Emerging Minds – Third Funding Call

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

In 2021/22, we are focusing particularly on our ‘Big Question Research challenge’ which was identified as a priority in our original consultation workshops with stakeholders.

In particular, we will be aiming to encourage and support our network to answer the following research questions:

  • Why even when we know ‘what works’ isn’t this necessarily implemented in policy and practice?

  • How do we improve evidence-based decision making? E.g.: How can we successfully inform commissioning decisions and policy making and how can we ultimately increase implementation of research into practice?

Key dates & deadlines

Find out more

July-September 2021

Priority Setting

Rapid reviews are underway by BRIDGE SIRG and Abi Thomson – an intern within the Emerging Minds Team. 

Priority setting opportunities will also be offered to stakeholders.

Once identified, funding call priorities will be shared in a funding call launch webinar.

Funding call webinar

27 September 2021 11am-1pm

Information webinar

This event included a series of talks and presentations to describe existing research and evidence on this topic. We also provided an overview of priorities identified by policy makers and commissioners of services, as well as those priorities identified by parents, carers, and those young people for whom these services are targeted to support. We closed by providing information around the upcoming Emerging Minds funding call and how you can get involved.

Abi Thomson from Emerging Minds presented findings from a rapid scoping review of research exploring the barriers and facilitators of implementation within community and school settings. Araminta Peters-Corbett from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and coordinator of our Emerging Minds BRIDGE special interest research group also presented the results of her review exploring barriers and facilitators for practitioners and clinicians.

To hear the recordings and download the presentations, visit the link below:


Expression of interest

29 October 2021 9am

The deadline for expressions of interest has now passed.

This was an optional part of the funding call and you can still apply if you were not able to participate in this stage.

Expression of interest

8 November 2021


Feedback provided on Expressions of Interest

Submitting your final application

16 December 2021, 9am


Final application deadline

Interviews with shortlisted research teams

February 2022

Funding Call Overview

  • Funded projects will need to be delivered within 6 months beginning by April 2022 and completed by October 2022 at the latest. 

  • The total funding available that we anticipate sharing in this funding call is £140,000.  We anticipate that this will be to fund two projects with up to £70,000 each or one project with up to £140,000. 

  • We are particularly focusing on how projects are going to use their findings to make a difference to the field of youth mental health, so we will be looking for evidence of clear plans on how applicants anticipate bringing this about. 

  • 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. 

  • We would like to support projects which offer opportunities for early career researchers.

  • 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.  

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

Funding Call Documents

Documents with information related to the funding call and how to apply are available here: