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The Children’s Research Network invited applications for the Senior Scholars Programme of the Prevention and Early Intervention Research Grants scheme.

The deadline for applications is the 12th January 2018

This scheme provides competitive grants to individuals or teams from any discipline to conduct further exposition of research data that was generated by The Atlantic Philanthropies’ Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative (PEII). Over 10 years, Atlantic invested over €127 million/£105 million in programmes throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland that were shown to be effective at providing the support that children and young people need to be healthy, do well in school and to help ensure they have bright futures.

This Round of the has two options:

The first option relates to data which have not and cannot be archived for ethical reasons, but are accessible to senior academic researchers who were Principal Investigators or members of the research team in the university/institution that conducted an evaluation or a number of evaluations of PEI Initiative Programmes or who are now members of that team.

The first option is for senior academic researchers to conduct further analysis of archived PEI Initiative data.

The second option relates to data which have not and cannot be archived for ethical reasons, but are accessible to senior academic researchers who were Principal Investigators or members of the research team in the university/institution that conducted an evaluation or a number of evaluations of PEI Initiative Programmes or who are now members of that team.

Proposals must involve a secondary analysis of research data that were generated under the PEI Initiative and, desirably, at least one other relevant dataset from an international source.

Grants were up to €25,000 (or GBP equivalent) and it is expected that the work be completed within six months from receipt of the grant. Applications for grants higher than €25,000 will only be considered where a strong case is made.

Please note: Only one application per applicant will be accepted in this round of grants.

A Research Grant award can be used for:

  • Secondary analysis of a PEII dataset
  • Meta-analysis of a number of PEII datasets
  • Comparative analysis of PEII data and any other relevant data, especially data from an international source
  • Development of training in evaluation research using PEII data  
  • Grant can be used toward the costs of disseminating and/or presenting research outputs nationally and internationally
  • Travel costs for coming to Ireland or Northern Ireland
  • A host university of a funded project under this grant scheme may retain an overhead of 10% of the grant awarded

A Research Grant award cannot be used for:

  • Capital expenditure
  • A substantive new research project that involves gathering new data

The PEI Research Grants scheme is open to both local and international applicants with a minimum of five years post-doctoral research experience, who are currently working at an academic institution in any location. The scheme open to both local and international applicants from a range of settings including, but not limited to, an individual who is based at an academic institution, at a government department, working independently, or based in a practice organisation. Applicants must be eligible to live/study in Republic of Ireland or the UK for the duration of the grant period

On completion of the grant, awardees were required to submit a short final report to the Children’s Research Network detailing the delivery of their proposed outputs from this award, and a 500-word news item for dissemination by the Children’s Research Network on the outputs from this award.

Application process

  1. Complete the Prevention and Early Intervention Senior Scholars Programme Application Form.
  2. Submit the completed application form along with a Curriculum Vitae for each applicant by email attachment with ‘PEI-RI Senior Scholars Programme Submission’ in the subject field to: crn@effectiveservices.org on or before the deadline of Friday 12th January 2018.

Applications received by the deadline will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Essential: The proposed work centrally involves the re-use of data that were generated under The Atlantics Philanthropies’ Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative
  • The re-use of the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative data in combination with comparable data from an international source
  • The PEII data and the international data should be suitable for a comparative or meta-analysis
  • Rigor and intellectual merits of the proposal
  • Overall design and methodology proposed
  • Ability of the proposal to add value to existing Prevention and Early Intervention research
  • Novel or innovative approach to the further utilisation of the data
  • Feasibility of applicant(s) to carry out work within stated time frame and allocated resources
  • Clear dissemination strategy
  • Demonstrated potential of the proposal towards the priorities of the CRN (outlined below)

A list of applicable datasets for this grant call is available below.

Queries on this grant should be directed to Dr David Kenefick, Project Manager, dkenefick.crn@effectiveservices.org