Emerging Minds – Second Funding Call

This funding call is now closed.

If you are seeking information on our upcoming funding opportunities, check out this page on our third funding call:


Information on Past Funding Call

The Emerging Minds network is working across sectors and disciplines to tackle 4 Research Challenges

In 2021 we are focusing particularly on our ‘Voices, Power & Attitudes’ research challenge which was identified as a priority in our original consultation workshops with stakeholders. No research projects focused on this research challenge were funded in our first funding call.

We would like to invite research proposals addressing the following questions: 

  • What is the impact of racism on the mental health of children & young people in the UK?

  • What interventions will be effective in addressing racism in ways that will benefit children and young people’s mental health?

We would like to receive research proposals to address these questions and in particular, the priorities addressed by young people and those who support them in workshops carried out in January 2021.   

We would also encourage applicants to consider how their proposal could also help address the wider goals of our Voices, Power & Attitudes research challenge.  

Key dates & deadlines

Find out more

23 March 2021, 1-2pm

We hosted a virtual information webinar about this funding call to discuss the details and answer questions.

To catch up with the recordings, listen to our podcast edition of the session:


Expression of interest

29 April 2021, 9am

Expressing interest was optional! You can still submit a full application without having expressed interest at this stage.  This was a chance to tell us about your project idea and/or the experience and expertise that you can offer. 

Expression of interest: General feedback to all applicants
  • We’d encourage all applicants to keep the overall aims of the Emerging Minds network in mind.  In particular that we want to facilitate research that will help to reduce the prevalence of mental health problems experienced by children & young people.  Please do clearly articulate how the proposed research will potentially contribute towards that goal and how that will be achieved.

  • Please do clearly state and justify the age group of focus.  We’d encourage applicants to consider the particular lack of research focused on preadolescent age groups.

  • We’d encourage applicants to consider the practicalities of the research, in particular ensuring balancing meaningful participation and involvement with the available budget and the time and skills needed.

  • Please do consider how feasible the proposed study is and clearly articulate how it will be successfully delivered on time and budget.

Submitting your final application

14 June 2021, 9am

This funding call has now closed.

However, briefing documents remain available for reference purposes.

Interviews with shortlisted research teams

Week beginning 5 July 2021

Funding Call Overview

  • Funded projects will need to be delivered within 12 months beginning by September 2021 and completed by September 2022 at the latest.

  • The total funding available that we anticipate sharing in this funding call is £70,000.  We anticipate that this will be to fund two projects with up to £35,000 each or one project with up to £70,000. 

  • We want to fund projects which are collaborations across disciplines and sectors and we strongly encourage collaborations with the voluntary and community sector and/ or lived experience led groups.

  • However, consistent with UKRI guidelines, the project lead or one of the co-leads must be based at a UK Higher Education Institution (HEI) as the funding can only be directly transferred to a UK HEI. 

  • Each individual can be a lead applicant on just one application in this funding round although an individual or organisation can get involved in the project teams of an unlimited number of proposed projects. 

We have already held our Priority Setting Workshop entitled, ‘Racism & mental health of children & young people – what do we need to know to make a difference?

Click here to access recordings, downloads and visual responses to this session (link)

Please do get in touch at info@emergingminds.org.uk if you  have any questions or would like to find out more.