The Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the first Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant, named for an elected RCVS Council member who tragically passed away in 2017.

One £20,000 grant will be awarded each year for five years, starting in 2019 (making a £100,000 total by 2023) to fund research that focuses on mental health and wellbeing within the veterinary professions, including areas such as prevention, diagnosis, intervention and treatment.

Eligibility notes:

  • Applications are welcome from individuals at all stages of their research careers, including those who have not previously been published.
  • We welcome research proposals relating to any aspect of mental health or wellbeing in the veterinary professions.
  • Researchers must be affiliated with a university and ethical approval must be in place.

To apply:

To apply for the 2019 Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant, please send your research proposal along with a CV and short biography for all lead researchers to Lisa Quigley, Mind Matters Initiative Manager, at by 5pm on Friday 31 May 2019.

The proposal should be a maximum of 3,000 words and include aims, methods, ethical considerations, proposed timelines, and a bibliography. Please ensure any academic literature referred to within your proposal is accurately referenced.

The winner will be decided in June, with the winner receiving their award at Royal College Day, which takes place in London, on Friday 12 July 2019.

The recipient of the Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant for 2019 will be invited to present their research findings at the biennial Mind Matters Initiative Research Symposium in 2021.

We welcome applications from those at an early stage in their research career. Guidance on how to prepare a good research grant proposal can be found on the Economic and Social research Council website.