Funding Opportunities

Social Care Research Fellowship scheme

The Social Care Research Fellowship schemeaims to support individuals to become independent researchers through leading and undertaking high-quality research.

The fellowship offers up to three years full-time funding (or four or five years part-time), to individuals who have no more than 60-months Full-Time Equivalent postdoctoral research experience at the time of applying.

Deadline for applications: 8 December 2020

ADR UK funds innovative data research project to improve the lives and productivity of farmers across the UK

ADR UK has announced a grant of almost £600,000 to harness the potential of administrative data to better understand the characteristics of farm households with a view to improving future policies and enhancing the wellbeing of farmers and their families.

Find out more here.

Fellowship opportunity – Care homes and primary care: co-producing a sustainable relationship

The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (THIS Institute) is launching a new fellowship to coproduce a vision for high quality primary care for people who live in care homes, and to identify how it might be implemented and achieved within current resources and structures.

The fellowship is suitable for applicants who are currently in post at UK universities or other research intensive environments. Applicants should be experienced and skilled qualitative researchers who can lead the project independently while sustaining excellent relationships with collaborators, patients and families, clinicians, and wider health service stakeholders.

Applications close midday, 10 January 2021

Find out more at: https://www.thisinstitute.cam.ac.uk/fellowships/covid-19-care-homes-and-primary-care/

Stroke Association Fellowship Award Funding

The Stroke Association’s research strategy aims to increase the UK funding base and capacity for stroke research. The following Fellowships are aimed at developing the stroke research leaders of the future. 

Postgraduate Fellowship Award
Application deadline: 15 January 2021

Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
Application deadline: 15 January 2021

RCBC Post Doc Fellowship

Applicants must hold registration within the UK as a Nurse, Midwife, Pharmacist or Allied Health Professional (i.e. they must be registered with the NMC, GPC or HCPC upon commencement of study) and reside in Wales for the duration of the fellowship. Biomedical and clinical scientists may be registered with the HCPC or registered through recognised voluntary regulatory arrangements via the Academy for Healthcare Science.

The definition of Allied Health Professions is taken from the Health Professions Council Register and incorporates approximately 15 health professions and 33 protected titles.

Please note that RCBCWales does not have the funding capacity to consider professionals from outside of these healthcare professional groups.  Studies will be undertaken through the nursing and allied health departments/schools of our six partner institutions: Bangor, Cardiff, Cardiff Metropolitan, Glyndŵr, Swansea & South Wales Universities.

Deadlines

  • Eligible applicants will be requested to submit a full proposal application form by 18th December 2020.  
  • Eligibility check forms are to be completed and returned to marina.mcdonald@southwales.ac.uk any time up to 13th November 2020

Further information, eligibility check forms and application forms are available at https://www.rcbcwales.org.uk/postdoctoral-funding-opportunities

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£20 million funding call opens for research into ‘long COVID’

Open date: 12 Nov 2020
Closing date: 9 Dec 2020

The National Institute for Health Research and UK Research and Innovation have launched a £20 million joint funding call for research proposals addressing the long-term effects of COVID-19, in people who haven’t been admitted to hospital.

Deadline for applications: 2 December 2020

Science and Technology Facilities Council Cancer Diagnosis Network

The Science and Technology Facilities Council Cancer Diagnosis Network+ has a range of cancer research funding opportunities open to applications, including PhD studentships, Proof of Concept Projects and Scoping Studies. 

Further information: https://sites.google.com/view/stfccancerdiagnosis/home/funding-opportunities?authuser=0

Medical Research Council Big Ideas

The Medical Research Council has launched a pilot programme to encourage the submission of ambitious and exciting ideas that have the potential to transform the health research landscape.

They're looking for ideas that will attract the enthusiasm of researchers, the public, industry and government, either by the nature of the science itself or the potential health and socio-economic changes these could offer in the future.

Ideas are expected to be considered in batches on a regular basis (approximately every 3-4 months). Informal feedback will be provided on any ideas considered by the SSG.

How do I submit a big idea?

By completing the form below and submitting it to bigideas@mrc.ukri.org. Forms can be submitted at any time.

Submissions meeting the criteria for the Big Ideas pilot will be considered by the MRC’s internal Science Strategy Group (SSG) in the first instance. Ideas are expected to be considered in batches on a regular basis (approximately every 3-4 months). Informal feedback will be provided on any ideas considered by the SSG.

Submission template (DOCX, 27KB)

Who can submit a Big Idea?

We are inviting ideas from the research and innovation community and wider stakeholders including industry or charitable bodies.  We would recommend that you discuss your idea with a group of interested parties/stakeholders before submission.

How will the big ideas be used?

Ideas identified as having transformative potential will be considered as a part of MRC’s strategy development activities and may contribute to the development of cases to attract further investment.

Please note, that once an idea has been submitted you are giving MRC permission to develop the idea as it sees appropriate. If prioritised, this is likely to include further development with the submitter and may include inviting other people to be involved and/or lead the development of the idea.

Further information: https://mrc.ukri.org/research/strategy/#Big%20Ideas


MRC New Investigator Research Grant

The New Investigator Research Grant (NIRG) is aimed at researchers who are capable of becoming independent Principal Investigators and who are now ready to take the next step towards that goal. You can apply across all areas of the MRC’s remit.

Applicants are expected to combine time spent on the NIRG with a portfolio of other activities, such as time spent on other research grants or clinical duties, teaching, administration duties, or other time spent in faculty (this list is not exhaustive). As such, applicants are normally expected to request up to, but no more than, 50% of their contracted working time on the NIRG.

A NIRG is normally of three years duration and is not renewable. Exceptionally, applications for a longer period of time may be accepted if the case supporting the transition to independence and scientific rationale is sufficiently justified. NIRGs do not normally last for less than three years as it is unlikely a shorter period of time will fully enable the transition to independence to be achieved.

The scheme does not cover research involving trials of clinical treatments. If your proposed research will lead directly to a separately funded clinical trial, you must contact an MRC programme manager to discuss your eligibility.

Who can apply?

To be considered suitable for the scheme, applicants should be able to clearly demonstrate that their skills and experience at the time of their application match those of the transition to independence career stage, as set out in the Applicant skills and experience table. Eligible applicants also need to provide a clear rationale of why a NIRG will best support their long term career goals and chosen career route, see Supporting Key Career Stages.

Applicants who have already achieved independence, usually evidenced by substantial grant income as a Principal Investigator and / or having already established their own research group, are not eligible.

There are no eligibility rules based on years of post-doctoral experience. The minimum formal qualification required is a graduate degree. Most applicants are also expected to have a PhD or an MD. Applicants can hold a lecturer appointment, a junior fellowship, or be in another research staff position. Applicants who hold, or have held early career training fellowships, such as MRC skills development fellowships, are eligible to apply. If you are unsure whether your current funding or position makes you ineligible, please contact the subject-relevant MRC programme manager.

Application deadline dates

Research board application deadlines are usually around January, May and September; Methodology Research Programme deadlines are usually around June and November. These may vary and it is the applicants’ responsibility to identify the correct deadline for their submission. All proposals are assessed by external experts before they are considered by the relevant MRC research board/panel at their meeting.

Your proposal must be submitted through the MRC Je-S system by 4pm on the relevant research board/panel deadline date.

Further information: https://mrc.ukri.org/funding/how-we-fund-research/new-investigator-research-grant/

Welsh Government & Health and Care Research Wales


PhD social care student­ship award - Closed

The Wales School for Social Care Research (WSSCR) is offering PhD Studentship Awards for social care research. The Wales School for Social Care Research is funded by Welsh Government to build strength in excellent social care research with real-world application and positive impact on the well-being of people in Wales. The School is a part of the wider Health and Care Research Wales infrastructure, with the School Hub in the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University and staff located at Bangor University and Cardiff University.

Closing date: 16 August 2019

Social care research fel­lowship award - OPEN

Applications are invited from individuals working across any sector or scientific discipline to under-take research which will benefit patients, public, service users and/or carers in Wales.

Closing date: 8 December 2020

Health research grants - Closed

These grants support capacity-building in health research by funding high-quality research projects that demonstrate a clear benefit to patients, service users and carers or the organisation and delivery of effective healthcare service in Wales. Grants are worth up to £250,000 over a period of 24 months.

Health and Care Research Wales are inviting applications addressing the following themes:

  • Improving value based health care
  • Improving healthcare systems safety

Closing date: 27 October 2020 (stage 1)

Research for patient and public benefit scheme (RfPPB) - Closed

This scheme supports research directed at achieving benefit for users of the NHS or the public health of the people in Wales. Grants are worth up to £230,000 over a period of 24 months. 

Closing date: 27 October 2020 (stage 1)

Clinical research time awards - Closed

These awards provide NHS staff with the opportunity to apply for protected time to engage in research activity and to develop their research skills. Applicants are expected to apply for research time of one or two sessions a week for a maximum period of three years. 

Closing date: 17th October 2019

Social care grants - Closed

This scheme aims to support capacity and capability building in social care research by funding high-quality research projects with clear relevance to social care service users, carers, practitioners and policy makers. Research funded under this scheme should provide robust evidence to support the efficient and effective organisation and delivery of social care services in Wales, and/or improved service user or carer wellbeing.

Closing date: 29 October 2019

Social care research capacity building grant award - Closed

The Wales School for Social Care Research is delighted to announce that the Social Care Research Capacity building grants are now open for applications. The maximum sum available for each award is £10,000. The School anticipates being able to fund up to ten projects in total. Read more and apply

Closing date: 8 January 2017

Health research fellowship award - Closed

Health and Care Research Wales is pleased to announce a new call for applications to the Health Research Fellowship scheme. The Fellowships aim to support individuals to become independent researchers and to undertake high quality studies. Applications are invited from across all sectors and scientific disciplines. 

Closing date: 27th November 2019

PhD Health studentship award - Closed

The scheme supports capacity building in health and care research by funding high-quality research projects providing robust evidence which addresses the health and care needs of service users, carers and the wider population, and/or the organisation and delivery of efficient and effective services in Wales.  

Studentship calls may incorporate topical themes which align with Welsh Government policy priorities, which will be indicated in the call documentation. Where this applies, applicants can apply to the general scheme or specifically to the themed call.

https://www.healthandcareresearch.gov.wales/phd-health-studentship/

Closing date: 4 March 2020

Excess treatment costs

This scheme provides funding to cover the excess treatment costs of exter­nally funded non-commercial research in secondary care carried out within NHS Wales.

Closing date: None

KESS2 Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships Programme  - **FULLY FUNDED PGR SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE**

  • Applications are invited for fully-funded scholarships for MPhil and MRes projects starting in April, July and Oct 2020.  Cardiff University has at 20+ studentships available under the KESS2 Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships Programme.  Studentships offer an RCUK-level stipend plus £3K per year support costs. Fees will be accounted for centrally by the University and will not be charged to Schools.
  • Studentship projects must demonstrate benefits to the relevant region of West Wales and the Valleys region OR East Wales. Projects should be co-developed with a partner with a base in Wales, and students must have a home address in the region where the project is funded (East OR West) when they apply for the studentship.  Please note application is only open to Micro companies, SMEs and Large Sector Partners.
  • Please contact us before you develop a full proposal.  MRes and MPhil applications can be submitted at any time and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.  Applications should be reviewed/approved by the School DirPGR (or DirRes) and submitted via School Research /PGR Offices (whichever is appropriate to the School) to KESS@cardiff.ac.uk.
  • More information in the attached documents.

RCN Foundation Education Grants 

Educations available for Nurses, Midwives and Health Care Assistants. 

Our education grants fund a wide variety of learning, development and research opportunities, providing the support individuals need to make a difference to quality patient care. 

The RCN Foundation believes that patients deserve the best possible experience and care, delivered by well trained and high performing professionals. 

For nurses to be able to keep up to date with new developments and use their knowledge and skills to transform the care their patients receive, it is important they engage in development opportunities and shared learning.

There are ten grants available, with various opening and closing dates. Spring grounds round is now open, and closes at 5pm on 29 May. 

Further information: https://rcnfoundation.rcn.org.uk/apply-for-funding/educational-grants

NIHR funding opportunities

NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme

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 in the NHS.

The commissioned workstream invites applications in response to calls for research on specific questions which have been identified and prioritised for their importance to the NHS and patients. Proposals may include primary research, evidence synthesis, or feasibility and pilot studies. See our current funding opportunities or download a list of potential future research topics currently being developed

Fellowships Programme

Global Health Research Programme

Health Services and Delivery Research Programme - Commissioned

The commissioned workstream invites applications in response to calls for research on specific questions which have been identified and prioritised for their importance to the NHS and patients. Proposals may include primary research, evidence synthesis, or feasibility and pilot studies. See our current funding opportunities or download a list of potential future research topics currently being developed

Public Health Research Programme 

The PHR programme invites applications from researchers whose studies will generate new knowledge on the benefits, costs, acceptability and wider impacts of non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health. 

The researcher-led workstream offers researchers the opportunity to submit proposals on topics or research questions within the programme’s remit.

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme

Invention for Innovation Programme

Invention for Innovation (i4i) Connect is aimed at small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in need of a funding boost to reach the next stage in the development of their medical device. The funding stream offeris between £50,000 - £150,000 over a 6-12 month period.

The primary aim of i4i Connct is to help SMEs get to a point where they can apply for further funding, in particular for a full i4i Product Development Award (PDA) or to support projects at any stage of the translational research and development pathway to further de-risk them for follow on investment.

Wellcome Trust

Wellcome Trust - Innovator Awards

  • These awards support researchers who are transforming great ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health.
  • Funding: Up to £500,000, or up to £750,000 for multidisciplinary collaborations.  24 months, or up to 36 months for multidisciplinary collaborations.
  • Deadline: You can apply online at any time.  Shortlisting meetings happen every three months
  • https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/schemes/innovator-awards

Principal Research Fellowships

Principal Research Fellowships are the most prestigious of WT’s personal awards and provide long-term funding for researchers of international standing.

Royal College of General Practitioners

RCGP support for researchers

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) is supporting researchers to implement academic primary care findings into practice for GPs.

The Research programme includes:

  • Scientific Foundation Board grants
  • RCGP Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Fellowship
  • RCGP Research Ready®
  • RCGP Impact from Research
  • Influencing research
  • Research awards

The new Impact from Research programme offers to partner on research projects and support impact and dissemination through a range of activities.
Further information: www.rcgp.org.uk/research

ESRC New Investigator Grants

New Investigator Grants scheme is specifically aimed at supporting early career researchers looking to make the transition to an independent researcher through managing their first major research project.

The Economic and Social Research Council invites proposals for its new investigator grants. These support early-career researchers in making the transition to become independent researchers through gaining experience of managing and leading research projects and teams. Proposals may be for standard research projects, surveys and other infrastructure projects and methodological developments.

Proposals are welcomed across the full disciplinary range of the social science at at the interface with the wider sciences, however social sciences must represent at least 50 per cent of the research focus and effort. Interdisciplinary proposals are welcomed. Proposals must include a programme of research and broader skills development to ensure the applicant’s continued progression towards being an independent researcher.

Grants are worth £100,000 to £300,000 at full economic cost. ESRC’s contribution for UK applicants is 80 per cent of FEC. Around 30 to 35 grants are anticipated to be available per year.

Closing Date: No deadline. Proposals can be submitted at any time.

Further informationhttps://esrc.ukri.org/funding/funding-opportunities/new-investigator-grants/

Fulbright Awards for UK Citizens

The US-UK Fulbright Commission provides generous grants to UK citizens for study, research and teaching in the USA, in any subject and at any accredited US higher education institution.

A wide range of exchange opportunities for UK citizens are offered in the following main categories:

  • Postgraduate Student Awards to pursue a postgraduate degree in the US or to attend a US university as a 'visiting student researcher' in any subject;*
  • Summer Institutes for UK undergraduates to experience the US in a unique summer programme.

*Please note that the "visiting student researcher" option should be used for applicants who will pursue research projects at a degree granting accredited education institution while currently enrolled in an UK/European Master’s / Doctorate programme. Applicants will be required to engage in an independent full time research project under the supervision of a research advisor at their U.S. host institution.

In order to apply for a Fulbright award you must be a UK citizen, resident anywhere except the United States. Non-UK citizens are required to apply in their country of citizenship, even if they are resident in the UK.

Each award has additional specific eligibility criteria. Please review the Selection Criteria tab on each award's page for more information.

Clinical Innovation Hub - Accelerate projects

The Clinical Innovation Hub is a partnership between Cardiff University and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.  The Clinical Innovation Hub is a partner of the Accelerate project, Clinical Innovation Accelerator (CIA). Accelerate is a consortium £24M programme led by the Life Sciences Hub Wales in collaboration with Cardiff University, Swansea University and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.  

It is funded by the Wales European Funding Office (WEFO) and will utilise EU Structural Funds to identify innovation projects that meet an unmet clinical need.

The awards are open to academia, industry, students and healthcare professionals. Innovations could take the form of new technologies, products, processes or services to deliver economically viable solutions for adoption into routine health and social care delivery, for patient benefit, health economic benefit and to stimulate economic growth with attendant socio-economic benefits in Wales.

Support that Accelerate can offer:

  • Funding for “Pilot” (6-12 months and <£20K) and “Platform” (12-18 months and < £150K) projects
  • Access to future funding opportunities/initiatives
  • Clinical input - Buy out and attract in kind NHS staff R&D time
  • Human resource - Clinical Innovation fellows, project management, business management, cost benefit analytics and  research technologist assistance
  • Collaborations  - Industry/Academic/Clinical partner
  • Advice & Guidance - A Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) of Clinical Innovation experts, including devices and intellectual property experts
  • Access to leading Welsh University, University Health Boards and Trusts - patients, facilities and personnel
  • Funding /deadlines: Support and awards operate on an always open basis with funding anticipated until 2021 so you can apply at any time.  If you would like further information on submitting a proposal or have an innovative idea that you think would benefit from the advice or support for Cardiff University applicants, please contact Barbara Coles: colesb2@cf.ac.uk

Further information: