Mental health


Call for applications

The fourth call for applications under the GACD banner focuses on implementation research proposals on child, adolescent and adult age onset mental disorders [1] including, but not limited to, dementia, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, alcohol- and drug-use disorders, etc., in low- and middle-income countries and/or in vulnerable populations in high-income countries.

Call text

The members of the GACD have agreed a common call text. However, please note that some funders may have specific requirements in terms of scope and eligibility. Please refer to the funding agency specific information below or the respective agency websites.

Call deadline

The call has now closed. You can find out about research grants awarded under this call here.


The majority of GACD’s member agencies will be funding research projects under this call. Many of them will be accepting applications through a common submission portal, which will be a first for the GACD and is intended to make the application experience more consistent and straightforward. Applicants will still need to choose the funding agency they are applying with, as funds will not be pooled across agencies. To help you identify the most appropriate funding agency, please consult the following guidance: Which agency can I apply to?

How to apply

For the following funding agencies, please apply in the usual way through their websites:

If you are applying with the following funding agencies, please apply via the Common Submission Portal and please read the guidance notes in the section Funding agency specific information before proceeding with your application.

  • Medical Research Council UK
  • South African Medical Research Council
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Indian Council of Medical Research
  • Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT)
  • São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)
  • Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)

Funding agency specific information

Before submitting an application on the common submission portal, please read the additional information for the funding agency you are applying to.


Note to all applicants

Please note the following:

GACD Research Network

The GACD aims to coordinate research on chronic diseases at a global level in order to enhance knowledge exchange across individual projects, and to better understand the impact of socio-economic, cultural, geopolitical and policy factors on the effectiveness and scalability of interventions, so as to appropriately adapt health interventions to different geographical, economic and cultural settings. Research under GACD involves regular exchange of research findings and information across participating projects by means of cross-project working groups and annual joint meetings.

Applicants must budget for the costs of having two team members participate in one annual face-to-face meeting of the GACD Research Network (location to vary annually). Attendance at this meeting is mandatory for 2 team members, with at least one participant from the LMIC team where relevant. Teams are strongly encouraged to include one junior team member in each annual meeting.

Common indicators

The GACD funding agencies aim to harmonise the research and outcomes assessment of GACD funded projects in order to maximise the potential for learning across the network and the impact of the initiative as a whole. To this end:

  • All funded teams are expected to use explicit indicators and measures of project context, reach, outcomes evaluation and scale-up potential in their plans and protocols;
  • All teams should include Implementation Research outcomes (e.g. feasibility, fidelity and/or adaptation, spread and/or penetration, acceptability, sustainability, uptake, and cost effectiveness) and where relevant, include Service outcomes: (e.g. Efficiency, Safety, Effectiveness, Equity, Patient-centeredness, Timeliness);
  • At the first GACD network meeting for the Mental Health grantees we will agree upon a common set of implementation and outcome indicators to employ across all projects, as well as set of additional indicators that may be used by groups of similar types of projects.

Some background on relevant indicators can be found in the following publication:

  • Proctor, E., H. Silmere, R. Raghavan, P. Hovmand, G. Aarons, A. Bunger, R. Griffey and M. Hensley (2011). “Outcomes for Implementation Research: Conceptual Distinctions, Measurement Challenges, and Research Agenda.” Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research 38(2): 65-76.

In designing your protocol and assessment plans it may also be useful to review the framework and indicators used by Grand Challenges Canada for their Mental Health Innovation Network. A PDF depicting this is available: Core Metrics Reporting Categories.

Implementation research focus

The GACD’s calls for applications have a specific focus on implementation research. We have put together a list of some resources that may help you in preparing your proposals, which are available on our Implementation Science page.

(1) Mental and behavioural disorders (FOO-F99) of WHO’s International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10th Revision (lCD-l 0):

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