Funding opportunity: MRC/AHRC cross-discipline public health call

Research and Innovation Development Office

Category: Calls

14 February 2017

The Medical Research Council (MRC) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) have announced two upcoming calls in public health, under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) umbrella.

Through GCRF, the Government funds projects that benefit low and middle-income countries (LMICs). The aim is to carry out research on specific, targeted themes, where the major outcomes will be of use in those LMICs of interest.

This unique scheme will bring together experts from the arts and humanities community with those from the public health community. Participants should be knowledgeable in some of the following areas: medical science and health interventions in developing countries, with an understanding of local knowledge, cultural dynamics, community engagement and trust.

In order not to limit the potential for inter-disciplinary innovation under this activity, the call is open to proposals addressing any global public health issue affecting low and middle income countries (LMICs).

The calls aim to fund projects of a capacity-building nature, rather than solely reasearch-focused. Various activities are eligible for funding through the call:

  • consortium/partnership building
  • developing strategy to strengthen research
  • international and interdisciplinary knowledge shaing
  • small scale, higher risk projects as proof of principle.

The funders say, 'Relevant themes that could be considered include, but are not limited to:

  • understanding public health in relation to cultural and population change, migration / mobility, cultural diversity
  • public health in cities and the effects of urban migration
  • contextually appropriate, user-led / co- design to improve health systems or services
  • delivery of public health programmes in relation to legal frameworks; belief systems and ethical considerations
  • trust in science and community preparedness for medical research and trials.'

A total of £2m is available, for project of between 18 and 24 months duration. A guide cost of £200,000 has been given for these projects, though the funders acknowledge this is flexible according to the nature of the work.

An event will be held in April to allow potential applicants to network and find partners - especially useful in bringing the disparate communities together. Registration is essential if you wish to take part, and we highly recommend you take this opportunity. Do sign up as soon as possible to ensure a space!

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