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.

This is the second year of a five year commitment that this £20,000 grant will be awarded (making this 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:

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 criteria that the judges will consider include:

1) relevance to the veterinary professions

2) evidence of competence of proposed researchers

3) originality of proposed research question

4) likelihood of successful outcome

5) value for money

The winner will be decided in August, with the winner receiving their award at Royal College Day, which is likely to take place in London, on Friday, 2 October 2020.

The recipient of the Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant for 2020 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.

To apply for the 2020 Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant, please send your research proposal along with a CV and short biography for all lead researchers to Rachel Pascoe, Mind Matters Initiative Officer, at by 5pm on Thursday, 23 July.

15.04.20 update: this page was updated as the original application deadline of Thursday, 30 April has been extended to Thursday, 23 July. Also, RCVS Day will now be taking place on Friday 2 October, instead of  Friday, 10 July, as originally advertised.

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