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Partnership funding call with MQ: Transforming Mental Health

Published on 06 March 2017

We're pleased to announce that for the second year, we're partnering with mental health research charity MQ: Transforming Mental Health to co-fund one early career researcher in their 2017 Fellows Award programme. MQ is a new charity funding much needed scientific research to transform the lives of everyone affected by mental illness. Together, we recognise the significant mental health burden that musculoskeletal disease can bring, in particular as a result of chronic pain, and the impact that this can have on quality of life.

For this award we invite applications which examine mental health conditions associated with musculoskeletal disorders. The co-funded award will provide up to £75,000 per year for three years, or up to £225,000 in total funding.

In 2016, Dr Sam Norton from King’s College London won the 2016 Arthritis Research UK MQ Fellows award, to develop a new app aiming to explore mental and physical health support for people with arthritis.

Who can apply?

The MQ Fellows Programme is designed to support early career researchers investigating questions that will ultimately improve the quality of life for people affected by mental illness. Applicants will have made an outstanding start to their research career as demonstrated by their research results, publications and career track record to date.

Eligible Applicants must be early career researchers establishing their independence:

  • With a PhD, DPhil, DClinPsy, MBBS, MD or equivalent
  • By end of 2017, have accumulated 3-7 years (whole-time-equivalent) research experience equivalent in nature to postdoctoral research,
  • Be able to show that this award will help establish your independence relative to your current position.

Deadline for applications

The deadline for submitting applications is Tuesday April 25th at 17.00 BST. For further information on the application process please see our call for applications page.

Please contact MQ directly for any queries regarding this funding opportunity or the application under

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