The MRC has announced a forthcoming call for research projects that will benefit the health of vulnerable populations living in low and middle income countries (LMICs) with an outline deadline of 8th April.
YESI are convening a short workshop to connect researchers interested in developing bids to this call, which include an environmental focus, e.g. improving health outcomes in a changing climate, the impacts of indoor and outdoor pollution on health, urban health and ‘healthy housing’ etc.
The call will accept proposals of all sizes, including large applications over £1m and small to medium-scale applications and are looking for research projects that will develop practical solutions to health challenges. Research topics listed includes:
- healthy ageing
- infectious diseases, including neglected tropical diseases and COVID-19
- non-communicable diseases, including mental health
- nutrition and food security
- urban health, including indoor or outdoor air pollution, road traffic accidents and healthy housing
- planetary health
- informal settlements, conflict zones, and displaced populations
- primary, secondary and tertiary prevention
Approaches can include:
- late-stage intervention development
- implementation science
- scale-up activities
- health services research
- health economics
- health policy research
- research with a predominantly applied focus that does not fit within the remit of other MRC boards and panels.
The call also welcomes cross-sectoral research that combines expertise to meet a global health challenge (such as urban planning, health policy and non-communicable disease research) within a single proposal. The research question might involve different disciplines and approaches from outside the health sector, but the primary objective must be health focused.