Student Mental Health Research Network (SMaRteN): First Funding Call and Sandpit

Article by: Chris Sampson

OHE is a collaborator in the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funded Student Mental Health Research Network (SMaRteN). We’ve just announced our first funding call.

What is distinctive about student mental health? It’s a big question that can be answered in many ways (including using the tools of economics). OHE is pleased to announce that SMaRteN’s first funding call on this very question is now open.

UKRI funding for SMaRteN included ‘plus-funding’ to pump-prime new research into student mental health. Over the life of the network, we will be running four funding calls. The total funding available through these calls is £400,000, with approximately £100,000 allocated to each call.

Our first funding call is open for applications until 9th May 2019 and focuses on the question of “What is distinctive about student mental health?”

It is expected that projects will focus on pilot or preliminary work to support larger, subsequent grant applications. Applications from Early Career Researchers are particularly welcome. Our aim is to build cross-disciplinary research capacity in the field of student mental health.

We’re organising a couple of events to support the funding call. On Wednesday 13th March, we will be holding a sandpit event in London for those interested in the funding call. The event is open to anyone interested in measuring and tracking student mental health and wellbeing. On Thursday 21st March, there will be a webinar on using general population surveys for secondary data analysis. The webinar will be led by Sally McManus from NatCen.

To find out more about the funding call, click here.

To register for the webinar, click here.

For more information about SMaRteN, contact Chris Sampson.

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