Funding sources

Financial support is availiable to help you develop your research career, whether you require funding for a single study or postgraduate training. Below are some useful sources to consider. 

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

The BBSRC aims to promote and support, by any means, high-quality basic, strategic and applied research and related postgraduate training relating to the understanding and exploitation of biological systems.

The BBSRC aims to advance knowledge and technology (including the promotion and support of the exploitation of research outcomes), and provide trained scientists and engineers, which meet the needs of users and beneficiaries (including the agriculture, bioprocessing, chemical, food, healthcare, pharmaceutical and other biotechnological related industries), thereby contributing to the economic competitiveness of the United Kingdom and the quality of life.

The Council's activities, and as the Council may see fit, are to:

  • generate public awareness
  • communicate research outcomes
  • encourage public engagement and dialogue
  • disseminate knowledge

Medical Research Council (MRC)

The MRC have a leading national role in training future research leaders across a range of biomedical, clinical and health disciplines. In addition to postdoctoral positions on research grants to universities and research staff in MRC units and institutes, they support around 1,900 PhD students and 200 postdoctoral fellows at any one time in universities, units and centres. They work with universities, units and institutes to:

  • Train and develop the next generation of research leaders
  • Support excellent individuals at critical points of their careers
  • Help address research skills priorities identified with partners

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

The National Institute for Health Research provides training and career development awards, ranging from undergraduate level through to opportunities for established investigators and research leaders. They are open to a wide range of professions and designed to suit different working arrangements and career pathways. 

Research Professional

Research Professional has been providing research funding opportunities and policy news for universities and individuals for over 20 years. 

Royal College of Nursing

People look for research funding opportunities for a variety of reasons, and this page provides a list of opportunities from charities and UK Government agencies that are open to nurse or midwife researcher applications.

Grant writing bursary scheme

We're offering grant writing bursaries of up to £2,000 to UHS staff to enable them to attend special grant writing courses, including those being delivered by the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS). 

Covering the cost of travel, accommodation and clinical backfill, these are open to any substantive UHS employee.

For more information about the bursary scheme, please contact the Southampton Academy of Research administrator at

Other funding sources

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Southampton offer support for those wishing to engage with research. In addition, many external organisations offer funding to carry out research and undertake courses. These include: