Mental health research ‘being short-changed’, academics claim

The grouping of subjects such as neuroscience and psychiatry with cheaper disciplines will lead to what critics say is a failure to fairly fund mental health research Source: iStock Wrong-headed: one academic said that the funding formula will hit research in areas such as dementia, depression and addiction Universities will lose out on tens of millions of pounds as a result of a change to the way mental health research is funded, researchers have claimed. Campaigners say that the move by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) “flies in the face” of a growing emphasis on mental health by politicians and the public. The row stems from a decision not to fund clinical and bioscience mental health research at the same level as similarly expensive research into physical health.…


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