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.

Grant applications and coronavirus  

Currently, all NIHR-funded grant schemes and calls remain open for applications. Some Fellowship programmes have extended deadlines. Further information can be found on the NIHR website.

The UKRI funding programmes will continue. Submissions deadlines will be reviewed and amended as necessary in the light of the coronavirus.


LifeArc - COVID-19 therapeutics - £10 million call for rapid deployment

Funder: LifeArc
Closing date: 6 April 2020

LifeArc has made available an initial £10M for the identification of therapeutics that can be rapidly deployed to treat COVID-19. The aim is to run trials in patients during the current epidemic. It is anticipated that applications will be for funding to repurpose one or more drugs that are generic, already licensed, or are in late stage development for another indication.

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UKRI - COVID-19 priority areas 

Funder: UKRI
Closing date: not specified

Funding for ideas that address COVID-19:

  • Project length: Up to 18 months
  • Closing date: none - apply at any time
  • Funding: 80% of the full economic cost (fEC)
  • Award range: There is no specific budget for this call. We are interested in funding research of any scale that can demonstrate it will deliver impact in the project length.

Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

UKRI will support excellent proposals up to 12-18 months duration which meet at least one of the following:

  • new research or innovation with a clear impact pathway that has the potential (within the period of the grant) to deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of, and response to, the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts.
  • supports the manufacture and/or wide scale adoption of an intervention with significant potential
  • gathers critical data and resources quickly for future research use

If a grant is awarded, we will provide funding at 80% of the fEC.

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NIHR/HEE - ICA pre-doctoral clinical academic fellowship (PCAF) round 3 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: *EXTENDED* 9 April 2020, 1pm

For aspiring clinical academics from the ICA eligible professions.

The HEE/NIHR ICA Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) scheme supports early career researchers to become competitive applicants for a doctoral level research training fellowship.

PCAF candidates may:
• have little formal academic training/ research experience or
• have completed some Masters level training or
• have completed a Masters level qualification or
• require Masters level training/ a full Masters

However, all applicants must be committed to a career as a clinical academic. The PCAF scheme offers two distinct funding offers, which follow the same application process. You will be asked to specify which funding stream you would like to apply for.

Professor Jon Marsden, Chair of the PCAF Selection Committee, will host a one hour webinar at 5pm on 13 February 2020 and provide advice to prospective applicants on developing a competitive application.

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NIHR - pre-doctoral fellowship round 2

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: *EXTENDED* 9 April 2020, 1pm

NIHR Pre-doctoral Fellowships are designed to support people who are looking to start or advance a career in health and social care research methodology, specifically in one of the following areas: 

  • medical statistics
  • health economics
  • clinical trial design
  • operational research
  • modelling
  • bioinformatics
  • qualitative research
  • mixed methods
  • epidemiology

 Applicants without a Masters degree should use the Fellowship to undertake a Masters degree in one of the areas listed. Those already holding a relevant Masters degree (or currently completing one) should use the Fellowship to gain additional support and training to advance to the next level of their career. The Fellowship can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis.

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NIHR - Integrated Academic Training Programme 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: *EXTENDED* check NIHR website

The NIHR funds clinical academic training for doctors and dentists in England through the Integrated Academic Training (IAT) Programme. Two principal classes of academic training post are allocated through the IAT Programme:

  • Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACFs)
  • Clinical Lectureships (CLs) 

IAT Competition ACFs and CLs are based in research themes identified as priority areas by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NIHR. The research themes are multi-disciplinary in nature and cover a wide spread of potential clinical specialities. 

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NIHR Development and Skills Enhancement Award 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: *EXTENDED* 14 April 2020, 1pm

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.

Applications from the following areas of strategic importance are particularly welcomed:

  • health data science
  • clinical trials
  • entrepreneurship and working with industry

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 at a level of 50%.

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European Commission - Horizon Impact Award 2020 

Funder: EC
Closing date: *EXTENDED* 15 April 2020

This award is the European Commission's initiative to recognise and celebrate outstanding projects that have used their results to provide value for society. The applicants will need to demonstrate that their results have created societal impact across Europe and beyond. These projects must have been funded by FP7 and/or Horizon 2020 funding programmes and they must be closed by the time of application.

We invite you to visit the Horizon Impact Award webpage for more information on the award criteria and how to apply. The applicants can apply via the Funding and Tenders Portal until the 2 April 2020.

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BBSRC & MRC - translational research projects in adult undernutrition 

Funder: BBSRC & MRC
Closing date: *EXTENDED* 12 May 2020, 4pm

BBSRC and MRC are supporting UK participation in the JPI HDHL Joint Action on Development of targeted nutrition for prevention of undernutrition for older adults (PREVNUT) and encourage their research communities to apply for funding as part of transnational consortia. The aim of this call is to support transnational, collaborative research projects that address important research questions regarding the prevention of undernutrition in European older citizens through the consumption of appropriate nutritious food. This will develop a better understanding of the balance between nutrition and lifestyle; contribute to new recommendations and the development of innovative food products to prevent undernutrition in the older population, leading to European citizens having a better life in later life.

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MRC - Applied Global Health Research 

Funder: Medical Research Council
Closing date: 7 April 2020, 4pm

The MRC Applied Global Health Research Board supports research that will be of direct and primary benefit to the health of vulnerable populations living in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Applied research is defined as research seeking practical solutions to health challenges from late stage intervention development onwards. This includes implementation research, scale-up activities, health services research, health economics, health policy research, and research with a predominantly applied focus that does not fit within the remit of other MRC Boards and Panels.

The Board remit has a broad focus and includes the MRC’s existing global health priority areas such as environment and health, urban health, maternal and neonatal health, adolescent health, early childhood development, multimorbidity, and implementation research.

Three grant schemes are available through the Board:

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Queen's Nursing Institute: complex needs in primary care fund for innovation

Funder: Queen's Nursing Institute
Closing date: 7 April 2020

The Queen's Nursing Institute is inviting applications to support 10 nurse-led projects that focus on the health improvement of people with complex needs in a primary care setting.

Your project can focus on any issue relating to improving the health, care, and wellbeing for people with complex needs in primary care. Applications from nurses looking to utilise digital technology and remote monitoring of conditions will be encouraged as well as from those seeking innovative approaches to supporting more people to be cared for at home.

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NIHR  - building clinical trials experience 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 16 April 2020, 1pm

Two NIHR funding programmes are joining forces as part of a pilot to provide health researchers the opportunity to undertake a career development award alongside leading an NIHR programme funded clinical study.

For the first time, the Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) programme is inviting applications for clinical studies to be led by a chief investigator who is also applying for an NIHR Advanced Fellowship Award. Researchers from across all areas of health are encouraged to apply. The study proposal should evaluate an intervention or medical test with the potential to maintain health, treat disease or improve recovery.

The EME Programme is accepting applications for the following opportunity:

20/04 Building clinical trials experience: Applications to lead an EME-funded clinical efficacy study as part of an NIHR Advanced Fellowship

An NIHR article introducing the Fellowship is available online.

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NIHR Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme - new commissioned calls 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 16 April 2020, 1pm

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 Programme is accepting stage 1 applications for the following primary research topics:

19/139 Mitigation of the adverse effects of health and social care interventions

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NIHR Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programm - new researcher-led workstream 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 16 April 2020, 1pm

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 EME Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to the Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation researcher-led workstream. All primary research projects are expected to establish a programme appointed Study Steering Committee and it is important that applicants read the TSC/SSC Guidance before completing their application.

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CRUK Pioneer Award 

Funder: Cancer Research UK
Closing date: 16 April 2020

CRUK Pioneer Award funds innovative, higher risk ideas, from any discipline, that could revolutionise our understanding of cancer. CRUK welcome early-stage ideas from any discipline, from basic science to technology development – including, but not limited to:

  • Molecular and cellular biology
  • Optimising treatments and diagnostics
  • Device and software development
  • Behavioural and population studies

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Versus Arthritis - foundation fellowships 

Funder: Versus Arthritis
Closing date: *EXTENDED* 17 June 2020, 4pm

Foundation fellowships aim to retain the best postdoctoral researchers in areas of research relevant to arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases and provide an opportunity for fellows to develop independent research ideas at an early stage in their career. Foundation fellowships are open to basic science and other non-medical (including nurses, allied health professionals and veterinary surgeons) PhD students in the final year of PhD training, or within one year of completing their PhD at the time of application.

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Wellcome Trust - collaborative awards in science 

Funder: Wellcome
Closing date: *EXTENDED*  28 April 2020, 5pm

Wellcome invites applications for its collaborative awards in science. These promote the development of new ideas and speed up the pace of discovery in areas relevant to Wellcome. Teams of researchers, consisting of independent research groups, are funded to work together on the most important scientific problems that can only be solved through collaborative efforts.

Awards are worth up to £4 million each for up to five years.

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Innovate UK - Smart Grants

Funder: Innovate UK
Closing date: 22 April 2020

Smart is the new name for 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

Whilst we welcome projects that overlap with the grand challenge areas this is not a requirement, as we are also keen to support projects in other areas.

We may consider eligible project costs over £2 million (but not exceeding £3 million), subject to the process set out under ‘Eligibility’.

We may share application details with other public sector co-funders if appropriate.

In this competition all projects awarded funding must upload evidence for each expenditure with every claim made. These might include invoices, timesheets, receipts or spreadsheets for capital usage. This is part of Innovate UK’s obligations under the Managing Public Money government handbook in relation to assurance, financial management and control.

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BHF - career development research fellowships for nurses and AHPs

Funder: British Heart Foundation
Closing date: 22 April 2020

The British Heart Foundation invites applications for its career development research fellowships for nurses and allied health professionals working in a cardiovascular setting. These provide a career opportunity in an established research institution in the UK for individuals with an established research record who intend to become leaders in academic nursing or allied health professional research.

Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent taught practitioner or professional doctorate. They must have the support of a named senior investigator who will guarantee access to space and resources and provide scientific guidance for the duration of their fellowship. If the fellowship is taken up on a full-time basis, up to 20 per cent of time may be spent on patient care.

Fellowships last for three years, with the possibility of a two-year extension. Awards may include the salary of the applicant, the salary for technician or research assistant if required and fully justified, research consumables and equipment.

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Pharmacy Research UK - research development awards 

Funder: Pharmacy Research UK
Closing date: 22 April 2020

Pharmacy Research UK invites applications for its research development awards. These enable UK-based pharmacists to develop pharmacy practice research capacity. Awards may also be used for new areas of research, such as pre-pilot and feasibility studies that would not be considered by other funding bodies. Research may have a direct impact on the way in which pharmacy is practised, or generate results that address theoretical and explanatory areas. Two types of awards are available:

•Galen award supports one or more grants to a total value of £30,000;

•Leverhulme award supports one or more research projects to a total value of £45,000 that are of benefit to community pharmacy, or led by a community pharmacist.

Applicants must consider how the outputs of their research will be used to inform practice, policy and patient outcomes.

Applicants must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Society. The research must take place in the UK. The awards are suitable for those requiring funding between PhD and postdoctoral grants, those requiring funding to go form MPhil to PhD, practitioners new to research and PhD students requiring research costs to enhance their PhDs.

Awards last for up to three years, though longer projects may be considered if justified. Awards may be used for salary costs, locum costs, training costs or course fees, supervision costs, research costs, reasonable costs for travel and subsistence, and other justified costs.

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Pharmacy Research UK - research training bursaries 

Funder: Pharmcy Research UK
Closing date: 22 April 2020

Pharmacy Research UK, supported by the Leverhulme Trust, invites applications for its research training bursaries. These enable pharmacists to develop their skills in conducting research relating to everyday practice. The following levels of funding are available:

•level one bursaries provide funding to undertake research modules and small-scale projects, worth up to £5,000 each;

•level two bursaries provide funding to upgrade a diploma in clinical or community pharmacy to an MSc degree, which usually involves undertaking a further two modules and undertaking a project, worth up to £10,000 each;

•level three bursaries provide funding to pursue a non-pharmacy MSc, worth up to £30,000 each.

All registered community and primary care pharmacists registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council. Research courses must take place in the UK.

Funding is available for one year full-time or two years part-time.

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HEE / NIHR ICA clinical lectureship - round 6

Funder: HEE / NIHR
Closing date: *EXTENDED* 6 May 2020, 1pm

The Clinical Lectureship supports those in the early stages of their post-doctoral career who wish to establish themselves as independent clinical academic researchers. ICA Clinical Lecturers can spend up to 60% of their time on academic work. The ICA Clinical Lectureships support health and social care professionals who are not doctors or dentists. A full list of ICA eligible professions is available. The fellowship funds: • up to 60% of total salary • the costs of the approved research project • the cost of a personal training and development programme.

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HEE / NIHR ICA clinical doctoral research fellowship 

Funder: HEE / NIHR
Closing date: *EXTENDED* 6 May 2020, 1pm

The Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship funds health and social care professionals to undertake a PhD and professional development in parallel, alongside continued clinical practice. CDRFs support health and social care professionals who are not doctors or dentists. A full list of ICA eligible professions is available.

The fellowship funds:

  • PhD tuition fees
  • salary costs
  • the costs of a research project
  • tailored training programmes

Applicants are required to propose a clinical and academic host, and a contract of employment with one of these for the hours and duration of the fellowship. Awardees are required to spend approximately 20% of their fellowship hours undertaking clinical/professional practice and development.

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MRC career development awards 

Funder: MRC
Closing date: 22 April 2020, 4pm

The CDA supports talented post-doctoral researchers to lead their own research plans and establish their own research team to make the transition from post-doctoral researcher to independent investigator. A CDA provides funding for a challenging research programme, and an ambitious programme of research training which offers accelerated personal and career development.

You can apply across all areas of the MRC’s scientific remit. Applications may range from basic studies with relevance to mechanisms of disease to translational and developmental clinical research.

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MRC senior non-clinical fellowships

Funder: MRC
Closing date: 22 April 2020, 4pm

The SNCF supports researchers with a track record of effectively leading their own independent research to make the transition to research leadership and become an internationally recognised leader in their field. An SNCF provides funding for a challenging research programme, and an ambitious programme of research training which offers accelerated personal and career development.

Applications are welcome across all areas of the MRC’s scientific remit. Applications may range from basic studies with relevance to mechanisms of disease to translational and developmental clinical research. Please refer to our current research strategy for more information.

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Weston Brain Institute - rapid response seed funding

Funding: Weston Brain Institute, Canada
Closing date: *SUSPENDED until further notice*

Provides seed funding, without requirement for preliminary data, to support high-risk, high-reward, translational research on novel biomarkers detected in patient-derived fluids for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.

Funding Available: Up to £180,000 over up to 18 months per project.

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NIHR HS&DR Programme - researcher-led workstream 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 23 April 2020, 1pm

The Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme aims to produce rigorous and relevant evidence to improve the quality, accessibility and organisation of health and social care services.

The HS&DR Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to the following researcher-led workstream:

20/02 - Health Services and Delivery Research Programme Researcher-led (standard)

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Royal Society - industry fellowships

Funder: Royal Society & Rolls Royce
Closing date: 28 April 2020

The Royal Society, in collaboration with Rolls-Royce, invites applications for its industry fellowships. These enable academic scientists to work on collaborative projects with industry, and for scientists in industry to work on a collaborative project with an academic organisation. The aim is to enhance knowledge transfer in science and technology between those in industry and those in academia in the UK. The scheme covers all subjects within the natural sciences, including biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics, but excluding clinical medicine.

Applicants must have a PhD or be of equivalent standing in their profession, and hold a permanent post in a university, non-profit research organisation or industry in the UK. They may be of any nationality. Applications involving spin-offs or small companies are encouraged provided they have a well-established research team and facilities.

Fellowships support a period of up to two years full-time and cover fellows’ basic salary during the secondment as well as research expenses of up to £2,000 per year.

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BBSRC - industrial partnership awards

Funder: Biotechnology and Biologica Sciences Research Council
Closing date: 29 April 2020

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council invites applications for its industrial partnership awards. These support academic-led research projects in collaboration with industry, where industrial partners contribute in cash funding.

The PI must be resident in the UK and an academic employee at the lecturer or equivalent level at an eligible organisation, which may be a HEI, a research institute funded by a research council or an independent research organisation. Company partners must be registered in the UK or have a UK R&D or manufacturing site. Where a suitable company cannot be found in the UK, an overseas company may be considered.

BBSRC covers 80 per cent of the full project costs. The industry partners must contribute in cash at least equivalent to 10 per cent of the full project costs minus the industry contribution. Additional in-kind contributions from industry are welcome but do not count against the industry contribution.

The call is repeated three times a year.

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BBSRC - new investigator scheme 

Funder: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Closing date: 29 April 2020

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council invites applications for its new investigator scheme. This assists early-career researchers in securing their first major element of research funding. Applications should be made to the following committees according to the research topic:

•research committee A evaluates proposals related to animal disease, health and welfare;

•research committee B evaluates proposals related to plants, microbes, food and sustainability;

•research committee C evaluates proposals related to genes, development, and STEM approaches to biology;

•research committee D evaluates proposals related to molecules, cells and industrial biotechnology.

Applicants must be newly employed university lecturers, fellows at the lecturer level whose awards were secured in open competition, or researchers in research council institutes at the unified research council band E or its equivalent. They must not have received competitive research funding as a PI from any source that included postdoctoral research assistant staff support costs.

The call is repeated three times a year.

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UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship scheme 

Funder: UKRI
Closing date: 30 April 2020

Future Leaders Fellowships will grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure a vibrant environment for research and innovation in the UK. The scheme is open to researchers and innovators from across business, universities, and other organisations. We welcome applicants from around the world.

Investment of up to £1.5 million over four years, with the ability to extend to up to seven years, will enable the next generation to benefit from outstanding support to develop their careers, and to work on difficult and novel challenges.

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EPSRC - sandpit for digital technologies for health & care 

Funder: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Closing date: 4 May 2020, 4pm

UKRI are pleased to invite participants to apply to attend a sandpit on digital technologies for improved self-monitoring and health management. Successful projects from the sandpit should either have a new approach to self-monitoring of conditions (especially conditions which are harder to manage and where there are fewer tools available for interventions) or that seek to identify novel digital technologies that will ultimately enable the public to better manage their health in their own homes and in the community.

The concept of the sandpit is an interactive workshop on a topic, involving 25-30 participants. The sandpit will run over three days starting mid-morning on Tuesday 30 June 2020 and finishing mid-afternoon on Thursday 02 July 2020.

It is expected that up to £1.2 million of UKRI funding will be made available to fund research projects arising from this sandpit. Each project funded is expected to be in the region of £400,000.

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UKRI-BBSRC - collaborative training partnerships

Funder: UKRI - BBSRC
Closing date: 5 May 2020

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, as part of UK Research and Innovation, invites applications for its collaborative training partnerships call. This enables the establishment of business-led doctoral training partnerships that build capacity and address strategic skills challenges in the UK bioeconomy at doctoral level. The aim is to provide candidates with the research, innovation and transferable skills needed to be competitive for high-quality jobs in the labour markets of the bioeconomy, academia and beyond.

Partnerships must be led by industry and have a UK research or manufacturing base. The lead applicant should not be eligible for UKRI-BBSRC grant funding. CTPs may be led by a single company, but where relevant multi-partner bids involving two or more companies are encouraged.

The total budget is £22.5 million, to fund up to 10 partnerships. Funding will support up to 75 four-year studentships per year, for three consecutive intakes, the first being in 2021-2022 and the final cohort commencing in 2023-2024. Funding covers the doctoral candidates’ tuition fees, stipend and research and training support in line with UKRI policy.

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MRC new investigator research grants 

Funder: MRC
Closing date: various, from 5 May 2020

MRC New Investigator Research Grants (NIRG) are aimed at researchers who are capable of becoming independent Principal Investigators and who are now ready to take the next step towards that goal. Applicants are expected to combine time spent on the NIRG with a portfolio of other activities, such as time spent on other research grants or clinical duties, teaching, administration duties, or other time spent in faculty (this list is not exhaustive). As such, applicants are normally expected to request up to, but no more than, 50% of their contracted working time on the NIRG.

The following Boards are accepting applications for New Investigator Research grants:

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NIHR HTA - researcher-led opportunities 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 6 May 2020, 1pm

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 the following:

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NIHR - Policy Research Programme - Qualitative research on women's experience of urogynaecological health services 

Funder: NIHR PRP
Closing date: 12 May 2020, 1pm

  • The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Policy Research Programme (PRP) invites proposals for a single research project to explore women’s experiences of urogynaecological health services in primary and secondary care. This topic is of significant interest to policy makers and so offers an important opportunity to inform policy choices and decisions in a highly sensitive area.
  • The research will use a qualitative design to gather a wide range of experiences and reflections from women regarding their interactions with urogynaecological health services and experiences following a diagnosis and treatment/intervention. The research provides a vital opportunity to meaningfully contribute to a limited pre-existing evidence base and potentially shape future policy.

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BBSRC - fellowships 

Funder: BBSRC
Closing date: 12 May 2020, 4pm

BBSRC works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish.

The following fellowship opportunities are available:

  • David Phillips Fellowships: These provide support for researchers wishing to establish their first independent research group. The DPF will invest in scientists who can demonstrate that they are on an upward trajectory and are eager to lead their own fully independent programme of research. David Phillips Fellows strive for continuous personal and professional development and have a strategy for how they will develop themselves and their team over the lifetime of the award. As such, the DPF enables BBSRC to supply the UK with highly skilled, professional research leaders.
  • Discovery Fellowships: The Discovery Fellowship (DF) provides support for researchers wishing to undertake independent research and gain leadership skills. The DF will support the transition of early stage researchers to fully independent research leaders. As such, the DF enables BBSRC to supply the UK with highly skilled, professional research leaders.

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NIHR Programme Development Grants - competition 27 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 13 May 2020, 1pm

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.

PDGs 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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Royal Society - research grants 

Funder: Royal Society
Closing date: 19 May 2020

The Royal Society invites applications for its research grants. These provide seed-corn funding for scientists in the UK who are at an early stage in their career, or returning from a career break. and want to purchase specialised equipment and consumables. The aim is to to increase the availability of specialised equipment and essential consumable materials, and to support essential field research. This scheme covers natural sciences, including biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics, but excluding clinical medicine.

Grants are worth up to £20,000 each over one year and may be used for specialised equipment, consumables, and travel and subsistence costs for field research.

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CRUK Accelerator Award

Funder: Cancer Research UK
Closing date: 26 May 2020

The purpose of the Accelerator Award is to enable progress in translational cancer research through the development of tools, platforms and skills that form the foundations of such research.

CRUK fund ambitious programmes which typically have multiple strands. These may include:

  • Producing datasets, tissue banks, cell lines or models
  • Developing methods, protocols, software and standards
  • Training, skills and knowledge sharing

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Diabetes UK - project grants 

Funder: Diabetes UK
Closing date: 1 June 2020

Our latest project and early-career small grant rounds are open, with a deadline of 1 June 2020. As part of the project round, we have:

  • A new partnership with Pharmacy Research UK.We’re inviting applications exploring the role of pharmacists in supporting people with diabetes.
  • A new highlight notice. We’re welcoming research proposals evaluating the introduction of new glucose monitoring technologies in an inpatient setting, to develop the case for changing practice across the UK. 

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IAT clinical lectureships in medicine 2020 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 30 June 2021

The NIHR has allocated funding for 100 Clinical Lectureships (CLs) for recruitment in 2020/21, part of the Integrated Academic Training (IAT) Programme. NIHR CLs provide opportunities for postdoctoral research and facilitate applications for further research funding for fully qualified GPs and doctors in specialty training.

NIHR CLs fund:

  • Specialist/Specialty Registrar (SpR/StR) doctors in higher specialty training (ST3+ entry) that have completed a relevant higher research degree (PhD or MD)
  • GPs that have completed their clinical training and a relevant higher research degree (PhD or MD)
  • up to 4 years salary, with a £1,000 per annum bursary for conferences
  • 50% protected academic time

The 2020 CLs are available from 2 March 2020, with award starting dates between 1 April 2020 and 30 June 2021.

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Asthma UK Programme Development Grant: use of data from smart inhalers for asthma management in adults

Funder: Asthma UK
Closing date: 10 June 2020, 1pm

The intent of this award is to fund the development phase of a larger Programme Grant seeking to link real-time data from connected asthma inhalers (smart inhalers) to improve routine asthma care for adults. The ambition is to generate sufficient evidence to achieve guideline body (NICE) and regulatory body endorsement. Please note that Asthma UK is unlikely to be able to fund the larger Programme Grant, but will work with successful development grant holders to support funding applications elsewhere.

Research question: Can data generated from smart inhalers be used to reduce emergency healthcare use in adults with mild-moderate asthma as part of UK routine asthma care?

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Fight for Sight: PhD studentships

Funder: Fight for Sight
Closing date: 11 June 2020

Fight for Sight’s mission is to stop sight loss by funding the highest quality medical research. Fight for Sight PhD Studentships are highly prestigious awards made on a fully competitive and peer reviewed basis. Up to £100,000 is offered to applicants proposing research projects which are hypothesis driven, innovative, involve high quality scientific methodologies and are supported by robust preliminary data.

Applications are particularly encouraged in the areas of the Strategic Programmes:

  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Inherited eye diseases
  • Sight loss linked to other diseases (Multi-morbidities)

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Cancer Research UK - biomarker project awards 

Funder: CRUK
Closing date: 11 June 2020

CRUK biomarker project awards provide funding for biomarker assay development, validation and qualification where there is a clear line of sight to clinical implementation.

This scheme accepts applications for biomarker assay development, validation and qualification where there is a clear line of sight to clinical implementation.

  • All types of biomarkers will be considered, including predisposition, screening, diagnostic, prognostic, predictive, pharmacological and surrogate response markers.
  • Proposals can use invasive or imaging techniques.

Biosamples or images can be collected as part of the proposal or accessed from existing sample/data sets.

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Wellcome Trust hub award 

Funder:  Wellcome Trust
Closing date: 13 June 2020, 5pm

The Hub Award brings researchers and creative professionals together at Wellcome Collection to work as a collaborative residency. The Hub Award is for up to £1 million and can last between one and two years. The award offers a specially designed, flexible space at Wellcome Collection, including quiet areas, meeting and seminar rooms, and access to a recording studio.

The award can be used for a range of activities and research costs, including:

  • salaries for your group
  • salaries for collaborators and administrative staff, such as project coordinators and extra researchers
  • consultancy fees for resident artists, performers and musicians
  • project expenses, such as equipment, materials, events and public engagement activities.

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NIHR - RfPB competition 42

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 15 July 2020, 1pm

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 which address a wide range of health service issues and challenges.

The programme aims to fund high quality quantitative and qualitative research with a clear trajectory to patient benefit. It particularly encourages applications that have a strong element of interaction with patients and the public, and which have been conceived in association with a relevant group of service users.

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NIHR Public Health Research Programme - new commissioned calls 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 28 July 2020, 1pm

The Public Health Research (PHR) Programme funds research to generate evidence to inform the delivery of non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health.

The PHR Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for the following topics:

19/135 Interactive electronic devices and children and young people's wellbeing

20/07 Mobile data for public health

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British Heart Foundation - clinical study grants 

Funder: BHF
Closing date: 29 July 2020

BHF Clinical Study Grants support:

  • Interventional clinical trials: trials of specific interventions or pathways of care for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Interventions include drugs, surgery, devices, psychological, physical and educational interventions.
  • Observational studies: these studies are for specific patient groups that are hypothesis led and address a defined clinical question(s) over a fixed timescale (up to 5 years). The population of interest should be a patient population, who will usually be recruited within the NHS. The study should have a predefined outcome(s) that will lead to changes in clinical management directly or will inform the development of a clinical trial to test an intervention.

Clinical studies can include a mechanistic evaluation, either as a substudy within a clinical trial or as part of an observational study. The Clinical Study Grant can also support pilot/feasibility studies and follow-on studies of interventional trials that cost less than £300,000 and are of shorter duration than 3 years.

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British Scoliosis Research Foundation

British Scoliosis Research Foundation - research grants

Funder: British Scoliosis Research Foundation
Closing date: 1 August 2020

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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NIHR & MRC EME Programme - new themed call

Funder: NIHR & MRC
Closing date: 20 August 2020, 1pm

This call seeks applications for research into the prevention, management and treatment of accidents and injuries and other conditions needing urgent and emergency care. 

The call includes the organisation, staffing and delivery of urgent and emergency care services wherever delivered, at an incident, in the community, or in primary or secondary care settings.

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Diabetes UK PhD studentship 

Funder: Diabetes UK
Closing date: 31 August 2020

To enable experienced researchers to recruit outstanding science graduates to study for a PhD in the field of diabetes-related research. Applications are encouraged from those aspiring to join the next generation of talented researchers interested in continuing a career in diabetes research. Awards are made to projects that have clear relevance to the aims of our research strategy and provide training in diabetes research within a supportive environment.

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Academy of Medical Sciences - starter grants for clinical lecturers *COMING SOON* 

Funder: Academy of Medical Sciences
Closing date: 9 September 2020

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in July 2020. The following information is subject to change. ***

The Academy of Medical Sciences, in collaboration with Wellcome, the British Heart Foundation, Versus Arthritis, the Medical Research Council, Diabetes UK and the British Thoracic Society, invites applications for its starter grants for clinical lecturers. These enable research-active clinical lecturers to gather data in order to develop and strengthen their research careers and bids for longer-term fellowships and funding. The aim is to give lecturers the experience of preparing a research grant application and to help them establish their research portfolios by providing funding for research consumables.

Grants are worth up to £30k each over one or two years.

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