Current funding calls

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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EPSRC - healthcare technologies investigator-led grant 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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UKRI - addressing limitations in manufacturing nucleic acid therapeutics  

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

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

Current manufacture challenges include but are not limited to:

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

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

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

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: various, see below

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

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

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


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Prostate Cancer UK - research innovation awards 

Funder: Prostate Cancer UK
Closing date: 18 October 2021

The Research Innovation Awards will provide funding for between one and five years for novel, 'game-changing' research projects aligned with the three identified priority areas. Both clinical and fundamental research is supported, at any stage of development, provided that it focuses on potential benefit to men. Projects with a longer or shorter duration will be considered but should be discussed in advance of submission.

Additionally, projects that aim to test or translate innovative ideas from other areas of cancer and disease research are encouraged, as are multidisciplinary collaborations to build teams that include experts from other disciplines and other countries.

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

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 19 October 2021

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

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

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


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British Heart Foundation - fellowships for nurses and healthcare professionals

Funder: BHF
Closing date: 20 October 2021

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

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


The CO Research Trust - research grants 

Funder: CO Research Trust
Closing date: 20 October 2021

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

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

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

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Medical Research Foundation - adolescent skin disorders 

Funder: Medical Research Foundation
Closing date: 20 October 2021

Young people and adolescents are particularly affected by skin disorders, and the experience during adolescence can have long-term psychological and physical effects. Whilst adolescent skin disorders are prevalent, there are limited effective treatment options available.

The Foundation funding will support research that increases understanding of the mechanisms underpinning adolescent skin disorders, leading to the development of treatment approaches and reducing the long-term impact on health and well-being. Researchers whose work will contribute to the understanding of the biological mechanisms involved in adolescent skin disorders, improve diagnosis and treatment, and/or impact on future outcomes are welcome to apply.

Fellowship opportunities are available for mid-career researchers who are making the transition to research independence. Research Grants are available for more established researchers seeking to progress in the field.

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MRC - artificial intelligence for better biomedical and health research 

Funder: MRC
Closing date: 20 October 2021

This MRC funding opportunity will support robust, fast paced, agile, proof-of-concept ‘sprint’ projects that will unlock the potential of AI in biomedical and health research. Projects will deliver high impact outcomes by focusing on critical challenges in the use of AI in biomedical and health research.

Projects can focus on:

  • reducing issues that stop the use of AI
  • finding new uses for AI
  • enabling better use of AI

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NIHR and EPSRC: Transforming care and health at home and enabling independence

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 21 October 2021

The NIHR and EPSRC are seeking high-quality proposals that aim to address key issues at the intersection of housing, social care and health, which specifically focus on one or both of the following:

  • transforming care and health at home
  • enabling independence.

Proposals should focus on one or more of the following themes:

  • Maintaining independence at home
  • Maintaining health within the home
  • Enabling care readiness
  • Enabling informed decisions on housing and care choices

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Vasculitis UK: Research Grants

Funder: Vasculitis UK
Closing date: 24 October 2021

Vasculitis UK supports research into the causes and effects of vasculitis and into improvements in the diagnosis of vasculitis and into treatment of people suffering from different types of vasculitis.

The priorities for Vasculitis UK’s research projects are:

  • Developing and testing more effective treatments
  • Improve the diagnosis of vasculitis
  • Improving the understanding of the causes of vasculitis

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Kidney Research UK - paediatric research awards 

Funder: Kidney Research UK
Closing date:  25 October 2021

Paediatric Research Awards aim to improve the early diagnosis, care and treatment of children at risk of or living with kidney disease. This round is jointly supported through a partnership with the Stoneygate Trust. Kidney Research UK invites research ideas focusing on paediatric renal research covering one or more of the following: 

Clinical research that focuses on: 

  • the diagnosis, natural history, epidemiology or treatment of children who have diseases of the kidney or urinary tract 
  • the prenatal origins of childhood kidney or urinary tract diseases
  • the impact on adult health of kidney or urinary tract diseases with an onset in childhood or the prenatal period.

Laboratory research that seeks to understand: 

  • the causes of, and find potential new treatments for, childhood kidney and/or urinary tract diseases 
  • how the kidney and/or urinary tract normally forms, grows and matures before and after birth.

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Wellcome - early career awards 

Funder: Wellcome
Closing date: 26 October 2021

This scheme provides funding for early career researchers from any discipline who are ready to develop their research identity. Through innovative projects, they will deliver shifts in understanding taht could improve human life, health adn wellbeing. By the end of the award, they will be ready to lead their own independent research programme.

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EPSRC - healthcare technologies for infectious disease resilience 

Funder: EPSRC
Closing date: 26 October 2021

This highlight notice is to encourage applications to the EPSRC Healthcare technologies investigator-led grant that:

  • address tackling infectious diseases, for example COVID-19
  • focus on being more resilient to future epidemics and pandemics.

Your application should build upon and complement the existing EPSRC portfolio, especially research related to tackling COVID-19. In particular, they are looking for novel engineering and physical science solutions in one or both of the following two areas:

  • Building resilience in healthcare systems to rapidly respond in healthcare emergencies
  • Preventing, controlling, diagnosing, and treating infectious diseases

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Motor Neurone Disease Association - biomedical research projects 

Funder: MND
Closing date: 29 October 2021

The MND Association funds and promotes research that leads to new understanding and treatments, and brings us closer to a cure for MND. Our biomedical research programme is delivering significant and measurable advances in understanding and treating the disease.

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Alzheimer's Society - accelerator programme 

Funder: Alzheimer's Society
Closing date: 29 October 2021

The Accelerator Programme invests in innovations to improve the lives of people affected by dementia. Your idea could be a simple product that makes an everyday task easier for a person living with dementia. You may have an innovative idea for a new service or way of working for care home staff. To bring your idea to life, our programme offers a 12-month partnership. Alzheimer’s Society are looking for applications from teams or individuals at any stage of the product development journey, from a great idea that needs testing through to proven products that need a push to maximise their reach.

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Diabetes UK - RD Lawrence Fellowship 

Funder: Diabetes UK
Closing date: 30 October 2021

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

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NIHR ARC - research initiation and enhancement awards, autumn 2021

Funder: NIHR ARC Wessex
Closing date: 31 October 2021

An exciting opportunity for nurses, midwives, allied health professionals (NMAHPs) and those insocial care practice

  • Make a difference with research in the Health and Care sector
  • Work with Health Education England (HEE) South East - ARC Wessex
  • Learn about using research in practice• Get first-hand experience of research in one or more of our partner organisations
  • Work alongside some of the UK’s leading health and social care researchers
  • Run a small self-contained project/literature review/analysis etc. that contributes one offour research themes: Ageing & Dementia, Healthy Communities, Long-Term Conditionsand Workforce & Health Systems

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The Urology Foundation - smaller research projects

Funder: The Urology Foundation
Closing date: 31 October 2021

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

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

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

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Association of Breast Surgery - research development grants 

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

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

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

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NIHR -  Harkness Fellowships in health care policy and practice 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 1 November 2021

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

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

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

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 NIHR PRP Programme: Children’s holistic exposure to advertising of food and drink high in fat, sugar and salt

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 2 November 2021

The NIHR funds policy research to enable evidence informed policy making in health and social care. The Policy Research Programme invites proposals for a research project to capture the totality of children’s exposure to advertising of food and drinks high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) from all types of media during the course of the day. This research will form a baseline of exposure for a post-implementation review following a regulatory policy to introduce a 9pm TV watershed for HFSS products and a restriction of paid-for HFSS advertising online. This will be commissioned through a one-stage process as data collection must be completed before the end of 2022 at the latest.

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Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research - spinal cord injury research project 

Funder: Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research
Closing date: 5 November 2021

Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research is an independent charity dedicated to funding research that will help to improve quality of life for people living with a spinal cord injury (SCI). The Research Grants Programme is focussed on the following areas, each of which affects the quality of life of people living with SCI. The aim is that the research leads to new treatments and therapies, deepening of understanding, and dissemination of best practice in these areas:

  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Assistive Technology for Upper Limb function

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Kidney Research UK - Stoneygate Research Awards 

Funder: Kidney Research UK
Closing date: 8 November 2021

Kidney Research UK is inviting expressions of interest for research proposals that match the theme of transforming treatments. Transforming treatments is a key research priority for Kidney Research UK and the Stoneygate Trust. They are committed to finding new ways to:

  • make dialysis more tolerable and effective
  • extend the life of a transplant and make it easier to live with
  • make monitoring less invasive and kinder, and less dependent on hospital visits
  • develop and expand the use of medical technology to achieve earlier diagnosis and better patient management.

Types of grants available:

  • Research project grant: These awards support innovative, standalone research projects.
  • Innovation grant: These awards are to support new areas of clinical or scientific research where initial pilot/supporting data is required.

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NIHR - Research for Patient Benefit, competition 46 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 10 November 2021

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

There are three highlight notices:

  • dementia
  • brain tumours
  • mental health

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

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Wellcome - discovery awards

Funder: Wellcome
Closing date: 11 November 2021

This scheme provides funding for established researchers and teams from any discipline who want to pursue bold and creative research ideas to deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing.

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Marie Curie - research grants

Funder: Marie Curie
Closing date: 15 November 2021

The Marie Curie Research Grants Scheme funds high quality research that aims to improve the experience for everyone affected by dying, death and bereavement. Applications are invited which address one or more of Marie Curie’s thematic priorities:

  • To provide quality care and support for the mental and physical health and wellbeing of people affected by dying, death and bereavement
  • To end financial insecurity at the end of life and ensure that everyone has the support they need to address their practical concerns
  • To ensure that everyone affected by death and dying – including the family, friends and carers of the dying person- are supported through and beyond the end of life (including bereavement)
  • To end inequity in end of life experience by ensuring access to excellent standards of care and support for all

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The Francis Crick Institute -  Doctoral fellowships for clinicians

Funder: The Francis Crick Institute
Closing date: 15 November 2021

Applications are invited for our 2022 doctoral fellowship for clinicians. These fellowships provide an opportunity for talented clinicians passionate about research, with a strong academic track record, to perform biomedical discovery research while following our three-year clinical PhD programme. Our multidisciplinary research aims to understand why disease develops and to help improve disease diagnosis, prevention and treatment.

 Fellows will be based at the Crick, with a Crick primary supervisor and a secondary supervisor from one of our five clinical PhD programme partners: Barts Cancer Institute/Queen Mary University of London, Imperial College London, The Institute of Cancer Research, King’s College London and UCL.

 A variety of PhD projects are available, with funding from the Crick. 

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World Cancer Research Fund International - research grant

Funder: WCRF
Closing date: 16 November 2021

World Cancer Research Fund International funds vital projects into the effects of diet, nutrition (including body composition) and physical activity on cancer prevention and survival. The research grant programme groups research into two themes – cancer prevention and cancer survivors. Each of these areas may be addressed either from the perspective of identifying the mechanisms that underpin the effect of diet, nutrition and physical activity on cancer, or by addressing the host factors that influence individual susceptibility to cancer development or progression, and so contribute to explaining variability between people in outcomes. For cancer survivors, they also encourage broader research into evidence for impact of diet, nutrition (including body composition), physical activity and outcomes after cancer diagnosis, as robust evidence on this is still lacking.

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British Heart Foundation - clinical study grants 

Funder: British Heart Foundation
Closing date: *various* see below

For clinical trials and observational studies of specific patient groups, usually costing more than £350,000 or lasting more than 3 years. The Clinical Study Grant supports funding for:

  • 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 of 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.

Closing dates for proposals: 17 November 2021, 19 January 2022, 11 May 2022

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Wellcome - career development awards

Funder: Wellcome
Closing date: 16 November 2021

This scheme provides funding for mid career researchers from any discipline who have the potential to be international research leaders. They will develop their research capabilities, drive innovative programmes of work and deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing.

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MRC/NIHR - Clinical academic research partnerships round 4 

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

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

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

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

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

You must supply a letter of support from your employer.

Awards can last between one and three years.

Webinar registration: Webinar Registration - Zoom

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MRC: Clinical academic research partnerships: 2021

Funder: MRC
Closing date: 18 November 2021

Clinical academic research partnership awards offer funding to develop your research interests through a collaborative partnership. You must be a research-qualified healthcare professional at consultant level or equivalent. You must not be currently undertaking any substantial research activity. Your project can be across any area from MRC or NIHR’s remits.

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NIHR Health Determinant Research

Funder: NIHR  Collaboration
Closing date: 23 November 2021

NIHR has launched a new initiative to fund public health research collaborations based in local authorities. The new funding has been assigned for five new Health Determinant Research Collaborations (HDRC). These first five HDRCs, established through the NIHR, will focus on how to address the wider determinants of population health and health inequalities, explicitly addressing the needs of local disadvantaged groups.

The purpose of each HDRC is to enable its host local authority to become more research-active. Each of the five collaborations will be expected to link with higher education institutions, capitalising on both the experience that exists within local government and the research skills of the public health academic community. This will support the development of expertise, and the generation of research evidence, creating a cycle of evidence-informed interventions and ultimately better outcomes for the public.

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MRC - developmental pathway funding scheme, November 2021 

Funder: MRC
Closing date: 24 November 2021

You can apply for funding from this scheme for academically led pre-clinical development and early clinical testing of novel therapeutics, devices and diagnostics, including repurposing of existing therapies. Proposals should aim to improve prevention, diagnosis, prognosis or treatment of significant health needs, or to develop research tools that increase the efficiency of developing interventions. All diseases and interventions are eligible for support. You can also address global health issues.

Support is available for the following stages of development:

  • prototype discovery and design
  • pre-clinical testing of novel interventions
  • early-phase clinical studies of novel interventions (phases 1 and 2a).

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NIHR - Programme Grants for Applied Research competition 37

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 24 November 2021

NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) is inviting stage 1 applications for research proposals to develop individual programmes of applied health 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 Social Care Call (Programme Development Grants)

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 24 November 2021

The NIHR Programme Development Grants (PDG) social care call seeks research proposals that address the challenges and aim to improve the evidence base for adult social care (including the transition from children’s to adult services). PDGs are available to carry out preparatory work to develop a future Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) research application on adult social care. They can also be obtained to further develop an existing or ongoing programme of research to explore social care perspectives arising from the programme.

Applications to the PDG social care call should be made with the support of an NHS body or other provider of NHS services in England. If an application is successful, a contract will be placed with that organisation for delivery of the research. All funds for the research will be paid to the NHS organisation or other provider of NHS services to administer and distribute to the collaborating organisations.

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NIHR - short placement award for research collaboration (SPARC), round 8

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 25 November 2021

The SPARC scheme offers NIHR Academy members (from pre-doctoral to early career post-doctoral researchers) supported by a part of NIHR Infrastructure , HPRU or an NIHR School, an opportunity to spend time in other parts of the NIHR; to network, train in a specific skill or collaborate with other researchers/specialists.

Individuals can apply to the SPARC scheme for up to £5,000 to undertake a bespoke short placement designed to optimise and enhance research training, CVs and academic careers.

We welcome applicants to consider planning and undertaking placements of their own choosing but we are specifically encouraging applications that focus on:

  • multiple long term conditions
  • navigating and working with parts of the NIHR with links to industry and the commercial sector

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NIHR Public Health Research Programme - researcher-led workstream 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 30 November 2021

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 Public Health Research Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream.

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NIHR Public Health Research Programme - dementia research call 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 30 November 2021

This National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) call invites proposals for dementia research to address important health and social care questions. Research could involve any aspect of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, support or care, and related health and social care services. Applications which involve investigators spanning a range of specialties are encouraged and partnership with national charities welcomed.

The HTA and EME programmes are also featuring this research area - see below 7 December and 5 January.

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British Geriatrics Society - specialist registrar research start-up grants 

Funder: BGS
Closing date: 30 November 2021

The British Geriatrics Society Specialist Registrar Research Start-Up Grant scheme provides grants to individuals who want to get a research project started. The aim is to allow young doctors to follow through ideas at relatively short notice, to enable advantage to be taken of unique or rare opportunities, and to provide short-term assistance to speculative and innovative research that may be at an early stage.

The grants may support a complete project or, where appropriate, support a pilot study to enable an application for external project grant support to be made.

The grants are eligible for National Institute for Health Research (NIHR ) non-commercial partner status.

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NIHR Development and Skills Enhancement Award Round 8

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 30 November 2021

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

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NIHR PHR Programme 21/560 - James Lind Alliance priority setting partnerships rolling call 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 30 November 2021

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 JLA Priority Setting Partnerships facilitate patients, carers and clinicians to work collaboratively to identify research priorities in particular areas of health and care. Their aim is to ensure that health research funders are aware of the issues that are important to the people who need to use the research in their daily lives.

The NIHR PHR programme recognises the importance of the research priorities identified by the James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships and is interested in receiving high-quality applications which address them

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MRC - advancing adolescent mental health and wellbeing research 

Funder: Medical Research Council
Closing date: 1 December 2021

Apply for funding to help improve research in the field of ‘adolescence, mental health and the developing mind’ through:

  • methodological innovation
  • capability building

This opportunity will support projects that help researchers in delivering more relevant, valid, reproducible, mechanistically informed, multi-level and translationally scalable research in adolescent mental health over the next decade. Outputs from these projects may also allow new research questions to be investigated.

Proposals should:

  • address a clear area of unmet need with regard to existing research methods, concepts, tools or measures
  • identify innovative new approaches for conducting mental health and wellbeing research with adolescents.

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Diabetes UK - small grants and project grants 

Funder: Diabetes UK
Closing date: 1 December 2021

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

The following calls are open for application:

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

Deadline for applications: 01 December 2021


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Diabetes UK & Great Foundations - addressing the issues in foot care which lead people with diabetes developing foot conditions

Funder: Diabetes UK and Great Foundations
Closing date: 1 December 2021

Diabetes UK and Great Foundations are inviting proposals addressing the issues which lead to people with diabetes developing ulcers or other diabetes-related foot conditions and these then progressing further.

Preventing foot ulcers, amputations and other severe foot complications in people with diabetes is a key priority for the Diabetes Research Steering Group. There is a clear need for innovative approaches to do this, but these need to consider the findings of previous studies and address factors in foot care which may have previously not been subject to research. These include social factors which present significant barriers to care or treatment, the difficulty people with neuropathy have in detecting and adapting to foot conditions and the need for effective and rapid referrals for foot care when it is needed.

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Versus Arthritis & MSK TRC - accelerating new treatments 

Funder: NIHR/Versus Arthritis
Closing date: 1 December 2021

As part of the UK Musculoskeletal Translational Research Collaboration (MSK TRC) we are launching the second call for research projects focused on mechanistic experimental/translational medicine studies in humans across the areas of prevention, diagnosis or treatment that are aimed at priming the next transitional step.

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Daphne Jackson Trust - British Heart Foundation fellowship 

Funder: Daphne Jackson Trust
Closing date: 1 November 2021

Applications are invited for a British Heart Foundation Daphne Jackson Fellowship to be held at any UK university. The Fellowships are intended for individuals who want to return to an area of cardiovascular research after a career break of two years or more. Applicants should have a PhD and preferably postdoctoral experience.

Daphne Jackson Fellowships offer professionals wishing to return to a research career after a break of two or more years, the opportunity to balance an individually tailored retraining programme with a challenging research project in a suitably supportive environment. The unparalleled support offered by the Trust’s Fellowship Advisors and administrative staff, coupled with mentoring and retraining provided during the Fellowship, give returners the confidence and skills they need to successfully return to research.

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NIHR - Research Professorships, round 12

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 1 December 2021

The NIHR Research Professorships aim to fund research leaders of the future to promote effective translation of research and to strengthen health, public health and care research leadership at the highest academic levels. The scheme is open to all professions and all Higher Education Institutions (HEI), in partnership with NHS organisations, or other providers of health, public health and/or care services based in England, to nominate health, public health and social care researchers and methodologists with an outstanding research record of clinical and applied health research and its effective translation for improved health. Candidates must demonstrate they are on a steep career trajectory to become a research leader having spent no more than five years at their current level of seniority at the time of application.

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Davos Alzheimer's Collaborative - increasing cognitive assessment rates for older adults

Funder: Davos Alzheimer's Collaborative
Closing date: 1 December 2021

The Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative (DAC) is funding innovators who can increase cognitive assessment rates for older adults. The proposed approach should aim to increase the percentage of patients age 65+ who are provided with a standardized cognitive assessment in selected health system(s) or implementation site(s). It should indicate which health system(s) or other implementation partner(s) your team plans work with. It can utilize any cognitive assessment solution, technology or tool with clear evidence of efficacy and potential for sustainability. DAC is agnostic on the exact mechanism for cognitive assessment. Teams can develop a novel solution or implement an existing solution.

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Psoriasis Association: Research Grants

Funder: Psoriasis Association
Closing date: 3 December 2021

The Psoriasis Association will consider applications that have clear relevance to its aim 'to promote and fund research into the causes, nature and care of psoriasis and to publish and disseminate the results of that research'.

The Psoriasis Association offers the following:

  • PhD studentships: Supports the training of graduate students leading to the presentation of a PhD
  • Cecil King Memorial Award: For projects where the principal researcher is under 35 years of age, or within the first five consecutive years, at the time of application, of either their first permanent independent academic research post or a named limited-tenured/fixed-term academic research post, obtained in open competition

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NIHR - efficiency and mechanism evaluation programme - new commissioned calls 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 7 December 2021

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

The EME Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for the following funding opportunities:


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NIHR efficacy and mechanisma evaluation programme - dementia research call

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 7 December 2021

This National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) call invites proposals for dementia research to address important health and social care questions. Research could involve any aspect of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, support or care, and related health and social care services. Applications which involve investigators spanning a range of specialties are encouraged and partnership with national charities welcomed.

The PHR and HTA programmes are also accepting proposals in this call - see 30 Nov and 5 Jan.

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NIHR NICE rolling call for research studies addressing NICE research recommendations 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 7 December 2021

The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme is accepting Stage 1 applications for the NICE rolling call for research studies addressing NICE research recommendations. The EME Programme is interested in receiving applications to meet recommendations in research identified in NICE guidance published from 2015 onwards (for the purposes of this call, NICE guidance includes the following: clinical, social care, public health, technology appraisals, interventional procedures and diagnostics).

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NIHR efficacy and mechanism evaluation programme - researcher-led workstream 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 7 December 2021

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

The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream. Applications are sought for research into interventions that are based or used by the NHS and its partners.

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NIHR 21/561 James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships rolling call (EME programme) 

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 7 December 2021

The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to this funding opportunity. The programme recognises the importance of the research priorities identified by the James Lind Alliance (JLA) Priority Setting Partnerships (PSP) and are interested in receiving high-quality applications which address them.

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CRUK: Early Detection and Diagnosis Project Award

Funder: CRUK
Closing date: 8 December 2021

Early Detection and Diagnosis Project Awards fund science to drive transformational change in how and when early cancers and pre-cancerous states are diagnosed.

Early detection and diagnosis (ED&D) research seeks to detect and diagnose consequential precancerous changes and cancer at the earliest possible point at which an intervention might be made, reducing the burden of late-stage disease. ED&D projects will support discovery and translational/clinical research which is mindful of the clinical and population context.

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CRUK: Prevention and Population Research Project Awards

Funder: CRUK
Closing date: 15 December 2021

Prevention and Population Research Awards provide support for focused research proposals centred on key questions in prevention and population research.

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NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme Researcher-led workstream

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 5 January 2022

The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led evidence synthesis workstream, 21/554.

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NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme Researcher-led workstream

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 5 January 2022

The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream, 21/555.

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NIHR 21/558 NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships rolling call (HTA Programme)

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 5 January 2022

The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme is accepting stage one applications to this funding opportunity. The programme recognises the importance of the research priorities identified by the James Lind Alliance (JLA) Priority Setting Partnerships (PSP) and are interested in receiving high-quality applications which address them.

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NIHR 21/559 Dementia research call - Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 5 January 2022

The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme is accepting stage one applications to this funding opportunity. Dementia is a growing challenge that has become one of the most important health and social care issues facing the world. We need to continue building the evidence base, to improve the lives of people affected by dementia.

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

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 6 January 2022

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

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

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NIHR Population Health Career Scientist Award

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 13 January 2021

The NIHR has launched the Population Health Career Scientist Award (PHCSA), a UK-wide initiative to enable senior researchers to make the next step to Reader/Professor level in their host institutions. The PHCSA forms part of a series of initiatives and investments by NIHR to enable local government to become more research active. This new award will help answer the most important research questions facing decision-makers at local and national levels to improve health and reduce inequalities.

There is a desire to attract applicants representing the wide range of disciplines which undertake research in areas which impact the determinants of health (e.g. environmental science, mathematics, architecture, engineering, geography, education, social sciences, social policy, arts).

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NIHR Advanced Fellowship

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 13 January 2022

The NIHR Advanced Fellowship funds post-doctoral individuals from a range of health and social care professions who have not 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.

The Fellowship funds:

  • full salary support, including protected time to concentrate on research
  • research costs
  • a bespoke training and development programme to meet individual needs
  • Applicants who are active clinicians or social workers can request for up to 40% of their time to be dedicated to clinical service/development/practice, which will be covered by the Fellowship.

We are particularly welcoming applications from researchers looking to undertake research in:

  • Multiple Long Term Conditions – Multimorbidity (MLTC-M)
  • Dementia

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Royal Institute for Deaf People - fellowships 

Funder: RNID
Closing date: 13 January 2022

The RNID Fellowship scheme aims to build research capacity in hearing research, by supporting the career development of the UK’s most talented new ‘investigators’ towards becoming independent scientists.

Applications are invited in any of the following areas:

  • Research to underpin the development of treatments for hearing disorders, including tinnitus. Including, but not limited to, medical devices, pharmacological treatments, genetic or cellular therapies – treatments should aim to prevent hearing loss, restore auditory function or silence tinnitus.
  • Research to improve how new treatments for hearing disorders, including tinnitus, are developed and tested. Including research to improve the measurement of auditory function or tinnitus, or to develop models of human hearing disorders, including tinnitus.

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Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 - research fellowships 

Funder: Royal Commission 1851
Closing date: 19 January 2022

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 awards Fellowships for advanced study and research in science, engineering, the built environment and design. 1851 Research Fellowships are intended to give early career scientists or engineers of exceptional promise the opportunity to conduct a research project of their own instigation; an ultimate objective is to contribute to the knowledge base required for a healthy and innovative national culture. Around eight awards are made each year.

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Pancreatic Cancer UK - joint funded clinical research fellowship 

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

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

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British Scoliosis Research Foundation - research grants

Funder: BSRF
Closing date: 31 January 2022

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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The Waterloo Foundation Child Development Fund - project grants

Funder: Waterloo Foundation
Closing date: *various* see below

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

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

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

  • Sleep and/or Exercise: Studies will be particularly welcomed that consider the effect of sleep (or lack of it) and/or exercise with neurodevelopmental disorders. We would be particularly interested in receiving application that explore underlying mechanisms. Those that consider these areas on child psychological outcomes (behavioural, emotional or cognitive) will also be welcomed.
    • Deadline for short initial applications: 13 February 2022
  • Motor Impairments: Studies will be particularly welcomed that cover one of two areas: (1) improving our understanding of the aetiology of the disorder, or (2) explore effective interventions (those that also include links to our other research interests would be particularly sought after for example sleep, diet, exercise/movement).
    • Deadline for short initial applications: Sunday 15 May, 2022

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Healthcare Infection Society: Research Grants

Funder: Healthcare Infection
Closing date: 01 March (small research grant) & 01 September 2022 (small and major grant)

The Healthcare Infection Society aims to fund pioneering, innovative research within the scope of infection prevention and control and nosocomial infections. Applications for funding must show an understanding of the clinical practice of infection prevention and control directly relating to nosocomial infections.

HIS offers the following grants:

  • Small Research Grants: Support small-scale research projects, or possibly the costs associated with the visit of an overseas research fellow, up to £10,000 for a project of 12 months duration.
  • Major Research Grant: Supports work on the subject of healthcare-associated infections and infection prevention and control. This grant would be suitable to support a PhD studentship, MD or other research worker and related consumables/equipment, with a preference towards translational research rather than pure science topics.

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Cancer Research UK - early detection and diagnosis awards 

Funder: CRUK
Closing date: various, see below

CRUK are offering the following awards on the area of Early Detection and Diagnosis:

  • Early Detection and Diagnosis Primer Award: Supports 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 (deadline: 10 March 2022)
  • Early Detection and Diagnosis Programme Award: Funds long-term, integrated and renewable programmes of exceptional science to transform how and when early cancers and pre-cancerous states are diagnosed (deadline: 24 March 2022)


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The Nuffield Foundation - research, development and analysis fund 

Funder: The Nuffield Foundation
Closing date: 14 March 2022

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

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

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NIHR - academic clinical fellowships in medicine 2022

Funder: NIHR
Closing date: 31 March 2022

The NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) is a clinical specialty training post in medicine that incorporates academic training. As an NIHR ACF you will have access to Masters-level research training to develop academic skills and spend 25% of your time in research or educationalist training. In 2022, 116 of the 250 ACFs have programmes of research aligned with NIHR IAT Priority Research Themes. The research areas for the remaining NIHR ACF posts will be based on local expertise and the applicant's individual interests.

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GUTS - colon cancer research grants

Funder: GUTS
Closing date: 01 April 2022

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

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Glaucoma UK - glaucoma care grant

Funder: Glaucoma UK
Closing date: 22 May 2022

Glaucoma UK funds medical research into the causes, detection and treatment of glaucoma. They have helped fund new developments in areas like stem cell treatment and technologies that improve the quality of life of people of all ages living with glaucoma. The Glaucoma Care Grant is open to all health and social care professionals (they are particularly keen to hear from optometrists, orthoptists, nurses and allied healthcare professionals).

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RCR / BSIR Graham Plant professorship in interventional radiology 

Funder: Royal College of Radiologists
Closing date: 31 May 2022

The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) provides a range of support and educational resources for doctors who are training and working in the specialties of clinical oncology and clinical radiology in the UK. It works to influence national and international developments in these fields and supports academic excellence thorough a variety of fellowships, professorships, prizes and awards for its Fellows and members.

This RCR/BSIR Graham Plant Professorship is jointly funded by the RCR and British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR) in memory of Dr Graham Plant, a founder of the BSIR. The visiting professor will be expected to undertake six to eight visits to UK training programmes, over a period of 12 months, to deliver lectures and undertake appropriate workshops or small group teaching as part of each visit. One lecture will be filmed and made available online.

The purpose of the visits is educational and should highlight the role of IR in improving patient care and academic IR in the development of advanced imaging and procedural techniques, along with providing IR teaching at both trainee and consultant level at centres that might otherwise not have access to advanced subspecialty techniques or the field of interest of the successful candidate.

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UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network - genital dermatoses

Funder: UK Dermatology Clinical Trials
Closing date: July 2022

The UK Dermatology Clinical Trials (UKDCT) network run an open competition each year on a different skin topic to assist research teams in developing their research ideas. This award is principally designed to fund feasibility or pilot work that will eventually lead to a randomised controlled clinical trial, or inform the design of such a study.

The topic for 2022 is Genital Dermatoses. Applications are open to researchers with a research project/idea linked to treatments for male or female genital skin disease. UKDCT have co-funding from the British Society for the Study of Vulval Disease. This means there will be 2 x 10K awards available. One award available for any aspect of genital skin disease and one award for female only genital disease.

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