Eating Disorders and Self-Harm: Funding Opportunity for Mid-Career Researchers

Eating disorders and self-harm

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We're inviting applications from early to mid-career UK researchers for fellowships to support research into eating disorders and self-harm.

Caroline Richards Web
Dr Caroline Richards from the University of Birmingham is investigating self-harm in children with autism and intellectual disability.

What is the aim of this funding call?

To stimulate new high-quality, internationally competitive research to investigate the aetiology and underlying mechanisms of eating disorders and / or self-harm in children, adolescents, and young adults up to the age of 25.

What areas of research will be considered?

All areas of discovery research relevant to self-harm and/or eating disorders will be considered and the applications may be broad in scope or focused on a particular aspect of these complex conditions, for example including data science, social science as well as biological mechanisms of these disorders. We are also interested in non-biological mechanisms where the focus is on interactions between genetics, biological mechanisms, and environmental or social factors, and will consider research projects including interventions if they are exploring underlying mechanisms.

Research leaders of the future

We're committed to supporting research leaders of the future in these areas, and this funding competition is aimed at early to mid-career researchers who are seeking to make a transition to research independence.

The Medical Research Foundation is an independent charitable foundation. Formed by the Medical Research Council (MRC), we grow and nurture people and ideas wherever we see research opportunities with great potential.

The research supported in this competition is possible thanks to a gift in the Will of Catherine Mary Evans.

How much funding is available?

We will make up to £1,000,000 available in this competition. Applicants may apply for a fellowship of up to £300,000 to support their research, over a maximum of a 3-year period.

Who can apply?

This competition is open to all UK researchers at eligible institutions (UK HEIs, Research Council research institutes, hospitals, and other independent research organisations). Applicants must hold a PhD, DPhil or MD and be in the process of, or be ready for, transition to research independence. It is expected that applicants will be seeking, as principal investigator, their first peer-reviewed grant of three years or longer from a funding body (excluding personal fellowships).


  • Deadline for Submission: 12:00 5 November 2020
  • Shortlisting notification: February 2021
  • Interview: 18 March 2021
  • Funding decision: March 2021

Document: Application Form

Document: Guidelines for Applicants


The Medical Research Foundation is committed to making this application accessible to all by offering assistance where needed. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Research Team if you have any questions or concerns about the application or interview processes: Tel: 0207 250 8216

Terms and Conditions of Award

Awards funded through this competition will follow standard Medical Research Foundation terms and conditions. The terms and conditions spell out the responsibilities of the Principal Investigator and the Lead Research Organisation. The Principal Investigator and the Lead Research Organisation are required to indicate their formal acceptance of the proposal, their acceptance of the terms and conditions of an award, and the approval of the salaries and resources sought in the application.

The Medical Research Foundation may add additional conditions to a grant award to reflect the particular circumstances and requirements of the funding, or the nature of a particular award. Acceptance of an award constitutes acceptance of both the core conditions and any additional conditions. The Medical Research Foundation reserves the right to vary these terms and conditions.

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