The Small Scale Research Grants are offered as part of the programme for research capacity building and community engagement development of the PIECEs research, collaborative research that aims to explore, adapt, and test a low-cost, app-based approach (DIALOG+) that makes use of existing resources to improve community-based care for patients with psychosis and reduce the need for institutionalization.
The overall aim of PIECEs is to improve the quality of community-based care for people with psychosis in India and Pakistan by adapting and testing this approach, and up-scaling through the use of participatory arts methodologies and community engagement.
The research is funded by the NIHR (National Institute for Health Research in the United Kingdom) and is led by Queen Mary University of London (UK), Interactive Research and Development – IRD (Karachi, Pakistan) and Schizophrenia Research Foundation – SCARF (Chennai, India), in partnership with Aga Khan University and People’s Palace Projects
Nature of proposals
- The aim of this grant is to help develop and strengthen the skills, instincts, abilities, processes and resources of early career researchers to adapt, and grow in the areas of research, clinical, community engagement, community care of people with experience of psychosis, their carers and health workers.
- Research Proposals focussing on psychoses are invited from Early Career Researchers in the fields of Mental Health, Arts and Community Engagement, Health and Mental Health Evaluation, and Health Economics. Research Proposals focussing on psychoses are preferred.
- Community treatment of psychosis – development of projects or resource oriented approaches that provide community day-to-day support and strengthen local awareness around people with experience of psychosis, their carers and health workers to ensure they have resources or pathways of care within their local community.
- Arts, Community engagement and Mental Health – Projects or activities that enable public participation and involvement to promote relationship building through learning, action, and the expression of needs and values through the arts, culture or community led activities for people with experience of psychosis, their carers and health workers.
- Evaluation methods – Proposals that enable the creation of innovative criterias, approaches and methodologies around evaluating the success of a given program or project in the field of research, clinical interventions, community engagement and the arts involving people with experience of psychosis, their carers and health care workers.
- The Early career research grant can support up to 6 proposals of various sizes as follows:
- Duration: This scheme is looking to fund projects with duration from 6 months to 18 months of delivery life. At the end of the project, partners selected via the scheme must provide a report highlighting the undertaken activities and outcomes delivered during the lifespan of the project.
The Small Scale Grants is open to support individual or collectives who work as academicians, researchers, health workers, clinicians and persons with lived experienced who are currently working/partnering with SCARF. We encourage particularly researchers, health workers, practitioners and facilitators on early career or junior positions.
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