Anxiety UK to launch new Research Fund thanks to AUK Fundraisers

May 19th, 2015

AUK-web-useAnxiety UK is a user-led mental health charity established in 1970 that provides direct support services (including psychological therapies) to individuals affected by a range of anxiety disorders. We undertake a campaigning and awareness function; representing those with personal experience of anxiety in the UK.

Over the years, the charity has supported researchers with a range of research projects by assisting with the participant recruitment as well as collaborating directly with large research projects focused on improving treatment and services with people experiencing anxiety. We are keen  to develop and expand our interest and support for research into anxiety disorders and for the first time this year, are launching a new ‘Anxiety UK Research Fund’ to support initially, small research projects with a view to furthering understanding of anxiety disorders  and ultimately, improving outcomes for our client group.

 About the Anxiety UK Research Fund

  • We are interested in receiving proposals on any aspect of anxiety disorders. Joint applications with service user and/or carer groups are particularly welcomed.
  • The size of the fund available is £5,000
  • The research project must be completed within a year of receiving funding with progress reports submitted throughout the lifespan of the project, as required, to Anxiety UK.
  • Proposals should be submitted via email to: by the end of June 2015 on the ‘Anxiety UK Research Fund Expression of Interest template’ which can be downloaded here: AUK Anxiety Research Fund EOI form

For further information please contact:

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