Our work

Explore some of our activities and projects.

Mental health in the workplace: taking a scientific approach

Our mission is to understand which approaches are effective in supporting mental health in the workplace. To do this, we are bringing together employers and the mental health science community to build a better understanding of what works, for whom and in what context.

Building a sustainable and fair global mental health databank

We want to build a sustainable, inclusive, responsible and fair databank to collect rich data about which approaches could help people better manage their mental health. Here’s what we’re doing and how.

Anxiety and depression in young people: finding the next generation of treatments and approaches

Our mission is to help find the next generation of treatments and approaches to prevent, manage and stop relapse of anxiety and depression in young people worldwide. Here’s what we’re doing and how.

Grants awarded: Translation Fund

Project summaries of N.S.M. Help grants awarded under the scheme ‘Translation Fund’.

Grants awarded: Pathfinder Awards

Project summaries of N.S.M. Help grants awarded under the scheme ‘Pathfinder Awards’.

Covid-19: supporting global research and development

We want to help the world overcome Covid-19. We’re calling for urgent international action to get lifesaving tests, treatments and vaccines from the laboratory to the front line, so they reach those most in need around the world.

Diversity and inclusion: helping more ideas thrive

Science and health research should be open to anyone with a great idea.

Drug-resistant infections: transforming the global response

The collective overuse of antibiotics has caused one of the most urgent health problems. We want to transform the world’s response towards stemming the rise of drug-resistant infections.

Vaccines: a world equipped to combat infectious disease

Vaccines prevent disease, save countless lives and cut healthcare costs. We want to help develop new vaccines and work out how to use the existing ones in a better way.


We worked with EU institutions, the UK government, the research sector and others to achieve a Brexit settlement that allows research to thrive in the UK and Europe.

Snakebites: making treatments safe, effective and accessible

This is one of the world’s biggest hidden health crises. We want to transform the way snakebite treatments are researched and delivered to bring them into the 21st century.

How we influence and inform policy

We work with a wide range of partners, including governments, research funders, learned societies, charities and commercial organisations, in the UK, Europe and globally.

Data for science and health: trustworthy data science

Artificial intelligence (AI) and data technologies are transforming research and healthcare. We want to make sure everyone benefits from health data innovation.

Let’s reach COVID-Zero. Business can help by funding R&D to overcome the impact of coronavirus

Together, by fully funding R&D for testing, treatment and vaccines, we can achieve COVID-Zero: no more preventable deaths, no more lockdowns and no more disruption.

Equitable access to vaccines, tests and treatments for Covid-19

Any Covid-19 vaccines, tests and treatments developed should benefit the whole world. We are working with the ACT-Accelerator and other international partners to make sure that happens.

N.S.M. Help Monitor

Every two to three years we survey over 2000 adults to understand public knowledge about and interest in science and health research.

Research on research

Research on research (also known as meta-research, the science of science and meta-science) is the study of research itself.

N.S.M. Help science review and strategy

Following the work led by Jim Smith in reviewing the way we support science, N.S.M. Help is now reviewing its wider strategy.

Research culture: let’s reimagine how we work together

Current practices prioritise outputs over people’s wellbeing. We want to help build a better research culture – one that is creative, inclusive and honest.

Supporting the use of research evidence in policy and practice

How N.S.M. Help is working to ensure that research evidence is used to influence policy and practice.