The Janice Sinson Award

2016 Winner Jessica Agnew-Blais receives her award from our Chief Executive Jenny Edwards

The Janice Sinson Award aims to highlight key research contributions to the evidence base in mental health research by postgraduate researchers.

The prize includes a small award ceremony and a sum of £500 for the selected winner. Applications for 2016 have closed and this year's winner is Jessica Agnew-Blais. Read about Jessica's research into ADHD.

Eligibility criteria

  • The research needs to have been carried out by a postgraduate student within the UK. Submissions are invited from current full-time or part-time registered postgraduate students or those who have graduated in the past 12 months.
  • The topic of research is in mental health, including public mental health, children and older people’s mental health, severe mental health problems and mental health of people with learning disabilities. The Mental Health Foundation would particularly welcome research that adds to our knowledge about what works to prevent mental health problems.
  • Research involving field work would be of preference, although a strong desktop-based project will also be considered.
  • The submission may be co-authored but the submission must include a statement that confirms the research to be the student’s own research and that the paper represents their own writing.
  • The panel would consider a dissertation, paper or report, a poster presentation or conference paper, or a publication to a peer-reviewed article.

Assessment criteria

  • Completion of a high-quality piece of work written to high standards.
  • High ethical standards.
  • Involvement of people with lived experience of mental health problems, carers or public as appropriate.
  • Good integration of relevant literature and science.
  • The research is either already published or going to be published (under review) in review journal. Submissions of papers in non-peer reviewed journals may also be considered.
  • Conference presentation of the work.
  • Innovative approach to research and/or people with lived experience of mental health problems.
  • Good teamwork with colleagues and/or collaboration with an external research institution.
  • Analysis of policy and practice (i.e. contribution of the research to impact policy and practice or demonstration of context within which the research takes place).
  • Strong contribution to knowledge base.
  • Potential for impact of the study on policy or service development.

How to apply

  1. Fill in the application form. Download the application form.
  2. Attach a statement of research ownership, if the paper is co-authored.
  3. Attach a copy of your CV.
  4. Attach a version of the submitted paper in PDF format.
  5. Email your application to Josefien Breedvelt at

It is important that all instructions in the submissions process are followed carefully.

Key dates

  • Submission deadline: Noon on Thursday 18 August 2016
  • Review process: August-September 2016
  • Announcement of award: October 2016
  • Award ceremony: November 2016