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Cross-disciplinary mental health network plus call

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Call status: Closed
Previous call: 17 October 2017 - 22 March 2018

This call is administered by ESRC.


The research councils (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC and STFC) are pleased to announce the cross-disciplinary mental health network plus call.

The aim of the call is to encourage the creation of multidisciplinary networks that cross the remit boundaries of the research councils. These networks will address important mental health research questions that require an innovative, cross-disciplinary approach to accelerate progress; to build cross-disciplinary research capacity in the field; and to strengthen the UK mental health research base.

The call has been informed by the research councils recently published Cross-disciplinary Mental Health Research Agenda which represents their collective interest in supporting and furthering mental health research. It encourages areas where high quality cross-disciplinary research could add the most value and impact to the broader mental health research landscape through novel and transformative research.

The total funding available through this call is £9-10 million, with network plus applicants able to bid for up to £1.25 million (100% fEC) per network for up to 48 months’ duration. The research councils will contribute 80% fEC on successful proposals.


Through a consultation process with academics, service user organisations, charities and funders, four overarching research areas and five cross-cutting themes were identified. These are potential areas where there is scope for enhanced collaboration across different disciplines and sectors. Full details of these broad topics are listed within the Cross-disciplinary Mental Health Research Agenda and form the basis of this call.

For the purpose of this call BBSRC wishes to encourage cross-disciplinary networks that incorporate increased understanding of the biological basis/mechanisms of mental wellness across the lifecourse. This could include aspects such as:

  • understanding mental processes* brain health, behaviour and wellbeing across the lifecourse and how this can be modulated by nutrition, physical activity, developmental factors (including early life adversity) and life style factors (for example sleep/stress); and the extent to which these impact on health in later life
  • what makes people resilient and identifying the ‘tipping’ points into poor health
  • the relationship between mental and physical wellbeing/resilience
  • potential interventions to maintain homeostasis, increase resilience and enable healthy trajectories.

*for example: cognition, behaviour, learning, language, memory, emotion, attention, decision making, sensory processing and psychology.

How to apply

This call is closed to applications.

All proposals must be made through the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system. Proposals must be costed and approved by the relevant institutional authority at the research organisation before submission.

For further information about the call, including call documents and FAQ, please see the ESRC website.

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