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Mental Health: Research

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 58358, tabled on 18 October 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase mental health research spending.

Answered on

28 October 2021

The Department’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the largest funder of mental health research in the United Kingdom. In 2019-20, the NIHR spent £93.4 million on mental health research, which is a significant year on year increase in investment in mental health. While it is not usual practice to ring-fence funds for particular topics or conditions, the NIHR’s funding is available through open competition and we encourage researchers to submit applications in this area.