Second Funding Call
Our second funding call closed in June 2021. We focused on our Voices, Power & Attitudes research challenge, having not funded any projects that addressed this challenge through our first funding call. The emphasis was:
- What is the impact of racism on the mental health of children & young people in the UK?
- What interventions will be effective in addressing racism in ways that will benefit children and young people’s mental health?
For this funding call, potential applicants had the opportunity to submit an expression of interest for feedback, before a full proposal.
From 9 applications, we awarded a total of £70,000 between three successful research teams.
- 67% of successful applicants had an early career researcher as the lead applicant
- 100% of successful applicants had early career researcher involvement within the team
- 67% had multi-disciplinary involvement within their team
- 67% had cross-sector involvement within their team
We recruited an intern, Fiyory, and two advisors, Nikki and Jawwad, to help us develop this funding call.
Fiyory carried out a rapid scoping review of existing published research focused on the impact of racism on children and young people’s mental health in the UK.
Fiyory, Nikki, and Jawwad also hosted a priority setting workshop with young people aged 16-24 years with lived experience of racism and/or mental health difficulties in January 2021. This was followed by a priority setting workshop with those who support young people who experience racism.
The trio then led our public information webinar about the second funding call, encouraging applicants to focus their proposals on the priorities that emerged during the workshops and literature review.
We are very proud that Fiyory, Nikki, and Jawwad also published two commentary pieces in relation to their work:
- on the Department of Health and Social Care mental health research goals in the Journal of Mental Health,
- and on the affect of racism on mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in the UK in The Lancet.