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

Read about the details of the winners of last year’s grant.

This is the third year of a five-year commitment that this £20,000 grant will be awarded, 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 before any award will be paid.

To apply

To apply for the 2021 Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant, please send your research proposal to Lisa Quigley, MMI Manager, on by 5pm on Friday 30 April 2021.

Your proposal should be a maximum of 3,000 words and include aims, methods, ethical considerations, proposed timelines, project costings, and a bibliography. Please ensure any academic literature referred to within your proposal is accurately referenced. Guidance on how to prepare a good research grant proposal can be found on the Economic and Social research Council website.

The criteria that the judges will consider include:

  1. relevance to the veterinary professions
  2. originality of proposed research
  3. value for money

The winner will be decided in May. The recipient of the Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant for 2021 will be invited to present their research findings at the biennial Mind Matters Initiative Research Symposium in 2023.

Support with proposals

This year, our partner charity RCVS Knowledge have kindly agreed to provide short one-to-one support sessions for potential applicants seeking assistance with the development of their proposal. To arrange a 30-minute phone call or video chat, please contact Lisa Quigley on

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