IMMANA Grants

Competitive Research Grants to Develop and Validate Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions

Call for Applicatons - Round 3

NOW OPEN  

Concept memo deadline: 15 December 2019


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. So far, 15 research grants of up to £250,000 have been awarded over two rounds (Round 1 and Round 2). There will be two funding rounds (Rounds 3 and 4) for the IMMANA Phase 2 grants. Each IMMANA grant will be a maximum of £250,000 and up to 8 grants are expected to be awarded through a competitive selection process in each round (total of 16). Applications for round 3 grant are now open. 

Eligibility 

Applicants must demonstrate the ability to conduct research of international standards of excellence in the topic proposed. Researchers and institutions from both developed and low and middle-income countries (LMICs) are eligible. For details on eligible projects and costs, please consult the call for applications and the FAQ.

Selection process 

The proposed research is expected to generate innovative and high quality methods, metrics and tools for application in the short to medium term for improving agriculture and food systems’ contributions to nutrition and health in low and middle income countries.

Applications will be reviewed in two main stages:

1) Review of concept memos:

Assessment of concept memos will be undertaken by IMMANA management team with oversight from the Chair of the Independent Panel of Experts

The following criteria will be applied:

  • innovation 
  • scientific excellence and originality 
  • development relevance 
  • translational value 
  • collaborative approaches

Only those shortlisted will be invited to submit a full proposal.

2) Review of full proposals:

Full applications will be subject to a peer-review process using the same criteria as the concept memo stage. The Independent Panel of Experts will assess the full proposals and the peer-review reports and recommend applications for funding. The review process will be overseen by the IMMANA Steering Committee, which will also be responsible for approving the Panel’s recommendations for funding.

For details, please consult the call for applications


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