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News about funding and collaboration opportunities around mental health research.

Last update: 15 July 2021.

MRC Neurosciences and Mental Health Research Grants

Funder: MRC

Awards: n/a (up to 5 years)

Deadline: 29 September 2021

Investigator-led grant funding for research into disorders of the nervous system, including fundamental research normal development and function, and understanding of the mechanism of disease.  Research grants are suitable for focused short or long-term research projects and can support method development or development and continuation of research facilities.

Guidance notes can be found here.


MRC Neurosciences and Mental Health New Investigator Research Grants

Funder: MRC

Awards: n/a

Deadline: 29 September 2021

Grant funding for research into disorders of the nervous system, including fundamental research normal development and function, and understanding of the mechanism of disease.  

New investigator research grants are aimed to support the transition into becoming an independent principal investigation with support from the host institution.  There is no limitation on length of post-doctoral experience.

 Guidance notes can be found here.


MRC Neurosciences and Mental Health Programme Grants

Funder: MRC

Awards: Typically £1m or more; maximum 5-year duration (renewable)

Deadline: 29 September 2021

Programme grants provide large, long-term and renewable programme funding for researchers working in the area of neurosciences and mental health research. They aim to help the medical science community to ‘think bigger’.

Guidance notes can be found here.


MRC Neurosciences and Mental Health Partnership Grants

Funder: MRC

Awards: n/a

Deadline: 29 September 2021

Funding for partnerships working to transform the understanding of neuroscience and mental health. Partnership grants are expected to support these research areas, but funds can not cover research costs.

Guidance notes can be found here.


British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships: Outline Stage 2021-22

Funder: British Academy

Awards: Up to 36 months

Deadline: Outline Stage: 14 October 2021 (17:00 UK time)

The British Academy is inviting proposals from early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences wishing to pursue an independent research project, towards the completion of a significant piece of publishable research. This scheme provides funding to cover the costs of a 36-month fellowship at a host institution of your choosing.

The competition for the Postdoctoral Fellowship is held in two stages. The Outline Stage is open for everyone within the eligibility criteria. The Second Stage is invitation only. You may only apply to this competition once, unless specifically invited to re-apply. 

Please consult specific eligibility criteria on this link.


Better methods, better research: Nov 2021

Funder: MRC/NIHR

Awards: £500,000 max

Deadline: 11 November 2021

Funding to support research to improve research methods being applied by others anywhere within the remit of MRC or the NIHR. Multidisciplinary teams and approaches welcome. welcome multidisciplinary teams or approaches.

Grant types: research grants, new investigator research grants, partnership grants.

Guidance notes can be found here.