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Title: Wellcome funding opportunities in health-related ethics


1
Wellcome funding opportunities in health-related
ethics
  • Jacob Leveridge Liz Shaw
  • Medical Humanities Programme, Wellcome Trust

2
Outline of talk
  1. Wellcome Trust Strategic Plan
  2. What is Biomedical Ethics (BmE)?
  3. What is research in BmE?
  4. Some e.g.s
  5. Funding priorities
  6. Other BmE schemes
  7. Other funding opportunities

3
The Wellcome Trust
  • An independent research-funding charity
  • Established 1936
  • Funded from private endowment
  • Managed for long-term stability and growth
  • Interests range from science to history of
    medicine

4
Strategic Plan 2010-20
  • One vision
  • Three focus areas
  • Five challenges

5
Our new vision and mission
  • Our vision is to achieve extraordinary
    improvements in human and animal health
  • Our mission is to support the brightest minds in
    biomedical research and the medical humanities
  • Our breadth of support includes public
    engagement, education and the application of
    research to improve health

6
Three focus areas
  • Supporting outstanding researchers
  • supporting the best researchers at all stages of
    their careers creating the best research
    environments influencing the policy landscape
  • Accelerating the application of research
  • stimulating Technology Transfer, clinical
    research and uptake to policy practice
  • Exploring medicine in historical and cultural
    contexts
  • fostering medical humanities, education public
    engagement

7
Five major challenges
  • Maximising the health benefits of genetics and
    genomics
  • Understanding the brain
  • Combating infectious diseases
  • Investigating development, ageing chronic
    disease
  • Connecting environment, nutrition and health

8
What is Biomedical Ethics (BmE)?
  • Some form of engagement with ethical/moral
  • dilemmas arising in development delivery
  • of healthcare or use of medical techniques
  • in non-healthcare contexts
  • Trust interested in both research public
  • engagement
  • As far as research concerned, includes
  • - research ethics
  • - translational ethics
  • - clinical healthcare practice ethics
  • - public health health policy ethics

9
What is research in BmE?
  • 3 broad kinds of ethical enquiry
  • Empirical ethics what is e.g. finding out what
    particular
  • group of people think about, or how they
    negotiate,
  • ethical dilemmas
  • Normative ethics what ought to be (or not) - a
  • systematic analysis of what ought or
  • ought not to be done
  • Meta-ethics nature of ethical properties,
    statements,
  • judgments

10
What kinds of research in BmE is the Trust
interested in?
  • Purely normative analysis philosophical or
    other
  • systematic analysis of what ought or ought not
    to be done
  • Purely philosophical or other systematic
    conceptual
  • analysis of key concept(s) employed in ethical
  • analysis
  • Combination of empirical research with
    philosophical
  • ethical/conceptual analysis or sustained
    critical
  • reflection on how data inform/challenge
    questions
  • about what ought or ought not to be done
  • or key ethical concepts

11
A couple of examples
  • Dr Gareth Owen (Psychiatry, IoP)
  • A phenomenological study of decision-making
    capacity in psychiatric disorders
  • - How can should notion of mental capacity be
    interpreted applied
  • in context of psychiatric disorder?
  • - Clinical/empirical Q What is phenomenology of
    decision-making incapacity
  • in schizophrenia, severe depression frontal
    brain syndrome,
  • is this phenomenology similar or different
    across within disorders?
  • - Legal Q How should use or weigh inability
    be interpreted in these disorders?
  • - Philosophical Q Can study of decision-making
    incapacity in these
  • disorders advance philosophical understanding of
    autonomy?

12
  • Dr Paul Baines (Paediatric Intensive Care
    Medicine, Keele)
  • Making medical decisions for children a
    philosophical approach
  • - How ought we to make medical decisions
  • for children (esp. in face of disagreements
  • between parents and treating clinical team)?
  • - How parent's rights parent's interests are
  • and ought to be balanced with child's
  • interests in deciding correct course

13
Funding priorities 2010-2012
  • Review of Programme in 2006/07
  • Recommendations included more targeted support
  • for capacity-building SAs, RFs
  • And greater support for clinicians, other health
  • professionals scientists interested in doing
  • research in BmE

14
Research Fellowships in Biomedical Ethics
  • Purpose
  • For individuals not yet in established academic
    posts, to undertake period of
  • postdoctoral research
  • Whats included?
  • Salary for up to three years
  • Essential research expenses set amount for
    travel to conferences etc.
  • Support available for research training in new
    discipline
  • Application process
  • Applications two times a year, deadlines 1 Aug, 1
    Dec
  • Preliminary applications min six weeks before
    full application deadline
  • Prelims outline (2pp max), approx costs, CV
    publications, sponsors
  • name and contact details, letter of support from
    HoD

15
University Awards in Biomedical Ethics
  • Purpose
  • For universities to attract/retain outstanding
    research staff at an early
  • to mid-stage in their careers, with support for
    up to five years, university
  • guarantees permanent post after that, usually at
    lecturer level
  • Whats included?
  • Full salary for three years, 50 in Y4 and 25 in
    Y5
  • Travel expenses to attend meetings for five years
  • Research expenses for first three years
  • Application process
  • Applications three times a year, deadlines 1 Aug,
    1 Dec, 1 Mar
  • Preliminary applications min six weeks before
    full application deadline
  • Prelims outline (2pp max), approx costs, CV
    publications, letter of support
  • from HoD, statement from dean confirming salary
    costs post as above

16
RFs RLAs in BmE for Healthcare Practitioners
Scientists
  • Purpose
  • For clinicians, GPs, other health professionals,
    to undertake period of
  • research within remit of Biomedical Ethics
    Programme
  • Research Fellowships in Biomedical Ethics for
    Healthcare
  • Practitioners Scientists
  • For longer period of research, clinical/other
    practitioner salary for up to 4
  • years p/t research expenses travel allowance,
    can request support
  • for training in new discipline can also be used
    to enrol for PhD
  • Research Leave Awards in Biomedical Ethics for
    Healthcare
  • Practitioners Scientists
  • To be released from duties to undertake short
    period of research,
  • 3-12 months f/t, salary of temporary cover for
    candidate
  • research expenses travel allowance

17
Smaller grants
  • MHH Small Grants
  • Up to 5k for symposia, conferences, travel,
    meetings to discuss
  • project idea or work up proposal, research
    expenses etc. within
  • broad purview of medical humanities
  • Dissemination Awards
  • For dissemination of WT-funded BmE research to
    new audiences
  • or in new or particularly innovative ways
  • WT/POST Fellowships
  • For WT-funded BmE final year doctoral students
    or early-stage
  • postdocs to spend 3 months in POST

18
International Ethics programme
  • Project Scoping Travel Grants - For short-term
    visits
  • by LMIC scholars within their own country, or to
    another
  • country, to discuss ideas for ethics research
    collabs
  • Symposia For capacity-building to conduct
    research
  • in ethics, or scholarly discussion of ethical
    issues
  • in LMICs
  • Small Project Grants Project Grants - For
    research
  • Studentships Can be held at UK institutions

19
Places Strong track record in global health
researchGeographic focus
Major Overseas Programmes
Focus countries
Other eligible countries
20
Investigator Awards
  • Extension of successful existing Fellowships
    model to those in
  • established academic posts, who might previously
    have come
  • in for Programme Grants Project Grants (which
    replacing)
  • Greater focus on individual researcher and their
    needs, greater
  • flexibility since not so much about particular
    research project
  • or programme but more about key research
    question(s)
  • individual researchers vision approach to
    answering those Qs
  • New IAs Senior IAs
  • 100-425k/yr for up to 7 years
  • Being rolled out across Science Funding from Oct
    2010, MH
  • from Oct 2011

21
Other funding opportunities
  • Strategic Awards
  • Highly flexible, support expansive research
    capacity-building
  • programmes that dont obviously fit existing
    mechanisms, esp.
  • multi-disciplinary programmes, esp. to support
    strategically-important
  • topics, 5 challenges
  • Medical History Humanities Programme
  • Historically-grounded research addressing
    important questions at
  • interface of science, medicine humanities,
    drawing on other
  • disciplines in medical humanities social
    sciences
  • Public Engagement Programme
  • Support for projects aiming to inform inspire
    public about biomedical
  • sciences their social, ethical historical
    contexts

22
Medical Humanities
23
Medical Humanities some examples
  • Strategic awards
  • Brian Hurwitz, Kings College London
  • The Boundaries of Illness
  • Martyn Evans, Durham
  • Medicine and Human Flourishing

24
Wellcome Trust Book Prize
  • Wellcome Library
  • http//library.wellcome.ac.uk
  • Wellcome Collection
  • http//www.wellcomecollection.org
  • Wellcome Trust Book Prize
  • http//www.wellcomebookprize.org

25
Medical History Humanities
  • We encourage research applications that address
    important questions at the interface of science,
    medicine and the humanities.
  • We expect that these questions will further
    develop our understanding of the impact of
    medicine and medical sciences on human and animal
    health.
  • Research must be historically grounded, drawing,
    where appropriate, on wider disciplines, in
    particular the humanities (e.g. Arts, Humanities,
    Social Sciences, etc.).

26
Medical History and Humanitiessome recent
examples
  • Before Translational Medicine Bench-Clinic
  • Relations since 1950
  • Franco Basaglia and Mental Health Reform
  • in Italy 1960-2009
  • A translation of 6 volumes of the works of
  • Galen of Pergamum (129210 CE), the Prince of
    Physicians.
  • The Casebooks Project Simon Forman and Richard
    Napier's
  • Medical Records, 1596-1634

27
Overview of MHH schemes
  • Programme Grants
  • Long-term funding for up to 5 yrs, focused theme
  • Pilot Grants
  • 2 yrs support to develop competitive Programme
    Grant applications, by developing piloting
    research Qs, methodology, collabs
  • UAs, RFs, RLAs, PhD Studentships
  • RLAs for Clinicians Scientists

28
Research Leave Awards in Medical History for
Clinicians Scientists
  • Enables clinicians or scientists to undertake
    full-time research at a centre or department with
    academic expertise in medical history
  • Provides the salary of a locum or replacement
    lecturer for the duration of the award
  • Up to 6 months support

29
Public Engagement
  • Supporting projects that aim to inform and
    inspire the public about biomedical science and
    its social/historical contexts
  • To engage with society to foster an informed
    climate within which the medical Humanities and
    biomedical science can flourish

30
DIALOGUE
INFORMATION
PUBLIC IMPACT ON RESEARCH/POLICY
31
Public Engagement Grant Schemes
  • People Awards
  • Society Awards
  • Arts Awards
  • Broadcast Development Awards

32
People Society Awards
  • People lt 30k, Society gt 30k
  • Exhibitions
  • Events debates
  • Education projects
  • Drama productions
  • Films
  • Festivals (Science, History Literature)

33
People Award Interior Traces
  • Radio drama, video, performance debate
  • that looks at how our images imaginings
  • of the brain have radically changed
  • ( may further change) medicine,
  • law, ethics our sense of self
  • Events in Wellcome Collection,
  • Dana Centre, Birkbeck Cinema
  • www.interiortraces.com

34
Society Award Debating Matters
  • Inter-school sixth form
  • debating competition
  • Emphasis on content
  • not rhetoric/style
  • Increasing participation
  • from state schools
  • At least 1/3 of debates on
  • biomedical topics
  • Adapted for use in Ireland
  • India

35
Arts Awards
  • Two schemes Small lt30k, Large gt30k
  • Dance, drama, performance arts, visual arts,
    music, film, craft, photography, creative writing
    or digital media
  • Projects must involve creation of new work
  • Broadcast Development Awards
  • Seed funding for getting early-stage ideas for
    TV, radio or new media projects to a pitchable
    stage

36
Arts Award The Lions Face
  • Opera education
  • programme
  • Social, emotional
  • physical impacts of
  • Alzheimers

37
Contact uswww.wellcome.ac.uk/biomedicalethics
biomedicalethics_at_wellcome.ac.ukj.leveridge_at_wellc
ome.ac.uk e.shaw_at_wellcome.ac.uk
  • Any questions?
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