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The purpose of the call is to address the growing global burden of mental health problems and will support programmatic awards in global mental health with a focus on the aetiology and epidemiology of mental health and illness relevant to low and middle income countries (LMIC).

Mental health problems represent a major global health challenge and contribute significantly and increasingly to the global burden of disease. Mental and substance use disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide, disproportionately affecting LMICs. Given the scale of unmet need, research is needed to better understand the environmental, socioeconomic and biological risk and protective factors for mental illness across diverse global settings


The call encourages a life course approach with a particular focus on childhood and adolescence. Awards will support multidisciplinary approaches, build and strengthen UK-LMIC partnerships, and support research training and capacity building in global mental health research.


The principal investigator should be based at a UK research organisation. Applications are encouraged from, but not restricted to, UK research organisations that were successful in the 2017 MRC global mental health pump-priming call.

Level of funding

MRC will make up to £15 million available for this call and expects to support approximately five awards. Awards in this call will be made for a duration of up to five years.


 For full details on subject areas and application guidelines please see the MRC website

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