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£200,000 adolescent mental health Emerging Leaders Prize

The Medical Research Foundation is looking for adolescent mental health researchers to share in a £200,000 research prize

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Mental health problems affect around 1 in 10 children and adolescents in the UK. Unless addressed at an early age, mental health disorders in young people are often carried into adulthood; 75% of those adults who live with mental illness started developing symptoms before the age of 18. Mental ill health can severely influence a child’s development, their educational attainments and their potential to live fulfilling and productive lives.

Emerging Leaders Prize 2018:

Following on from the launch of the prize scheme in 2017, the 2018 Emerging Leaders Prize will be awarded to researchers working in the field of adolescent mental health.

Medical Research Foundation CEO Dr Angela Hind says: “The Medical Research Foundation is committed to increasing understanding of the biological, psychological and social causes of adolescent mental ill health so that better prevention techniques and treatments can be developed in future. I’m delighted that this year’s Emerging Leaders Prize will recognise the work of the UK’s best adolescent mental health researchers. The prize should have a huge impact on the winner’s career and research and we encourage you to be creative in the ways that you would like to use the prize money; it’s there to support your progress towards becoming an international leader in your field.”

What is the prize?

The prize aims to reward outstanding scientists who have already had an impact in the field of adolescent mental health research and who are working in the UK.

£100,000 will be awarded to the winner. £80,000 will go to second place and there are smaller awards of £5-20k for the runner(s) up.

The funds will be awarded as a prize rather than a project grant which means the winners will be able to use the money flexibly to support their research.

The prize is possible thanks to the generous support of the late Mrs Johanne Menage.

How to apply: Researchers working directly on adolescent mental health conditions such as eating disorders, self-harm, anxiety and mood disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, schizophrenia, mental health and wellbeing are eligible to apply. The winners will be announced in October 2018.