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Global mental health seed funding



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The NIHR and Grand Challenges Canada have launched seed funding for proof-of-concept global health research into innovations that focus on the mental wellbeing of young people in low- and middle-income countries.

This new funding call is seeking research proposals that have the potential to transform mental health services for young people aged 10 to 24 in low- and middle-income countries. The innovative approaches should seek to enhance mental health literacy and/or provide youth-friendly services, while accounting for the complex social and environmental factors that contribute to young people’s mental health and wellbeing. 

Funding of up to $250,000 CAD (£146,000 GBP) is available for projects of 18 to 24 months' duration.

The funding call is also open to innovators that have already established proof-of-concept to scale-up their mental health innovations, through the transition-to-scale programme.

Researchers in Canada, the UK or in countries eligible for Official Development Assistance (ODA) are eligible for this funding. Projects must be for the benefit of people in low- and middle-income countries

The NIHR and Grand Challenges Canada Global Mental Health programme focuses on funding high impact innovations that improve treatments or expand access to care for people, especially young people, living with or at risk of mental disorders. The programme, which relaunched on 5 May 2020, seeks transformational, affordable and accessible innovations that have the potential to be sustainable at a larger scale.

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