Funding Opportunities

The following project portfolio lists current and completed funding opportunities and how to apply to each specific opportunity. Please read the Mental Health Research Programme’s How to Apply section first, and note the closing dates below.

Current and closed funding opportunities:

Rolling Call

The Mental Health Research Programme is currently welcoming applications on research concerning ex-Service personnel and their families. We are particularly interested in projects which fall within our 6 research priorities:

How to Apply
If you are interested in applying to FiMT‘s Mental Health Research Programme (MHRP), please ensure you have first read the MHRP ‘How to Apply’ section and relevant guidelines. Then please download and complete the Initial Application form below and email a copy to:

Download Initial Application Form

Highlight Notice
Please note this opportunity is now closed.

001 Ex-Service personnel, alcohol and other substance misuse and addiction

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) in collaboration with Centre for Mental Health and King’s Centre for Military Health Research is issuing a highlight notice under FiMT’s Mental Health Research Programme as part of an initiative to encourage high quality research in the field of veterans’ mental health. The aim of this highlight notice is to encourage applications that propose innovative ways to understand and address substance misuse and addiction, including alcohol, legal and illegal drug use, and its impact on former UK Armed Forces personnel and their families.

A FiMT-commissioned review of serving and ex-Service personnel’s mental health[1] identified alcohol misuse as a key priority for veterans’ mental health, describing it as a ‘major public health issue’.  The review highlighted the need to address:

  • causes of alcohol use and misuse
  • the effectiveness of alcohol-related interventions
  • the relationship of alcohol consumption to other mental health conditions
  • issues of long term alcohol misuse and dependency
  • the lack of existing evidence on other types of substance misuse and addictive behaviours beyond alcohol including recreational drug use, self-medication, gambling, and misuse of prescription medicines or ‘body enhancement’ substances.

The Mental Health Research Programme welcomes research proposals that address any of these aspects of substance misuse and addiction for UK ex-Service personnel and their families.[2]


This Highlight Notice will run from The application process to apply for funding to FiMT under a highlight notice, follows a two stage procedure. The first stage is a short initial application form. If successful at this stage a full application is invited.  Full details of the application process, the initial application form and assessment criteria guidance are available from FiMT’s website:

Applications received by FiMT that fall under a highlight notice will be prioritised for funding until the end of September 2016. Please ensure you include the number and title of the highlight notice in the relevant box of  the application form  (001 Ex-Service personnel, alcohol and other substance misuse and addiction) and ensure you justify in your application how your research fits within the priority area.


If you wish to discuss this notice, and your MHRP proposal informally please contact:

Hilary Cornish, MHRP Programme Coordinator

Email:   or  phone: 020 7827 8332

[1] Samele, C. (2013). The Mental Health of Serving and Ex-Service Personnel: A review of the evidence and perspectives of key stakeholders. FiMT: London, and available on the Forces in Mind website:

[2] FiMT are currently funding a project by Addaction in this area and we are unlikely to fund projects with substantial overlap.  Please review the press release at: