MPS Foundation invites grant applications for research projects

The MPS Foundation, a global not-for-profit research initiative of Medical Protection Society (MPS) that aims to shape the future of patient safety has opened for applications for its 2024 grant programme. Calls for expressions of interest close on 3 May 2024 at 17:00 BST.

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Applicants can register their interest and apply by visiting www.thempsfoundation.org and entering their details via the online grant portal.

The MPS Foundation team is holding two online question and answer clinics on 8 Mar and later in April to introduce the 2024 grant programme, explain the application process and what makes a successful application. The team can also respond to any questions applicants have about the process. MPS, of which Dental Protection is part, launched the Foundation in 2022. Now in its third year, it has already supported over 30 research projects from across the world.

Hong Kong projects awarded funding since its launch include a study assessing awareness of blood clots in veins, venous thromboembolism, before and after proving education materials to see if this inexpensive intervention can improve the care of patients with these blood clots. Another study funded by the Foundation is aiming to improve wellbeing and resilience amongst anaesthesiologists in Hong Kong.

The Foundation is now inviting new research grant applications from both MPS members and non-members. It will invest in research and analysis with a key focus on patient safety and the wellbeing of healthcare professionals and teams, both medical and dental.

Applications will be considered from the jurisdictions where MPS has members. This includes Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, the UK, South Africa, New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, the Caribbean and Bermuda.

Research projects supported by The MPS Foundation need to be academically robust and evidence based. Available funding will range from HK$49,746-1,989,840, the equivalent to £5,000-200,000 (subject to currency fluctuations), depending on the scale, focus and duration of the proposal.

The funding focusses on five main areas:

• The impact of human factors on patient safety, outcomes, and risk.

• The impact of processes and delivery modes on patient safety, outcomes, and risk.

• The personal and professional wellbeing of healthcare professionals and teams.

• The impact of digital integration and technology on patient safety, outcomes, and risk.

• The impact of the effectiveness of teaching and learning innovations upon patient safety, outcomes and risk.

Dr Graham Stokes, dentist and MPS Foundation chair, said: “We are delighted to launch our third grant programme to support research projects on patient safety and the wellbeing of healthcare professionals. Funding for research in this area has been limited but our grant programmes have been changing that. Projects that we have supported in previous years have shown great success in promoting best practise and wellbeing across several countries.”

“Our aim is simple: To fund research that improves safety for patients and the wellbeing of healthcare teams. If you have a research project that you think is suitable, register your interest and join our growing community of grant recipients. I strongly encourage healthcare professionals to consider applying for support whatever the scale of the proposal and to make the most of the additional resources available to support applicants this year.”

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