The National Institute for Health Research Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (NIHR Yorkshire and Humber PSTRC) is offering funding for up to four projects in Patient Safety and Mental Health of up to £15,000 each. The aim of these projects is to build research capability in patient safety in mental health in our region.

The fund will offer the opportunity for healthcare professionals or researchers to work with academics within the NIHR Yorkshire and Humber PSTRC and mental healthcare professionals in the region to deliver a small research project with the aim of submitting a funding bid for a larger research project.

Projects will run from 1st April 2022 until 31 March 2023 and will offer funding will be offered via your employing organisation.

Eligible applicants

To be eligible for funding, applicants should be employed in the Yorkshire and Humber region as a healthcare professional and/or in research role by an NHS organisation or a university.

You must have the written agreement of your organisation, through your line manager or equivalent, to submit your application.

Eligible projects

Applications should define and justify the importance of patient safety in a specific area of mental health care or treatment and why research in this area is needed; if possible, identifying the lack of evidence behind an approach to care, a care process or intervention. Projects can explore care in any mental health or social care setting or across settings. Projects should conduct primary research or literature reviews to inform the development of a funding bid to further explore the topic. Projects that comprise or include service user and public involvement activities, quality improvement, and service evaluation or analyses of routinely available data are also eligible if they address a gap in the evidence and represent the groundwork necessary for a more substantial research project.

Projects should be relevant to one of our four themes of research. All successful applicants will be given an academic or a clinical mentor for the duration of the project and will benefit from the wider support of members of the NIHR Yorkshire and Humber PSTRC research theme. If ethical approval is not required, you must summarise the ethical considerations and how these are addressed.

You must submit the names of three clinical or research colleagues who will support your work, for example through offering advice or guidance. The funding will not cover their time. Please make sure you have their agreement to include their names on the application. If you need support making contacts with clinical staff or researchers to support your proposal, please contact

How to apply

You should apply by completing and sending the application form to

You can download the application form here:

Questions about applications can also be sent to Applications must be submitted no later than 11th February 2022.

Assessment criteria

Your application will be assessed on the following criteria by a panel comprising academics, researchers and patient Lay Leaders:

  • The potential of your project to address a priority for research in patient safety in mental health linked to one of our four themes of work
  • The likelihood that this project would lead to a larger externally funded research project
  • Deliverability of the project within the timeframe and clarity of your milestones
  • The suitability of your plan in the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Your patient and public involvement plan
  • How your colleagues listed in the application will support your work
  • How the applicant will use this opportunity to develop their skills in research (mental health and patient safety) and how they will be supported to do so.


  • Applications open: 13th December 2021
  • Application deadline: 11th February 2022
  • Award notifications: Week beginning 7th March 2022
  • Fellowships commence: 1st April 2022