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Kara Mackenzie


29th August 2022


Develop and evaluate innovative methods to study adolescent health

Funding to develop and evaluate innovative tools and methods for health and wellbeing research in older children and adolescents between 8 and 18 years of age.

Closing date: 27th September 2022

Projects should last between 18 and 24 months.

The full economic cost of your project can be between £62,500 and £187,500. MRC will fund 80% of the full economic cost.

Apply for funding to develop and evaluate innovative tools and methods for health and wellbeing research in older children and adolescents between eight and 18 years old.

Projects can have general health relevance or can be tailored to specific health research areas and may span relevant interests of more than one UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) research council.

Your proposal could:

  • aim to improve, adapt or validate existing research methods or tools
  • identify innovative new approaches.

Proposals are welcomed across the full remit of the opportunity to understand trajectories of human health and wellbeing. However, we particularly encourage research that addresses needs in the following areas, which have been identified as strategic gaps through recent AHS virtual programme community workshops:

  • the use of digital platforms and other tools for engagement and networking, both between study participants or with schools, parents or guardians and other key stakeholders
  • novel and innovative approaches and digital technologies for data collection, for example, through gamification
  • approaches for incentivizing participants and schools which could, for example, include the sharing of anonymised data for analysis
  • innovative tools and methods for ensuring the reliability, validation and standardisation of sample and data collection, particularly where it is performed at home in all or a subset of participants
  • novel and innovative tools and methods for passive data collection that are ethical and acceptable
  • novel ways of collecting consent and reconsent across the age range from participants and parents or guardians
  • tools and methods to simplify data and sample collection and to reduce the burden on participants and researchers
  • innovative biomarkers that are valid in the age range of the study
  • tools and methods that are acceptable and informative within groups currently underrepresented in research
  • adaptation and validation of existing tools and methods so that they are acceptable and appropriate for young people aged eight to 18.

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