UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Science, Technology and Innovation Projects CTeI of national affairs (Minciencias) are pleased to announce a bilateral call between researchers in the UK and Colombia. This call invites internationally competitive and cross disciplinary research projects, that aim to enhance the evidence base on understanding and addressing the mental health challenges facing post-conflict societies in Colombia.

Where possible, research activities should be co-designed with people with lived experiences, community and health practitioners and other social actors in order to gain a deeper understanding from differing perspectives.  

The call is structured around four overarching themes:

  • Mental health conditions, including; post-traumatic stress disorder and co-morbid conditions such as depression and anxiety
  • Substance misuse and dependence
  • Gender and interpersonal violence
  • Mental health care systems and services

Funding will be available to support up to 9 joint research projects, for up to 36 months. UKRI will support a UK contribution of £3m to this call, with an equivalent level of match resource (COP $4.5b) being made by the Colombian funder, Minciencias. UK applications can request up to £333,000 (80% fEC). The Colombian component of each project may receive up to COP $483,000,000.

The UKRI component of this call will be funded through the Newton Fund. UKRI funding for this call will be awarded to proposals that fit within Official ODA Guidelines; research outcomes and impacts that clearly demonstrate a primary purpose to improve Colombia’s economic development and the welfare of its most vulnerable.

Full details of the call can be found on the UKRI website.