The Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Ministry of Higher Education Research & Innovation (MoHERI) are collaborating to offer a new strategic research grant opportunity focused on developing Innovative Solutions for Health Care Challenges to improve health care for the population in Oman.
The mission of this collaborative grant programme is to improve health care for the population in Oman and to accelerate the adoption of evidence-based health innovations that align the mutual interests of patients, healthcare professionals, and the community. The MoH is the lead organization for management of applications along with the strategic research programme committee. Grant funding will be provided by MoHERI.
The intent of this Call for Proposals (CFP) is to encourage researchers and organizations to submit research proposals designed to tackle and improve the understanding of health care challenges in Oman, design innovative solutions and study the impact of these solutions. Successful proposals will include a detailed plan and scope to address the selected research challenge. Proposals must describe how the outcomes, can be implemented, with possible evidence of scalability (e.g., integration with an electronic medical record system) and sustainability (e.g., plan for dissemination/applicability beyond the proposed institution). Consideration should be given regarding potential adaptation of the outcomes to different settings. The full proposal will go through a competitive peer-review and grant decision-making by the Programme Team.
II. Type of CFP Research Areas for the 2022 Cycle
The burden of obesity in Oman is significant and represents one of the biggest challenges with 66.5% of the Omani population are either overweight or obese (i.e., BMI ≥ 25) with the prevalence of obesity (i.e., BMI ≥ 30) at 35.2%. This has an effect on the individual, family and society as a whole and represents a burden on many institutions, especially health institutions. Therefore, obesity is one of the top health research priorities of the Ministry of Health. Efforts toward controlling and preventing them, and developing appropriate legislation should be based on the evidence emanating from national strategic research. The 4P research model of Prediction/Prevention/Personalised Intervention/Participatory Communication in Obesity (4P-Obesity) has been suggested to address this burden.
Applicant organisations may choose to submit single or multiple full proposal for projects that are aligned with the research challenge(s). Partnering, coordination, and collaboration between organizations are strongly encouraged. Also welcomed are intra-organizational collaborations that bring special expertise to the project, such as information technology, and others.
III. CFP key information
|Scope:||Focused collaborative strategic research on selected national research priorities.|
|Research Challenge Title:||Prediction/Prevention/Personalised Intervention/Participatory Communication in Obesity|
|Research Areas:||· Innovative strategies/interventions to increase energy expenditure
· Targeting attributes that solidify healthy lifestyle from childhood onwards
· Evaluation and/or impact of strategies/programs/interventions/medications
· Person- and family-centred care
· Patients’ compliance/adherence to preventive/management plans given by health care professionals
· Parental genetic and environmental exposures & effects on pre/postnatal obesity
· Neurophysiological research
· Transdisciplinary research & impact of dietary patterns/strategies/approaches on obesity
· Mental health and obesity
· Health technologies/artificial intelligence for large data collection/prediction & intervention
· Economic impact of obesity & its complications on health care services
|Type of Submission:||Full proposals only|
|Eligibility criteria:||· Applications should be limited ONLY to the research areas of the selected theme/challenge(s). Unrelated applications will not be considered.
· Principal Investigator (PI): PhD holder or equivalent (clinicians: senior specialist or higher)
· PI should be from an organisation that is electronically connected to Ministry of Higher Education Research and Innovation
|Key requirements:||· Individual projects can be funded for up to a maximum of 24-months’ duration
· MoHERI will fund up to 50% of the total project cost with a maximum cap of OMR 50,000
· PI and Co-PI should be from the same organisation
· Confirmation and details of cash/material/in-kind contribution in writing to be attached with the proposal
|Selection criteria:||Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of:
· Alignment to CFP described theme/challenge research areas
· Applicant knowledge of and experience with the area
· Capability of carrying out the work
· Inter-sectoral collaboration
· Potential impact and expected outcomes of the project
· Adaptation of the outcomes by the stakeholders
· Dissemination strategies
|Key dates/deadlines:||· 26 January 2022 CFP released
· 17 March 2022 Full Proposals due
· 12 May 2022 for pending relevant ethical approval letters
|How to Submit:||Submissions should be made as an ‘SRP Application’ on the MoHERI website (rims.trc.gov.om)
Please ensure respective ethical approvals are obtained (as appropriate).