News and opportunities in mental health research

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AHP secondment opportunity at NIHR
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AHP secondment opportunity at NIHR

The NIHR is looking to appoint a registered Allied Health Professional (AHP) to support the delivery of an Allied Health Professions Research Summit commissioned by Health Education England (HEE). NIHR would aim to hold the summit in November 2022 and will pay the pro-rated amount of the individual’s salary to their employer for the duration…

Announcing our 2022 GROW programme participants
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Announcing our 2022 GROW programme participants

We are delighted to announce the first cohort of the GROW Researcher Development Programme. Our 18 early career researchers are deliberately a very diverse group – with interests varying from perinatal to older adults; from individuals, to families and carers, to public health and service development. Addressing intrenched inequalities in mental health has emerged as…

Mental health research fellowships – NIHR 3 Schools
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Mental health research fellowships – NIHR 3 Schools

The NIHR 3 Schools programme is inviting applications for its next round of fellowship funding. The closing date is 12 noon on Thursday 28 July 2022.   Applications are invited from health and care professionals working in mental health but without a strong track record of mental health research (including but not limited to social work,…

Being a peer researcher in the UKRI Loneliness and social isolation in mental health network
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Being a peer researcher in the UKRI Loneliness and social isolation in mental health network

Listen to two peer researchers in mental health talk about their experience working on studies through the UCL loneliness and social isolation network. We’re delighted to share in celebrating the successes of the UKRI UCL loneliness network. Their great work and achievements over the last few years owes a great deal to meaningful collaborations with lived experience experts.

MARCH network’s legacy website
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MARCH network’s legacy website

The many achievements, resources and connections created by the fantastic MARCH network are available for mental health researchers who have interests in the role of social, cultural and community assets. The MARCH network set out to transform our understanding of how social, cultural and community assets support mental health. Their legacy website is a go-to…

Academic psychiatry careers webinar 2022
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Academic psychiatry careers webinar 2022

Many clinical academics have followed a non-standard path in their academic work. Dr Vivienne Curtis, Dr Kate Saunders, Dr Shruti Garg and Dr Oli Sparasci shared advice and tips on all the options available to psychiatry trainees. Do check out the presentation slides, Q&A questions and links to a useful whatsapp group on the Royal…

Advice clinic: Implementation science
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Advice clinic: Implementation science

Are you a health or social care professional or a researcher planning a quality improvement or implementation science project? Would you like advice on how to evaluate your project or on how implementation science methods can improve the chance of your project being successful? Do consider checking out the advice clinic service offered by quality…

Announcing the winners of the MHR Incubator Awards
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Announcing the winners of the MHR Incubator Awards

Judges awarded the top MHR Awards to seven researchers whose projects represent some of the most exciting new developments in mental health research today. Eight other researchers were runners up. Awards went to early career researchers whose work is already influencing clinical practice, projects that reflect outstanding collaboration with patients and public, and to innovative…

Building research in underserved areas: Dr Rebecca Anthony
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Building research in underserved areas: Dr Rebecca Anthony

The award-winning work focuses attention on the experiences of people whose particular circumstances and needs are less well captured in the mainstream of mental health research. The neglected yet important areas our winners are addressing includes mental health in adoptive families, people with severe intellectual impairments, experiences in racialised groups.

Innovation prize: Dr Lucy Livingston and Dr Ben Perry
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Innovation prize: Dr Lucy Livingston and Dr Ben Perry

Judges awarded the Innovation prize to two researchers who are tackling two very different areas of mental health research in new and original ways. Dr Lucy Livingston researches the understudied phenomenon of ‘compensation’ in autism, and Dr Ben Perry’s work focuses on physical health risks in people diagnosed with schizophrenia. There was a clear consensus…

NIHR webinar: How to apply public involvement effectively to your research application
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NIHR webinar: How to apply public involvement effectively to your research application

This 75-minute webinar is aimed at researchers applying for NIHR Fellowship Awards and staff accountable for public involvement. The webinar will cover: • NIHR’s definition of public involvement • UK Standards for Public Involvement in Research • Guidance on co-producing a research project • The support Research Design Service (RDS) provides for researchers in regards…

GROW: Researcher Development Programme
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GROW: Researcher Development Programme

The application window for the summer 2022 cohort of the GROW programme has now closed. Applicants will be contacted about the outcome of their application in the coming weeks. GROW is the professional development programme designed for early career researchers in mental health. Through the programme, participants will build a cross-disciplinary professional network to inspire…

MQ Fellows Award 2022 – 29 April deadline
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MQ Fellows Award 2022 – 29 April deadline

Applications are now open.  Who can apply: Early-career researchers  Funding period: 3 years  Funding amount: up to £225,000  Research area: Premature mortality, namely suicide and comorbidities  Application deadline: 29th April. This MQ Fellows Award will have the theme “Gone too Soon”. People affected by mental illness and mental distress die too soon; their lives are scandalously short. Suicide is one contributing factor. However, a major reason is the close link between…

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NIHR SPHR Public Mental Health Network

The NIHR SPHR Public Mental Health Network aims to bring together researchers, public health professionals and members of the public to share research findings and provide opportunities to work together on mental health initiatives. It’s based in the NIHR School of Public Health Research (SPHR) but it is open to anyone interested to join, including:…

Get involvement opportunities straight to your inbox!
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Get involvement opportunities straight to your inbox!

The McPin Involvement Bulletin is packed full of exciting opportunities to get involved and participate in mental health research. With a focus on lived experience, the (roughly) monthly round-up includes everything we’re involved in or have been sent, from lived experience advisory groups to higher education courses and lots more. For example, February’s bulletin promoted…

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Presentations viewable online – NIHR Academy Doctoral Academy Training Camp

Presentations from last September’s NIHR Academy Doctoral Training Camp have now been made more widely available, sharing useful tips for all those preparing research funding applications. Sessions include: • Lessons learned when applying for postdoctoral funding • The art of framing your research question • Get value and benefit from Patient and Public Involvement •…

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McPin Foundation

We are a mental health research charity that believes research is done best when it involves people with relevant personal experience that relates to the research being carried out. We call this expertise from experience and integrate this into our work by: Delivering high-quality, collaborative mental health research and evaluations Helping shape the research of…

Social media training from The Mental Elf
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Social media training from The Mental Elf

Practical training in digital public engagement & research dissemination skills for anyone interested in communicating mental health science. This is an online social media training day with The Mental Elf founder, André Tomlin. The cost is £75. The workshops are very interactive and problem-based. They help participants to: 1. Become familiar with the range of…

Webinar – 10 Feb from Oxford AHSN
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Webinar – 10 Feb from Oxford AHSN

Free webinar from Oxford Academic Health Science Network exploring how patients and health/care professionals can best work together. Hear from patients, relatives and professionals with experience of children & young people’s mental health services. Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/inclusion-for-all-mental-health-children-young-people-tickets-228836936437

Funding for child and adolescent mental health from Kavli Trust
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Funding for child and adolescent mental health from Kavli Trust

The Norwegian Kavli Trust Programme on Health Research will be awarding a total of NOK 20 million (£1.6million) to collaborative research projects addressing selected evidence gaps in child and adolescent mental health in 2022. The pre-proposal form is now open to applicants from Norway, Sweden, Finland or the United Kingdom. Find out more: https://kavlifondet.no/en/2021/12/call-for-proposals-kavli-trust-programme-on-health-research-2022/

Charity funders of mental health research
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Charity funders of mental health research

Where can I find out about potential charity funding for my study? If you aren’t a well-established researcher, it can be very difficult to know where to start. Even if you are, mental health remains an underfunded area with far fewer charities with either open or themed calls compared to other health conditions. But there are starting points.

Public Involvement Funds from the Research Design Service
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Public Involvement Funds from the Research Design Service

It is considered good practice to involve members of the public and people with lived experience as early as possible in the research design process. Funding public involvement at the application stage can be challenging. The Research Design Service (RDS) ‘Public Involvement Funds’ aim to bridge that gap. Funds are available to help facilitate public…

500 researchers on the #MHRmap – and counting!
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500 researchers on the #MHRmap – and counting!

There are now over 500 researchers on our map of mental health research,  including research-active clinicians, lived experience experts, and mental health academics. It’s great to see broad-based support for this resource which promotes  cross-disciplinary collaborations in mental health research. The map of mental health research now has over 500 researchers listed from 20 different…

ARC online course: Introduction to evaluation – apply by 16 Jan 2022
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ARC online course: Introduction to evaluation – apply by 16 Jan 2022

The Introduction to Evaluation online short course is aimed at staff in frontline services in the NHS, local government and social care organisations who are aiming to conduct evaluations of services or interventions and covers key guidance from the planning stages through to sharing your findings. This course is suitable for staff from NHS Trusts,…

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Social care research funding – deadline 24 Nov

NIHR Programme Development Grants (PDG) invites proposals to address the challenges within adult social care and aim to improve the evidence base for adult social care. We are particularly interested in applications that include users of social care, focus on populations and communities with high support/care needs, or have historically been under-served by research activity, and…

NIHR Programme Development Grants – next deadline 24 Nov 2021
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NIHR Programme Development Grants – next deadline 24 Nov 2021

The Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) Competition 37 is now open for applications for research proposals to develop individual programmes of applied health research. The application deadline is 24 November 2021. Find out more: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/programme-grants-for-applied-research-competition-37/28718 NIHR Programme Development Grants (PDG) allow researchers to pull together a community to develop a grant application over a…

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Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) grants from NIHR

Research for Patient Benefit grants are great options for early and mid-career researchers who are looking for smaller pots of funding to consider. A real strength of the programme is the option to have co- principal investigators where an earlier career PI can be supported by a more experienced PI. RfPB is researcher-led and does not…

What is the Research Design Service?
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What is the Research Design Service?

What is the Research Design Service (RDS)? We asked that question to Louise Halbert, Business Manager at the NIHR Research Design Service (or RDS for short 🙂 ) She said… “The Research Design Service (RDS) supports researchers to develop applications to the National Institute for Health Research and other national funders of applied health and…

Interview: Dept of Health and Social Care CSO on mental health research in the UK
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Interview: Dept of Health and Social Care CSO on mental health research in the UK

In a wide-ranging discussion, Professors Lucy Chappell and Cathy Creswell discuss the rationale behind the launch of a number of new NIHR funding schemes for mental health research that have been announced, including region-specific schemes. They go on to discuss the importance of research into co-occurring physical and mental health conditions, capacity issues in certain…

New video series on PPI in mental health research – thanks to Incubator Advisory Group members
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New video series on PPI in mental health research – thanks to Incubator Advisory Group members

Members of the Mental Health Research Incubator Advisory Group were behind the brand-new video series in which researchers and experienced public contributors discuss patient and public involvement (PPI) in mental health research. Dr Emma Černis and Dr Simon Hackett highlighted that support and direction with PPI was an area that mental health researchers would welcome…

SBRI Healthcare – Mental Health Inequalities in Children and Young People, 13 Oct deadline
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SBRI Healthcare – Mental Health Inequalities in Children and Young People, 13 Oct deadline

Funded by NHS England and NHS Improvement in collaboration with the AHSN Network, SBRI Healthcare announces a Phase 3 funding competition open to innovations in an advanced stage of development. The aim is to accelerate these innovations into relevant health or social settings, and to facilitate the generation of evidence in Real World settings required by commissioners…

NIHR fellowship application day – 6 October
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NIHR fellowship application day – 6 October

An all-day masterclass on how to improve your chances of success when applying for an NIHR Fellowship. This online event is open to any researcher, clinician and/or academic from across the South Central region (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire) who is considering an NIHR Fellowship application. Find out more and register via…

Webinar: Develop a competitive Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship application – 6 October
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Webinar: Develop a competitive Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship application – 6 October

Online webinar from NIHR for those wishing to pursue an PCAF application. Webinar topic: Find out how to develop a competitive PCAF application The HEE/NIHR ICA Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) supports health and social care practitioners (excluding doctors and dentists) to develop a competitive doctoral fellowship application. The award funds a bespoke training and…

Beneficial Changes Network – submissions of innovations before 22 Oct
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Beneficial Changes Network – submissions of innovations before 22 Oct

The Beneficial Changes Network is now open for a second round of transformation, innovation or improvement submissions from the frontline. This is a fantastic opportunity for mental health researchers and professionals with relevant experience. This round of submissions is not specific to changes which occurred during the pandemic, rather a general invitation for submissions in…

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

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…

Medical Research Foundation grants for mental health, 27 Sept deadline
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Medical Research Foundation grants for mental health, 27 Sept deadline

Apply now for Launchpad Grants for mental health research from the Medical Research Foundation. The closing date is 27 September. The Medical Research Foundation’s Launchpad Grants will support early and mid-career researchers and clinical academics, whose research will increase understanding of mental health, and improve diagnosis, treatment and recovery. The funding should be used to…

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NIHR Fellowship application day – 6 October

This online workshop organised by the South Central Research Design Service is for researchers who are applying for a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Fellowship. The workshop covers the following NIHR schemes: • Doctoral Research Fellowship • Advanced Fellowship • Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship • Clinical Lecturer • Senior Clinical Lecturer There will be…

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Starting research workshop – 15 September

This workshop organised by the South-Central Research Design Service is for those who are interested in research but don’t know how to get going. It may be of particular interest to those applying for a research-related internship or pre-doctoral fellowship to start a clinical academic career. This workshop will cover: • What makes a good…

Wellcome Trust funding schemes
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Wellcome Trust funding schemes

  The Wellcome Trust have launched three new discovery research funding schemes which can support mental health research projects. The three schemes – early career awards, discovery awards and career development awards – will open in late summer 2021. Find out more about the schemes on the Wellcome Trust website.

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Preparatory research training – Maudsley BRC

Mental Health Biomedical Research Preparatory Clinician Fellowships offer healthcare professionals an opportunity to obtain the necessary research track record, skills and support to compete for externally funded three year Clinician Training Fellowships with NIHR, MRC, Wellcome or other funder. The scheme is available to medical trainees in psychiatry or neurology and to other health professionals…

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