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19/94 Perinatal mental health
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is interested in receiving research applications to improve the mental health of women and their families in the perinatal period. For the purposes of this call, perinatal mental health is defined as the period from preconception to 24 months after birth.
Applicants should justify the importance of their proposed research and identify how the work supports aspirations to reduce health inequalities, improve health outcomes, enable individuals to better manage their own health, extend or support the roles of health and social care staff or improve the delivery of health and social care services. Proposals should also reflect the role of social care in delivering improved outcomes for individuals and the health and social care system and the inclusion of a social care component/outcomes should be included, where appropriate.
Specifically for the purposes of this call, applicants are encouraged to include geographic populations with high disease burden, which have been historically under served by NIHR research activity in order to ensure that NIHR research is conducted in the areas where health needs are greatest. We would encourage applicants to bring on one or two centres with high disease burden that have been relatively inactive in this area to date.
Given the scope of this call, we would welcome applications that span the remit of one or more of the participating research programmes and which comprise of co-ordinated teams of investigators spanning different specialties/disciplines and geographical centres.
We expect to receive applications that are co-produced, demonstrating an equal partnership with service commissioners, providers and service users in order to provide evidence and actionable findings of immediate utility to decision-makers and service users. Applicants may wish to consult the NIHR INVOLVE guidance on co-producing research.