The relationship between mental wellness and technology is a hot topic, yet it is underexplored, according to the head of the University of Wisconsin Social Media Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT).

As a result, SMAHRT is seeking proposals from diverse groups to study mental wellness and technology among 10- to 24-year-olds.

Up to six projects will be funded, at a maximum of $200,000 a year. The projects will be eligible for more funding if they achieve deliverable findings and outcomes by early 2020.

“The potential for technology to assist with prevention, identification and intervention in cases of anxiety and depression deserves more robust investigation,” said SMAHRT Director Megan Moreno, MD, MPH, professor of pediatrics at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

Eligible applicants include domestic public and private institutions of higher education, nonprofits, small businesses and other for-profit organizations, independent school districts, and faith-based, community-based or tribal organizations. Applications are not limited to those groups.

Moreno said the three objectives are to consider how technology can promote mental wellness; to disseminate that knowledge to diverse audiences at the industry, academic, community and individual levels; and to unify a collaborative and diverse community of stakeholders around the funded projects.