The Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant was founded in 2019, in memory of RCVS Council member Sarah Brown who passed away in 2017.

Applications are now open for 2022!

We are delighted to announce the launch of our fourth year of the Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grants. We will once more be awarding a grant of £20,000 for research into veterinary mental health and wellbeing. The prize will be awarded at our Honours and Awards event on Friday 8th July, and the winner will be invited to present their work at our Mind Matters Mental Health Research Symposium in 2023.

To apply, please send your research proposal (max 2 pages) to Lisa Quigley by Thursday 2nd June.

Guidance on how to write a research proposal can be found here.

Application Guidance

  • Research proposals must be a maximum of 2 pages (not including references).
  • Proposals must have broad relevance to mental health and/or wellbeing within the veterinary professions.
  • We welcome applications from individuals at all stage of their research careers, particularly early-career researchers and students. Students applying for the grant must include a letter of support from their supervisor.
  • We welcome international research collaborations. However, at least one researcher in the group must be based in the UK.
  • We would typically expect a proposal to include sections on: existing literature and background, hypothesis (or research questions for qualitative proposals), methods, analysis, proposed timeline, budget allocation, ethical considerations and dissemination.
  • We do not expect full ethical approval to be in place at the time of application. However, ethical considerations must be fully addressed in the proposal. Any award will be subject to necessary ethical approval being granted before payment is made.

Judging Criteria

Proposals will be judged on a number of factors, including the following:

  • Overall quality of proposal
  • Knowledge of mental health and wellbeing
  • Relevance to the profession
  • Originality and innovation
  • Likelihood of success
  • Approach to ethics and participant safety
  • Awareness of diversity, inclusion and equality
  • Effective use of funds
  • Synergy with the aims, values and activities of MMI.

Proposals are particularly welcome on topics that tie in with MMI’s key themes and areas of focus for 2022-2027. These are:

  • Students and new graduates
  • The veterinary nursing profession
  • Equality, diversity, inclusion, civility
  • Beyond mental health awareness
  • Leadership

Key Dates

Closing date – Thursday 2nd June

Winner announced – Week commencing 13th June

Award ceremony – Friday 8th July

Mental Health Research Symposium – September 2023

For more information please contact Mind Matters Initiative Manager, Lisa Quigley on

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Learn more about our past winning projects below…

  • 2021

    Identifying and addressing workplace stressors for autistic veterinary professionals – Dr Kirstie Pickles and Dr Brad Hill (University of Nottingham)

  • 2020

    Experiences of racism and its impacts on mental wellbeing in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people working and studying in the UK veterinary profession – Victoria Crossley (Royal Veterinary College), and Navaratnam Partheeban (British Veterinary Ethnicity and Diversity Society)

  • 2020

    Experiences and impact of moral injury in UK veterinary professional wellbeing – Dr Victoria Williamson and Dr Neil Greenberg (King’s College London)

  • 2019

    How farm vets cope: An exploration of how vets cope with the daily challenges of farm animal practice and how best these coping mechanisms might be developed into tools which can be easily accessed by the livestock veterinary community – Dr Kate Stephen (Scotland’s Rural College)