Mental health

Round 2 of the Mental Health Themed Call is now open for applications.


The NIHR 2018 Themed Call is ‘Promotion of good mental health and the prevention or treatment of mental ill health’ across the whole life course.

We welcome proposals for clinical and applied health research that evaluate healthcare interventions, health services, social care or public health measures operating at either the individual, or the population level. Issues of particular interest include proposals that utilise new digital health technologies or investigate their effects. 

The remit for this call includes conditions listed in the Health Research Classification System (HRCS) category ‘Mental Health’. Studies may include individuals with co-morbidities included in HRCS category ‘Neurological’, provided the main focus remains the mental health condition. 

Applications are encouraged that include geographic populations with high disease burden which have been historically under-served by NIHR research activity. Relevant information is available as a guide for applicants (2015 Compendium) and NIHR recruitment data provided by the Clinical Research Network.

Applicants should justify the importance of their proposed research and identify how these support aspirations for research in mental health set out in the Five Year Forward View For Mental Health and the ‘Framework for Mental Health Research in the United Kingdom’ led by the Department of Health and Social Care.

For examples of funded projects please see the Journals Library and the Dissemination Centre website. You may also find it useful to see the priorities for research published by JLA PSPs. If you are interested in funded research in a specific programme please see the relevant programme page.

For more information please see the specification document.



The Mental Health Themed Call webinar took place on 1st May.

You can watch a recording of the event that featured:

Professor Tom Walley, Director NETSCC NIHR

Professor Peter Jones, Professor of Psychiatry (Cambridge) and Chair of the Department of Health’s Framework for Mental Health Research Working Group for Translational Research.

Professor Simon Gilbody, Professor of Psychological Medicine and Health Services Research (York)  and Principal Investigator to the NIHR CASPER, REEACT and SCIMITAR trials

Theo Christie, Business Development Manager Clinical Research Network

Professor Yvonne Birks, Research Design Service Deputy Director NIHR YH RDS, Associate Director NIHR School for Social Care Research  




The slides used in the presentation are available through this link 



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