Mental Health Award: Finding the right treatment, for the right people, at the right time for anxiety and depression

This call aims to support validation of biological, psychological, social or digital markers to enable stratification in anxiety and/or depression as early as possible. Stratification will allow targeted treatment and ensure that the right people get the right treatment at the right time. 

Scheme at a glance 

Lead applicant career stage:
Administering organisation location:
Strategic programme:
Mental Health
Funding amount:

Up to £5 million

Funding duration:

Up to 5 years


Disabled applicants

If you are disabled or have a long-term health condition, we can support you with the application process.

About this call 

The Institutional Funding for Research Culture is an invitation only call in which each organisation is only able to submit one application. The call intends to have a cross-organisational impact. For this reason, we require the lead applicant for this award to be the Vice-Chancellor or equivalent. 

Applicants will articulate their vision to advance a culture that fosters inclusive, equitable, open, engaged, and ethical research. (hereafter referred to as a ‘positive research culture’). They will be asked to identify a specific challenge they are currently facing and outline how this grant would enable them to realise their ambitions and what potential solutions they anticipate implementing. This call offers an opportunity to experiment with new approaches and ideas to promote a positive research culture. The proposed work should be a pilot or proof-of-concept, with the potential to scale up, followed by an evaluation stage.  

Wellcome is interested in learning from this work, so successful applicants will take part in Wellcome-organised meetings with a network of other awardees to share best practise and successes from their work. 

Eligibility and suitability 


We have been running webinars to discuss the call and allow participants to ask the Wellcome Mental Health team questions. A recording of our 6 April webinar in partnership with the World Health Organization is available, where you can watch:

What we offer 

How to apply 

Key dates 

You must submit your application by 17:00 (BST) on the deadline day. We don’t accept late applications.

  1. 2 May 2023, 15:00 BST

    Informational webinar

  2. 7 June 2023

    Preliminary application deadline

  3. July 2023


  4. 7 September 2023

    Full application deadline

  5. November 2023


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