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).