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23/147 Men's mental health


07 November 2023


13:00 on 23 April 2024


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Supporting Information

Please note that the Word version of the stage 1 application form is to be used as a guide and to assist with completion of the online application form only, for example to see how many characters are accepted in each section and how the printed complete form is laid out. Please do not try to use this as an application form, you must apply using the online form available through the links available when calls are open. You should also refer to the application form guidance notes which can be found next to the ‘Apply Now’ button.

The Public Health Research Programme (PHR) is accepting Stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this topic.

In order to apply you will need to carefully review the:

This call is being supported by the NIHR Specialist Centre for Public Health (SCPH), which is part of the NIHR Research Support Service (RSS) for applicants from England (this was previously supported by the Research Design Service). If you have a specific enquiry about this commissioned call please use this form to contact the SCPH.

Applicants from England who have not been funded by the PHR Programme before should request support from the SCPH.


Any changes to these dates will be emailed to all Lead Applicants with an application in progress.

  • Stage 1 deadline: 1pm on 23 April 2024
  • Notification of out of remit/non-competitive decision if unsuccessful: Early May 2024
  • Notification of Stage 1 shortlisting decision: Early July 2024
  • Stage 2 writing window: Early July to end August 2024
  • Notification of Stage 2 funding decision: mid-end November 2024
  • Earliest start date for funded studies: 1 February/1 March 2025       

Please note, if a very high response is received, some applications may not be taken forward for further assessment if they are deemed to be non-competitive and/or it may be necessary to defer some applications until a later date. 'Non-Competitive' means that an application is not of a sufficiently high standard to be taken forward for further assessment in comparison with other applications received and funded by the PHR Programme because it has little or no realistic prospect of funding. This may be because of scientific quality, cost, scale/duration, or the makeup of the project team.

All primary research projects are expected to establish a programme appointed Study/Trial Steering Committee and it is important that you read the TSC/SSC Guidance before completing your application. Costs incurred by this committee should be included in the budget as appropriate.


We held a webinar to support applications to this funding opportunity on Tuesday 6 February 2024. If you would like access to the slides and a recording of the webinar, please email