The newly launched Ideas Fund is currently connecting with communities across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland who are interested in building relationships with researchers to develop and try out ideas which address local issues around mental wellbeing.
Led by the British Science Association and funded by Wellcome, the fund will be supporting early-stage ideas up to £25,000 and larger projects up to £90,000 for community-led activities in Highland Council, Moray Council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Orkney Islands Council, Shetland Islands and Argyll and Bute Council areas along with the Isles of Arran and Cumbrae.
The Ideas Fund is especially keen to hear directly from groups who are marginalised through rurality, socioeconomic or ethnic background, Disability and/or other under-represented characteristics.
You do not need to have established links with researchers, fully-developed idea or experience of writing grants at this stage. There will be webinars, regional workshops and tailored support available to guide applicants with eligible ideas to develop this further and build relevant connections before the application form opens in mid-April and closes in mid-May 2021.
The dates of the first sessions are:
- 18 February (2pm-3pm) - First live webinar
- 25 February (2pm-3.30pm) - First workshop for community members
- 26 February (10am-11am) - Information session for researchers