The Medical Research Foundation (MRF) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) are pleased to announce that they will be launching a £2 million joint call for new high-quality, internationally competitive research partnerships to investigate the underlying bio-psycho-social mechanistic and environmental drivers i.e. the aetiology and underpinning mechanisms of self-harm or of eating disorders in children, adolescents and young adults (up to 25 years). The partners will be holding a workshop for researchers on the 26th September 2016 in London to encourage collaborations and stimulate discussions between both those established in the field and those seeking opportunities in these areas of research. The workshop will provide the opportunity to network and better understand the existing research in these areas with a view to developing a proposal for the call.
The award could be used in a variety of ways to develop new research proposals e.g. developing new platforms or achieving scientific strength through links between and within universities in the UK; progressing a new area and delivering new scientific insights, which may lead on to larger future proposals.
The awards are intended to be flexible – giving scope to support the early career development of new PIs, and/or to support linked work, or the new analysis of existing population datasets.
The intention of the call is to develop a pipeline of research in order to better understand the underlying mechanisms and heterogeneity of these mental health conditions. The resulting insights into causal or mechanistic understanding should aim to inform future prevention and treatment studies in the longer-term. A competitive second phase of funding may be made available to provide further funding for one or a number of proposals funded under the first phase.
How to apply to attend the workshop
Please note there will be limited availability.
The closing date for your interest is the 19th August 2016.