Programme Development Grants – Mental health call

The NIHR Programme Development Grants (PDGs) programme has launched a funding call inviting proposals for research to address the challenge of mental health.

This call is an important part of the Department of Health and Social Care’s ongoing interest in mental health and the ambition of the recently established Mental Health Research Goals 2020-2030 to fund high-quality and timely evidence and to support research at the source of need.

We are particularly interested in applications that include populations and communities with high mental health burden, have been historically underserved by research activity, and address equality, diversity and inclusion.

The call offers researchers flexibility to focus on any subject area providing it falls within the mental health call remit, and encourages innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing unmet need for mental health patients, service users and carers.

The call is for proposals up to £150,000 for between 6 and 12 months, with the project needing to start in October 2021. More information is available in the call specification.

The submission deadline is 13:00 on 4 August 2021.

We will seek further research proposals through a second PDG funding round in September. This will have a longer application window, for applicants who are unable to meet the timelines of this rapid call.

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