IMMANA Competitive Research Grants to Develop & Validate Innovative Methods & Metrics for Agriculture & Nutrition Actions
Organization: Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA)
Apply By: 21 Jan 2021
Grant Amount: 250000 Pound
About the Organization:
Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) is a research initiative led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in partnership with Tufts University and School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. They develop scientific evidence to inform policies and investments in agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health.
Round 4 Competitive Research Grants to Develop and Validate Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions
The IMMANA Competitive Research Grants are aimed at accelerating the development of innovative and interdisciplinary methods, metrics and tools to advance the scientific understanding of the linkages between agriculture and food systems and health and nutrition outcomes, in order to better inform policy and programmatic actions to improve nutrition outcomes in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).
This workstream of the IMMANA programme is led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. This is the 4th and final funding round for the IMMANA grants. Each IMMANA grant will be a maximum of £250,000 and up to 8 grants (4 development and 4 validation) are expected to be awarded through a competitive selection process.
What kind of research can be funded?
The grants programme is looking to fund innovative research initiatives to develop or validate tools, methods and metrics for measuring agriculture or food systems, nutrition and health interactions of importance in LMICs. We are particularly interested in the following type of proposals:
- Proposals for validation or assessing cross-context equivalence of such existing innovative methods, metrics and tools.
- Innovative proposals for applying existing methods, metrics and tools in novel or under researched contexts to generate new insights.
- Proposals aiming to develop new quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies and construct new metrics and tools that bring together ideas and resources from different relevant disciplines, especially those guided by IMMANA Gap Map findings.
IMMANA places particular importance on research which brings together expertise across sectors, including agriculture, food systems, water, sanitation, nutrition and health, and between disciplines relevant to development of novel methods, metrics and tools, including, for instance, economics, sociology, agricultural science, psychology, physiology, gender studies, and political science.
In order for applications to be deemed eligible, they must fulfil the following criteria:
- Demonstrate the ability to conduct research to international standards of excellence in the topic proposed. Researchers and institutions from both developed countries and LMICs are eligible as lead institutions.
- Demonstrate strong and equitable partnerships. Concept notes must clearly show meaningful, collaborative relationships with LMICS evidenced by management and scientific contributions and capacity and learning exchange. The roles and responsibilities of all named applicants should be defined accordingly, together with a description of the added value arising from the bringing together of complementary expertise and partnerships.
This is the 4th and final funding round for the IMMANA grants. Each IMMANA grant will be a maximum of £250,000 and up to 8 grants (4 development and 4 validation) are expected to be awarded through a competitive selection process.
Deadline: 21 January 2021
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