The Wales School for Social Care Research has announced the successful recipients of the social care research capacity grants, funded through Health and Care Research Wales.
The purpose of the funding scheme is to increase social care research activity and research-mindedness in social care organisations in Wales. The funding was available for the delivery of small scale research or pilot projects undertaken by a social care organisation with an academic co-applicant about a research topic relevant to social care practice.
The grants were also available to establish social care practice and research networks. The networks provide an opportunity for collaboration between members of the public, social care providers, policy makers and research academics to develop social care research ideas, activities and funding proposals.
The Wales School for Social Care Research will be providing support to develop research project planning; assistance with ethics application; support for the development of social care practice and research networks and ways to maintain them; support for the dissemination of research findings.
The scale of interest, geographical range and diversity of topics in the applications was very encouraging. The grants were awarded to projects working directly with children and families and adults experiencing mental illness. Other projects support the development of community resilience through volunteering, co-producing age friendly environments and a social tourism network.
The list of successful applicants will be published on the website of the Wales School for Social Care Research at the beginning of May.