Mental health research funding opportunities

Find out what mental health research we are funding – now and in the future.

We want to create transformative change in mental health by finding better ways to intervene early in depression, anxiety, and psychosis.

To achieve this, we design specific funding calls that we believe will best advance our understanding of these conditions and catalyse the creation of equitable new interventions and treatments. 

We want our funding calls to: 

  • generate the maximum range of new ideas and approaches 

  • include a diverse field of researchers from around the world 

  • target existing bottlenecks 

  • build on promise for breakthrough 

  • draw on the priorities and expertise of people with lived experience.

What funding calls have we launched?  


We plan to spend £16 billion by 2032 to advance scientific discovery and take on the world’s most urgent health issues.

Find out more about the broader grant funding we offer researchers via the button below.

You can also apply for one of three Discovery Research awards with a Mental Health research proposal regardless of current specific Mental Health funding calls.

To keep up to date with our funding call launches and remits, follow @WellcomeTrust on Twitter, and sign up for our funding newsletter below.

What funding calls can we expect in the future? 

To support researchers applying for our schemes, we’re sharing a broad outline of funding calls that are scheduled to launch in the next two years.

  • Spring 2024: Leveraging neuroscience to help illuminate and resolve anxiety, depression, and psychosis 
  • Summer 2024: Research new and improved digital technology to aid early intervention in anxiety, depression, and psychosis. 

These calls are still under development, and we have not yet agreed the specific scope, assessment criteria, or timing. As such, they are subject to change. 

Got ideas for other calls that with advance our strategy? Let us know about them via our suggestions form.