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Funded research opportunities for anyone working in mental health roles in North Thames region

Funded research opportunities for anyone working in mental health roles in North Thames region
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Keen to take your research to the next level? Do you have an innovative research idea that could improve mental health and social care, which you would like to develop further? Already active in research but want to take things to the next level? ARC North Thames are delighted to advertise funding opportunities from Mental Health Research for All (MH-ALL) mental health practitioners and researchers in the North Thames region!


What opportunities are currently available?

There are 3 options for staff in mental health roles in the North Thames region, ranging from those with no experience in research to staff who are already active in research:

  1. Research internships are available to staff with little or no prior experience in research. We provide funding for time out from your current role to join a research team on an active project 1-2 days a week, over a period of 6 months.
  2. Part-time career development fellowships, running for either six to ten months, will provide you with funded time out from your current role, to develop a proposal for a PhD or to apply for other research funding. You’ll receive advice and support from established researchers and research skills training.
  3. ‘Springboard’ grants of up to £10k to disseminate research you’ve already undertaken, take your existing research on to the next stage or to develop a new idea. All research should be focusing on the needs of the local community in any area of mental health care, except dementia. Springboard funding will be available in 2 streams: emerging and established researchers.


Why should I apply?

Our first cohorts of MH-ALL awardees have shared why they applied and how the opportunity will benefit them. Find out more about our MH-ALL fellows.

“I have always wanted to carry out my own research, but I never thought this would be possible without a higher degree. Thanks to this programme, I hope to learn what it takes to create a research and carry it out, what it can turn into, and to meet lots of inspiring people while still working.”

“I really value research and how it can inform developments in mental health care. I want to be more involved in the research process, exploring how or where things could be improved and to ensure people are receiving the most appropriate and effective treatments/approaches.”

“This is a fantastic opportunity to get support to re-establish my research career, develop a research network, have a supervisory team, and receive training through the ARC North Thames Academy, whilst continuing working in my current role!”


Who can apply?

Funded by the National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR), the new opportunities are aimed at people who work in or with mental health services, including staff from NHS Trusts, local government, public health, social care, or community care organisations and voluntary sector in the North Thames region. We particularly encourage applications from candidates from minoritised communities and in roles with limited opportunities to engage in research.


How can I apply?

You can apply via the forms available via our website.


The closing date for all opportunities is 11:59pm on Monday 7 August 2023.

For further information or to stay in touch with MH-ALL activities please email

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