To support this aim, the NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme is inviting proposals on the research and development of digital health technologies aimed at improving children and young people’s mental health across England, with an emphasis on communities or regions with a high burden of common mental health conditions relative to ongoing research activity. The call encourages proposals addressing a range of mental health conditions, including but not limited to, work on the priorities identified by the Mental Health Research Goals 2020-2030 and the Right People, Right Question (.PDF) report.
Proposals should be designed for, and engage with under-served communities within mental health research, and aspire to reduce the demonstrated mismatch between mental health research need and the provision of evidence-based capacity for response. Proposals should provide a clear rationale for the selected region or population their research will be undertaken in, including how it is in particular need of mental health research relative to the rest of England, and the potential impact of the proposed activities for patients, care users, carers, the NHS, and social care.
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When preparing their proposals, applicants should seek to highlight the following requirements:
- How does the proposal address populations with high mental health and care need?
- How does the proposal build on existing evidence or practices within mental health?
- How does the proposal address stated regional or national priorities in mental health, and validate how they are of particular research need?
- Does the proposal clearly demonstrate how patients, service users and/or carers are involved and engaged in the research, and how the proposed research is relevant to them?
- Does the proposal include an appropriate range of multidisciplinary and methodological approaches?
- Does the proposal include clear plans for implementation, knowledge mobilisation and dissemination?