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The Bridge                                                      Issue 23

Bridging the gap between research and practice

Welcome to the first edition of The Bridge post the international launch of RCOMH. Here in York we have been really excited by the response to the launch but are feeling the pressure of delivering on RCOMH’s mission now. We very much have our heads down and are working hard to make sure that the research programmes deliver on their promise. However, we cannot do this alone and a lot of this edition focuses on the fact that as researchers we all need support to ensure we secure funding or conduct research to the highest standards.
Medical research council’s (MRC) review of mental health
The MRC recently published a review of mental health research, whilst this report focussed on the UK it is a useful resource for anyone engaged in international research collaborations. This is because we all need to be aware of the key strategic ambitions of different governments when applying for funding.

More details about the report here.

What’s happening in your part of the world?
We are aware that a lot of the news and events in The Bridge are Anglo-centric and reflect the fact that RCOMH was developed in the UK. However we are committed to the global community in occupation and mental health so please send your research-related news and events to RCOMH@yorksj.ac.uk and let us help you to build the partnerships and collaborations you need to carry out high quality research
WelcomEurope little guidebook on FP7

Securing funding through EU 7th Framework Programme for Research and
Technological Development (FP7) can be a challenge but a new booklet has been created to support researchers with this.

This free FP7 (EU 7th Framework Programme for Research and
Technological Development) Welcomeurope guidebook (25 pages of methodology and practical advice to get EU Funding in 2010) will help you:

  • to develop the methodology required to prepare your research project
  • to be able to identify funding opportunities for your project
  • to optimize your application and maximize your chances of being selected

Website: http://www.welcomeurope.com/default.asp?id=820

INVOLVE Value+ toolkit launched
This toolkit, written primarily for patients and patient organisations, is one output from the Value+ Project.

The Value+ Project addressed the growing need to support the exchange of information and experience on good practice relating to patient involvement in European Community projects. "It contains a wealth of information, advice and resources that could be used in the UK context and will also be useful for researchers and those involving the public in research activities"

Website: http://www.invo.org.uk/viewnews.asp?valueid=479

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme in the UK has launched another call for research applications.

More details here

Spotlight on Research
This month’s article is about meaningfulness and daily occupations among individuals with persistent mental illness. It is reviewed by Dr Katrina Bannigan.

Read the review


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