Current funding calls

Here you can find new grant funding calls from various funders. Links on the right will take you directly to other calls with specific key funders.


Keep up-to-date with COVID-19 funding calls and resources

The Health Research Authority is publishing details about all approved COVID-19 research studies, within their dedicated COVID-19 section. 

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New research priorities identified for aerosol generating procedures related to COVID-19

New funding opportunities are likely to result from the identification of a new set of research priorities relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Details will be published here as they are made available.

Five new research priorities have been identified through the NIHR expert review process, with the purpose of providing evidence to understand and assess aerosol generation and the infective risk associated with individual AGPs as well as broader questions about airborne transmission of COVID-19 in healthcare settings.

  • Understanding the fundamental aerobiology
    Including virus distribution and viability in airborne particles.
  • Risk factors for transmissibility
    Understanding and quantifying the risk of transmissibility across multiple domains (including patient, procedure, environment, pathogen and healthcare professional factors) in order to generate a clinically applicable risk model.
  • Mitigating precautions and their components
    Identifying which mitigating precautions are important and how they work: to include clinical efficacy testing of PPE, environmental measures (e.g. ventilation, filtration), and other barrier devices.
  • Transmission of COVID-19 and other pathogens
    Investigating the contribution of inhalation versus inoculation for infection risk from AGPs and other healthcare interventions.
  • Understanding infective risk perception, behaviours and acceptability of mitigation strategies
    This will include diverse groups of healthcare workers, patients and the public.

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EPSRC - healthcare technologies investigator-led grant 

Funder: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Closing date: n/a - OPEN CALL

Healthcare technologies investigator-led research grants are for researchers at UK higher education institutions, research council institutes, UKRI-approved independent research organisations and NHS bodies.

We strongly encourage collaboration with relevant healthcare professionals, other researchers, industry, the public sector and other relevant partners.

We are looking for researchers in engineering, physical sciences, information and communications technologies (ICT) and mathematical sciences who want to apply their expertise to healthcare challenges.

Projects can range in size from small short-term grants to multi-million-pound research programmes lasting several years. There is no limit on the size of the grant or length of the project.

We will award 80% of the full economic costs of the project, and your organisation must agree to find the balance.

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UKRI - addressing limitations in manufacturing nucleic acid therapeutics  

Funder: UKRI
Closing date: n/a - OPEN CALL

Apply for funding to set up a research consortium addressing challenges in the manufacture of nucleic acid therapeutics.

Current manufacture challenges include but are not limited to:

  • scale of production
  • product purity, stereochemistry and reproducibility
  • sustainable production
  • novel chemistries
  • synthesis efficiency
  • analytical oligonucleotide characterisation.

The consortium can include academic and industrial organisations in the UK and abroad. The lead organisation must be UK-based.

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The Music Therapy Charity - small grants 

Funder: The Music Therapy Charity
Closing date: 31 July 2021

The Music Therapy Charity promotes and support the activities of music therapists. Its main funding is to music therapy research and bursaries for music therapists in training. It supports high quality research into what treatment outcomes can be expected with a course of music therapy.

The Music Therapy Charity is inviting proposals from music therapists (including research students) to support research. Grants may be made to help with such costs as part-time salary for fixed periods, academic or clinical supervision, and collection and analysis of data. Applications are invited for smaller grants to go towards total or partial funding of projects, including some co-funded from other sources. All areas of music therapy research will be considered.

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BSSH - pump priming research grant 

Funder:  British Society for Surgery of the Hand
Closing date: 1 August 2021

Funding available to pump prime early studies and systematic reviews in the area of hand surgery with the potential to benefit patients.

The British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH) aims to promote and direct the development of hand surgery, to foster and co-ordinate education, study and research in hand surgery, and to disseminate knowledge of hand surgery amongst members of the medical and allied health professions.

The Society's Project Grant Scheme supports high quality research proposals, principally early studies and systematic reviews, with the potential to deliver patient benefits. Grants are available in support of:

  • Pump priming proposals.
  • Proof of principle projects.
  • Feasibility studies.
  • To increase the chances of applicants being successful in winning substantial external funding.

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British Scoliosis Research Foundation - research grants 

Funder: BSRF
Closing date: 1 August 2021

The British Scoliosis Research Foundation (BSRF) promotes research into the treatment of scoliosis in the UK. Each year the BSRF funds a great deal of research into scoliosis and periodically holds an international symposium to spread the knowledge gained from research.

BSRF Research Grants are open to appropriately qualified professionals such as scientists, clinicians, and allied health professionals (nurses, psychologists or physiotherapists). All applications will be considered, however, applicants are advised to submit their proposal under one of the following three headings:

  • Small exploratory grant
  • New investigation grant
  • Major research grant

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AUK-BLF - travel fellowship award

Funder: Asthma UK & British Lung Foundation
Closing date: 2 August 2021

AUK-BLF travel fellowship awards to the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress 2021 VIRTUAL are now available.

These awards of up to £200 each are designed to enable early-career researchers working in the respiratory field in the UK to participate in the Congress being held 5–8 September 2021. Awards will reimburse the costs of conference registration only. Candidates must be actively involved in research and be the presenting author of an abstract accepted for presentation at the ERS International Congress 2021.

Early career researchers are defined as within 10 years of receiving their PhD. Allowances can be made for career breaks. If working in a field where a PhD is not a pre-requisite for research activity, non-PhD holders with research experience equivalent to a PhD holder are eligible.

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Movember Prostate Cancer UK - major awards in curative treatments 

Funder: Prostate Cancer UK
Closing date: 2 August 2021

The focus of this call is to support clinical (or translational) research to improve initial treatment with curative intent, either through greater precision of treatment modalities or through better informed treatment decisions which will result in the best outcomes for that individual. The call aims to support research into the treatment of localised disease as well as research aimed at curing locoregional disease (for example, T3/T4 disease and/or true N1 M0 disease). Research into the treatment of oligometastatic/metastatic disease, or biochemical recurrence, are not in the scope of this call.

This call supports:

  • Clinical trials in the research areas highlighted below.
  • Translational research that will lead to commencement of clinical work either towards the end of the project or as the immediate next step following completion of the grant (projects must be able to articulate a clear pathway to impact and have a good idea of the subsequent clinical trial).
  • Research using patient samples/data/images from existing clinical trials to address any of the research themes highlighted below.

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NIHR - Development and Skills Enhancement Award

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 3 August 2021

The Development and Skills Enhancement Award (DSE) provides a maximum of 1 year of funding for post-doctoral NIHR Academy Members to gain skills and experience for the next phase of their research career. As an applicant you will be required to demonstrate the new skills and experience you hope to gain through the award, and how it will benefit your future career in research.

Applications from the following strategic themes are particularly welcomed:

  • health data science
  • clinical trials
  • entrepreneurship and industry

These are areas which we are keen to develop expertise in, although applicants do not necessarily need to target these areas.

The Award provides a maximum of 1 year funding, which may be used on a part time basis of between 50% and 100% whole time equivalent. There is an expectation that host organisations will match the level of support provided by NIHR. If this is not the case then the level of host support will be assessed as part of the application review process.

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NIHR HS&DR Programme - national evaluation of NHS@Home 

Funder:  NIHR
Closing date: 3 August 2021 

This programme is interested in receiving applications for high quality and timely research to evaluate the effectiveness and implementation of NHS @home as an approach to providing care in people’s own homes and increasing self-monitoring and management for people. A principal focus of the evaluation is the proactive care programme for different long-term conditions with potential for future @home activities to come on stream. More detail on current areas of the programme in scope for this national evaluation are provided in the supporting information. The main aim is to deliver a substantive evaluation of the NHS @home model and approach, preferably by a single team or syndicate, with some flexibility in what components are assessed. The final scope will be negotiated with team[s] and the Programme, working closely with NHS England and Improvement. This evaluation will complement and build on other local and targeted evaluation underway. 

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NIHR - mental health call

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 4 August 2021

NIHR Programme Development Grants (PDG) are designed to enable a research team to carry out targeted preparatory work to develop a competitive Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) funding application. They can also be used to further develop an existing or ongoing PGfAR-funded programme of research.

The PDG programme has launched a funding call inviting proposals for research to address the challenge of mental health. This call is an important part of the Department of Health and Social Care's ongoing interest in mental health and the ambition of the recently established Mental Health Research Goals 2020-2030 to fund high-quality and timely evidence and to support research at the source of need. NIHR is particularly interested in applications that include populations and communities with high mental health burden, have been historically underserved by research activity, and address equality, diversity and inclusion.

The call offers researchers flexibility to focus on any subject area providing it falls within the mental health call remit, and encourages innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing unmet need for mental health patients, service users and carers.

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Fight for Sight - small grants awards 

Funder: Fight for Sight
Closing date: 5 August 2021

Fight for Sight is a UK charity funding cutting-edge science to bring about new treatments to transform the lives of people affected by sight loss. They fund early stage research that leads to big breakthroughs.

 Small grant awards offer competitive funding to support small feasibility studies and pilot studies as well as facilitate the generation of preliminary data. The aim is to make novel research ideas more competitive for larger follow-on funding. 

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NIHR HS&DR Programme - improving support for adult and/or older carers

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 5 August 2021

The HS&DR Programme wishes to fund high quality, theory-led work on effective approaches to supporting carers. New research of all kinds is needed, but specific priorities have been identified by carers, voluntary groups and others. Some examples of priorities identified include overviews of what works to reduce social isolation for carers, evaluations of models of ‘centres’ to support carers, and better ways of identifying and assessing carer support needs, particularly older individuals, and those in marginalised communities.

Note that the focus of this call is addressing the needs of adult and older carers. This includes:

  • Effective approaches to facilitate identification of adult and/or older carers, not yet known to health and social care services and who may not identify themselves as `carers’.
  • Testing tools to identify the support needs of carers and testing their implementation with services funders and commissioners.
  • Knowledge mobilisation of these tailored assessment tools and support interventions into practice particularly supporting partnerships between academic researchers, policy makers, commissioners, and practitioners.
  • Acceptability and effectiveness of different ways to assessing carers’ needs such as whole family centred approaches.

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Breast Cancer Now - project grants 

Funder: Breast Cancer Now
Closing date: 6 August 2021

Project grants are for established researchers in the UK or Ireland who have a strong track record in their field, and who want to work in one of Breast Cancer Now's priority areas, although applications from talented researchers at the start of their independent careers are also encouraged. Research will be funded that supports improvements in the prevention, detection and treatment of all forms of breast cancer.

Projects can last from one to three years.

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Action Medical Research for Children - research training fellowships

Funder: Action Medical Research for Children
Closing date: 10 August 2021

Support from Action Medical Research for Children focuses on child health – including problems affecting pregnancy, childbirth, babies, children and young people. Fellowships are intended to further the training in research techniques and methodology of medical graduates, clinicians, bioengineers, research nurses, physiotherapists and allied health professionals in the UK. The aim is to train the research leaders of the future.

As part of this year’s open competition Research Training Fellowship round, Action Medical Research and the British Paediatric Neurology Association (BPNA) are working together to offer a joint fellowship award. The proposed research must be related to clinical neurology and/or neuroscience, including neurodisability and neurodevelopment.

Fellowship applicants for this joint award are expected to be pre-doctoral trainee clinicians and will either already hold a UK or Irish specialist training post in Paediatric Neurology, or be planning to apply for a specialist training post in Paediatric Neurology or Neurodisability after completion of a PhD. Both the proposed application and fellowship applicant must meet the BPNA charitable aims.

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NIHR - EME 21/0153: building clinical trials experience - lead an EME-funded efficacy study as part of an NIHR Advanced Fellowship

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 10 August 2021

The EME programme invites applications for clinical studies within the programme remit, to be led by a Chief Investigator (CI) who is applying for an NIHR Advanced Fellowship award.

Applications are welcomed across all areas of health. The proposed study should aim to evaluate an intervention or medical test with the potential to maintain health, treat disease or improve recovery. It may use any robust study design that is considered most appropriate to achieve the study objectives.

This call is advertised in parallel with round 6 of the NIHR Advanced Fellowship scheme; the deadline for applications to the EME programme is 10th August 2021.
Round 6 of the Advanced Fellowship scheme launched 8th April 2021 and a linked application must be submitted by 1st July 2021.

Applicants are strongly advised to attend webinars and the associated sessions run by the EME and Advanced Fellowship Programme secretariat.

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NIHR - EME: mechanisms of action of interventions for COVID-19 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 10 August 2021 

EME is accepting applications to this commissioned workstream to investigate the underlying mechanisms of action of health and social care interventions for COVID-19. Studies must utilise patients or samples from identifiable cohorts from current or completed studies which are or have been Urgent Public Health badged.

Proposals will be accepted across a wide range of interventions; including behavioural, pharmaceutical, psychological, surgical and public health interventions.

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NIHR - EME programms, researcher-led 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 10 August 2021

The EME Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream. The EME Programme funds ambitious studies evaluating interventions that have the potential to make a step-change in the promotion of health, treatment of disease and improvement of rehabilitation or long-term care. Within these studies EME supports research to improve the understanding of the mechanisms of both diseases and treatments.

The programme supports translational research evaluating a wide range of novel or re-purposed interventions. The interventions may include diagnostic or prognostic tests and decision-making tools, drugs or biological compounds, psychological treatments, medical devices, and public health initiatives delivered within the NHS.

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NIHR - EME: efficacy trials in regenerative medicine

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 10 August 2021

The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme funds ambitious studies evaluating interventions with potential to make a step-change in the promotion of health, treatment of disease and improvement of rehabilitation or long-term care. Within these studies, EME supports research in the mechanisms of diseases and treatments. EME is a partnership between the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the NIHR.

The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream: Efficacy trials in regenerative medicine

This call includes all types of novel technology for which clinical proof of concept, i.e. safety and a signal of efficacy in patients, can be demonstrated. Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to: Gene therapies for rare disorders Evaluation of regenerative technologies, including novel smart materials, which builds on previous publicly and charity-funded research.

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NIHR - dementia research call 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: various, see below

This NIHR call invites proposals for dementia research to address important health and social care questions. NIHR aims to continue building the evidence base to improve the lives of people affected by dementia. More research is needed on meeting the needs of underserved populations. Applications are welcomed which include populations with a high disease burden and which have been historically under-served by NIHR research activity, and which address equality, diversity and inclusion.

To increase capacity and capability in this important area, NIHR particularly welcomes applications that will support network and partnership activities specifically to facilitate and enable those individuals and organisations who have historically been less research active. Applications should include co-applicant representation within the core team from at least one geographical area demonstrating a mismatch between care and research activity.

The Dementia Research Call is open across the following NIHR programmes:


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NIHR - NICE rolling call for research studies addressing NICE research recommendations

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: various, see below

The NIHR research programmes (EME, HTA, PHR and HS&DR) are interested in receiving applications to meet recommendations in research identified in NICE guidance published from 2015 onwards (for the purposes of this call, NICE guidance includes the following: clinical, social care, public health, technology appraisals, interventional procedures and diagnostics).

Proposals must be within the remit of one of the participating NIHR research programmes and the primary outcome measure must be health related.

Proposals must be within the remit of at least one of the following participating NIHR Programmes. However, applications which span the remit of one or more programme are welcome.


Wellbeing of Women - fellowships and scholarships 

Funder: Wellbeing of Women
Closing date: 12 August 2021

Wellbeing of Women (WoW) invest in pioneering research in women’s health. Research helps find cures and develop new tests and treatments that will save and change the lives of women, girls and babies.

The following fellowships and scholarships are open for application:

  • Sir Victor & Lady Blank Postdoctoral Research Fellowships: Support early career researchers to gather data and strengthen their bids for longer-term substantive funding. Awards are intended to support research-active lecturers, or lecturer equivalent level, to gather data and strengthen their bids for longer-term substantive funding. These awards are open to both clinician and academic researchers who have been awarded an MD or PhD within the last 7 years and are employed by the NHS, HEI or on a postdoctoral research fellowship with at least 40 percent of their time funded to undertake research.
  • WoW-RCP Postdoctoral Research Fellowships: Support early career physician researchers to gather data and strengthen their bids for longer-term substantive funding. The award will fund one postdoctoral physician in a basic science, clinical or translational research project aimed to improve outcomes for pregnant women with medical disorders, or who develop gestational syndromes.
  • WoW-RCP Entry-level Research Scholarships: Enable physicians to develop interests in research to improve outcomes for pregnant women with medical disorders, or who develop gestational syndromes. The award will fund one pre-doctoral physician in a basic science, clinical or translational research project aimed to improve outcomes for pregnant women with medical disorders, or who develop gestational syndromes.


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NIHR - community based COVID-19 platform study for novel antivirals

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 17 August 2021

The NIHR, on behalf of the DHSC Antivirals Taskforce, is seeking to fund a team to set up and run a community-based clinical trial platform for novel therapeutic candidates in the UK.

The Taskforce was set up to find effective and safe treatments for COVID-19, and will identify and prioritise potential candidates for this study. The study team will be expected to quickly set up a clinical trial platform to evaluate these novel candidates, and start recruiting patients into the platform in Autumn 2021.

Due to the urgency of this work and the requirement to start recruiting in the Autumn, the call is open only for a short period of time and applications will be fast tracked. The applications will follow a one-stage review process, with applicants submitting a stage 2 application for consideration by the funding committee. 

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NIHR - 21/521 Evidence synthesis programme grant 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 23 August 2021

The NIHR Evidence Synthesis Programme Grant Scheme was established to provide high quality evidence synthesis and systematic reviews that will be of direct benefit to users of the NHS and social care services in England. Full applications are now invited for a new round of the scheme.

Grants will be awarded to support a programme of work that includes: new reviews; updating of existing reviews; a suite of methodologically complex reviews; and reviews that demonstrate meeting a clear NHS and/or social care need. Reviews on the integration between the NHS and social care services are highly encouraged.

Priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate an ability and willingness to collaborate with colleagues in order to improve efficiency. Applicants must demonstrate how they have prioritised their proposed topics, for example by completing a Priority Setting Partnership with the James Lind Alliance; or other recognised methodology to meet your requirements.

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SBRI Healthcare - competition 18: stroke and technology

Funder: Small Business Research Initiative Healthcare, Oxford AHSN and the Stroke Association
Closing date: 24 August 2021 *WEBINAR 12 July*

NHS England and NHS Improvement in collaboration with the Stroke Association and the AHSN Network are looking to fund innovations in the pre-hospital diagnosis and rehabilitation of stroke.  

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Healthcare, in collaboration with the Oxford AHSN and the Stroke Association is pleased to announce the launch of a new competition on Stroke and Technology.

From 13th of July, applicants will be invited to tender for projects to develop technology enabled solutions addressing the below challenge:

Stroke and Technology, including the following sub-categories:

● Pre-hospital diagnosis

● Rehabilitation

● Life after stroke

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NIHR - policy research programme: mental health services funding call 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 24 August 2021

The NIHR funds policy research to enable evidence informed policy making in health and social care. The NIHR Policy Research Programme (PRP) is inviting applications for two calls around the theme of mental health to support policymakers in the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

  • Liaison and diversion services for children and young people funding call: This call will focus on the delivery of research to understand how different agencies work together to refer children and young people (CYP) to liaison and diversion (L&D) services and share information about vulnerable CYP.
  • Access assessments for admission to adult medium and low secure services: This call is for the delivery of research to inform decisions about the appropriate use of NHS resource, and establish the principles of access assessments to adult medium and low secure services associated with the most effective use of these resources. There is a need to improve the interface across the whole pathway, including Criminal Justice System and secondary mental health, learning disability and autism services.

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CCLG Little Princess Trust project grants 

Funder: Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group
Closing date: 25 August 2021

The Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) is a leading support charity for children and young people with cancer and the professional association for those involved in the treatment and care of children with cancer in the UK and Ireland. CCLG is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and provides a range of funding from its own resources and partner charities to support research in identified areas of need.

CCLG manages the Little Princess Trust Project Grants on behalf of The Little Princess Trust. The Trust focuses on innovative research that will lead to kinder, more targeted, less toxic and more effective treatments for all childhood cancers and have a direct impact on the outcomes of children and young people.

The Project Grants support research into cancers affecting children, teenagers and young adults. Funded projects will improve understanding of the disease and help improve the outlook for children. Grants are available for small projects, pilot studies and larger projects with a maximum duration of 36 months. Projects may be stand-alone in nature, form part of a wider project or trial, or pursue research that is likely to lead to a further, larger grant application.

Proposals must focus on:

  • New approaches to treatment, in particular:
    • More effective treatments with fewer toxicities/on-treatment side effects.
    • Approaches that may lead to a reduction in short and long-term sequelae of treatment (studies focusing on treatment of late effects, health behaviour interventions for survivors, fertility/reproductive health and psychosocial aspects are unlikely to be considered).
  • The causes of childhood or TYA cancer, especially where research is likely to lead to improvement in outcomes.
  • Accurate diagnosis of childhood or TYA cancer, especially where research is likely to lead to improvement in outcomes.

The Trust generally funds basic science (with a clear plan for translation/patient benefit), translational and clinical research. Other types of research are unlikely to be considered.

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UKRI Innovate UK - SMART grants 

Funder: Innovate UK
Closing date:  25 August 2021

Smart is Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme.

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £25 million in the best game-changing and commercially viable innovative or disruptive ideas. All proposals must be business focused.

Applications can come from any area of technology and be applied to any part of the economy, such as, but not exclusively:

  • the arts, design and media
  • creative industries
  • science or engineering

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NIHR Senior Investigators call 15

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 25 August 2021

Senior Investigators, as NIHR’s most prominent and prestigious researchers, are fundamental to NIHR. Together, members constitute the College of Senior Investigators, a distinguished body with its own programme of events that provide visible leadership within the NIHR. The aim of the programme is to ensure that those within the College contribute significantly to NIHR as senior leaders and act as ambassadors and role models for the NIHR.

Leading researchers funded by the NIHR (and who are employed by a NHS Trust, university or charity based in England) are encouraged to apply.

NIHR Senior Investigators will receive a 4 year award on the recommendation of an Independent Selection Committee. NIHR Senior Investigators can reapply for a second award on completion of the first award. NIHR Senior Investigators can receive a maximum of 2 awards totalling no more than 8 years. After two awards, an NIHR Senior Investigator will be awarded an Emeritus status if continuing in substantive employment.

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UKRI Innovate UK - Biomedical catalyst 2021, early and late stage awards 

Funder: Innovate UK
Closing date: 26 August 2021 

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £18 million to develop innovative healthcare products, technologies and processes. This funding is from Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation.

Your project can address:

  • disease prevention and proactive management of health and chronic conditions
  • earlier and better detection and diagnosis of disease, leading to better patient outcomes
  • tailored treatments that either change the underlying disease or offer potential cures

This list is not intended to be exhaustive.

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NIHR Global Health Research Evaluation (Policy Research Programme) 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 31 August 2021

The NIHR Policy Research Programme (PRP) is holding a research call for the delivery of a process and performance evaluation of the first phase of the NIHR Global Health Research (GHR) portfolio (2016/17 to 2020/21) to assess the design, implementation and emerging outcomes of the portfolio and to inform the development and delivery of the next phase of the portfolio.

The NIHR GHR portfolio invests in applied health research relevant to the unmet needs of low and middle income country (LMIC) communities, health system priorities and the evolving global burden of disease.

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Pancreatic Cancer UK - clinical research fellowships 

Funder: Pancreatic Cancer UK & MRC
Closing date: 1 September 2021

  • MRC and Pancreatic Cancer UK Clinical Research Training Fellowships: Provide up to three years’ support for clinically qualified, active professionals to undertake specialised or further research training within the UK. Fellows are required to register for a research degree, normally a PhD, based on research undertaken during the fellowship. 

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NIHR - Health Technology Assessment Programme: commissioned calls 

Funder: NIHR 
Closing date: 1 September 2021

The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme funds research about the clinical and cost-effectiveness, and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests, for those who plan, provide or receive care from NHS, and social care services.

The HTA Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for the following primary research topics:


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NIHR - Health Technology Assessment Programme: research-led (primary research) 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 1 September 2021

The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream, 21/511.

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NIHR - Health Technology Assessment Programme: research-led (evidence synthesis)

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 1 September 2021

The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream, 21/512.

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The Nuffield Foundation - research, development and analysis fund 

Funder: The Nuffield Foundation
Closing date: September 2021

The Nuffield Foundation is an independent charitable trust with a mission to advance educational opportunity and social well-being. They fund research that informs social policy, primarily in Education, Welfare and Justice. They also provide opportunities for young people to develop skills and confidence in science and research.

The Research, Development and Analysis Fund looks for interesting questions/issues that fit the Nuffield Foundation’s mission and is relevant to the questions in their three domains. There should be a clear articulation of what you intend to do, why it matters, and what difference it will make. Applications for research, development and analysis grants are usually between £10,000 and £500,000. Most of the grants awarded are between £50,000 and £300,000 and are between six months and three years in duration, but they will occasionally consider proposals with a larger budget or longer timescale.

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Healthcare Infection Society - small research grants 

Funder: Healthcare Infection Society
Closing date: 1 September 2021

HIS aims to fund pioneering, innovative research within the scope of infection prevention and control and nosocomial infections. Applications for funding must show an understanding of the clinical practice of infection prevention and control directly relating to nosocomial infections. Small research grants are intended to support small-scale research projects, or possibly the costs associated with the visit of an overseas research fellow, up to £10,000 for a project of 12 months duration. The primary grant holder and their institution must the based in the UK or Republic of Ireland. Small grants are normally non-recurring.

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Retina UK - research grant 

Funder: Retina UK
Closing date: 1 September 2021

Retina UK supports people affected by inherited progressive sight loss, and invests in medical research to increase the understanding of these conditions and accelerate the search for treatments for the future.

Retina UK welcomes high quality research applications in any area of research related to retinal dystrophies but priority will be given to projects with promise for progressing the development of treatment strategies or slowing down the progress of sight loss. This includes basic laboratory research investigating disease mechanisms, preclinical studies in animal and cell models and genotyping and phenotypic investigation of patient populations as a prelude to clinical trials.

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MRC - clinician scientist fellowship 

Funder: MRC
Closing date: 1 September 2021

This award can help you become an independent investigator through a programme of research and training lasting up to five years. We will provide your salary plus some support costs.

To apply, you must have:

  • research plans within MRC’s remit which do not overlap with those of your current group leader or proposed sponsor
  • a track record of challenging, original and productive research across past appointments, and an upward trajectory
  • identified opportunities for developing and progressing in your career
  • You must have a higher research degree in medicine or another clinical area.

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Blood Cancer UK - project grants 

Funder: Blood Cancer UK
Closing date: 2 September 2021

Project grants provide funding for clearly defined research projects addressing key questions in the field of blood cancer. The remit of the project grant scheme includes Trial-Associated Research Projects, which are laboratory-based projects associated with a fully-funded clinical trial that aim to address a clearly defined research question to maximise the value and outcome of the trial.

Blood Cancer UK particularly welcome applications which address the below research priority areas, but this can also include any area of basic biological research relating to cancer, biomarker research and development, and preclinical studies that generate biological data to underpin therapeutic and diagnostic development:

  • Improving understanding of fundamental disease processes
  • Improving treatment options for the individual
  • Developing novel approaches to the use of data

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Cancer Research UK - clinical trial fellowship award 

Funder: CRUK
Closing date: 2 September 2021

This Fellowship supports clinicians with an interest in clinical trials and who would benefit from further training within a Clinical Trial Unit (CTU) setting. The intention of this award is for you to gain clinical trial experience, with the ultimate objective of leading high impact, practice changing cancer clinical trials in the future as a Chief Investigator.

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NIHR - 21/54 palliative and end of life care research partnerships 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 2 September 2021 *WEBINAR 28 June*

The NIHR is keen to support the building of capacity and capability in palliative and end of life care. It wishes to ensure that NIHR research is conducted in the areas where the health and social care needs are greatest and to increase the evidence base to improve the delivery of palliative and end of life care services and outcomes for people who use services, carers of people in receipt of services, and/or working in the sector.

NIHR invites applications to establish and grow partnerships, networks and collaborations in palliative and end of life care through a two part call, with the expectation that activity in part one will result in submitted research proposals in part two of the call. The objective of part one of the call includes (but is not limited to) building capacity, exploring and establishing infrastructure, forming professional multiagency and multidisciplinary relationships across health, social care, charities, voluntary and community organisations, and driving the enthusiasm and ability to carry out future research in new or less experienced sites.

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Macular Society - seedcorn grants 

Funder: Macular Society
Closing date: 3 September 2021

The Macular Society is a charity funding research into macular disease. Seedcorn grants of up to £25,000 are available for projects with a maximum duration of 1 year at a UK institution. Applications may be for clinical or non-clinical research. Macular Society will consider applications for clinical or laboratory-based research projects which can positively impact people with macular disease. This may include research into causes and prevention, early detection, treatments or improving quality of life. Researchers are welcome to submit grant applications to carry out research on any type of macular disease.

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CRUK-EPSRC - early detection innovation sandpit and award 

Funder:  CRUK & EPSRC
Closing date: 6 September 2021

In partnership with EPSRC, Cancer Research UK administers the Early Detection Innovation Sandpit and Award which aims to catalyse new multidisciplinary collaborations to drive forward earlier detection of cancer.

Applicants attend an intensive and interactive three-day residential workshop where they have the opportunity to:

  • Network and form new collaborations spanning diverse research areas and organisations.
  • Work in broad, multidisciplinary teams to generate new and innovative research ideas.
  • Pitch projects for seed funding to test the feasibility of their ideas.

The aim of this workshop is to bring in innovative computational approaches from outside of cancer research, and to direct these efforts towards cancer early detection. Developing tools with the potential to translate into a diagnostic and/or surveillance pathway, that can bridge pathology and imaging, are of particular interest.

The theme for the November 2021 workshop is the development of novel test technologies or novel test combinations for primary care triage.

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Race Against Dementia - seed grant to dramatically accelerate progress in demential research 

Funder: Race Against Dementia
Closing date: 6 September 2021

Race Against Dementia’s vision is a breakthrough in the prevention or treatment of dementia with the greatest of urgency. What’s your big idea to accelerate progress in dementia research? It might be to focus on a particular part of dementia science, or to facilitate better collaboration between disciplines and institutions. Or it may be to encourage and recruit more people to make their careers in this important area. Race Against Dementia are looking for out-of-box ideas and passionate people that have a plan to implement them.

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Cancer Research UK - early detection and diagnosis primer award 

Funder: CRUK
Closing date: 8 September 2021

Early Detection and Diagnosis Primer Awards support researchers at all stages to develop early, novel and outside-the-box ideas and collaborations to build and make progress in the ED&D field.

The award aims to encourage scientists at all career stages to engage with the early detection and diagnosis of cancer field. It will support new and exploratory research ideas and/or pilot studies of high scientific risk and potential reward. It supports the development of new partnerships and exploration of highly novel concepts, involving researchers from any research area, including from non-traditional cancer fields.

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Academy of Medical Sciences - professorship scheme 

Funder: Academy of Medical Sciences
Closing date: 8 September 2021

These awards will offer flexible support to biomedical and healthcare researchers, who have moved to the UK, during the initial years of their first full Professorship. The Academy of Medical Sciences is committed to attracting and retaining emerging talent from across the globe to the UK, and recognises the importance of capacity building at the early-leadership career stage. This scheme seeks to progress that ambition by offering flexible support to researchers imminently taking up their first full Professorship, or for those that have recently commenced such a position.

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UKRI - experimental medicine grants *advance notice*

Funder: UKRI
Closing date: 9 September 2021

Apply for funding to investigate the causes, progression and treatment of human disease.

Your project must:

  • include an experimental intervention or challenge in humans
  • focus on addressing mechanistic questions
  • be academically led.

You must be based at an eligible UK research organisation. In addition to our usual eligibility criteria, you can apply if you hold a fellowship or lectureship.

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Association of British Neurologists - fellowships 

Funder: ABN
Closing date: 13 September 2021

The Association of British Neurologists' mission is to improve the health and well-being of people with neurological disorders by advancing the knowledge and practice of neurology in the British Isles. The ABN Clinical Research Training Fellowship scheme provides 3-year clinical research training fellowships in neurological disciplines resulting in a PhD.

Applications are welcomed with focus on:

  • Any neurological disorder, for fellowships awarded by the ABN and its funding partners the Guarantors of Brain and the Patrick Berthoud Charitable Trust.
  • Stroke*, funded jointly by the Stroke Association and the Berkeley Foundation.
  • Epilepsy, funded by ABN/Epilepsy Research UK
  • Neurodegenerative disorders, funded by ABN/Alzheimer’s Research UK

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British Heart Foundation - translational awards 

Funder: BHF
Closing date: 13 September 2021

Translational Awards aim to progress the development of novel, innovative technologies towards benefits to human cardiovascular health. The scheme supports the development of technologies with transformative potential from the proof-of-concept stage to being ready for the commercial market. Proposals are expected to demonstrate a strong intellectual property position and a development proposition that could attract follow-on investment.

The project should be novel and inventive and address an unmet clinical need within the BHF remit. The project should result in a product, technology or intervention that is ready for market development.

The application should provide clear and compelling information on the following:

  • An unmet healthcare need in heart and circulatory disease
  • The advantages of the proposed technology over competing solutions
  • Supporting proof of concept data
  • A structured project with non-overlapping milestones, each with SMART GO/NO-GO success criteria
  • The intellectual property position
  • A proposed route to market and commercialisation
  • A strategy to navigate the relevant regulatory processes
  • Long term aims beyond the BHF Translational Award

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DEBRA International - all priorities call 

Funder: DEBRA International
Closing date: 13 September 2021

The key aim of DEBRA International is to coordinate, in collaboration with its members, activities that are for the benefit of everyone affected by Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) globally: the international patient community, patient support and advocacy groups, healthcare professionals, researchers, and industry. Project topics should fit one or more of DEBRA's and EB-ResNet's four strategic research priorities: 1. Improving understanding of EB biology to create new concepts for diagnosis and treatment. 2. Developing disease-modifying and curative therapies. 3. Preventing and curing severe disease consequences: chronic wounds, fibrosis, and cancer. 4. Improving clinical care and symptom relief through research.

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Epilepsy Research UK - clinical research training fellowship

Funder: ERUK & Association of British Neurologists
Closing date: 13 September 2021

Epilepsy Research UK is exclusively dedicated to driving and enabling a national programme of life changing, life-saving research into the diagnosis, causes and clinical management of epilepsy and associated conditions.

The Association of British Neurologists is the membership body for neurologists in the UK, and aims to promote excellent standards of care and champion high-quality education and world-class research in neurology. This year, Epilepsy Research UK and the Association of British Neurologists are co-funding a Clinical Research Training Fellowship. The objective of this fellowship is to encourage the brightest UK neurology trainees in undertaking world-leading clinical neuroscience research for improving the care of people with epilepsy. The ABN Clinical Research Training Fellowships support 3-year clinical research training fellowships in neurological disciplines resulting in a PhD. 

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Coeliac UK - research call into coeliac disease in children and young people 

Funder: Coeliac UK
Closing date: 13 September 2021

Coeliac UK is delighted to be able to offer up to £15,000 for a pilot/proof of concept grant for research into coeliac disease in children and young people. This is also supported by the British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (BSPGHAN).

Researchers are invited to submit applications to this call that will underpin Coeliac UK’s top ten research priorities, in particular:

  • Finding the best post diagnosis support
  • Better support for healthcare professionals
  • Understanding the link between coeliac disease and other conditions

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Cancer Research UK - project and programme awards 

Funder: CRUK
Closing date: 14 September 2021

The following awards are open for application:


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CRUK - postdoctoral research bursary for clinical trainees

Funder: CRUK
Closing date: 15 September 2021

This award offers funding for clinical trainees to undertake a research project after completion of a PhD.

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MRC - mapping complexity of pain with the advanced pain discovery platform 

Funder: Medical Research Council
Closing date: 15 September 2021

MRC, in partnership with Versus Arthritis, the Medical Research Foundation and Eli Lilly, is inviting proposals for innovative research grants seeking to increase our understanding of the underlying mechanisms of pain. Project with a focus on musculoskeletal conditions, both in adults and young people, are encouraged.

Proposals may seek to explore mechanisms of pain in various disciplines, including these aspects: (1) psychological, (2) biological, (3) cognitive, (4) sociological. Where possible within the scope of the research question, researchers are encouraged to work together across disciplines to facilitate novel research into the underlying mechanisms of pain.

Proposals may involve a wide range of methodology across disciplines. MRC are particularly encourage applications involving:

  • the use of artificial intelligence
  • machine learning
  • other innovative data technologies.

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Cancer Research UK - early detection and diagnosis programme award 

Funder: CRUK
Closing date: 15 September 2021

Funds long-term, integrated and renewable programmes of exceptional science to transform how and when early cancers and pre-cancerous states are diagnosed. Early detection and diagnosis (ED&D) research seeks to detect and diagnose consequential precancerous changes and cancer at the earliest possible point at which an intervention might be made, reducing the burden of late-stage disease. ED&D programmes will support discovery and translational/clinical research which is mindful of the clinical and population context.

CRUK particularly welcome applications that bring novel approaches from the fields of engineering and the physical sciences that could be applied to cancer detection and are mindful of potential clinical need, patient and population impact.

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NIHR - Health Technology Assessment Programme: commissioned calls 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 15 September 2021

The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme funds research about the clinical and cost-effectiveness, and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests, for those who plan, provide or receive care from NHS, and social care services.

The HTA Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for the following primary research topics:


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MRC - public health intervention development (PHIND)

Funder: MRC
Closing date: 15 September 2021

Apply for funding to develop an intervention addressing a UK or global public health issue. PHIND proposals can include qualitative and quantitative primary research and the development of theory and logic models. However, emphasis should be placed on developing the intervention. Population level interventions, with a focus on non-health care settings (such as transport, education, employment, leisure and the built environment), are encouraged. Proposals should demonstrate a pathway to further development and evaluation of the intervention and criteria for progression to the next stage of development should be detailed within the case for support.

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Alzheimer's Society - project grants

Funder: Alzheimer's Society
Closing date: 16 September 2021 

Alzheimer’s Society funds research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s and support people living with dementia. Project grants are for more established researchers and provide funding for world-class dementia research. Applications can be made for research projects which fit within the Alzheimer’s UK funding remit, which is organised into two streams:

 

Biomedical researchCare, implementation and public health research

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Alzheimer's Society -  fellowships

Funder: Alzheimer's Society
Closing date:  16 September 2021

Alzheimer’s Society funds research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s and support people living with dementia. The following fellowships are open for application:

  • Clinician and healthcare professional fellowships: For practicing professionals working in dementia health and care services to undertake study towards a higher research degree (usually a PhD) and who wish to develop a dual career that combines research and practice.
  • Junior fellowships: For post-doctoral researchers who have shown exceptional promise at the start of their research career. Applicants should demonstrate potential to be an independent researcher. Fellowships are open to researchers from all disciplines, health and care professions, in line with Alzheimer's Society's vision to increase capacity with depth and breadth across all disciplines involved in dementia research.
  • Research fellowships: For post-doctoral or other successful researchers who wish to build on a number of successful years of dementia research, and who demonstrate the ambition and potential to be a leader in their research field at the end of the award.
  • PhD studentships: Funding of up to £85,000 is provided for up to three years (up to five years part time) and includes a stipend (£15,000-£16,000 per year), university PhD fees at EU rates, consumables & equipment, and conference dissemination support.

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NIHR- programme development grants, competition 31

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 22 September 2021

Applications are invited for Programme Development Grant funding. Programme Development Grants are designed to increase the rate and number of successful applications for a full Programme Grant by supporting the completion of the necessary preparatory work to suitably position the research team to submit a competitive Programme Grant application. Individual awards are for a maximum of £150k over a period of 12 - 24 months. The amount of funding awarded, however, is determined by the scale and nature of the research activity to be conducted.

Applications to PDG are made with the support of an NHS body and other providers of NHS services in England. If an application is successful, a contract will be placed with that organisation for delivery of the research and all funds for the research will be paid to the NHS organisation or other provider of NHS services.

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BBSRC - work with US researchers - BBSRC-NSF/BIO lead agency 2021 

Funder: BBSRC
Closing date: 22 September 2021

Apply for funding to collaborate with US researchers on a single joint proposal. The lead agency scheme allows US and UK researchers to submit a single collaborative proposal that will undergo a single review process by the lead agency, on behalf of both NSF/BIO and BBSRC In 2021 proposals will be accepted for UK-US collaborative projects in the areas of intersection between NSF/BIO and BBSRC as set out below.

Proposals must address the priorities of both BBSRC and participating NSF/BIO divisions. Proposers must provide a clear rationale for the need for a US-UK collaboration, including the unique expertise and synergy that the collaborating groups will bring to the project.

Projects must be in one of the following areas:

  • biological informatics
  • microbes and the host immune system
  • quantum biology
  • synthetic cell.

Your proposal must address the priorities of both BBSRC and US National Science Foundation Directorate of Biological Sciences (NSF/BIO).

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Cancer Research UK - Prevention and Population Research Programme Awards

Funder: CRUK
Closing date: 23 September 2021

Provide long-term support for broad, multidisciplinary research with transformative potential in prevention and population research. 

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Epilepsy Research UK - endeavour project grants 

Funder: Epilepsy Research UK
Closing date: 23 September 2021

Epilepsy Research UK invites applications for grants to support project studies in the UK. We encourage high quality proposals for fundamental science and clinical research grants investigating the causes, diagnosis or treatment of epilepsy and associated conditions.

Applications are invited for grants of up to £150,000 to support a research project lasting a maximum of three years. Project grant proposals will investigate an hypothesis that has been based on pilot data, with the aim of substantially contributing to furthering knowledge of epilepsy. Applications for the support of salary costs, purchase of equipment, or PhD student fees are also welcome. It is expected that the majority of the grant will cover a dedicated salary or support staff costs for 3 years.

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Epilepsy Research UK - emerging leader fellowship 

Funder: Epilepsy Research UK
Closing date: 23 September 2021

Epilepsy Research UK is exclusively dedicated to driving and enabling a national programme of life changing, life-saving research into the diagnosis, causes and clinical management of epilepsy and associated conditions.

The emerging leader fellowship provides research funding for epilepsy researchers planning to develop a track record in epilepsy research and seeking to transition into research leadership. Funds will cover the Fellow’s salary, support staff costs, and project running costs. For 2021-22 Epilepsy Research UK are partnering with the Association of British Neurologists to offer a Clinical Training Fellowship in epilepsy research. 

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NIHR - evidence synthesis incentive awards scheme 2021 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 24 September 2021

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in England funds an annual scheme whereby small incentive payments are offered to Cochrane Review Groups (CRGs) and Campbell Coordinating Groups (CCGs) for preparing key new or updated reviews by agreed dates.

The DHSC recognises that these awards are insufficient to meet the full costs of conducting reviews. They are intended to be applied at the discretion of Coordinating Editors in ways that will facilitate and possibly accelerate activity that is already planned or underway i.e. post protocol publication.

The budget for the scheme in 2021 will remain at £100,000 and we expect to allocate funds to between 10–20 awards. Incentive payments of up to £10,000 will be awarded, subject to the level of complexity, importance and impact of the review.

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National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia - research grants 

Funder:  NIAA
Closing date: 24 September 2021

Suitable projects may be large research studies, small clinical/benchtop projects, idea (innovation) development, observational studies/data collection, quality improvements and clinical audits (though the latter are unlikely to receive Association funding if they are small, 'routine' local audits).

Funding available in this round:

  • Association of Anaesthetists/Anaesthesia Research Grants
  • Association of Anaesthetists/Barema Research Grants
  • BJA/RCoA Project Grants
  • BJA/RCoA/ANZCA Collaborative Research Grants
  • BJA/RCoA/CAI joint funded Collaborative Research Grants
  • BJA/RCoA/VASGBI/ACTACC Joint Research Grants
  • DAS Project Grants & Small Grants
  • OAA Large Project Grant & Medium Project Grants
  • RA-UK Research Project Grant

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Medical Research Foundation - launchpad grants in mental health 

Funder: Medical Research Foundation
Closing date: 27 September 2021

The Medical Research Foundation’s Launchpad Grants will support early and mid-career researchers and clinical academics, whose research will increase understanding of mental health, and improve diagnosis, treatment and recovery. The funding should be used to develop multidisciplinary partnerships with researchers in other fields, acting as a launchpad for larger funding opportunities and further research.

Applications within a broad field of mental health research are welcomed. However, they particularly encourage applications from areas that have been identified as in need of funding, including ADHD, Tourette’s, suicide and self-harm, and trauma-related mental health.

Applicants should aim to develop multidisciplinary collaborations with researchers in other fields, expanding the applicant’s research networks and building their research profile. The grants can be used to conduct pilot studies, generate data and collaborations, and develop competitive research proposals for larger funding.

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Myeloma UK - research proposals into early diagnosis of myeloma 

Funder: Myeloma UK
Closing date: 30 September 2021

Delayed diagnosis in myeloma patients is the largest unmet need in the disease. Myeloma UK seek applications for research projects which will address this. Research projects should: (1) Address the factors that cause late diagnosis of myeloma; or (2) Progress our knowledge of the development of myeloma with a view to screening at-risk individuals; or (3) Have the potential to impact the way myeloma is diagnosed.

Myeloma UK welcome novel proposals which learn from other areas of cancer research and benefit from cross-disciplinary approaches.

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Sarcoma UK - open grants and genomic research grants

Funder: Sarcoma UK
Closing date: 30 September 2021

Sarcoma UK is a national charity focussing on all types of sarcoma. It offers funds and grants to seek answers and find effective treatment for sarcoma.

The following calls are open for application:

  • Open Grant Round: For applications across all areas of sarcoma research, including laboratory and clinical research:
    • Small Grants, up to £50,000 in value. These can be used to pump prime ideas and provide proof of concept or fund additional research to a larger project already underway.
    • Large Grants, up to £150,000 in value. These are to undertake a substantive piece of work; this type of application must support a member of staff as a directly incurred cost (can be a researcher or PhD student).

Genomic Research Grant Round: For applications which further knowledge into sarcoma genomics. £200,000-250,000 in funding will be available to support one research project. Sarcoma UK encourage applications which build on, or link in with, the work previously funded by Sarcoma UK as part of this funding stream: 2018: GeCIPing Sarcoma: A UK-led initiative to personalise sarcoma treatment; 2019: A genomic approach to unlocking the secrets of sarcoma; 2020: Exploring genomic data to find gene networks and new treatments for liposarcoma patients.

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AOUK&I research grants 

Funder: AOUK
Closing date: 30 September 2021

This call is open to orthopaedic, veterinary and maxillo-facial surgeons, trainees and operating room personnel involved in trauma care. Applicants should submit a completed application form of their research proposal, which may involve any aspect of musculoskeletal trauma, including hand, faciomaxillo-cranial, spine and veterinary trauma.

Major Research Grant
AOUK invite applications for research grant funding of up to £10,000 Preference will be given to applications related to an MD/PhD programme and must demonstrate clear translation to improving outcomes in trauma care.

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Grant AOUK invite applications for research grant funding of up to £5,000 Preference will be given to applications related to a higher degree or pump priming activity with potential to lead to a more significant project.

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Cure Parkinson's - research grants 

Funder: The Cure Parkinson's Trust
Closing date: 1 October 2021

Research grants are aimed at both preclinical and clinical research projects that have the potential to cure Parkinson’s. By “cure”, Cure Parkinson’s mean a “disease-modifying therapy” that will slow, stop or reverse the underlying disease progression of Parkinson’s. In addition, they prioritise research which has the potential to translate into the clinic within five years.

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Guts UK - Amelie Waring and Derek Butler Fellowships

Funder: Guts UK
Closing date: 4 October 2021

Amelie Waring Fellowship

This is a fellowship for research into any aspect of pancreatic inflammation or injury. One grant up to £180,000 is available, to cover for salary costs and consumables over a maximum of 3 years. 

Derek Butler Fellowship

This is a fellowship is for research into diseases of the upper gastrointestinal tract diseases and conditions. Research should be on the oesophagus, stomach or duodenum. One grant up to £210,000 is available, to cover for salary costs and consumables over a maximum of 3 years. 

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Waterloo Foundation 

Funder: Waterloo Foundation
Closing date: 10 October 2021

The Waterloo Foundation (TWF) is an independent grant-making Foundation. They are most interested in projects that help globally, with particular focus on the disparity of opportunities, wealth and the unsustainable use of the world’s natural resources.

Within the Child Development Fund, The Waterloo Foundation are interested in the psychological and behavioural development of our children, and particularly in certain neurodevelopmental conditions and the factors that influence them.

The Waterloo Foundation like to keep research calls as open as possible, but they also have a specific funding priority, as follows:

  • Diet and/or Microbiome
    • Deadline for short initial applications: 10th October, 2021

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NIHR Research for Social Care - new calls into mental health and dementia 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 19 October 2021

The RfSC call funds research which generates evidence to improve, expand and strengthen the way adult social care is delivered for users of care services, carers and the public.

The NIHR Research for Social Care (RfSC) call is inviting proposals for studies to address important social care questions relating to the following:

  • Dementia: This RfSC call is an important part of the Department of Health and Social Care and NIHR's ongoing interest in strengthening dementia research in less well-supported areas, better understanding the needs of underserved populations and social care needs, as well as identifying best practice in relation to critical points, including diagnosis, hospitalisation, residential care and end-of-life care. The Research for Social Care (RfSC) call, is inviting proposals from eligible research teams to improve the evidence base around social care and dementia. This call is open to researchers at all career stages.
  • Mental health: The RfSC call is inviting proposals from eligible research teams to better understand and manage the social care consequences of mental health conditions. They are particularly interested in populations in Northern England. Host organisations should be based in Northern England; however collaborators outside of the North are welcome to apply. Applications should be co-produced with service commissioners, providers, carers and service users wherever appropriate to better ensure findings are of immediate utility in policy and practice.


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British Heart Foundation - fellowships for nures and healthcare professionals

Funder: BHF
Closing date: 20 October 2021

The research proposed should usually be related to the improvement of care and outcomes for people with cardiovascular disease. More fundamental/basic science research may be better supported through our other funding schemes. If you have any queries about the suitability of your research for this scheme, please contact us in advance of submitting an application.

The following Fellowships are open for application from the British Heart Foundation:


The CO Research Trust - research grants 

Funder: CO Research Trust
Closing date: 20 October 2021

The CO Research Trust (formerly the Gas Safety Trust) is a charity whose objective is to reduce the incidents of death and serious injury from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. The Trust provides grant funding, advice and support to organisations wishing to carry out research and evidence gathering relating to safety.

The CO Research Trust’s chosen areas of research focus are:

  • To improve the diagnosis of CO poisoning - by finding a new biomarker
  • To understand the mechanics of CO poisoning - to improve treatments
  • To understand the co-morbidities in vulnerable groups - to develop solutions to mitigate risk
  • To measure the scale of CO poisoning in the UK
  • To understand the impact of building regulations and energy efficiency on CO safety
  • To understand the level of risk in the use of solid fuels
  • To improve detection where the risk of CO exposure cannot be eliminated

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Diabetes UK - RD Lawrence Fellowship 

Funder: Diabetes UK
Closing date: 30 October 2021

The RD Lawrence Fellowship is a career development fellowship to enable postdoctoral researchers to establish their independence in diabetes research.

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The Urology Foundation - smaller research projects

Funder: The Urology Foundation
Closing date: 31 October 2021

The Urology Foundation tackles all urology diseases. They are campaigners, researchers, volunteers, fundraisers, patients, doctors, and dedicated staff members who are all leading the fight against urology disease.

TUF will fund projects for patient benefit that seek to improve clinical services, treatments and education, as well as communications with patients and carers. The project must incorporate outcome measures which evaluate and demonstrate improved care or well-being of patients.

These awards are for small, stand-alone projects which could lead towards an improvement in the treatment and care of patients. They are not meant to be used as top up funding for projects which ideally should fall within TUF’s annual Research Scholarship application call, or associated with larger projects already funded.

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Association of Breast Surgery - research development grants 

Funder: ABS & Prevent Breast Cancer
Closing date: 1 November 2021

The ABS and Prevent Breast Cancer are pleased to offer their research development grants. In addition Prevent Breast Cancer are making funds available for up to 2 grants focusing on breast cancer prevention, screening and early diagnosis.

Projects seeking funding from the ABS are asked to submit applications for a grant of up to £10,000. Applications should further the aims of the ABS, be of clear value to the NHS and take appropriate account of its priorities, needs and realities. For the joint grants with Prevent Breast Cancer applications must demonstrate a focus on breast cancer prevention, screening or early diagnosis. The PI can be a consultant, trainee or an allied health professional.

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NIHR -  Harkness Fellowships in health care policy and practice 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 1 November 2021

The Commonwealth Fund's Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice for 2022-23 provide a unique leadership development opportunity for mid-career research professionals who are committed to advancing healthcare policy and practice.

Co-funded in the UK by the NIHR and The Health Foundation, the Harkness Fellowships funds successful applicants to spend a year in the United States (US) conducting internationally comparative research with mentorship from leading US experts.

The fellowship provides dedicated research funding and a generous living stipend, including round-trip airfare, a fixed monthly stipend for living expenses, health insurance coverage, and payment of US federal and state withholding taxes. An additional family supplement is provided to fellows accompanied by a partner and/or children under the age of 18.

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NIHR - Research for Patient Benefit, competition 46 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 10 November 2021

Applications are invited for research proposals that are concerned with the day-to-day practice of health service staff, and which have the potential to have an impact on the health or wellbeing of patients and users of the NHS. As a response mode researcher-led programme, Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) does not specify topics for research, but encourages proposals for projects that address a wide range of health service issues and challenges.

There are three highlight notices:

  • dementia
  • brain tumours
  • mental health

Please note that applicant guidance has recently been updated - refer to the link below.

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MRC/NIHR - Clinical academic research partnerships round 4 

Funder: MRC & NIHR
Closing date: 18 November 2021 *webinar 29 July*

Apply for funding to develop your research interests through a collaborative partnership.

Funding is available for 20% to 50% of your basic salary and costs to undertake the project.

You must be a research-qualified healthcare professional at consultant level or equivalent. You must not be currently undertaking any substantial research activity.

Your project can be across any area from MRC or NIHR’s remits.

You must supply a letter of support from your employer.

Awards can last between one and three years.

Webinar registration: Webinar Registration - Zoom

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Diabetes UK - small grants and project grants 

Funder: Diabetes UK
Closing date: 1 December 2021

Diabetes UK aims to improve lives through pioneering research into all forms of diabetes and diabetes-related complications. The work they support helps us understand the causes of diabetes, bring about life-changing breakthroughs in care, treatment and prevention and brings us closer to a cure.

The following calls are open for application:

  • Project grants: For high quality, hypothesis driven diabetes research projects, lasting up to five years and costing less than £500,000. Current research priority areas are: (1) New glucose monitoring technologies in inpatient care; (2) Understanding the pathogenesis of diabetes that develops atypically, or in minority populations
    • Deadline for applications: 01 December 2021
  • Early-Career Small Grants: supports early-career basic scientists and members of Allied Health Professions to undertake small research projects related to diabetes. The scheme will enable scientists at an early stage in their career to develop their work and go on to obtain additional grant funding from other organisations. Nurses, pharmacists and members of the Allied Health Professions who meet the eligibility criteria may apply through this scheme.

Deadline for applications: 01 December 2021


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NIHR Policy Research Programme - evaluation of new funding for inpatient detoxification beds 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 6 January 2022

The NIHR funds policy research to enable evidence informed policy making in health and social care. The PRP Programme invites applications for a single research project to qualitatively evaluate an initiative to increase provision of inpatient detoxification to improve drug recovery.

It is expected this will be based on in-depth interviews with about 30 inpatients and 30 healthcare professionals with initial contact needed in October-December 2021, a follow-up directly after the detox and a further follow-up after 6 months. The project will complement a quantitative analysis being carried out by Public Health England (PHE).

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Pancreatic Cancer UK - joint funded clinical research fellowship 

Funder: Pancreatic Cancer UK & Association of Surgeons of GB and Ireland
Closing date: 31 January 2022

  • The Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI) and Pancreatic Cancer UK Fellowship: Supports a Trainee or Junior Consultant (within 5 years of first appointment) with an interest in advancing the clinical management of pancreatic cancer. This individual will visit centres of excellence abroad and bring this experience back to the NHS to advance our clinical expertise within the UK. 

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GUTS - colon cancer research grants

Funder: GUTS
Closing date: 01 April 2022

GUTS works to raise awareness of bowel cancer and the steps people can take to reduce their own risk of developing the disease. They provide grants for research into new ways of detecting bowel cancer and better ways of treating the disease. Applications are invited for two grants of £500 each for innovative research projects relating to the care of colon cancer patients.

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