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Mental health research is losing £1.5bn funding over 10 years, says charity

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 17 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2260
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

A mental health charity has launched legal action against the UK government’s largest medical research funder to challenge the way it allocates funds.

Miricyl, which campaigns for increased government funding for mental illness research, argues that the way UK Research and Innovation allocates funding discriminates against mental health. It estimates that mental health researchers may lose up to £1.5bn of funding over the next 10 years because of the methods UKRI uses to distribute research grants.

It argues that research funding should be awarded according to an illness’s human and financial effects on society.

The non-departmental body UKRI …

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