Governance Structures

Charitable aims

1. To protect and promote the health of the public by research into nature, causes, diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure of all forms of mental illness, and in particular the development of research findings into practical applications for the prevention, treatment and cure of all forms of mental illness ('the primary object').

2. In furtherance of the primary object, to provide information and raise public awareness and in particular public understanding of such matters.

3. In furtherance of the primary object, to build research capacity by way of the provision of fellowships and/or research training awards and/or scholarships.

4. In furtherance of the primary object, to encourage the collaboration of research and the sharing of information both within the UK and worldwide.

Expenditure on research and award process

5. Expenditure on research and the topics to be covered are determined each year by the Trustees.

6. The procedure for awarding grants is as follows:

a. Funding for research will be paid to organizations rather than individuals.

b. Eligible organisations normally include universities and NHS Trusts.

c. The costs to be covered will be determined by the Trustees. Overhead costs will not be paid. For PhD scholarships grants will cover the stipend of the research student and PhD fees.

d. Applications will be sought by open advertisement or commissioned.

e. Awards may be open, or against specific criteria.

f. Awards may include pilot study awards, project grants, programme grants, fellowships and training awards (currently PhD Scholarships and fees for the MD(Res) degree).

g. Awards will be made by an ad-hoc Awards Committee comprising at least two Trustees, external advisers and with the administrator (or another volunteer) in attendance.

h. The process may be one stage or two stage (outline proposal followed by full proposal from shortlisted applications).

i. Applications may be shortlisted before the award meeting

j. All shortlisted applications will be peer reviewed.

k. Peer reviewers will be asked to score applications against a number of criteria.

l. The final decisions on funding will be made by the Awards Committee based on the scores from the peer reviewers but taking into account the balance across subject areas, etc.

m. No payments will be made until Research Ethics Committee approval is obtained. This does not apply to training awards.

n. Funded projects will be expected to report annually against milestones. For project and programme grants the final payment will be paid following delivery of the final report.

o. All applicants will be expected to demonstrate how mental health service users will benefit from the development of their application. A lay summary will be required for the MHRUK website.

p. All projects will be required to be widely disseminated including, for example, publication in a peer review journal, preparation of a lay summary, conference presentations, etc., with the general principle that research findings should be made widely available as soon as possible.

q. From time to time scientific seminars and conferences may be organised by MHRUK. Attendance at the Annual Scholars Day for research students funded by the charity is compulsory.

r. In order to reduce administration costs, no feedback will be given on unsuccessful applications. Where grants are made in partnership with another funding body the process for awarding the grant may be that of the partner funder provided that the procedure is as rigorous as that described above.