Engaging Science Grant to support SEACO initiative

MUM grant

Monash Malaysia Professor of Public Health, Pascale Allotey and her team have been awarded the Engaging Science Grant by Wellcome Trust.

The grant of up to RM149,200.00 (AUD53,513.11) is for a period of 22 months for the project Research for a health community: SEACO Citizen Science Reporters. One of the six key research areas of Monash Malaysia, the South East Asia Community Observatory (SEACO), is a health and demographic surveillance system located in Segamat, Johor.

Citizen Science Reporters is an innovative initiative based on crowd-sourced science journalism and is also a valuable tool for data collection. This grant will fund the project with a dual purpose to share Monash population science research and findings with the community, and to identify new population health priority areas from the community’s perspective. The project will build the capacity of members of the community as trained citizen science reporters to write articles from their perspectives.

Established as a research platform by an international partnership of universities, SEACO is a generic research platform capable of supporting a wide range of multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research in the clinical and biomedical sciences, social sciences, economics, education, and environmental sciences.

The Wellcome Trust is UK’s largest charitable foundation and the second largest medical research charity in the world, with an international spend of £700 million annually.