We are pleased to announce the selected applications that will be funded via our Small Scale Research Grant Scheme in Pakistan
The PIECEs Small Scale Research Grant (SSRG) is 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*.
This grant scheme will be locally administered by IRD Pakistan and will act as support fund to 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. “The SSRG initiative invests in innovative ideas for equitable and effective access to mental health care by the next generation of early career researchers from Pakistan and India“, points out Onaiza Qureshi, PIECEs Program manager in Pakistan
Funding disbursed in India and Pakistan for this programme is £25.000 per country. IRD, our lead partner in Pakistan, received over 100 applications from 26 different cities including: Abbottabad, Attock, Bahawalpur, Buner (Hangu), Chakdara (lower dir), Chitral, District Jaffarabad, Gharo, Gilgit Baltistan, Islamabad, Kandhkot (District Kashmore), Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Gujranwala, Larkana, Layyah, Mansehra, Mardan, Multan, Peshawar, Quetta, Sakhar, Tharparkar, Sindh and Thatta.
After being anonymised, analysed and scored by an independent panel, a total of six applications will be funded on the scheme. According to Professor Victoria Bird, Lead Investigator on PIECEs Research the richness of the proposals made it difficult make the selection. “There were so much variety of promising new projects and research emerging on the topic of severe mental illness. We are very much looking forward to work collaboratively with the selected applicants to build capacity and nurture knowledge, and together achieve impact as wide as possible”.
See below the selected projects, which will be developed in the course of the next year. Participants will be fully supported by the PIECEs Research and Management teams to develop capacity around project management, reporting procedures and good clinical practices and any further training needed to deliver projects at the highest standards.
Congratulations to all the selected projects!
*This research is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) via its Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation (RIGHT) programme. Grant number NIHR200824, using UK aid from the UK Government to support global health research. The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the UK Department of Health and Social Care.