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NIHR Mental Health Research Initiative: Mental Health Research Groups

NIHR Mental Health Research Initiative: Mental Health Research Groups
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NIHR launched the application process on 22 September – sign up for the webinar on 10 October!

This is amazing news for mental health research capacity and definitely something to keep a strong eye on in the coming weeks 

Expansion of mental health research capacity

Coming in late September, the NIHR is launching a programme to establish up to 10 ‘Mental Health Research Groups – MHRGs’ via a new funding scheme. NIHR will be focusing on proving funding to institutions in areas of England which experience a high mental health burden but which currently have limited or absent research capacity.

The awards will be given to establish MHRGs in higher education institutions with very little or no current mental health research capacity. These centres will be supported by institutions with a strong track record of mental health research who will act as mentors, provide resources and support with expertise. The award is for 5 years of delivery, and aim to build a new centres who can deliver mental health research capacity going forward.

Institutions which are almost ready to become MHRGs will also be supported into this development process by the following supplemental awards.

Complementary sub-awards

Alongside the main MHRGs funding, NIHR are also running two supplemental schemes to extend the reach of mental health support by providing funding to help institutions currently not involved in mental health research but in an area of significant need to become ready to apply to become an MHRG in following years:

  • Mental Health Research Leaders Awards – up to £2.5m over 5 years
  • Mental Health Research Development Awards – up to £150k over 12 months


Find out out more on this NIHR webpage.


Keep an eye on the NIHR on Twitter for more updates and as always follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with mental health research news!

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