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Mental Health: Research

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 59840, tabled on 20 October 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to increase research funding for mental health.

Answered on

25 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. 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.

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