We are committed to funding world-class research that will transform lives and give hope for a brighter future. Improving the lives of everyone affected by mental health conditions is at the heart of our research strategy, which is why we fund the research that will have the greatest impact.
Through research, we will leverage talent, technology and creative science to identify new and better ways to understand, treat and prevent mental illness.
What we fund
We support collaborative research across all the sciences - biological, psychological and social - and across all contexts, from laboratory work, experimental psychology, clinical trials, and prevention studies. This way, we will build a 360-degree understanding of mental health conditions.
We are dedicated to funding research across mental health conditions. We currently fund research that is transforming our understanding of depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactive-disorder (ADHD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As our research streams grow, we will fund life-changing research into other mental health conditions as well.
Some of our research will also have impacts across many conditions and for conditions that are not listed above, as they focus on understanding the underlying ways in which the brain works.
Our funding is currently focused on three specific themes:
- Improving current treatments so that people affected and their families can see benefit as soon as possible.
- Understanding the underlying mechanisms of mental health conditions to identify better strategies for diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
- Supporting the best and most innovative scientists who will be the research leaders of the future.
Who we fund
We are harnessing the expertise of the best and brightest researchers from all corners of the globe and across all scientific disciplines.
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. For more information you can read the MQ Board of Trustees statement on international research funding.
Through this international and interdisciplinary approach, we are able to pursue the most transformative research that will have the biggest impacts on people’s lives.
Working to the highest ethical standards
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. You can read more on the AMRC animal research policies here.
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.