Find out more about our available funding opportunities.

Collaboration Fund
(call closes 20 December 2021)

The Closing the Gap network invites proposals for projects to support and encourage emerging collaborations around severe mental ill health. The objective of the fund is to support collaborations to develop new research proposals that could be funded through the Closing the Gap Network ‘Plus’ funds or through other funding bodies.  

Each project may have a total value of up to £2000 (at 100 per cent fEC) to cover the costs of organising meetings or other activities aimed at developing a funding proposal.

To apply to this call, please complete the CtG Collaboration Fund application form (MS Word , 1,141kb) and email the completed form to

Network+ funds

Through separate funding rounds, CtG Network+ invites proposals for small-scale studies around severe mental illness. Life expectancy in people with severe mental ill health (SMI) is shortened by around 20 to 25 years, and our challenge is to better understand and reduce this health gap and associated health inequalities. Funding is available as part of the UKRI network ‘plus’ funding scheme for Mental Health Networks.

Autumn 2021 Closing the Gap IMPACT Accelerator Funding Call

The final Network + call is an Impact Accelerator funding call. The aim of the call is to provide support for knowledge mobilisation activities and impact that address the challenge of reducing the health gap for people with severe mental ill health experience.

We define these as activities that seek to actively share existing research findings with specific knowledge user groups. We encourage consideration both of knowledge mobilisation activity (for example, creating specific resources tailored to a knowledge user group) and knowledge mobilisation research (for example, reflecting on the process of creating resources to produce wider learning, or evaluating and reporting the impact of the resources to contribute to the evidence base on engagement and dissemination).  Activities which aim to produce new research findings unrelated to mobilisation and impact are beyond the scope of this call. Applicants will be expected to show how they will define, assess and report impact.

See the guidance notes for further details and download the application form and budget form:

Guidance notes - IMPACT Accelerator funding .docx (MS Word , 1,117kb)

Budget template (MS Excel , 15kb)

Application Form - IMPACT Accelerator (MS Word , 1,068kb)

We will also deliver two free, online workshops in relation to the funding call. Registration is required. All potential applicants are strongly advised to attend both. 

Further details and sign-up:

WORKSHOP A - Thursday, 30 September 2021

WORKSHOP B - Wednesday, 13 October 2021

We have also created a Knowledge Mobilisation FAQ as a helpful resource.

The maximum funding that can be applied for is £20k. Projects can last for up to 9 months. Applicants do not need to have worked with the network previously. All research findings relevant to the Network themes are considered eligible. Due to UKRI funding requirements, projects must be led or co-led by a researcher in a Higher Education Institute. We welcome collaborative applications which are co-led by or delivered with knowledge users themselves, such as service user groups, clinicians, or charities.

Application Deadline: Monday, 20 December 2021 at 5pm

Previous funding rounds:

Summer/Autumn 2020 Funding Call - status: closed, funds awarded

Autumn 2019 Funding Call - status: closed, funds awarded