BREATHE Small Grant Award Scheme 2018

Introduction

The BREATHE Partnership was formed in 2014 with the aim of building a partnership of experts in household air pollution and encouraging and facilitating high quality research in this field. The Partnership has 4 themes: Mechanisms, Exposure and Biomarkers, Health Effects, and Interventions and Policy, with an overarching PATS MECOR capacity building theme. Further details of BREATHE Themes is available on the website.

Funds have been obtained to offer up to 5 awards, based on quality (1 for each theme) to attendees of PATS MECOR 2018. These awards will be made to individual participants or groups of participants who develop a suitable study proposal on a topic relevant to respiratory health in Africa.  The closing date for applications is 14th September 2018.  All applications should be submitted to Jane Ardrey, BREATHE Programme Manager via jane.ardrey@lstmed.ac.uk.

Instructions

  1. Applicants should prepare a project outline of not more than 5 pages length in total using at least 12 font 1.5 line spacing.
  2. The project should state which theme is applicable, describe a clear research question, specific aims, methods, analysis plan and power calculation.
  3. Projects may be based on protocols developed during PATS MECOR courses.
  4. Budget of approximately £3000 may be requested to cover project costs.  All costs must be detailed in GBP, with a paragraph to justify these costs.  These funds will be made available through the finance office of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM).
  5. Payments will be made to host institutions and a covering letter (additional to the 5 pages) explaining how the funds will be managed must be obtained from the host institution(s). 
  6. PATS MECOR will not pay indirect costs to the host institution as the LSTM is a registered charity.
  7. PATS MECOR will send the applications for peer review and applicants may be invited to respond to reviewer’s remarks. 
  8. An awards committee chaired by Professor Stephen Gordon will meet by conference call to rank the proposals. 
  9. Grants may include multiple collaborators and applicants are encouraged to seek expert advice on their protocols.
  10. All successful projects will be expected to give a progress report at PATS MECOR 2019 and to submit a final report to the African Journal Respiratory Medicine (AJRM) or publish the findings in an alternative peer reviewed journal.

Small Grant award notification

All entrants will be informed of the results by 19th October 2018 and award payments made when appropriate ethical approval has been obtained from the host institution. 


 

Winners of the PATS MECOR 2016
Small Grant Awards

THREE SMALL RESEARCH GRANTS OF $2000 EACH WERE AWARDED IN 2016.

A combined application from Group 3 in Level 1, Dr Ndukwu, Dr Gondwe, Dr Ale, Dr Kimani was given an award for their project titled: “PREVALENCE OF REDUCED LUNG FUNCTION AND ASSOCIATED RISK FACTORS AMONG SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN, IN THREE AFRICAN CITIES.” the group were mentored by Dr Uju Ozoh, Dr Alemayehu and Prof. Brian Faragher. 

An application from Group 5 in Level 1, Dr Huluka, Dr Mataya, Miss Tsirizani, Dr Chukwudi, Dr Ndamala also received a joint award for their project titled: “IS LOW BIRTH WEIGHT ASSOCIATED WITH LOW LUNG VOLUME IN AFRICAN ADULTS” the group were mentored by Prof. Stephen Gordon.

Dr Osman Rashid from Level 2 received an award for his project titled: “PREDICTORS OF FREQUENT EXACERBATION AMONG COPD PATIENTS IN SUDAN” his mentor was Dr Brian Allwood.


Small Grant Awards 2015

A joint award was given to Fatai Akemokwe, Ju-Wei Chang, Blessings Chisunkha, Eshiobo Irekpita, Diana Marangu, Godwin Obasikene,(Level 1 students 2015) who were supported by Jacqueline Kagima and Charles Obonyo (Level 1 faculty 2015) for their research project: "KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND PRACTICE OF PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS IN KENYA, MALAWI, NIGERIA AND SOUTH AFRICA REGARDING OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA IN ADULTS AND CHILDREN" 

Dr Motto Malea Nganda (Level 2 in 2015) was awarded for his research project: "AGRICULTURAL BURNING PRACTICE AND ACUTE RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS AMONG RURAL FARMERS IN CAMEROON"

Another joint award was given to Kaali Seyram,Coulibaly Mbegnana Gbegnide Herve, Codjo Leopold, Attoh Toure Harvey, Munyanja Daniel, (Level 1 students 2015) who were supported by Herve Lawin and Alison Lee (Level 1 faculty 2015) for their research project:  "FIELD EFFECTIVENESS OF THE BIOLITE IMPROVED COOKSTOVE OVER 2 YEARS OF USE: A PILOT STUDY"


PATS MECOR 2015 Writing Prize

Dr Bankole Kuti Peter was awarded a £50 Amazon voucher for his paper titled: "PREVALENCE AND PREDICTORS OF HYPOXAEMIA IN HOSPITALISED CHILDREN AT THE EMERGENCY UNIT OF A RESOURCE CONSTRAINED CENTRE"