£30 million NIHR investment offers wide range of funding opportunities for mental health research

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A huge new investment in mental health research offers significantly more funding opportunities for mental health researchers in the year ahead. The broad range of programmes will offer opportunities for both early and mid/late career researchers. They specifically target key geographical regions with the most need and include opportunities for researchers in fields not traditionally associated with mental health. Most initial deadlines are coming up in autumn.

The calls are the result NIHR’s largest ever funding of UK mental health research, which has been coordinated to target acute regional and community mental health needs and strengthen the nation’s capacity for high impact research.

Mental health funding calls

Programme Launch date Closing date
Research for Patient Benefit call 1 1 June 15 June
Programme Development Grants 28 June 4 August
Policy Research Programme call 1 12 July 7 September
Policy Research Programme call 2 12 July 7 September
Research for Patient Benefit call 2 21 July 10 November
Research for Social Care 21 July 19 October
Invention for Innovation 17 August 14 September

More information about these funding calls is available on the NIHR’s Funding Opportunities webpage.

Professor Lucy Chappell, Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) for DHSC and  NIHR’s Chief Executive Officer, said:

“This positive initiative will help to tackle geographical disparities by basing studies in parts of the country with a high level of mental health problems, which have traditionally seen little research activity. By doing this we will broaden our capacity and level up the UK’s research landscape.”

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