How to Apply

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from various organisations: from small not-for-profit groups and charities to larger institutions such as Universities. Please read our eligibility criteria before applying.

What do we fund?

We fund research projects which further understanding of the mental health needs of ex-Service Personnel and how best to meet them; please see here for the types of review you may wish to consider. We strongly advise potential applicants to read ‘what we are looking for’ in an application and ‘what we cannot fund’ before making an application. We are committed to funding research which actively involves ex-Service personnel and/or family members at all stages of the research process; for further details, read the Service User Involvement section. It may also be helpful to review our MHRP Funding Opportunities, which is a portfolio of projects including both current and completed opportunities.

When can I apply?

The Open Call is rolling, you can apply at any time. Full applications are reviewed at MHRP Steering Group meetings, which are held quarterly in January, April, July and October. Initial applications are reviewed on a regular basis and do not have a submission deadline. If your initial application is successful, and you are invited to submit a full application, you will be informed of the relevant submission deadlines for forthcoming Steering Group meetings at that time. Highlight and Commission Notices will specify their closing dates.

The Application Process and QR Funding

The application process depends on the funding opportunity to which you are applying. Responding to the rolling Open Call or to a Highlight Notice is a two stage process involving an initial short application, which if successful, is followed by an invitation to submit a full application. If you are responding to a Highlight Notice, please be sure to note the reference number in the relevant box on the application forms.

If you are responding to a Commissioning Notice the application process will vary. For some of our awards, there may be a shortlist stage and an interview panel. Full details will be provided on each Commissioning Notice.

If would like to apply for a grant please read our eligibility criteria, then complete and submit an outline of the project for which you are seeking funding using the Initial Application (MHRP) Form. To help you, please review the Initial Application (MHRP) Help Notes and Initial Application (MHRP) Assessment Criteria.

Concerning the grant for which you are applying, please consider if your organisation deems the MHRP eligible for QR Funding (quality related research funding).  This is funding that specifies a number of key eligibility criteria a charitable body must meet when awarding funding for research.  MHRP projects have already successfully attracted QR funding with academic institutions.  We have prepared an overview of the MHRP’s structure, review process, and associated forms for this purpose which you can find here.

Send the completed Initial Application form (in Word format) to:

When will I hear?

We aim to respond to initial applications within 3 months of receipt. If your initial application meets our objectives and current priorities we will contact you to invite a full application. Full applications are considered by FiMT’s MHRP Steering Group and an independent grants assessor; recommended applications are then passed to FiMT’s Grants and Commissioning Committee (GCC). If the requested funding from FiMT is more than £100,000 in any given year, the GCC’s recommendation is passed to FiMT’s Board of Directors for a final decision. We will keep you informed throughout the stages of the application process.

The criteria used by the MHRP Steering Group to assess full applications is available here.

Please note that we may invite successful applicants to offer something back to the MHRP from time to time by helping in the two-stage evaluation process (in line with a given applicant’s expertise).

See our current and completed Funding Opportunities Mental Health Research Programme portfolio.


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