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.


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

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

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NIHR - COVID-19 Rapid Response Rolling Call 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 31 December 2020

Building on the initial rapid funding round for COVID-19 research, the NIHR and UKRI are holding a rolling call for proposals for research into COVID-19. The call is for UK-led academic, small and medium enterprise (SME) and wider industry research that will address a wide range of COVID-19 knowledge gaps/needs, and which will lead to a benefit in UK, potentially international, public health within 12 months.

The size of grants will vary according to the needs of each research project, but will need to provide a robust case for value for money. All proposals will need to be able to show how progress within the period of award could make a significant contribution to the understanding, prevention and/or management of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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NIHR Recovery and Learning call 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 14 July 2020, 1pm

We are inviting applications to better understand and manage the health and social care consequences of the global COVID-19 pandemic beyond the acute phase.

This UK-wide call is an important part of our response to provide high-quality and timely evidence to inform policy and to support system recovery and learning. Research should focus specifically on health outcomes, public health, social care and health service delivery and to mitigate the impact of subsequent phases and aftermath.

The new funding call sits alongside the NIHR/UKRI ‘rolling call’ for urgent research into COVID-19 until 30 June 2020 when the rolling call closes. Researchers who have previously submitted through the portal for urgent public health research and whose research does not meet the 12 month urgency criteria may wish to submit under the new call, where funding outcomes are typically expected within 24 months.

Under NIHR’s recently launched restart framework, urgent public health research continues to be our number one priority. The longer-term COVID-19 research that arises from this call will not take priority over non-COVID-19 research in terms of access to Clinical Research Network support.

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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 - artificial intelligence for multiple long-term conditions (AIM) 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: various, from September 2020

The NIHR has launched a new funding call: Artificial Intelligence for Multiple Long-Term Conditions (AIM), which will spearhead the use of advanced data science and AI methods, combined with existing methodology and expertise in clinical practice, applied health and care research and social science, to systematically identify or explore clusters of disease and trajectories to develop insights for the prevention, identification, management and treatment of multiple long-term conditions (multimorbidity) or MLTC-M.

The call is organised into two main funding streams:

1.     Research Collaborations: up to £2.5m is available for Research Collaborations delivered over a period of up to 30 months.

2.     Development Grants: up to £150k for up to 9 months is available to undertake preparatory work to develop a future programme of research (e.g. develop collaborations, data access and linking, proof of concept/feasibility work) but broader ranging development work is permitted.

A third funding stream is expected to be included to establish an expert Research Support Facility that will provide centralised technical (e.g. AI focussed), methodological and organisational support to successful applicants.

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HEE / NIHR ICA clinical lectureship - round 6

Funder: HEE / NIHR
Closing date: *EXTENDED* 7 July 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  round 6

Funder: HEE / NIHR
Closing date: *EXTENDED* 7 July 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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NIHR - PRP recover, renewal, reset - research to inform policy responses to COVID-10 

Funder:  NIHR
Closing date: 16 July 2020; 10 September (round 2), 22 October (round 3)

The NIHR Policy Research Programme (NIHR PRP) invites applications for research to inform the policy response to challenges posed by COVID-19; and to capture learning arising from the pandemic. The research specification document sets out the need for research in specific topic areas to inform medium- to longer-term policy decisions for health and social care resulting from COVID-19.


Please only apply to this initiative if your proposal is for research on a national policy question, informing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic or helping us learn from responses to the pandemic to inform recovery. Topics are set out in more detail in the Research Specification and may be updated in the “New Priorities Highlights” section. COVID-19 research on basic science, clinical issues, and on specific social care and health service delivery may be suitable for other NIHR and UKRI programmes. If you are unsure which route to apply to please contactnihrcovidcall@nihr.ac.uk or visit the website

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NIHR HS&DR Programme - researcher-led workstream 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: *EXTENDED* 10 Sept 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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EPSRC - sandpit for digital technologies for health & care 

Funder: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Closing date: *EXTENDED* 8 September 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: *EXTENDED* 9 July 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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NIHR - Policy Research Programme - Qualitative research on women's experience of urogynaecological health services 

Funder: NIHR PRP
Closing date: *EXTENDED* 1 Sept 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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Royal Society - research grants 

Funder: Royal Society
Closing date: 12 November 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: Autumn 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: *EXTENDED* 1 December 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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Cancer Research UK - biomarker project awards 

Funder: CRUK
Closing date: TBC

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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Versus Arthritis - fellowships 

Funder: Versus Arthritis
Closing date: various, from 2 September 2020 

  • Career Development Fellowships: Career development fellowships aim to attract and retain talented postdoctoral basic scientists, vets, nurses and allied health professionals in research relevant to arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions, and provide them with the opportunity to develop an independent research career and progress towards higher-level appointments.
    • Deadline: 9th September 2020
  • Senior Research Fellowships: Senior research fellowships are our most prestigious fellowship grants. They're awarded to outstanding medical, veterinary, nurse and allied health professional or science graduates committed to a research career in any discipline relevant to arthritis and related musculoskeletal diseases with the expectation of securing higher-level appointments.
    • Deadline: 9th September 2020
  • Joint Funded MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship: These fellowships allow talented medically and other clinically qualified professionals, who have gained a higher research degree to lead their own research, establish a research team and make the transition to independent investigator. The clinical scientist fellowship (CSF) provides either four year or five years' support, covering personal salary costs, together with support for research staff, consumable expenses, travel costs and capital equipment appropriate for the research project.
    • Deadline: 2nd September 2020

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NIHR - Global Effort on COVID-19 (GECO) Health Research 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 10 August and 28 September 2020

Global Effort on COVID-19 (GECO) Health Research is a new cross UK government funding call aiming to support applied health research that will address COVID-19 knowledge gaps. The focus is on understanding the pandemic and mitigating its health impacts in low and middle-income countries (LMIC). The call prioritises epidemiology, clinical management, infection control and health system responses.

The call is supported by: the UK Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) through the NIHR and the Medical Research Council (MRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). 

The funds form part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment. Support will be available to address the impacts of COVID-19 in LMICs for research which has a direct and primary focus on improving health in LMIC countries. 

Proposals should normally be up to £1m per award. The size of awards will vary according to the needs of each research project, but will need to provide a robust case for value for money.

This call will be run as a series of calls - i.e. three consecutive rounds of the call will take place on a rolling basis.

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NIHR Commissioned Call: specification document COVID-19 - recovery and learning

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 14 July 2020

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is inviting applications to better understand and manage the health and social care consequences of the global COVID-19 pandemic beyond the acute phase. This call is an important part of NIHR’s response to provide high-quality and timely evidence to support system recovery and learning, specifically on health outcomes, public health, social care and health service delivery across the UK and to mitigate the impact of subsequent phases and aftermath. Given that this opportunity is for timely proposals, grants are expected to start within four weeks of award notification.

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Wellcome Trust - research fellowships for health professionals 

Funder: Wellcome Trust
Closing date: 30 June 2020

This scheme offers practising health professionals the opportunity to carry out humanities or social science research, in any area of health.

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The Urology Foundation - smaller research projects fund 

Funder: Urology Foundation
Closing date: 30 June and 31 October 2020

The Urology Foundation is a charity dedicated to all urology diseases. Their goal is to put an end to the suffering and deaths that these diseases cause. The Smaller Research Projects Fund is designed for researchers with projects geared towards patient benefit that seek to improve services and treatments and communications with patients and carers. The outcomes of the study must be measured and evaluated and demonstrate improved care and well-being of patients.

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ESR - ISCF Health Ageing Challenge 

Funder: Economic and Social Research Council
Closing date: 7 July 2020, 4pm

The Healthy Ageing Social, Behavioural and Design Research Programme (SBDRP) is part of the ISCF Healthy Ageing Challenge portfolio of activities. The SBDRP will provide £9.5m (100% fEC) to fund interdisciplinary academic-led teams to carry out research into social, behavioural and design aspects of healthy ageing. The Programme will contribute to the Challenge mission to, ‘ensure that people can enjoy at least five extra healthy, independent, years of life by 2035, while narrowing the gap between the richest and poorest’ by enhancing our understanding of the aspirations, preferences and needs of the ageing population.

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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 Policy Research Programme: Recovery, Renewal, Reset 

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

The NIHR Policy Research Programme (NIHR PRP) invites applications for research to inform the policy response to challenges posed by COVID-19; and to capture learning arising from the pandemic. The research specification document sets out the need for research in specific topic areas to inform medium- to longer-term policy decisions for health and social care resulting from COVID-19.


Please only apply to this initiative if your proposal is for research on a national policy question, informing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic or helping us learn from responses to the pandemic to inform recovery. Topics are set out in more detail in the Research Specification and may be updated in the “New Priorities Highlights” section. COVID-19 research on basic science, clinical issues, and on specific social care and health service delivery may be suitable for other NIHR and UKRI programmes.

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Wellcome Trust fellowships 

Funder: Wellcome Trust
Closing date: various from 16 July 2020

  • Senior Research Fellowships: Senior Research Fellowships support independent researchers who are emerging as global leaders in their field and want to tackle the most important questions in science. Deadline: 16th July 2020
  • Clinical Research Career Development Fellowships: This scheme enables clinically active healthcare professionals to continue their research at postdoctoral level and develop scientific independence. Deadline: 5th August 2020
  • Research Career Development Fellowships: This scheme provides support for postdoctoral researchers at academic organisations in the Republic of Ireland who aim to become independent scientists leading their own group. Deadline: 10th September 2020
  • Sir Henry Dale Fellowships: This scheme provides support for postdoctoral researchers who aim to become independent scientists leading their own groups. The scheme is a partnership between the Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust. Deadline: 10th September 2020
  • Research Career Re-entry Fellowships: This scheme offers postdoctoral research scientists the opportunity to re-establish their scientific careers after a continuous break from research of at least two years. Deadline: 29th September 2020

Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships: This scheme offers recently qualified postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to start independent research careers, working in some of the best research environments in the world. Deadline: 29th September 2020

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Wellcome Trust - investigator awards in science

Funder: Wellcome Trust
Closing date: 16 July 2020

Investigator Awards enable independent researchers with a compelling research vision to tackle the most important questions in science.

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MRC - biomedical catalyst developmental pathway funding scheme

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

The DPF scheme supports academically led projects whose goals are to improve prevention, diagnosis, prognosis, or treatment of significant health needs, or that focus on developing research tools that increase the efficiency of developing interventions. Projects supported by the scheme have up to four clearly defined milestones, outcomes and future plans. These help to maximise both the chance of success and the likelihood of the project attracting the downstream funding, from public or private sources, required to meet its clinical and commercial aims. The funding panels assessing the project will, if necessary, help to develop proposals and suggest enhancements.

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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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Dunhill Medical Trust & NIHR - co-funded advanced (post doctcoral) fellowship 

Funder:  NIHR and Dunhill Medical Trust
Closing date: 29 July 2020

The Joint NIHR DMT Advanced (post-doctoral) Fellowship is aimed at anyone with a PhD who hasn’t yet been awarded a chair. Whether you are someone who has recently been or about to be awarded a PhD, or someone with several years of post-doctoral experience. the scheme is particularly suited to:

  • Individuals who have recently completed or soon to be awarded a PhD but haven’t yet established themselves as an independent researcher.
  • Individuals either starting to establish themselves as an independent researcher, or who are already established as an independent researcher but are not yet recognised as an international leader in their field.
  • Individuals looking to transition into applied health research from a basic science or non-health research background.
  • Individuals who are seeking to re-establish their research career following a significant career break.

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NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research - competition 33 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 29 July 2020, 1pm

NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) funds collaborative, multidisciplinary programmes of applied research to solve health and social care challenges. 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.

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NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme - new commissioned calls 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 29 July 2020

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

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

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NIHR Advanced Fellowship - round 4 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 29 July 2020

The NIHR Advanced Fellowship funds post-doctoral individuals from a range of health and social care professions who haven’t yet been awarded a chair. Whether you are someone who has recently been or about to be awarded a PhD, or someone with several years of post-doctoral experience, you could be eligible to apply for an Advanced Fellowship.

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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 - Development and Skills Enhancement Award 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 31 July 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. As an applicant you will be required to demonstrate the new skills and experience you hope to gain through the award, and how it will benefit your future career in research.

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

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

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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 Doctoral Fellowship - round 4 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 13 August 2020

The NIHR Doctoral Fellowship funds individuals from a range of health and social care professions to undertake a PhD in an area of NIHR research.

The Fellowship funds:

  • full salary support, including protected time to concentrate on research
  • PhD fees and research costs
  • a bespoke training and development programme to meet individual needs

Applicants from clinical or social care practice are able to include up to 20% clinical time as part of the Fellowship, to ensure the maintenance of their clinical competence whilst undertaking the Fellowship.

The NIHR Academy is offering jointly funded NIHR Charity Partnership Fellowships for this Round with a number of leading UK charities.

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GOSH and SPARKS - national funding call for child health reserach

Funder: Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity and Sparks
Closing date: 19 August 2020, 4pm

GOSH Charity and Sparks are inviting project grant applications for paediatric health research studies focusing on complex or rare diseases. The call will support research across the spectrum of medical conditions affecting the foetus, neonates and children directly, as well as pregnancy disorders that affect the child. We will also consider applications seeking to understand how COVID-19 affects children, particularly in the context of pre-existing diseases or conditions.

All projects must aim to improve understanding of the disease or associated conditions or to improve outcomes for the affected child. Research proposals will be expected to have the potential to lead to new medical developments, such as diagnostic tools or novel interventions, with a clear articulation of the route to clinical application through a combination of clinical and laboratory-based research.

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Wellcome Trust - collaborative awards in science 

Funder: Wellcome Trust
Closing date: 18 August 2020, 5pm

Collaborative Awards promote the development of new ideas and speed the pace of discovery. We fund teams of researchers, consisting of independent research groups, to work together on the most important scientific problems that can only be solved through collaborative efforts. This often involves collaborations across organisations, national borders, interdisciplinary science and partners outside of academia.

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Cancer Research UK - programme foundation awards

Funder: CRUK
Closing date: 20 August 2020

CRUK 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 August 2020

CRUK 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 will be considered in the following areas:

  • Basic biological research: Any area of basic biological research relating to cancer. Studies may include the use of model systems (e.g. yeast, worm, fly, zebrafish, mouse), cell lines (animal or human) or primary tumour material 
  • Preclinical studies: Research that will generate biological data to underpin therapeutic development
  • Biomarkers
  • Imaging
  • Radiotherapy research
  • The application of engineering and physical sciences to cancer

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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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MRC/ESRC/BBSRC & Versus Arthritis - advanced pain discovery platform: expression of interest for multidisciplinary consortia for data generation 

Funder: MRC, ESRC, BBSRC and Versus Arthritis
Closing date: 31 August 2020, 4pm

The call will provide funding for collaborative multidisciplinary consortia that will focus on:

  • Pursuing innovative and ambitious “big ideas” in chronic pain research, which will enable a step change in the field.
  • Improving our understanding of the mechanisms of pain, building on our knowledge of normal pain processes to better understand chronic pain, taking into account biological, cognitive and psychosocial factors.
  • Collating, generating and interrogating human data and samples, to allow for the identification and validation of new interventions, and to allow improved access to well-phenotyped human populations.

It is expected that successful consortia will focus on chronic pain, offering important insights across chronic pain conditions. Applications may be focussed on specific pain-related disorders, or may consider common mechanisms underlying multiple pain conditions.

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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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NIHR - HTA commissioned calls 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 2 September, 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 is accepting stage 1 applications to the following researcher-led workstreams:

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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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Cancer Research UK - early detection and diagnosis primer award 

Funder: CRUK
Closing date: 17 September 2020

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

With this award, CRUK are challenging applicants to consider how they can utilise skills and techniques in innovative ways to accelerate ED&D research. Primer Awards provide seed funding to develop new relationships, ideas and lines of research, and the generation of pilot data.

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

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Cancer Research UK - early detection and diagnosis programme award 

Funder: CRUK
Closing date: 23 September 2020

CRUK Early Detection and Diagnosis Programme Awards fund long-term, integrated and renewable programmes of exceptional science to transform how and when early cancers and pre-cancerous states are diagnosed. Programme Awards provide long-term support for broad, ambitious, multi-stranded programmes where the various work streams coordinate and integrate to address a central theme, asking an interrelated set of questions. They aim to encourage the research community to think bigger.

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Versus Arthritis - PhD scholarships 

Funder: Versus Arthritis
Closing date: 23 September 2020, 4pm

Versus Arthritis PhD scholarships encourage the best basic scientists and non-medical healthcare professionals (including nurses and allied health professionals) to embark on a research career in any discipline relevant to arthritis and related musculoskeletal diseases.

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NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme - commissioned workstream

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 23 September 2020

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

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Alzheimer's Research UK - David Hague Early Career Investigator of the Year award 

Funder: Alzheimer's Research UK
Closing date: 25 September 2020

The David Hague Early Career Investigator of the Year Award, worth £25,000 in research expenses with a £1,500 personal prize, is presented each year to the most outstanding early career researcher in the field of biomedical dementia research. The Award is judged by an external panel of prominent international researchers, who look for excellence in scientific research, a significant contribution to the field and quality of scientific writing in an essay. Entries should demonstrate excellence across all areas of the Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Early Career Research Framework.

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NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Programme - new commissioned calls

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 25 September 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 commissioned workstream:

The focus of this call is on extended community pharmacy services i.e. services delivered by a community pharmacy that go above and beyond just the dispensing of medicines. Any, or all of the following issues are of particular interest, though other issues may be proposed. All applications should provide a clear justification of their importance and the potential impact it will have on health and social care services:

  • Equity, Acceptability and Accessibility
  • Organisational
  • Integrated care pathways
  • Wider System Engagement
  • Quality & Safety
  • Workforce

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Wellcome Trust - Sir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral fellowships

Funder: Wellcome Trust
Closing date: 29 September 2020, 5pm

This scheme offers recently qualified postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to start independent research careers, working in some of the best research environments in the world. Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships are aimed at researchers who want to undertake a guided period of research and will go on to lead their own independent research.

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The Health Foundation - COVID-19 research programme 

Funder: The Health Foundation
Closing date: 30 September

This research programme seeks to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in two distinct areas: service change in the health and social care system and health inequalities. The Health Foundation are prioritising funding for UK-focused projects that explore:

  • how health and social care service delivery has changed in light of COVID-19
  • the impact of COVID-19 on health inequalities and the wider determinants of health.

This programme aims to fund highly applied research that has direct relevance to policy and practice and welcomes applications from multidisciplinary teams combining expertise from a broad range of disciplines. The Health Foundation want the findings of this research to inform policy and/or service delivery decisions about the future of health and care services, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications involving patients, the public and people with lived experience are strongly encouraged.

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BBSRC - transformative research technologies

Funder: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Closing date: 8 October 2020, 4pm

The 2020 TRDF call aims to pump prime the next generation of cutting-edge enabling research technologies with the potential for transformative impact in biosciences research. It will support applications for early stage technology development and research into the development of novel techniques and technologies that have the potential to enable transformative step changes in research capability.

The 2020 TRDF call has a strategic highlight on transformative research technologies for the detection and diagnosis of plant and animal diseases, and in particular infectious agents with zoonotic potential.

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MRC - joint global health trials

Funder:  MRC
Closing date:  8 October 2020, 4pm

This scheme seeks to support research that addresses the health problems affecting low and middle income countries (LMICs) by funding definitive trials that are likely to produce implementable and generalisable results to change policy and practice.

  • LMIC Principle Investigators may be based at higher education institutions or non-profit research institutions.
  • UK Principle Investigators must be based at eligible UK research organisations.
  • Applications must include investigators based in the country/ies where the trial will take place.
  • Trials can be up to five years duration.

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Cancer Research UK - clinical trial award 

Funder: CRUK
Closing date: 15 October 2020

CRUK Clinical Trail 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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Cancer Research UK - experimental medicine award

Funder: CRUK
Closing date: 15 October 2020

CRUK Experimental Medicine Awards fund 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 Clinical Academic Research Partnerships  - round 3 *pre-call announcement*

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 29 October 2020

Potential advert date - August 2020

In 2019 the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in partnership with the Medical Research Council (MRC) ran two pilot rounds of the Clinical Academic Research Partnerships (CARP) scheme. This scheme offered a new mechanism for clinical staff at consultant level with a PhD or MD who were not currently research active to participate in collaborative high-quality research partnerships with established leading biomedical researchers.

To find out more about the scheme please see the CARP pilot webpage. The scheme is open to clinical staff at consultant level or equivalent with a PhD, or MD (or equivalent postgraduate qualification) who are not undertaking any substantive research activity but, wish to develop their research interests through collaborative high-quality research partnerships with established leading biomedical and health researchers.

The MRC is running a webinar on 15 July for potential applicants - to register contact 
MRC.EventsandCommitteesTeam@mrc.ukri.org

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Diabetes UK - RD Lawrence Fellowship 

Funder:  Diabetes UK
Closing date:  30 October 2020

The RD Lawrence Fellowship is a career development fellowship to enable postdoctoral researchers to establish their independence in diabetes research. Applicants are expected to have proven research experience and plan to maintain a long-term interest in diabetes.

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EPSRC - transformative health technologies *pre-call announcement* 

Funder: EPSRC
Closing date: early November 2020

This call will target projects that that are guided by a longer-term vision to pursue new, “high risk high reward” ideas and develop thinking and approaches supported by the next generation of underpinning science, engineering and emerging technologies in the healthcare space. EPSRC seek and encourage adventurous ideas, new thinking and collaborations that have the potential to significantly improve healthcare delivery by 2050. This Transformative Healthcare Technologies call aims to bring together the ‘Healthcare’ community through adventurous and novel multi-disciplinary/interdisciplinary research and innovation drawing on novel Engineering, Physical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and ICT to deliver technologies that will impact and transform healthcare by the year 2050. EPSRC encourage multidisciplinary teams to apply, including co-collaboration with healthcare professionals, social scientists, patients, and users. Normal eligibility rules apply to who can receive funding.

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NIHR Public Health Research Programme - new commissioned calls 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 17 November 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 is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for the following topics:

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NIHR Global Health Research Groups / Units

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

The NIHR Global Health Research Units and Global Health Research Groups awards form a key part of the NIHR Global Health Research commitment to ODA. The Global Health Research Units and Global Health Research Groups offer is unique for NIHR in that it provides funding to support not only delivery of research that will improve health outcomes for people living in LMICs, but also strengthens crucial research capability in resource-poor settings, in particular, training and capacity-building in both academic research and programme support functions. Together these provide a vital and sustainable platform for future research in those countries.

The following Global Health research opportunities are open for applications:

  • Global Health Research Groups will be either new to delivering applied health research globally or wish to expand an existing partnership. Global Health Research Groups will address unmet global health needs through equitable research partnerships and must have Joint UK and LMIC Lead applicants, clear plans to strengthen research capacity and support future sustainability of research in partner countries.
  • Global Health Research Units will have an existing track record of delivering internationally recognised applied global health research and wish to consolidate and expand this work. Units will address unmet global health needs through equitable research partnerships and must have Joint UK and LMIC Lead applicants, clear plans to strengthen research capacity and support future sustainability of research in partner countries.

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NIHR Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme - new commissioned calls 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 1 December 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 for the following primary research topics:

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NIHR - HTA commissioned call

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 2 December 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 their commissioned workstream for the following primary research topic:

20/22 Rectus sheath blockade in emergency laparotomy

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NIHR/UKRI highlight notice - mental health effects of COVID-19

Funder: NIHR / UKRI
Closing date: 21 December 2020

The NIHR is ramping up its support for research on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health, by seeking to fund new research on the acute mental health effects of the pandemic and offering priority delivery support for research on severe mental health problems.

The NIHR has issued a new call for research proposals on rapid identification and mitigation of the acute mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). This highlight notice, which forms part of NIHR’s rapid response rolling funding call with UKRI, seeks research proposals on how the measures imposed to reduce the spread of the virus could affect immediate mental health and the role of other factors, such as stigma, isolation, bereavement and trauma (including trauma following intensive care treatment in COVID-19 patients with severe illness).

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