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Jul 07

Confidence in Global Nutrition and Health Research: Institutional “pump-priming” awards to develop new opportunities in Global Nutrition and Health Research

Status: Open

Open date: 4 Jul 2017

Closing date: 14 Sep 2017 16:00 GMT+1

Type: Calls

Categories: Global health

Aims and remit

The “Confidence in” schemes are used to demonstrate MRC’s support for institutional development in key strategic areas.  We are pleased to announce our “Confidence in Global Nutrition and Health Research” call as part of our suite of activities under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The research supported through this call will contribute to the UK’s commitment to research for the benefit of Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs; as listed here opens in new window).

The purpose of this call is to provide institutional “pump-priming” funds to lay the grounds for future large scale, multidisciplinary, cross-country global nutrition and health research bids addressing issues of primary relevance to LMICs. It is expected that these funds will help develop new strategies in global nutrition and health research, within and across institutions and in partnership with LMICs.

These are flexible institutional awards. Funds can be used to undertake research projects to generate preliminary data and to build, expand or consolidate UK-LMIC partnerships. These funds provide an opportunity to define research questions; assess the viability of proposed approaches relevant to the local socioeconomic and cultural context; and assess the feasibility of establishing sustainable UK-LMIC partnerships. It is expected that “Confidence in Global Nutrition and Health Research” awardees will use preliminary data or established partnerships to inform more substantive research opportunities, through the MRC Boards and Panels as well as via future GCRF calls.

As part of this call we held a one-day workshop and information event which took place on the 9th June 2017 in London. A report of the workshop will be available on the MRC website.

Proposals must focus on issues primarily relevant to LMICs and aim to achieve one or more of the following goals:

  • Develop new research strategies to tackle nutrition and health challenges that are relevant to LMICs in the short, medium and long-term;
  • Develop new UK-LMIC research partnerships or capitalise on existing ones;
  • Identify opportunities and assess feasibility of large-scale global nutrition and health research  projects in partnership with  LMICs;
  • Extend scope of existing research to LMIC settings;
  • Apply novel / potentially high-risk approaches to nutrition research,  with opportunities for multidisciplinary approaches;
  • Produce preliminary data and develop concepts  for future grant applications;
  • Create pathways to impact in LMICs.

Scope of the funding call

The research supported through this call will contribute to the UK’s commitment to Official Development Assistance (ODA) to LMICs. A list of eligible countries can be found hereopens in new window. Applications must demonstrate the research to be primarily relevant to near-term or long-term benefits to the health or prosperity of LMICs. Applicants must provide evidence as to why the research is relevant, to ensure that the proposed plan is informed by the needs of affected populations. Further guidance on ODA and demonstrating ODA compliance in applications for funding is available via the RCUK GCRF webpagesopens in new window, in particular ODA guidanceopens in new window.

Subject areas may comprise, but are not limited to:

  • Mechanistic understanding:
  • Interplay  between nutrition and: co-morbidities; infections; inflammation;  gut  health and function; gut microbiome; NCDs; cognition and mental health;  lifestyle and physical activity;
  • Nutritional adequacy in health and disease;
  • Molecular bases for individual and population responses to nutrition.
  • Nutrition through  the life course:
  • First 1000+ days: pre-conception, pregnancy, infancy and early childhood;  reversibility and mitigation of  childhood malnutrition effects;
  • Adolescence;
  • Ageing.
  • Understanding of nutrition and dietary patterns:
  • Food  production and supply chain  and linkages to human health (production of  nutritious healthy food; sustainable  agriculture and farming in harmony with ecosystems;  environmental effects through agriculture;  food hygiene; effects  of marketing, food policy and food tax on diet);
  • Cultural and socio-economic context  (e.g. family and intergenerational dynamics; education and literacy);
  • Effects of  conflicts, migration, natural disasters;
  • Mental health status effects on nutrition;
  • Double burden of over and under nutrition.
  • Nutritional Interventions:
  • Informed by mechanistic evidence and  context-specific factors;
  • Use of  interventions to improve mechanistic understanding;
  • Monitoring and assessment of outcomes of ongoing interventions.
  • Methodologies:
  • Improvement and standardization of methodologies to enable robust measurement (e.g. food intake, food composition);
  • Affordable methods to monitor nutrition;
  • Biological markers of food nutritional value and surrogate markers to measure health outcomes;
  • More efficient use of existing data and resources (samples, cohorts).

Awards

Institutions may apply for an award up to £200,000 MRC funding for the duration of up to 12 months. Projects are required to start as soon as possible after the funding decision and no later than 1st March 2018. Requested costs for UK activities should be 80% full economic cost. Allowable costs for LMICs are 100% of eligible costs. Please see “MRC guidance for applicants” sections 3.1 and 3.3.

The funding can be used to support:

  • Networking meetings and other events to develop strategy and partnerships for future activities;
  • Small pump-priming projects to generate preliminary data for future applications;
  • Salary costs for existing research staff, where these can be shown to be making a clear and important contribution to the development of proposed activities. No new staff should be appointed under these funds;
  • Travel and accommodation expenses.

The funding is not intended to support:

  • Continuation of normal research grants;
  • PhD studentships or fellowships.

Eligibility

The main applicant must be a UK research organization (including MRC Units and Institutes) and all funding is to be managed through that organization. It is expected that applications will be led by one or more senior members of the institution.

UK research organizations can only lead on one application, but individual researchers from any given institution may be named co-applicants on other proposals.

LMIC-based researchers are invited to apply as co-applicants. LMIC-based researchers may be affiliated with higher education institutions, non-profit research institutions or non-governmental organizations. We encourage LMIC-based researchers to make contacts with researchers based at UK research institutions, and vice versa, to discuss opportunities for partnerships in global nutrition and health research.

Industrial collaborators are welcomed. The role and contribution of industrial collaborators must be clearly explained, with special emphasis on the benefit to LMICs.

Application Guidelines

Application details and guidelines for the case for support can be found here.

Applications must be submitted via Je-Sopens in new window by 4pm on the 14th September 2017.

Assessment Process

Applications will be assessed by a bespoke panel which will both review the applications and make funding decisions. The panel meeting will take place in November 2017. Assessment criteria can be found here.

Contact

If you have any queries please contact:  nutritionandglobalhealth@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk.

Key dates

Funding applications open 4th July 2017
Funding applications close 14th September 2017
Panel meeting and funding decision November 2017
Awards  start date As soon as possible after funding decision and no later than 1st March 2018