Funding Call FAQs

Full details about the funding call, including a downloadable briefing, application form and standard terms & conditions are available here.

What will be the contractual obligations for my organisation?

The standard terms and conditions that awardees will be asked to agreed to are available here.  We ask that each lead applicant has an early discussion with the relevant contracts/research services lead in their institution to confirm that they can agree to these standard terms & conditions.

If successful, awardees will receive a simple offer of award letter asking them to confirm that they agree to the published terms and conditions. Key features of the terms and conditions will include:

  • Details of reporting requirements

  • Payment of the grant will be based on actual spend in arrears

Our project involves working with schools and so needs to fit around the school term times. Can we have more time than 12 months to complete our project?

Yes, we anticipate most projects will be delivered within 12 months. Projects should be completed within a maximum of 24 months and by July 2022 at the latest. Let us know your anticipated timeline for the project and the reasons for this timeline in your application.

Who can apply?

The lead applicant for all proposals needs to be employed by a higher education institution in the UK (in keeping with research council guidelines). This person can be an early career researcher (see below for our broad definition of this term).

As for co-applicants, we are keen to involve those from other sectors and disciplines and welcome applications from a variety of backgrounds. We ask for all co-applicants to share a brief CV (up to 2 pages) and this offers an opportunity to outline all the relevant experience that the team brings.

Can researchers who are not UK based apply?

  1. The lead applicant must be UK based

  2. The grant project awarded must ultimately benefit the UK

  3. Non-UK co-investigators can be included although normal guidelines would apply regarding international costs which can be found here.

Is the funding call open outside of England?

Yes, it is a UK-wide funding call.

How does the Emerging Minds Network define an ‘early career researcher’?

We use the term ‘early career researcher’ in the broadest possible sense. We are interested in supporting those who are developing research that can make a difference to children and young people’s mental health whatever their experience, career path, chosen sector and discipline.

However, for the purposes of those eligible to lead or co-lead applications for this funding call the project lead or co-lead will be a researcher based in a UK HEI from any discipline who is within 8 years of submitting a PhD thesis (or equivalent taking into account part-time working, career breaks for any reason). In some disciplines researchers do not necessarily require PhDs, these applicants will be eligible unless they already have a track record of leading major research grants.