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Mid-week roundup 19/06/24: events, funding, & opportunities in mental health research

Welcome to your weekly roundup of funding, events, and webinars we’ve shared with our followers over on the Mental Health Research Incubator Twitter. Here's what's coming up on the horizon for mental health research:

Mid-week roundup 19/06/24: events, funding, & opportunities in mental health research
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26 June

Symposium on Researcher Wellbeing in Mental Health Research

Opportunity: Symposium- hear from four research teams report on new results relating to researcher wellbeing and support. The symposium is in person with lunch provided.

Who's it for?: Open to all, but particularly relevant to anyone working in mental health research, staff wellbeing services, or anyone who makes policy decisions within universities. Travel support is available for ECRs!

Organiser: University of Bristol

Location: Wills Memorial Building Reception Room, Queens Rd, Bristol. Register here.

Date/Time: 1100-1500 26 June

Cost: Free.

27 June

Webinar - Create an excellent application to become an NIHR Senior Investigator

Opportunity: Webinar-This one hour webinar will provide information on the role on NIHR Senior Investigators and the application and assessment process to help applicants intending to submit an application. There will be a Q&A and it will be recorded for those unable to make the timeslot.

Who's it for?: Anyone interested in the NIHR Senior Investigators application process.

Organiser: NIHR

Location: Zoom. Register here.

Date/Time: 1300-1400 27 June

Cost: Free.


3 July

Apply to present at the 2024 SSA PhD Symposium

Opportunity: Symposium presentation - The PhD Symposium is a free annual event on 13 November in Newcastle for PhD students or people who have recently submitted their thesis. It provides a great opportunity to share your research findings and refine your presentation skills among a supportive group of peers.

Who's it for: Addiction PhD students or those who have just submitted their PhD and wish to give a small presentation.

Organiser: SSA

Location: Symposium will be held in Newcastle, submit abstracts online here

Date/Time: Wednesday 3 July

8 July

NIHR Team Science Camp Round 2 - Applied Health and Social Care Research Methodology

Opportunity: Team Science Camp - An annual camp designed to enable researchers to collaborate across disciplines. Individuals apply and then are organised into interdisciplinary teams and coached in the principles of Team Science. These teams then apply for a Team Science Award - up to £100k per team, which would support teams to collaborate in future. The camp is funded by NIHR.

Who's it for: This year the focus is on applied health and social care research methodology, particularly methodology for diagnostic test evaluation and prediction modelling, evaluation methodology, and methodology for epidemiology.

Organiser: NIHR

Location: The camp will be held in Blackburn.

Date/Time: 17-19 September 2024.

Deadline: Apply by 1300 8 July.

9 July

Create a successful hybrid working community

Opportunity: Webinar - focused on learning the best ways of creating a hybrid working community that works for you based on the needs of your role, team and life outside work.

Who's it for:  Anyone who is either a NIHR Academy Members/leaders or working at a publicly funded organisation which is conducting and supporting clinical research within the UK.

Organiser: NIHR

Location: Online - apply here

Date/Time: 1300 Tuesday 9 July

Cost: Free

11 July

NIHR Advanced Fellowship

Opportunity: Research Funding - Funding for people who have completed a PhD but not yet been awarded a Chair, to cover costs of salary and research for between 2-5 years.

Who's it for: NIHR is particularly encouraging applications from mental health researchers 

Organiser: NIHR

Eligibility: Applicants must have either a PhD or MD and be hosted by English or participating devolved nation institution or care provider.

Deadline: Apply by 1300 Thursday 11 July

12 July

Three NIHR Research Schools’ Mental Health Programme

Opportunity: Research Funding -The NIHR have announced that they are funding phase two of the Three NIHR Research Schools’ Mental Health Programme.

Who's it for: The commissioned call for research will focus on supporting the implementation of evidence into practice and policy in areas underrepresented in phase one, for example, suicide prevention in high-risk groups, or mental health in pregnancy.

Organiser: NIHR

Eligibility: Applicants will be assessed against criteria which can be found here, but mainly focuses on alignment with the remit of the Three NIHR Research Schools’ Mental Health Programme.

Deadline: Apply by 1530 on 12 July 2024.

17 July

NIHR Mental Health Research Leaders, Round 2

Opportunity: Research Funding - Funding for up to £2.5m over 5 years to support higher education institutions (HEIs) with a strategic interest in undertaking targeted and applied mental health research that will be directly beneficial for the local communities and health and care system, who currently lack the institutional capacity to do so.

Who's it for: Lead applicants should be HEI's with little/no current research capacity in mental health research based in a high need area. Experienced institutions can support an application in a mentoring capapcity.

Organiser: NIHR

Eligibility: Institutions in England only as lead applicant.

Deadline: Apply by 1300 Wednesday 17 July

18 July

NIHR Doctoral Fellowship, Round 12

Opportunity: Doctoral Funding - Funding to undertake a PhD in an area of research within the NIHR’s remit for personal awards. Covers your salary and research costs for three years.

Who's it for: Clinical or non-clinical applicants. Clinical applicants can include up to 20% clinical or practice time as part of the Fellowship.

Organiser: NIHR

Eligibility: Applicants must have a First Class or Upper Second-Class bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Applicants without this will need a master's degree.

Deadline: Apply by 18 July 2024

23 July

Wellcome Mental Health Award: Neuroscience and mental health

Opportunity: Research Funding - Funding to tackle the neurological mechanisms of symptoms of anxiety, depression and psychosis. Research should be conducted my interdisciplinary teams.

Who's it for: Researcher teams in any discipline with neuroscientists, can be formed through neuromatch 

Organiser: Wellcome

Eligibility: Researchers based anywhere other than mainland China.

Deadline: Apply by 1700 Wednesday 23 July

24 July

Facilitated access to mutual aid for adults with problem alcohol and drug use

Opportunity: Research Funding -  funding to develop an intervention offering participation in mutual aid groups for adults undergoing treatment and support for alcohol and drug dependency.

Who's it for: Researchers in England who are intending to work with groups in underserved areas of the country.

Organiser: NIHR

Eligibility: Researchers working in England

Deadline: Apply by 1300 Wednesday 24 July

25 July

Wellcome Career Development Awards

Opportunity: Research Funding - funding for mid-career researchers from any discipline who have the potential to be international research leaders to develop research capabilities, drive innovative programmes of work and deliver significant shifts in understanding related to human life, health and wellbeing. Application windows opens 3 times a year.

Who's it for: Researchers who have completed one or two substantial periods of research after your initial training and made important contributions to their area of research.

Organiser: Wellcome

Eligibility: Researchers within any scientific discipline.

Deadline: Apply by 1700 Wednesday 25 July

26 July

NIHR Development and Skills Enhancement Award

Opportunity: Research Funding - post-doctoral level funding opportunity aimed at supporting early to mid-career researchers in gaining specific skills and experience to underpin the next phase of their research career.

Who's it for: Any postdoc researchers, but NIHR are particularly keen to see applications from nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, healthcare scientists and pharmacists.

Organiser: NIHR

Eligibility: Researchers working in England, but no longer required to be academy members

Deadline: Apply by 1300 Friday 26 July

31 July

NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research - Competition 45

Opportunity: Research Funding - NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) Competition 45 is inviting Stage 1 applications for research proposals to develop individual programmes of applied health research.

Who's it for: Applicants can include funding for research capacity development, across all stages of the academic career pathway (i.e., from internships to Masters to PhD, to post-doctoral). Applications that include career development for methodological disciplines are particularly encouraged.

Organiser: NIHR

Eligibility: Open to NHS bodies and other providers of NHS services in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, in collaboration with an appropriate academic partner.

Deadline: Apply by 1300 31 July



1 August

NIHR Pre-Application Support Fund - Round 3

OpportunityFunding - funding to enhance future applications to NIHR career development schemes. For example, it could be used for training/development, or as a salary contribution that would buy out time to prepare an application. Funding is for up to 12 months.

Who's it for?: Anyone who might otherwise not have sufficient support to apply for NIHR career development funding.

Organiser: NIHR

Eligibility: Applicants who need additional support, but particularly groups underrepresented within NIHR:

  • regulated health and care professionals (nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, pharmacists and healthcare scientists)
  • social work and public health professionals
  • researchers in methodology
  • applicants from ethnic minority backgrounds
  • applicants who are disabled

Deadline: 1 August.

9 August

The health of children and young people in contact with the criminal justice system

Opportunity: Research Funding -  Research question: What interventions have an impact on the physical or mental health of children and young people in contact with the criminal justice system?

Who's it for?: Researchers focused on children and young people and the criminal justice system, looking at either mental health or substance abuse

Organiser: NIHR

Eligibility: Researchers in the UK

Deadline: Apply by 13:00 9 August. Informational webinar at 13:15-14:30 on 5 June

Application Development Award (ADA): Digital Health Inclusion and Inequalities

Opportunity: Research Funding -  Funding of between £10-£150K for up to 12 months to support work on the development of a larger application and underpins current work on digital health issues.

Who's it for?: Researchers focused on digital technology and its impact on health outcomes, supporting many different approaches, including the impacts on mental health.

Organiser: NIHR

Eligibility: Researchers in the UK

Deadline: Apply by 13:00 9 August. Informational webinar at 13:15-14:30 on 5 June

27 August

Require further support with your Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA)?

Opportunity: Webinar - NIHR interactive seminars designed to support individuals with prior knowledge of EqIAs

Who's it for?: People who need further support completing an EqIA

Organiser: NIHR ARC East Midlands 

Location: Online - Register here - Maximum 7 places available

Date/Time: 1300-1500 Tuesday 27 August

Cost: Free.


4 September

UKRI - MRC Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Fellowship

Opportunity: Fellowship - UKRI have announced a Fellowship funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) to undertake a PhD. The project can focus on any are of the MRC’s remit to improve human health.

Who's it for: Registered healthcare professionals.

Organiser: UKRI / MRC

Eligibility: To be eligible you need to:

  • be a registered healthcare professional
  • be at an appropriate point in your training to undertake a PhD
  • show plans to pursue a research career

Deadline: Apply by 1600 4 September

17 September

UKRI - MRC Neurosciences and Mental Health Programme Funding

Opportunity: Research Funding- UKRI have announced that the Medical Research Council (MRC) will be funding a programme of research focused on neurosciences and mental health.

Who's it for: Organisations eligible to apply for Medical Research Council (MRC) funding.

Organiser: UKRI / MRC

Eligibility: To be eligible you need to:

  • be employed at a research organisation eligible to apply for Medical Research Council (MRC) funding
  • have a record of securing funding and delivering research

Deadline: Apply by 1600 17 September

26 September

Application Development Award for Health and Care Professionals

Opportunity: Application Development funding -  funding of up to £150k for up to 10 ADA's to help support work needed to submit a competitive research application for larger funding

Who's it for: Health and Care professionals: Nurses, Midwives, Pharmacists, Healthcare scientists and Allied Health Professionals.

Organiser: NIHR

Eligibility: Applicants must hold or be about to be awarded a PhD or have equivalent demonstrable research knowledge and experience.

Deadline: Apply by 1300 26 September. WEBINAR - 20 March 1000-1100, email to register


Health Inequalities in Later Life- NIHR ARCs National Webinars Three

Opportunity: Webinar - NIHR ARCs national #ARCseminar on health inequalities in later life. Topics include understanding palliative care and dementia care.

Who's it for?: Anyone interested in health inequalities in later life.

Organiser: NIHR ARC's

Location: Online - Register here

Date/Time: Postponed from Wednesday 10 July, new date tbc.

Cost: Free.


23 October

The British Academy Visiting Fellowships 2025

Opportunity: Fellowship - a postdoctoral fellowship of up to £40,000, enables academics from any country overseas to be based at a UK higher education or other research institution of their choice for up to six months.

Who's it for: Academics overseas looking to collaborate with colleagues in UK universities.

Organiser: The British Academy

Eligibility: To be eligible you need to:

  • be at postdoctoral level or above (or have equivalent research experience)
  • be on a permanent or fixed term contract
  • make contact with your host institution ahead of applying

Deadline: Apply by 1700 23 October


Doctoral studentships focusing on dementia-related practice

Opportunity: Doctoral studentships - fifteen full-time PhD studentships focusing on dementia-related practice in England with support from the National Institute for Health and Care Research.

Who's it for: Aspiring PhD students aiming to conduct research relevant to dementia - see the listed projects for more details on available topics.

Organiser: NIHR

Eligibility: See individual project listings for more information on eligibility.

Deadline: Differs per project but studentships will start in October 2024.

Associate Principal Investigator (PI) Scheme

Opportunity: Training opportunity - the Associate Principal Investigator Scheme aims to develop health and care professionals to become the Principal Investigators (PIs) of the future.

Who's it for: Healthcare professionals just starting their research career, particularly those who would not usually have the opportunity to take part in clinical research in their day-to-day role.

Organiser: NIHR

Eligibility: The scheme is open to any health and care professional willing to make a significant contribution to the conduct and delivery of a study at a local level over a period of six months.


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