Every year, worldwide, 2.7 million babies die during the first 28 days of life and 2.6 million babies are stillborn. 98% of this combined total occurs in LMICs along with 99% of maternal deaths. In addition to maternal and neonatal mortality, morbidity also needs to be addressed, moving beyond survival to have a transformative effect on the long-term health of mother, father and baby. If we are to achieve the targets set out in Sustainable Development Goal 3 more research is needed to improve our knowledge of the scale, cause, prevention, prediction, detection, treatment and management of neonatal and maternal health problems.
The Global Maternal and Neonatal Health funding call is a joint initiative between the Medical Research Council (MRC; part of UK Research & Innovation, partly funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)), and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
The purpose of the call is to address the burden of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity in low and middle income countries (LMICs), by funding high-quality proposals across the spectrum of basic to applied research.
This call will support internationally competitive research projects in global maternal and neonatal health. Additionally, seed-funding is available to develop partnerships, collect preliminary data, conduct feasibility studies, for example in preparation for future large-scale activity. The scope of the call is deliberately broad, reflecting the range and complexity of the challenges faced and the interdisciplinary efforts required. We emphasise that improvements in maternal and neonatal health rely on both innovation and better implementation of existing interventions. Examples of priority research areas within the pre-conception, pregnancy and birth, and postpartum periods, as well as cross-cutting themes relevant to all areas, can be found in the overview of research priorities.
Awards will support multidisciplinary approaches, build and strengthen research partnerships, and promote capacity building in global maternal and neonatal health research.
Applications are particularly encouraged from principal investigators based at organisations in LMICs, as well as from eligible research organisations based in the UK working in equitable partnership with LMIC colleagues.
This is the first of three annual calls. Up to £10 million will be made available for this call to support research grants up to three years in duration and seed-funding grants up to one year’s duration. For the first call we particularly encourage proposals focusing on the period of pregnancy and birth, although pre-conception and postpartum applications will be considered.
Medical Research Council (MRC); Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)
Prazo de inscrição
quarta-feira, 24 de Abril de 2019 às 11:59 (29 dias restantes)
Critérios de elegibilidade
PI’s should be based at an eligible LMIC or UK research organisation (see the call specific Guidance for Applicants for more details on eligible research organisations). If the PI is based in the UK, there must be clear partnership with, and scientific leadership from, Co-Is based in the LMIC(s) where the project will take place. Researchers can be the PI on only one application in this call but may act as a Co-I on any number of applications if their capacity permits them to fully input to the projects should more than one be successful.
The PI is the lead researcher on the application with overall responsibility for the intellectual leadership of the project and for the overall management of the research. The grant will be administered by the PI’s research organisation. Co-Is assist the PI in the management and leadership of the research and may provide specialist expertise in a particular facet of the research.
Partnerships may build on existing relationships or represent the development of a new collaborative relationship. The principal requirement is for meaningful, quality collaborations or partnerships, demonstrated through clear leadership roles across the proposed partnership, and balance and proportionality in partners’ roles and responsibilities.
All funded projects must have a strong underpinning research ethic based on mutual respect and understanding for different cultural, ethnic, social and economic beliefs and practices. Solutions to maternal and neonatal health in LMICs must be rooted in, and acceptable to, the institutions, communities and societies where they will operate. We strongly encourage engagement of non-academic stakeholders in research proposals. We recognise that uptake and use of research outcomes does not just occur at the end of a research project, but rather is embedded throughout the research process itself. We therefore encourage non-academic involvement in both the early design and ongoing conduct of research projects.
All proposals should consider input from and equitable representation of researchers:
- from countries involved in the research
- of different genders
- at all career stages
- from multiple disciplines.
Applicants for research grants must submit an outline proposal prior to 24 April 2019 via Je-S featuring a maximum six-page Case for Support and a summary of costs.
Applicants for seed-funding grants do not need to submit an outline application. The seed-funding application should be submitted via Je-S and should include a maximum six-page Case for Support and a full breakdown of costs.
Please note that submission of the same proposal to more than one MRC or NIHR scheme will not be permitted.
The call for invited full research grant applications and seed-funding applications will open once the assessment of the outline research grant applications has taken place (July 2019).
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR); Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)