Funding Call FAQs

This funding call has now closed – the deadline was February 21 2020. This information is for people who have already made an application for funding which is currently under consideration.

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.

Are travel bursaries available for researchers from foreign countries?

Unfortunately, since we are funded by UK Research & Innovation, we are primarily focused on the UK context and researchers. For that reason, we wouldn’t be able to cover a travel bursary for researchers outside of the UK.

We are from a HEI and are planning to apply for a large grant. If the maximum grant to be awarded is for £40,000, is this at 80% FEC or 100%?

The largest grant that we can transfer to you is £40,000. In that situation, you would need to outline the full economic costing of the project as £50,000.

How should references be included on the application form?

References need to be built into the word count of your application so we would recommend that applicants prioritise what will be most appropriate to make their case. We would be happy for applicants to give the references in abbreviated form.

Can our proposal costings include the costs for a postgraduate student/early career researcher to conduct part of the project?

There is no reason why these costs could not be included. In fact, under our ‘collaboration and involvement’ criteria, we will be considering how ‘early career researchers’, including students etc are involved in lead roles for the project.

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.

Will applications be considered with a PhD student as the lead applicant?

The key thing is that your university is happy to receive and manage the funding and support you (the student) as the lead applicant for the duration of the project.

Emerging Minds won’t need to see evidence of contracts or similar but it is well worth being clear in the ‘Planning and Management’ section of your application about your university’s support for you to take the lead on your project.

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