Find out more about our available funding opportunities.

Collaboration Fund
(open call)

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 pump priming/feasibility 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.

The aim of the call is to stimulate research into the inequalities that people with SMI experience, and to build a cross-disciplinary research capacity in the field of health inequalities for people with SMI.

It is anticipated that projects will focus on pilot work to support subsequent larger grant applications and applications involving Early Career Researchers are particularly welcomed. The Closing the Gap Network is aiming to support the careers of ECRs, either as co-investigators where the applicant is yet to gain an independent, permanent position, or as PI if they are in the early stages of an academic or research career with a long-term position. The core principles of the CTG Network are to be; participatory, inclusive, innovative, outward facing, sharing and engaged.

Our primary thematic areas are:

  • Green and Blue spaces
  • Big Data
  • Digital Technologies
  • Creativity
  • Social Inequalities
  • Knowledge Mobilisation
  • Research in Practice

Further details of the themes and the theme leads can be found on the Closing the Gap landing page.

Funding rounds:

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

Autumn 2019 Funding Call - status: closed, funds awarded