UCL Institute of Mental Health


Small Grant Funding 2020

We are currently accepting applications for our small grants scheme 2020/2021.

As part of its commitment to support mental health research, the IoMH has established a small grants scheme with a commitment to award £25,000 in the coming academic financial year. Applications can be for up to £10,000 but requests for smaller awards are also encouraged.

A list of last year’s awarded projects can be found on the Small Grants 2019 webpage.


Applications must include at least two UCL staff applicants with employment contracts which extend beyond the end of the grant period (31st July 2021). 

In order to demonstrate our support for interdisciplinary mental health research, we have stipulated that applicants must come from more than one department.  External partnerships with other academic institutions, the NHS, local authorities, charities, commercial organisations, community groups or policy-making bodies are encouraged where of relevance to the outputs. Applications which demonstrate a novel approach to interdisciplinary, or propose the development of new cross-disciplinary collaborations will be prioritised. 

Early-mid career researchers (within five years of your first post doctoral appointment) are particularly encouraged to apply. If you do not fit this criteria but feel you are still an early career researcher please contact us and we will be happy to discuss. 

Priority themes

Applications can be on any mental health topic that meets the eligibility criteria. However we have chosen some priorities.

  • Mental health in relation to COVID-19Projects related to COVID-19 and its impact on mental health or mental health services are particularly welcome.
  • Basic neuroscience of mental illnessProjects that are related to the mechanistic understanding of mental illness are encouraged, although any area of basic mental health neuroscience will be considered.

Given the current coronavirus pandemic we will expect applicants to devise protocols that are protected from some of the consequences of lockdown including use of telemedicine/digital health or remote assessments. Similarly, requests for new analyses of already collected data/samples/specimens will be considered provided a strong case is made that the proposed work would not be possible without the additional requested funding.

Applicants are asked to state whether or not they already have the relevant research ethical approvals or require amendment to existing approvals.


We will be funding activities to take place within the UCL financial year (1st August 2020 to 31st July 2021). Projects may be of any duration, but must be ready to start by August 2020 with all activities having taken place by 31st July 2021.

How to apply

The information sheet and application form can be found below. Please send your completed application form to Arann Rowe (a.rowe@ucl.ac.uk) no later than 5pm on 30th June 2020. Applications will be considered by an expert panel of UCL staff and external partners.