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Grant available for mental health research

Applications are now open for the 2020 RCVS Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant.

The grant, named after a former RCVS council member who passed away in 2017, is worth £20,000 and is awarded to fund research that focuses on mental health and wellbeing within the veterinary professions, including areas such as prevention, diagnosis, intervention and treatment.

Applications for the grant are welcome from individuals at all stages of their research careers, including those who have not previously been published. Researchers must be affiliated with a university and ethical approval must be in place.

The deadline for proposals is 30 April and applicants should send them to MMI officer Rachel Pascoe at

Last year’s inaugural grant was awarded to Scotland’s Rural College. Kate Stephen, a behavioural scientist at the college’s epidemiology research unit, is leading a project that aims to identify how to better promote job satisfaction and break the cycle of negative thoughts …

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