The Hamish Ogston Foundation (HOF) supports a range of initiatives related to Health, Heritage and Music in and outside the United Kingdom. The Foundation has identified snakebite as a key area in which philanthropic investment can make a substantial difference.
The Global Snakebite Initiative (GSI) is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to reducing the burden of death, morbidity and disability caused by snakebite envenoming.
The HOF Education Grants Programme (Snakebite), managed by the Global Snakebite Initiative (GSI), is designed to stimulate young researchers, snakebite community workers and clinicians to become actively involved in snake bite prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and both epidemiological and clinical research.
GSI CEO Dr David Williams said “The Global Snakebite Initiative is very proud to have been chosen to administer the Hamish Ogston Foundation 2020 Education Grants Programme (Snakebite), and we are deeply appreciative of the Foundation’s foresight and willingness to create a programme that specifically supports early career researchers, clinicians and community engagement workers. The grants create a unique opportunity to support the work of dedicated people from emerging and developing economies. They also give medical students and scientists from other countries an opportunity to explore their interest in snakebite treatment or research through support for elective projects in affected countries.”
The scheme will provide up to a maximum of 20 annual awards of £5000 to those whose project proposals are ranked highest among all of the applications received. It is intended that the majority of the awards will be made to applicants from IMF-classified Emerging or Developing Economies, and the remainder will be offered to applicants from Developed Economies who wish to undertake an approved elective project in an Emerging or Developing Economy nation as part of a University degree course.
Recipients of grants will be mentored throughout the duration of their projects by volunteer advisors affiliated to the Global Snakebite Initiative, and the recipients will be required to publish either a research paper or a report about their project.
PROGRAMME GUIDELINES AND SELECTION PROCESS
Eligibility: Only applicants who are legal residents of countries listed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as Emerging or Developing Economies are eligible to apply (Appendix 1). Preference will be given to early career clinicians, research scientists, public health promoters and biologists.
Strategic Focus: Grants will be awarded to support projects which involve any of the following themes:
- Basic epidemiological or clinical research
- Snake bite prevention and community engagement projects
- Snake bite-related public health promotion activities or community awareness projects
- Primary first aid training and education
- Clinical training in snake bite treatment and/or seminars or conferences about snake bite
- Injury rehabilitation for snake bite patients
Grants: Twenty (20) awards of up to £5,000 will be offered for projects commencing in 2020.
Duration of funding: The grants will be awarded for projects commencing on 1st January 2020 with a minimum duration of 3 months and a maximum of 6 months .
Restrictions: Funding may not be used for the payment of institutional administrative fees or overheads, or for the payment of staff salaries or student stipends (except in the case of projects involving student electives). Applicants from IMF-listed Developing or Emerging Economies must carry out their projects in their home countries. All applications must be made through with the support of either an institution (University, College, Research Institute, Government body, etc) or a recognised non-governmental organisation. Funds will not be paid to individuals without a sponsor organisation who can oversee how the grant is spent and provide GSI with financial statements.
Ethics: All research involving animals must have the approval of the applicant’s institutional Animal Ethics Committee. Research involving human subjects must have the approval of the relevant institutional or national Human Ethics Committee.
Permits and Licenses: Where any other permit, license or approval is required, the applicant must provide proof of this prior to the commencement of the project.
Applications: Applications must be made in writing on the attached Application Form, and should not contain more than four (4) additional A4-sized pages of information. Applications must be signed and dated by both the applicant and current Supervisor. Applications are to be received in full no later than 5 pm on 31 October 2019 (Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time).
Selection Process: Applications will be checked for completeness, and only complete proposals will then each be sent to two reviewers who will assess and rank them according to:
- Originality and scientific/educational/clinical merit based on the results of the peer review process, with respect to the applicant’s demonstrated understanding of the problem, their approach to solving it, and the quality of the proposed response (whether it be a research project, a training initiative, or education-based solution).
- Potential benefits to the applicant’s community that may result from successful achievement of the stated objectives and outcomes. The likelihood of a successful outcome will be assessed against the quality and relevance of the project, and the qualifications, references and previous track record of the applicant. Early career researchers will not be prejudiced by this approach if they can demonstrate a strong potential for success through production of a high quality project application, superior referee reports, and support from their institution.
- Projects that build capacity in the applicant’s country of residence will be considered favourably. Applications should clearly define the contribution to capacity building that the award of a grant will make.
- In completing the application please provide a clear explanation of who the project will benefit, how success will be measured, details of all partners and a clear timeline.
Notification: All applicants will receive a formal decision regarding their application, and a copy of the reviewer reports and selection findings no later than 30 November 2019.
Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to use this feedback to enable them to prepare improved applications for funding .Successful applicants and their institutions will be required to sign an acceptance agreement prior to the release of funding.
Disbursement: Grants will be paid in 2 instalments; £3000 at commencement upon return of the signed grant agreement, and the balance of £2000 upon acceptance of an interim report and financial statement after 3 months.
Mentoring: The successful awardees will be mentored by a GSI nominated scientist or clinician with expertise in the field of work being undertaken. Recipients will be expected to maintain regular contact with mentors, and to discuss both their progress reports and final reports with the mentor during preparation. Mentors in turn will use their best efforts to advise recipients throughout the duration of the project, and to monitor progress towards successful completion.
Reporting: Recipients will be required to submit two reports. The first of these will be due half way through the term of the funded project (e.g. at 6 weeks for 3 month projects, and at 3 months for 6 month projects) and will need to demonstrate satisfactory progress towards completion of project aims and objectives. A final report will be required no later than 30 June 2020. Recipients will be encouraged to prepare a manuscript reporting their work in collaboration with their mentor and their host institution supervisors, and to submit this for publication in an appropriate peer-reviewed journal. Administering organisations will be required to submit a financial report on the use of the funds at completion of the project.
In addition recipients will be encouraged to produce a short video blog entry each month and submit this to an online portal for upload to the Grant Programme website. Each grant awardee will also be provided with a project webpage and blog so that they can regularly communicate progress and outcomes. Applicants will also need to contribute information, images, video clips and diagrams so that their project can be reported on the HOF and GSI websites, in a range of communications generated around the grant programme.
Scheme funding: This Scheme is funded by the Hamish Ogston Foundation.
Opening Date: 19 September 2019
Closing Date: 31 October 2019
Results Announced: 30 November 2019