Applications are invited for submission of research proposals for the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Strategic Research Programme developed by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with The Research Council (TRC). The deadline for submission is March 31.
With NCDs accounting for 72 per cent of all deaths in Oman according to World Health Organization in 2018, TRC is opening the doors to submit strategic research proposals that are focused on the prevention and management of NCDs (cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory diseases, cancers and mental health), their behavioural risk factors (unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, air pollution, tobacco and alcohol consumption), and metabolic risk factors (raised blood pressure, raised blood glucose, raised cholesterol, and obesity and overweight).
Interested applicants should submit a pre-proposal between 1,000 and 1,500 words, including background and specific aims, research design and methods, significance of the research project, expected research outcomes, timeline, and budget breakdown, since these elements are also part of the assessment criteria.
Moreover, some general conditions include that the project period should not exceed four years, the project should be not less than 50 per cent in-kind contribution from the related institution, and each project should not cost more than RO100,000.
For further information, applicants can access the official application submission poster through the TRC website and social media. Applicants can also contact [email protected] or directly contact Dr Adhra Hilal al Mawali, director of the programme, on her email adhra. [email protected]
Non-communicable diseases, also known as chronic diseases, tend to be of long duration and are the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behaviours factors.