MRC announces Improving Adolescent Health in low and Middle Income Countries


Deadline: 16 July 2019

The Medical Research Council, the National Institute for Health Research and the Department for International Development have announced a Fourth call for research to improve adolescent health in low and middle income countries.

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This call for proposals seeks to provide the research evidence needed to effect real and practical changes to improve adolescent health in LMICs.

Remit and scope

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Although not being limited to these areas, this call particularly welcomes proposals addressing the following topics:

  • Research in conflict-affected and fragile states
  • Road traffic and other injuries
  • Prevention of interpersonal violence
  • Self-harm (including suicide)
  • Lower respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia
  • Prevention and treatment of substance use (alcohol, tobacco and other drugs)
  • Future NCD risk factors (raised blood pressure, raised blood glucose, obesity and smoking)
  • Nutrition, diet and physical activity
  • Disabilities – both mental, intellectual, and physical
  • The transition out of adolescence into adulthood
  • The transition for those in the healthcare system to being looked after by adult services
  • Research addressing social (and commercial) determinants of health

Funding Information

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  • The total amount available for this call is £8 million.
  • Research grants are focused projects usually up to three years’ duration with a maximum of five years’ duration. Small and larger-scale projects are invited to apply, the minimum size for projects to be considered is £150,000 (amount requested from funders, taking into account FEC rates) and 12 months duration.

Eligible Research Activities

The research approach taken should be clearly justified in the proposal indicating why the methods applicants have proposed are appropriate for addressing their research questions. The following research activities are eligible for submission under this call and can be costed in the proposal:

  • Developing interventions that explicitly address the immediate health needs of adolescent populations. Clear plans for evaluation should be included within the proposed research activities, or where justified, clearly set out as future activities.
  • Research to understand how to modify behaviours that start in adolescence and cause disease in later life evaluating the effectiveness of interventions specifically for adolescents, including adaptation of interventions of known effectiveness in other populations.
  • Implementation research that addresses issues faced in making interventions of known effectiveness for health outcomes accessible to adolescent populations.
  • 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 activities relevant to the core intellectual agenda of the research proposal, focusing on early career researchers through to the development of institutional capacity.
  • Community and stakeholder engagement activities as a core part of defining the research agenda, determining how the research should be undertaken and its results translated into action.
  • Networking activities with researchers and other stakeholders.

Eligibility Criteria

This programme allows academics from the UK and LMICs to work together in partnerships that build on existing relationships or represent the development of a new collaborative relationship. Please note, there is no requirement for UK involvement, the partnership could be formed entirely of LMIC investigators.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

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