OVERVIEW: The Wellcome Trust awards mental health grants to support investigations into anxiety and depression, psychological treatments, early life mental health and early life mental illness.
IP TAKE: This funder is willing to take risks in its mental health funding and supports research taking a “[r]adical new approach,” to help move science forward.
PROFILE: Upon Sir Henry Wellcome’s death in 1936, his will called for the establishment of the Wellcome Trust, which is now one of the largest charitable foundations in the world. The trust supports a broad range of projects and programs related to the Henry’s “[b]elief that science and research expand knowledge by testing and investigating ideas.” Specific areas of funding interest include science, population health, medical innovation, the humanities, social sciences and public engagement.
The trust’s mental health program aims to “[s]hape a new super-discipline of mental health science in which scientists and clinicians work with a common purpose, using standardized measures and approaches.” Areas of grantmaking focus include treatments for anxiety and depression, psychological treatments, early life mental health and early life mental illness. Early life mental health and illness grants focus on people between the ages of 15 and 24. It does not offer further grantmaking strategies focused on mental health.
The Wellcome Trust accepts unsolicited grant applications and requests for funding. Submission deadlines vary depending on the program to which grantseekers are applying. The trust awards grants to investigators working in both developed and developing countries.
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