Medical Research Council (MRC): Inviting applications for ‘fund’ to fund research grants to improve adolescent health in low and middle income countries (LMICs).

Funding brief: The MRC, in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research, the Department for International Development, and the Economic and Social Research Council , is pleased to announce a third call to fund research grants to improve adolescent health in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Originally launched in 2015, this programme now represents a partnership between all four funders and aims to fund world-class and cutting-edge research which addresses the specific health needs of adolescents.

Scope: They will accept proposals from principal investigators based in LMICs and UK research organizations. If the principal investigator is based in the UK, there must be clear partnership with, and scientific leadership from, co-investigators based in the LMIC where the project will take place.

Areas of particular research interest include:
● Migration, displaced, and refugee populations
● Research in conflict-affected and fragile states
● Disabilities – both mental, intellectual, and physical
● Mental health
● Unintentional and intentional injury
● Addiction
● Tobacco
● Maternal health
● Sexual and reproductive health
● Respiratory health
● Neurodevelopmental disorders
● Environmental exposures (such as endocrine disruptors)
● Anemia
● Chronic disease (cancer, epilepsy, diabetes, etc.)
● Biomarkers for adolescent disorders (such as nutrition)
● Transitioning out of adolescence and quality of care during transition to adult specialists
● Adolescent friendly health services
● Health consequences of urbanization.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to explore opportunities to consider:
● Innovative and novel approaches – applicants may wish to consider proposing a milestone where the level of research risk is deemed high, or where one element of the proposal is entirely dependent on the success of another
● Interventions with a preventative focus
● Effectiveness studies
● Implementation research
● Intersect oral applications, such as education and health
● Interdisciplinary collaborations across social science, biomedical science, and other disciplines including health economics and political science
● The social determinants of health and how these affect health as well as access and uptake of healthcare by adolescent populations
● Using a range of quantitative and qualitative methods
● Inclusion of innovative technologies and devices
● Engaging adolescents and policy stakeholders in the development of research questions, plans and dissemination
● Collection of disaggregated data and submission to data repositories.

Donor Name: Medical Research Council (MRC), National Institute for Health Research, the Department for International Development, and the Economic and Social Research Council
Funding name: Third call for research to improve adolescent health in LMIC settings

Deadline: 18th, September, 2018 at 16:00 GMT+1

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: Together the funders have agreed to commit £4 million to this scheme, with the possibility of extra funds dependent on quality.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found
Project duration: Not found

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: Eligible research activities-The research approach taken should be clearly justified in the proposal indicating why it is the most appropriate and robust methodology to address the proposed research questions. The following research activities are eligible for submission under this scheme:
● Developing complex interventions that explicitly address health needs of adolescent populations
● Using methodologies to assess the effectiveness of interventions specifically for adolescents, including adaptation of interventions of known effectiveness in other populations
● Implementation research questions that address issues faced in making interventions of known effectiveness accessible to adolescent populations within the health system
● Research that explores health system barriers to effective healthcare for adolescents, including user and provider perspectives, social and economic barriers, as well as policy and governance challenges
● Capacity building, networking and community engagement.
● All funders are committed to supporting capacity building in research and encourage proposals that incorporate capacity building within the whole project of work. Capacity-building elements should be set out in relation to the core intellectual agenda of the research proposal and not treated separately. The focus should be on the quality and impact of the research, and how increasing research capacity contributes to this. Proposals should demonstrate how capacity building for junior UK and LMIC researchers will lead to developing future scientific leadership.
● When developing proposals, applicants should consider the specific fit to the call in the context of existing schemes such as the Health Systems Research Initiative and Joint Global Health Trials.
● Where a large scale trial is proposed, please consult the office prior to submission.
● Please note that submission of the same proposal to more than one MRC scheme will not be permitted.

Eligible Country: Applications are particularly encouraged from principal investigators (PI) based at organizations in LMICs, as highlighted in the DAC List of ODA Recipients, as well as from eligible research organizations based in the UK. LMIC Principal Investigators are encouraged to contact the office for further guidance on the submission process.

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply: Click to view
● Guideline: Click to view
● About: Click to view
● Adolescent Health Grant Guidance and Assessment Criteria 2018: Click to view
● Je-S Helpdesk pages: Click to view
● MRC Guidance for Applicants: Click to view
● MRC Terms and Conditions: Click to view
● MRC Research Policy and Ethics (including MRC data sharing policy): Click to view
● MRC Guidelines for Management of Global Health Trials: Click to view
● United Kingdom Research and Innovation guidance on pathways to impact: Click to view
● Department for International Development guidance on research uptake: Click to view

How to apply: Applications will be accepted through the research councils’ Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S).

The following table summarizes the required documents along with the maximum accepted page lengths for each document:

Required Documents Page Limit Required Documents Page Limit
Online Je-S Proposal Form Word limit specified in Je-S Online Je-S Proposal Form Word limit specified in Je-S
Covering Letter Maximum 2 Pages A4 Covering Letter Maximum 2 Pages A4
CV’s Maximum 2 Pages A4 each CV’s Maximum 2 Pages A4 each
Publications Maximum 1 Page A4 each Publications Maximum 1 Page A4 each
Case for Support – If your application does NOT Case for Support – If your application does NOT
involve a clinical trial involve a clinical trial
Maximum 8 Pages A4 including references for a Maximum 8 Pages A4 including references for a
three year award (or shorter) three year award (or shorter)
Maximum 12 Pages A4 including references for Maximum 12 Pages A4 including references for
an award longer than three years an award longer than three years


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