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Testing promising psychosocial support interventions with community-based components in low- and middle-income countries

June 27, 2019 

The HEARD Project is pleased to release the attached funding opportunity: Testing promising psychosocial support interventions with community-based components in low- and middle-income countries. The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) attached solicits qualifications from multi-partner implementation research teams to design and carry out a study of an existing mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) intervention in order to contribute to strengthening the evidence base on the effectiveness, replicability, and scalability of MHPSS interventions that have been identified as effective or potentially effective in other settings in the current literature. As the RFQ notes, the MPHSS intervention to be studied should feature improvement of PSS outcomes as an objective, coverage of a population where there are likely survivors of torture; community-based service providers, options for a referral network, and proper training and supervision structures.

Please share widely with your MHPSS-focused colleagues and networks, and please note the RFQ requests comments and questions through July 5, 2019, 5:00 PM (EDT). In this comment phase, HEARD requests comments from potential applicants and non-applicant technical experts on how best to focus this funding so that it is ultimately responsive to the needs of field-based implementers of MHPSS interventions, e.g.; What are the most strategic and highest priority MHPSS interventions for which a stronger evidence base is needed? What are the promising interventions (or intervention categories) ripe for testing to better understand effectiveness, adaptability, scalability, and/or replication?

HEARD will consider your comments and questions and incorporate them when we develop the amendment to the RFQ. Responses to the RFQ are due July 29, 2019, 5:00 PM (EDT).

 
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UKRI USAID Workshop Report - Measuring impact of research and innovation for global challenges - Panama 2018

May 29, 2019 

In the October of last year, the LAB's Center for Development Research joined with UK Research and Innovation in Panama City to hold a joint workshop on best practices in measuring the impact of development research and innovation. Researchers, NGO's, Donors, and government representatives met together for 2 days to identify challenges to achieving impact and to brainstorm solutions. This report summarizes the key discussions, leanings and recommendations that emerged during the workshop. It reflects some of the challenges in measuring research impact and provides a few recommendations and best practices for setting up partnerships that can increase the ability to create and measure the developmental impact of research and innovation.
 
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The Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

May 29, 2019 

The Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program is a full-time hands-on training and educational program that provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation. This Mirzayan Fellowship offers a unique opportunity to obtain the essential skills and knowledge needed to work in science policy at the federal, state, or local levels.
 
Key Dates:
Application Open: Jun 17, 2019
Application Close: Sep 6, 2019
Session Start: Jan 21, 2020
Session End: Apr 10, 2020
 
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Customizable Hospital Furniture for the Smallest Babies in Malawi: A Potential Disruptive Innovation

April 23, 2019 

Blog featuring research by LASER PULSE Academic Director, Yuehwern Yih.
 
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USAID/Morocco Opportunity

May 3-31, 2019 

USAID/ Morocco welcomes your feedback on their proposed "Inclusive Socio-Economic Development" program.
  • The goal of the program is to promote socio-economic inclusion in marginalized areas of Morocco by improving participatory governance and enhancing business and livelihood opportunities.
  • The Mission is very interested in engaging with higher education institutions and funding innovative approaches which integrate both streams of activities.
  • They aim to release the final PD as an Addendum under the STIP APS later this summer.
 
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R4D Conference - Uganda

May 6-8, 2019 

Improving the Effectiveness of the Research-to-Translation Value Chain.
  • The Inaugural LASER PULSE Research for Development (R4D) Conference.
  • Research sectors included basic education, food security, maternal/child healthcare, water.
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