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MRC/AHRC/ESRC Adolescence, Mental Health and the Developing Mind: Call for Research Programmes

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The Medical Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council invite outline proposals for innovative and ambitious interdisciplinary programmes of original empirical research in adolescence, mental health and the developing mind. This £24M call will support a range of substantive flagship programmes, each of up to 4-year duration and up to £4M.

Please note that the funders will be holding a webinar for applicants to provide information and guidance on this call as well as an opportunity for questions and answers. We would encourage all potential applicants to attend either of the following dates:

  • 10:00 on Tuesday April 21, 2020
  • 14:00 on Thursday April 30, 2020

Please contact MRC Adolescent Mental Health for more information and to register for this event. We expect the webinar to last no longer than one hour. 

UKRI is aware that the ongoing situation regarding coronavirus will significantly impact the development of outline proposals. We have therefore made the decision to extend the timeline for this call by 3 months. The new deadline for submission of outline proposals is the 15 September 2020 (and not June 2020 as stated in the pre-call announcement).

For full details of the call, see the MRC website.

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 15/09/2020

See details of dates on the MRC website.

How to make an application

See details of how to make an application on the MRC website.

Further Information

For full details of the call, see the MRC website.


For general enquiries, please contact MRC Adolescent Mental Health

For specific queries the relevant contacts are:

Karen Brakspear – Head of Programme for Mental Health, MRC 

Wendy Matcham – Senior Research Portfolio Manager, Health and Human Behaviour, ESRC 

Margaret Charleroy – Head of Health and Environmental Humanities, AHRC 

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