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Wellcome Mental Health Data Prizes

We support teams to use existing data to uncover new insights and create digital tools for research into anxiety and depression in young people.

What are data prizes?

Data prizes are an open competition or challenge where participants use data to solve a societal problem.

They are increasingly used to find solutions to complex issues and can be especially powerful for areas blocked by siloed research fields, where funding is limited, or when there is a lack of motivation because progress has slowed.

Wellcome Mental Health Data Prize: Africa, 2024 

Our newest data prize will fund teams across the African continent to analyse data and build digital tools to answer the question: “What can help us tackle anxiety, depression and psychosis in Africa?”

We are working with The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) to run this prize. They will deliver training, facilitate access to data sources from across the continent and support teams through the prize.

Wellcome Mental Health Data Prize: UK and South Africa, 2022-2023  

The first Wellcome Data Prize was delivered in partnership with Social Finance. £1.4 million was awarded across three phases, with the top prize of £500,000 shared between the three winning teams.

We designed the prize to prioritise inclusivity, creativity and multidisciplinary working. It was open to teams in the UK and South Africa, and we are using what we learned to inform the structure of the new Data Prize in Africa. Find out about the eligibility, evaluation criteria and design of the prize.

"I have been a member of many funding panels and the Wellcome Mental Health Data Prize stood out in terms of the diversity of applicants. The prize really reached beyond the usual suspects with applicants from various geographies, career stages and institutions from both inside and outside the academic landscape, which will bring new perspectives to the research area."

Ann John, Chair of the Mental Health Data Prize Selection Panel

Find out about the winning projects:

Harmony – Ulster University 

A free-to-use AI tool for researchers to make better use of existing mental health questionnaire data, by bringing together different studies.

The team: Eoin McElroy, Bettina Moltrecht, Thomas Wood, Mauricio Scopel Hoffmann, George B. Ploubidis

Learn more about Harmony 

DigiCAT – Edinburgh University 

A digital tool that analyses cause and effect in observational mental health data. This can accelerate progress in identifying potential intervention targets. 

The team: Aja Murray, Marie Allitt, Ingrid Obsuth, Josiah King, Dan Mirman, Patrick Errington and Helen Wright

Learn more about DigiCAT

School Health Research Network (SHRN) – Cardiff University 

A digital dashboard that empowers schools to use bespoke data to create environments that promote good mental and physical health. 

The team: Jeremy Segrott, Hayley Reed, Frances Rice, Simon Murphy, Rhys Bevan-Jones, Yulia Shenderovich, Olga Eyre, Nicholas Page, Maria Boffey and Edna Ogada 

Learn more about the SHRN dashboard

Projects funded during previous phases:

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