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UK-South Africa workshop on mental health

  • Date: 16 Oct 2017 00:00 - 20 Oct 2017 00:00
  • Venue: Cape Town, South Africa

Workshop opportunity and Call Pre-announcement

The MRC, ESRC and the South African MRC are pleased to announce that they will soon be launching a joint call for research proposals through the Newton Fund focussing on Mental Health in South Africa.

The partners will be holding a workshop for researchers during the week commencing 16 October 2017 in Cape Town to explore UK-South African opportunities for collaboration in this area.

The upcoming call for proposals will focus on research into mental health of relevance to South Africa.

The funders will welcome proposals for research into mental health across the spectrum of research activities, including but not limited to basic discovery research, epidemiology, understanding the mechanisms of disease, novel detection and diagnosis, development of therapeutics/interventions and care arrangements, investigation of biological, psychological, social, environmental and/or economic determinants of disease and their interactions, public health research and the impact of different public and practitioner understandings of mental health and stigma.

Please note research projects focusing on substance misuse will be outside the scope of this call.

The call will be for proposals of a duration of up to 3 years. All projects that receive funding must be completed by 31 March 2021.

The workshop

The upcoming MRC/ESRC/SAMRC workshop will be an opportunity for UK researchers to meet researchers from South African institutions and explore opportunities for research collaboration. The agenda for the workshop will include time for networking and sharing information about UK and South African research expertise and areas of interest.

How to apply to attend the workshop

We would like to see expressions of interest from academics who would be interested in representing their institution at this workshop in Cape Town, South Africa. We are keen to invite mental health researchers across both ESRC and MRC research remits.

Costs of the UK attendees will be covered by the funders.

Due to a limited number of spaces, it is possible that we will only be able to invite one academic per institution per call to attend. Therefore, attendees will be expected to represent the wider interests of their institution as well as their individual interests.

If you would like to represent your institution at this workshop please submit an expression of interest including;

  • a one-page cover letter outlining the research interests of your institution in collaborating with South Africa
  • a JPEG picture of yourself to be included in the briefing pack if selected to attend the workshop
  • your CV
  • a half page biography highlighting your professional interest in attending this workshop and your scientific expertise (please note, this information would be shared with the South African Researchers)
Please submit any queries and applications to international@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk
The closing deadline for expressions of interest is at 16:00 on Wednesday, 30 August 2017.

The Newton Fund

The Newton Fund builds scientific and innovation partnerships with 16 partner countries to support their economic development and social welfare, and to develop their research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth. It has a total UK Government investment of £735 million up until 2021, with matched resources from the partner countries. The Newton Fund is managed by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and delivered through 15 UK Delivery Partners, which include the Research Councils, the UK National Academies, the British Council, Innovate UK and the Met Office.