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How we fund our research

We’re dedicated to funding the best and brightest scientists, to support research that is not just excellent by national standards, but world-class.

Our funding principles:

We are finding answers across mental health conditions

We believe all mental health conditions deserve better-funded, progressive research. We fund research that is transforming our understanding of depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactive-disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and more.

Some of our research will also have impacts across a number of different mental health conditions, as their focus is on understanding the underlying ways in which the brain works.

We are multi-disciplinary

No single idea will tackle mental illness alone. We are committed to supporting collaborative research across all the sciences - biological, psychological and social - and across all types of research, from the laboratory, to experimental psychology, clinical trials, and prevention studies too.

Through this we’re building a 360-degree understanding of mental illness and treatment approaches.

We are international

Mental illness can affect anyone of us, no matter where we are in the world. It presents an international challenge – and so to find solutions we need a global response. 

We’re therefore dedicated to funding the best and brightest scientists, to support research not just excellent by national standards, but world-class. 

Read MQ's statement on research funding and internationalism. 

We maintain the highest standards

We’re committed to upholding the highest ethical and scientific standards in all of our work. This ensures every researcher goes through the rigour necessary to deliver world-class research that can have greatest impact.

  • Animal research: As members of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), we support the principle of using animals in research when it is necessary to advance understanding of serious health conditions, to develop better treatments and when there is no alternative that can be used. 

    Our research is conducted to the highest standards of animal welfare and we only fund research which complies with the law and support the principle of the 3Rs to refine, reduce and replace the use of animals in research. Our research funded outside of the UK must be carried out in the spirit of UK legislation as well as being compliant with all local legislation and ethical review processes. More information is available on the AMRC website
  • Peer review: MQ is also certified as following the AMRC principles of peer review, which is a mark of confidence that every pound invested goes to research of the highest standard and has the greatest chance of having an impact. 

    We take an active approach to reducing bias and improving the quality of our work. This means being open and transparent about our peer review processes, using committees that have a range of expertise, are impartial and independent in their decision making with a fixed term of office. More information is available on the AMRC website.

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