Applications for PIECEs Small Scale Research Grants are now open, an initiative for building research capacity and community engagement development within the ‘Improving outcomes for people with psychosis in Pakistan and India – enhancing the Effectiveness of Community-based care (PIECEs)’ research program.
The overall aim of the project 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.
Proposals are invited especially from those working at grass roots local community levels and researchers with lived experience of mental health conditions, across a wide range of activities, training and or personal development, in the following areas:
- Capacity building – Proposals that involve the development and strengthening of the skills, instincts, abilities, processes and resources that individuals, organisations and communities need to survive, adapt, and grow in the areas of research, clinical, community engagement, community care of people with experience of mental illness, their carers and health workers.
- Community treatment of mental illness – Development of projects or resource oriented approaches that provide community day-to-day support and strengthen local awareness around people with experience of mental illness, 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 mental illness, their carers and health workers.
- Evaluation methods – Proposals that enable the creation of innovative criteria, approaches and methodologies around evaluating the success of a given program or project in the field of research, clinical interventions, economic or cost-analysis, community engagement and the arts involving people with experience of mental illness, their carers and health care workers.
- Funding can be used to cover any directly allocated costs (e.g. staff and suppliers, training courses etc.), subsistence, travel, equipment and community engagement related costs.
- Stage 1
- Small-scale research projects (5 grants up to £500 for 6 months)
- Medium-scale research projects (2 grants up to £2,500 for 6 months)
- Stage 2
- Applications indicating proof-of-concept in Stage 1 applications will be contacted to submit an application for a small-medium scale implementation research project of a grant amount up to £7,000 for 12 months
- This scheme is looking to fund projects with duration from 6 months to 12 months of delivery life (dependent on funding stage secured and project deliverables). Extensions may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
This Small Scale Research Grants scheme is locally administered by IRD Pakistan (Pvt. Ltd) and open to support individuals or collectives who work as academics, students, researchers, program implementers, health workers, clinicians and advocates who support or work in Mental Health, Arts and Community Engagement and Mental Health Evaluation in Pakistan.
For more information, visit https://piecesresearch.com/small-scale-grants-pakistan