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.



Orthopaedic Research UK

Orthopaedic Research Fund 2020 

Funder: ORUK
Closing date: 7 February 2020

Researchers from universities and research centres in the UK are invited to apply for funding by 7 February 2020.

Our reach is wide. Some research projects can broaden general scientific knowledge whilst other projects target specific disorders. Where appropriate, we support work into controversial areas within the musculoskeletal field.

Your research must have patients at its heart and should be aimed at enhancing the quality of life for those affected by debilitating bone and joint conditions. The goal is to identify challenging areas of orthopaedic research, understand the basic underlying mechanisms involved and to develop appropriate treatment and management solutions to address them.

Your research should be relevant to one or more of the following categories:

  • Prevention of the onset of painful musculoskeletal disease
  • Management of early-stage developing conditions
  • Treatment approaches of existing conditions 
  • Investigating mechanistic pathways involved in understanding disease and pain development

This call is not restricted. Any research application that satisfies these requirements will be considered.

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Novo Nordisk: Fund Award

Funder: Novo Nordisk UK Research Foundation
Closing date: 7 February 2020

Applicants for a Fund award must be a qualified health care professional living and working in the UK. A qualified health care professional is a person requiring a qualification or license to practice in the UK (such as nurses, dieticians, podiatrists and pharmacists) except GMC registered professionals (who are not eligible to apply for this award).

The objective of the Fund is to support clinical projects, training and education within the field of diabetes mellitus in the UK.  Funding is considered under the following:

  • Support of a clinical project
  • Attendance at a relevant national or international meeting
  • Support for courses of study at home or overseas 

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NIHR Global Health Research Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration Pilot - round 1 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 7 February 2020, 1pm

The NIHR GHR SPARC Pilot scheme funds awards of up to £10,000 per individual and allows NIHR Academy members based in the NIHR GHR Programmes to spend time in other NIHR GHR Programmes or other parts of the NIHR to network, train in a specific skill/ technique or collaborate with other relevant researchers/specialists.

The scheme is designed for early career researchers (those undertaking Masters, PhDs and postdocs) to enhance their research training experience as well as their networks, CVs and career opportunities. It is expected that the scheme will contribute to enhancing the NIHR GHR Programmes outcomes in achieving direct and primary benefit for patients and populations in low and middle income countries (LMICs).

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DoHSC - coronavirus rapid response call - active intervention development

Funder: Dept of Health & Social Care
Closing date:
13 February 2020, midday

The Department of Health and Social Care, through the NIHR, and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have jointly launched two rapid response research calls to tackle the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The first call invites applications for UK-led academic, small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) and wider industry research that will develop interventions to address 2019-nCoV.

Short term (up to 18 month) proposals are sought that could make a significant contribution to the understanding, diagnosis, prevention and/or management of the 2019-nCoV outbreak.

The scope for this call encompasses:

  • Vaccines, with prioritisation of those with potential for rapid clinical development
  • Novel candidates
  • Existing vaccines showing cross-reactivity to nCoV-2019
  • Therapeutics, with prioritisation of those with potential for rapid clinical development:
  • Re-purposing of existing therapeutics, e.g. proteases, helicases or entry inhibitors

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AMS - Clinical Academics in Training Annual Conference -* CALL FOR ABSTRACTS* 

Funder: Academy of Medical Sciences
Closing date: 17 February 2020, midday

The Academy of Medical Sciences is delighted to announce that abstract submission is open for the Clinical Academics in Training Annual Conference (CATAC), taking place in Bristol on Wednesday 6 May 2020 from 09.30-17.30. The deadline for abstracts is Monday 17 February 2020 at 12.00.

We are looking for submissions for oral and poster competitions, which give the opportunity for sharing of research results, getting feedback from peers and Academy Fellows, and winning prizes up to £2,500. 

CATAC, previously known as the Academy’s Spring Meeting, is a unique cross-specialty event designed to bring clinical academics together to network and present their research in a supportive environment. You can view keynote talks and research presentations from the last conference using the link below. The event is well attended by Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences and other leaders in biomedical and health research, and is the ideal place for clinical academics to meet their peers from across the country.

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Wellcome Trust - nursing, genomics and healthcare conference bursaries 

Funder: Wellcome Trust
Closing date: 18 February 2020

Wellcome, via the Wellcome Genome Campus, invites applications for its nursing, genomics and healthcare conference bursaries. These enable individuals to attend a conference on nursing, genomics and healthcare, to be held from 27 to 29 April 2020. The conference focuses on pathways and resources to integrate genomics into clinical practice and nursing education. The three strategic areas of the conference will be:

•international genomic nursing competencies, genomic integration assessment tool;

•methods of achieving genomic competency, implementation, and integration into the practice setting, academic preparation, regulatory guidance and policy

•mechanisms for international collaborative efforts on nursing genomic integration and evidence-based research.

Bursaries cover up to 50 per cent of the standard registration fee

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CRUK

Cancer Research UK: Programme Foundation Awards

Funder: CRUK
Closing date: 20 February 2020

Programme Foundation Awards support group leaders who have a salaried independent position to further develop their own research programme and build their reputation as a world leader.

Programme Foundation Awards can fund:

  • Basic biological research relating to cancer
  • Preclinical studies that will generate biological data to underpin therapeutic development
  • Biomarker research • Imaging research
  • Radiotherapy research
  • The application of engineering and physical sciences to cancer

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Cancer Research UK: Science Committee Programme Awards

Funder: CRUK
Closing date: 20 February 2020

Science Committee Programme Awards provide long-term support for broad, multidisciplinary research where the aim is to answer questions spanning basic and translational research.

Applications are accepted from scientists, clinicians or health care workers in UK universities, medical schools, hospitals and some research institutions. All applicants for Science Committee Programme Awards are required to discuss their proposal with CRUK staff before starting the application process. Applications are judged on the basis of scientific excellence, innovation and importance to furthering our understanding of cancer or potential benefits to cancer patients.

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UHS 2020/21 Innovation Fund

Funder: UHS
Closing date: 21 February 2020

University Hospital Southampton is launching an innovation fund in 2020/21.

The fund will be available to teams across UHS, including front line staff, and aims to stimulate innovation and transformation. Applications will be considered for primary innovation (untested) and the spread of innovation proven elsewhere in the NHS or industry. Proposals should demonstrate clear benefits which might include: improved value (lower cost/higher quality, reduced non-value adding care); improved safety; improved quality; staff experience and patient outcomes and experience. 

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University of Portsmouth - funded PhDs

Funder: University of Portsmouth
Closing date: 23 February 2020

The University of Portsmouth has five fully funded PhD studentships available – deadline 23 February 2020. More details below.

Role of Bacteria-Purinoceptor Interactions in Pathological Changes Leading to Implant Failure

https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/role-of-bacteria-purinoceptor-interactions-in-pathological-changes-leading-to-implant-failure/?p116273

The role of P2X7 purinoceptor-bacteria interactions in the pathophysiology and treatment of Periodontitis

https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/the-role-of-p2x7-purinoceptor-bacteria-interactions-in-the-pathophysiology-and-treatment-of-periodontitis/?p116107

DMD gene in development and cancer

https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/dmd-gene-in-development-and-cancer/?p116135

Molecular mechanisms of cognitive impairment caused by DMD gene mutations

https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/molecular-mechanisms-of-cognitive-impairment-caused-by-dmd-gene-mutations/?p116133

Role of DMD gene in development and function of white blood cells

https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/role-of-dmd-gene-in-development-and-function-of-white-blood-cells/?p116137


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Versus Arthritis: Clinical Research Fellowships

Funder: Versus Arthritis
Closing date: 26 February 2020, 4pm

Versus Arthritis clinical research fellowships are the entry level scheme for talented medical and non-medical healthcare professionals. They're awarded to encourage clinically qualified professionals into an academic research career in any discipline relevant to arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions. They aim to provide training in clinical and/or laboratory research techniques leading to a higher degree (usually a PhD).

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DoHSC - coronavirus rapid response call - diagnosing and understanding coronavirus 

Funder: Dept of Health & Social Care
Closing date: 27 February 2020, midday

The Department of Health and Social Care, through the NIHR, and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have jointly launched two rapid response research calls to tackle the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The second call invites applications for UK-led academic, small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) and wider industry research that will develop diagnostics or address the epidemiology, spread, containment or underpinning knowledge of 2019-nCoV.

Short term (up to 18 month) proposals are sought that could make a significant contribution to the understanding, diagnosis, prevention and/or management of the 2019-nCoV outbreak.

The scope for this call encompasses:

  • Diagnostics research
  • Clinical research
  • Epidemiological research
  • Anthropology and wider social sciences research
  • Underpinning research - development of novel technologies, platforms or systems to accelerate the R&D of diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics, and epidemiological studies

Other research projects that would make a significant contribution to the understanding, diagnosis, prevention and/or management of the 2019-nCoV outbreak

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The Dunhill Medical Trust: training support 

Funder: The Dunhill Medical Trust
Closing date: 28 February 2020, 5pm

In aspiring to develop and sustain research capacity in ageing-related research, we provide two forms of funding support for aspiring researchers in the field of ageing: 

Research Training Fellowships 2019/20

Research Training Fellowships are intended to provide research training support for clinicians and allied health professionals who wish to pursue a research career in understanding the underpinning mechanisms of ageing, the treatment of age-related diseases and frailty or improving health and social care for older people.  These provide personal funding for individuals who must complete the application process directly.

PhD Studentship Fund 2019/20

The PhD Studentship Fund is intended to support research institutions to provide training opportunities for early career researchers who wish to acquire a PhD to enable them to pursue a research career in understanding the underpinning mechanisms of ageing, the treatment of age-related diseases and frailty or improving health and social care for older people.  Applications to the Fund must be made by the potential supervisor. 

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Physiological Society - research grants

Funder: Physiological Society
Closing date: 28 February 2020

The Physiological Society invites applications for its research grants. These support research or new projects by physiologists in their first permanent position or returning after a career break. Funding may be used for pilot projects, to develop new techniques or to finalise a project.
Grants are worth up to £10,000 and have a duration between 12 and 18 months.

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British Pharmacological Society

British Pharmacological Society - Pickford Award 

Funder: British Pharmacological Society
Closing date: 29 February 2020

The British Pharmacological Society invites nominations for the Pickford award. This provides members in the early stages of their career with career enhancing opportunities. Eligible activities include a short term project or a visit to a laboratory to learn a new technique.

Applicants must:

•have been members of the society for at least two years;

•be within the first six years of a PhD award, or part-time equivalent;

•have published at least two first author papers in the field of pharmacology;

•be in full- or part-time employment with at least six months pro rata remaining on their current contract;

•not be in a tenured position.

Preferably, they should have presented at a society meeting in the past three years. Awards are worth up to £10,000 each.

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University of Southampton - MRI pump-priming research project award

Funder: University of Southampton
Closing date: 2 March 2020

We are pleased to announce the first call for ‘MR Imaging Pump-priming Research Project Awards’.  The aim of this new scheme is to support University of Southampton Principal Investigators(or Investigators employed by the University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in collaboration with University of Southampton-based Principal Investigators from the Faculty of Medicine, and Schools of Psychology and Health Sciences (Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences), to develop competitive external funding applications for magnetic resonance (MR) imaging studies, leading to an increase in grants awarded to the University of Southampton. The scheme is not intended for small stand-alone projects without a clear plan leading to larger more definitive studies. 

Awards will consist of up to 24 MR imaging slots, of one hour each, on the 3T Skyra MR scanner.  Strategic priorities for the scheme include: Neuroscience, Oncology, Musculoskeletal Science, Psychology & Mental Health, Paediatrics, Health Sciences, Cardiology, Nutrition and Respiratory Medicine. Collaborations between disparate disciplines across campus, and between the University of Southampton and University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, are encouraged. 

In its first iteration, only one award will be made, to assess the feasibility of the scheme. Further rounds of the scheme will depend on this assessment.

For further details of eligibility and how to apply please see the application form. Note that an approved ‘Research Imaging Management Group (RIMG) form’ is one of the documents required to support an application.  

We aim to advise applicants on the outcome of their application by Friday 1 May 2020.

Should you have any questions regarding the scheme please email resmed@soton.ac.uk in the first instance.

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Company of Biologists - travelling fellowships 

Funder: Company of Biologists
Closing date: 6 March 2020

The Company of Biologists’ journals invite applications for their travelling fellowships. These enable early-career researchers to undertake collaborative visits to other laboratories.

Early-career scientists, including graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, may apply. Applicants should be working in the field of the journal to which they are applying. There is no restriction on nationality. One person may apply per laboratory, per round, per journal. Applicants may receive the award once every two years.

Fellowships are worth up to £2,500 each and cover travel, subsistence, accommodation, visa fees and bench fees.

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BMA Foundation for Medical Research - grant opportunities 2020 

Funder: British Medical Association Foundation for Medical Research
Closing date: 6 March 2020

Through the BMA Foundation, the BMA has been supporting medical research since 1839 and is the oldest medical organisation in the world to award grants and prizes to encourage further medical research. In 2018, eleven research grants totalling £575,000 were awarded to winning applicants. The grants provide funding for a variety of different subject areas, ranging from research into rheumatism and arthritis, to cardiovascular disease, cancer and neurological disorders.

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Wellcome Trust - snake bite research grants 

Funder: Wellcome Trust
Closing date: 15 March 2020, 5pm

This funding supports researchers working on innovative approaches to discover and develop next generation treatments for snakebite.

You must have a proposal that:

  • considers the complexity and variety of snake venoms
  • addresses efficacy, safety and developability
  • leads to a consistent and low-cost product or treatment

The level of funding you can apply for ranges from £500,000 to £3 million. The duration of an award is flexible but is typically 2 to 3 years with a maximum of 5 years.

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Wellcome Trust - doctoral studentships

Funder: Wellcome Trust
Closing date: 16 March 2020, 5pm

This scheme enables researchers to undertake humanities or social science doctoral degrees in any area of health. You can apply for a Doctoral Studentship if you want to complete a 3 year PhD in any humanities or social science area on a topic related to health.

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Diabetes  UK - Harry Keen Intermediate Clinical Fellowship

Funder: Diabetes UK
Closing date: 16 March 2020

The Diabetes UK Harry Keen Intermediate Clinical Fellowship allows outstanding medically qualified professionals and other clinically qualified professionals – including nurses, pharmacists and members of the Allied Health Professions, who have gained a PhD or equivalent (e.g. MD (Res)) – to establish themselves as independent researchers with a view to a long-term career as a clinical research leader in the field of diabetes.

It is expected that the applicant’s proposed research will be informed and strengthened by their clinical work. Applications will be accepted from basic science studies which have direct relevance to the aetiology or treatment of diabetes through to translational and clinical research.

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 Wellcome Trust - Doctoral Studentships

Funder: Wellcome Trust
Closing date: 16 March 2020, 5pm

The Wellcome Trust funds thousands of scientists and researchers around the world at every step of the way from discovery to impact. Wellcome funding schemes offer grants across biomedical science, population health, medical innovation, humanities and social science, and public engagement. The Doctoral Studentships scheme enables researchers to undertake humanities or social science doctoral degrees in any area of health.

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General Nursing Council - research grants

Funder: General Nursing Council for England & Wales
Closing date: 16 March 2020

Research grants are available from the General Nursing Council for England and Wales Trust. The specific focus of the 2020 call is on “Enhancing patient safety through patient and/or carer involvement”. Applicants are encouraged to identify an appropriate research methodology to address their research question.

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Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation

Medical research travel grants 

Funder: Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation
Closing date: 17 March 2020

The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation invites applications for its medical research travel grants. These enable individuals to visit laboratories to gain new clinical and laboratory skills, and to set up inter-institutional collaborative research.

Applicants must include a letter of support from their head of department and from the corresponding department to be visited.

Grants are worth up to £1,000 each to cover the cost of travel and subsistence.

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Cancer Research UK: experimental medicine award

Funder: CRUK
Closing date: 18 March 2020

The Experimental Medicine Award funds highly ambitious translational research conducted in association with a clinical trial or well-designed clinical study. The types of studies that fit this scheme are typically investigator-led studies for highly ambitious translational research conducted in association with a clinical trial or well-designed clinical study with the objective of optimising treatment and maximising patient benefit.

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NIHR Research for Patient Benefit - Competition 41

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 18 March 2020, 1pm

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.

RfPB is participating in the following NIHR themed call:

  • NIHR 2019/2020 Themed Call in ‘Brain tumours’

Proposals are invited for research that addresses any aspect of the diagnosis, treatment, support or care of patients with brain tumours, including access to or the delivery of services. Research methods may involve primary research or evidence synthesis, including systematic reviews, modelling studies or the analysis of existing datasets. This theme will continue to apply until further notice.

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Cancer Research UK - clinical trial award

Funder: CRUK
Closing date: 19 March 2020

CRUK clinical trial awards support interventional clinical trials of cancer treatment (including systemic treatment, radiotherapy and surgery) with the aim of improving outcome.

The types of studies that fit this scheme are typically:

  • Phase 1a/2 dose finding trials testing safety, tolerability and preliminary efficacy (including novel combinations of therapies and radiotherapy, and novel indications)
  • Phase 1b/2 or phase 2 trials testing the viability of larger trials, including the ability to recruit and/or to explore tolerability or efficacy of treatments
  • Window of opportunity studies
  • Phase 2/3 or phase 3 trials to investigate the efficacy, effectiveness and tolerability of interventions with the aim of improving survival.

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NIHR Public Health Research Programme - new commissioned calls 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 24 March 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:

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NIHR Public Health Research Programme - researcher-led workstream 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 24 March 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 researcher-led workstream:

Please note that this researcher-led call is open to all relevant research areas, and does not just include this highlight notice. If you are responding to the highlight notice, please indicate this in the application form in Section 6, Question 1 ‘What is the problem being addressed?’

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NIHR EME, HS&DR and PHR cross-programme call into oral and dental health

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: various, from 24 March 2020, 1pm

The NIHR is interested in receiving research proposals evaluating public health measures, healthcare interventions and health and social care services to promote good oral and dental health, and to improve the prevention, detection and treatment of diseases and disorders of the teeth, gums, oral cavity or jaw across the whole life course.

Specifically for the purposes of this call, applicants are encouraged to include geographic populations with high disease burden, which have been historically underserved by NIHR research activity in order to ensure that NIHR research is conducted in the areas where health needs are greatest.

The NIHR welcome applications that span the remit of one or more of the participating research programmes and which comprise of co-ordinated teams of investigators spanning different specialties/disciplines and geographical centres.

The following programmes are participating in this call:

19/156 Public Health Research (PHR)

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Versus Arthritis - medical technologies proof of concept funding

Funder: Versus Arthritis
Closing date: 25 March 2020

Funding is intended to develop or evaluate innovative technologies that help support individuals suffering with musculoskeletal conditions; in particular projects that develop the following: • Medical devices • Orthotics • Implantable therapeutic delivery • Imaging

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

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 26 March 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.

https://www.nihr.ac.uk/events/pre-doctoral-clinical-academic-fellowship-webinar/23978

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NIHR - pre-doctoral fellowship round 2

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 26 March 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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Cancer Research UK - postdoctoral research bursary for clinical trainees 

Funder: CRUK
Closing date: 26 March 2020

This award offers funding for clinical trainees to undertake a research project after completion of a PhD. Applications are considered from any area of CRUK’s funding remit, with the exception of clinical trials and drug discovery.

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Alzheimer's Society - project grants

Funder: Alzheimer's Society
Closing date: 27 March 2020, midday

Alzheimer’s Society project grants are for more established researchers and provide funding for world-class dementia research. Funding is available for up to three years providing budgets for staff salary, consumables and equipment. Applications can be made for research projects which fit within the Alzheimer’s Society funding remit, which is organised into two streams:

  • Biomedical research
  • Care, implementation and public health research

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Alzheimer's Society - Fellowships and studentships 

Funder: Alzheimer's Society
Closing date: 27 March 2020, midday

Alzheimer’s Society fellowships support researchers across the UK who aim to understand more about the causes of dementia, who are working towards a cure and looking to improving the care of those living with the condition.

The following fellowship and studentship opportunities are available:

  • Senior Fellowships: A Senior Fellowship is 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.
  • Junior Fellowships: Junior Fellowships are 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.
  • Clinician and healthcare professionals training fellowships: Clinician and Healthcare Professional Training Fellowships provide an opportunity for individuals to study for a higher degree with a view to developing a career that combines research and practice.
  • PhD studentships: These provide funding for students wishing to embark on a career in dementia research.

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Alzheimer's Society - drug discovery call 

Funder: Alzheimer's Society
Closing date: 27 March 2020, midday

The Drug Discovery programme funds research to identify and test drug treatments for Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Alzheimer's Society welcomes applications that identify and test drug treatments for Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. They are funding a portfolio of studies that look at the preclinical identification, and early and late phase testing of drugs for Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia.

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NIHR - Integrated Academic Training Programme 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 31 March 2020, 1pm

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: 31 March 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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British Association of Critical Care Nurses - Dragon's Den innovation project 

Funder: British Association of Critical Care Nurses
Closing date: 31 March 2020

The British Association of Critical Care Nurses invites applications for its dragon’s den critical care innovation project. This aims to support research or quality improvement projects focused on making health care safe, effective, patient-centred, timely, efficient and equitable. Projects will be presented to a panel of dragons at the 2020 BACCN conference in Nottingham.

Successful applicants should clearly demonstrate how their project impacts on clinical practice, improves the patient journey or experience or supports the development of a sustainable workforce or environment within critical care. Only members of BACCN may apply.

Winners can choose between a £2000 award or a £1600 award and one annual BACCN unit membership worth £400.

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NIHR - programme grants for applied research, competition 32 

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

Applications are invited for Stage 1 research proposals to develop individual programmes of research. Research funded through a Programme Grant typically consists of an interrelated group of high quality projects focused on a coherent theme and hence require multidisciplinary approaches, including clinical, health economics, statistics, qualitative and behavioural sciences, to ensure that research objectives can be met. The amount awarded and the length of the funding period will depend on the nature of the proposed work, in particular whether or not the proposal includes a substantial powered trial.

PGfAR Competition 32 is part of a programme specific call that is inviting proposals for programmes of research that use a diverse range of methodologies to address important health and social care questions. Specifically, PGfAR is participating in an NIHS highlight notice on brain tumours and is partnering with Diabetes UK for proposals that focus on complications in high risk populations.

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Wellcome Trust - virus genomics and evolution conference bursaries 

Funder: Wellcome Trust
Closing date: 7 April 2020

Wellcome, through the Wellcome Genome Campus, invites applications for bursaries to attend its conference on virus genomics and evolution. These enable PhD students to attend a conference on virus genomics and evolution, to be held from 15 to 17 June 2020. The conference will provide a multidisciplinary forum for scientists interested in the genomics and evolutionary analysis of viruses, and will address the fundamental questions of viral origins, transmission and pathogenesis. It will bring together evolutionary biologists and bioinformaticians with international participants working in diagnostic and public health. The topics covered include virus evolution, epidemics and outbreaks, emerging viral infections and zoonoses, diagnostics, virus discovery and public health.

PhD students may apply.

Bursaries cover up to 50 per cent of the standard registration fee.

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BBSRC & MRC - translational research projects in adult undernutrition 

Funder: BBSRC & MRC
Closing date: 7 April 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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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: 16 April 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: 21 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 *COMING SOON*

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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Weston Brain Institute - rapid response seed funding

Funding: Weston Brain Institute, Canada
Closing date: 23 April 2020, 5pm

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 *OPENING SOON*

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.

Applications accepted from 3 March.

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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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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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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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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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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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