Funding Opportunities

THIS Institute PhD Fellowships

The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (THIS Institute) is seeking applications from universities who will recruit and select high-calibre students to undertake PhD student fellowships. Universities may appoint clinical and non-clinical candidates and should propose up to three projects in the area of improvement research to provide a choice to prospective PhD students. THIS Institute is looking for individuals who can demonstrate that they can deliver the highest standards of research excellence and are driven to apply their skills to studying improvement in healthcare quality and safety.

Alongside disciplines already active in this area (such as, for example, health services research, epidemiology, and social science), they are looking for fresh thinking and contributions from many fields within and beyond healthcare, including, for example, law, business studies, philosophy, engineering and many more.

The requirement will be to show how the proposed research will add to the evidencebase and will be of relevance to the UK health system. Fellowship awards will include a salary/stipend, fees (where applicable) and research expenses.

Deadline for applications: 19 March 2018

Further information:

Application guidance:

WONCA Europe Scholarship 2018

The WONCA Europe Scholarship Committee announces a Call for Candidates for the 2018 WONCA Europe Scholarship.

One candidate can be selected to receive a € 2000 scholarship on a yearly basis for a maximum of 4 years.

For more information on how to apply for scholarship please see the attached announcement. 

The required documents should be submitted to by February 28, 2018.


Apply for the latest round of funding for clinical lecturers

A call for applications for Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers, offering up to £30,000, has been opened by the Academy of Medical Sciences.

These awards offer 1-2 years of funding to clinical lecturers, supporting them to gather data and make stronger bids for long-term grants. 

Applications close: 16 March 2018

Read more and apply

ESRC-NIHR dementia research initiative 2018

The Economic and Social Research Council and the NIHR are inviting outline proposals to undertake social science research to support innovation in dementia prevention, interventions and care delivery.

Research should advance methodology and social science theory in dementia research and support active career development. Proposals should inform health and social care practice and policy relating to dementia. Read more and apply

Submission deadline for outline proposals: 16:00 on 15 March 2018

Tenovus Cancer Care KESS 2 partnership opportunity

Tenovus Cancer Care are inviting expressions of interest from academic partners across Wales for their next KESS 2 call. The Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships offer collaborative research projects for research Masters and PhD students.

Tenovus Cancer Care will prioritise projects which support their work. You can find more information and an expression of interest form on their website. If you have a potential project, or any questions, call them on 029 2076 8787 or email

Closing date: 26 February 2018

MRes Studentship Opportunity

Project Title: An exploration of compassionate care from the perspectives of older people, carers and service providers


Here is an exciting opportunity to conduct a multi-phase, mixed-method study, which could lead to entirely new approaches in future care delivery via gaining a better understanding of the concept of compassionate care for older people across the health and social care sector.

This is a funded MRes, including a generous stipend and tuition fees, with well-resourced circumstances for a successful scholarship.

The selected candidate will apply their research and interpersonal skills and ambition to conduct applied research with the University of South Wales and Torfaen County Borough Council. This research project will allow the student to develop transferable knowledge and skills in this most exciting and active field of applied health and social science research.

This Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS) project will be held in the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education at the University of South Wales. KESS is a programme funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) awarded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) in the Welsh Government. The MRes will be associated with Torfaen County Borough Council. The project will focus on an innovative research area by exploring the concept of compassionate care from the perspectives of older people, carers and service providers. The outcomes of this research will have the potential to improve future care delivery for older people and beyond.

Closing date for applications: 18th February 2018

Further information

MRes Studentship Opportunity

An evaluation of peer support groups delivering interventions and support to reduce loneliness and improve social connections for older persons living in retirement housing

Here is an exciting opportunity to conduct a study in a stimulating area of research i.e. loneliness and older age which could lead to entirely new approaches in understanding the impact that lonelienss can have on the mental well-being of older people and identify what interventions can be effective in reducing its negative impact through increasing access to meaningful activities and improved social connections.

This is a funded MRes, including a generous stipend and tuition fees, with well-resourced circumstances for a successful scholarship.

The selected candidate will apply their research and interpersonal skills and ambition to conduct applied research with the University of South Wales and a leading Mental Health Charity. This applied research project, will allow the student to develop transferable knowledge and skills in this most exciting and active field of mental health and older persons research.

This Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS) project will be held in the Faculty Life Sciences and Education at the University of South Wales. KESS is a programme funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) awarded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) in the Welsh Government. The MRes will be associated with the Mental Health Foundation. The project will focus on evaluating interventions such as engagement in meaningful activities delivered within peer support groups run by trained volunteers to older persons living in retirement accommodation e.g. with a housing provider or in a residential care home. The impact of these findings could potentially improve the mental well-being of older people thus, improving their quality of life in their older age. The project is backed by the Mental Health Foundation.

Closing date for applications: 16th February 2018

Further information

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Yorkshire Cancer Research

Yorkshire Cancer Research is committed to investing £100m in ground breaking research and services, with the ambitious goal of saving 2000 lives a year in Yorkshire by 2025. This year we have allocated £4m to support the 2018 Funding Round and have also committed £6m to support commissioned research which will be available later in the year. Collectively, the synergy of both response-mode funding and commissioning will allow us to make progress on our target of 2000 lives.

The 2018 Funding Round will focus on three areas:

  • Early Diagnosis and Cancer Screening
  • Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Trials

Preliminary application deadline: 15 March 2018

Further information

Call for proposals: improving health and social care in neurodegenerative disease

The EU's Joint Programme - Neurodegenerative Disease (JPND) has launched a call for proposals to improve health and social care research for people affected by neurodegenerative diseases.

Proposals can equally address large scale health and social care issues like infrastructure or improvements for individual patients, carers and families. Read more and submit your proposal

Closing date: 6 March 2018

Welsh Crucible – Research Leadership programme

Applications are open for Welsh Crucible, a programme of personal, professional and leadership development for early to mid-career researchers and academics. Find out more and apply before 16 February 2018.

This year 30 exceptional researchers from across Wales will be selected for three intensive two-day workshops, comprising inspiring guest speakers, interactive skills sessions and informal discussions.

Launched in 2011, Welsh Crucible introduces new ways of thinking and working to researchers who are already excelling in their fields. It aims to create long-term changes in attitude and working practice, as well as encouraging practical collaborations between participants.

“There are many benefits for those who participate in the programme”, said Dr Liam Morgan, Programme Manager. “Welsh Crucible helps develop a close network of like-minded peers, but also challenges people to think beyond their current work commitments so that they emerge with new insights and excellent career development potential.”

Hear from past participants on the programme.

Applications are invited from early to mid-career researchers and academics with a minimum of 3 years’ postdoctoral research experience in any discipline. Applicants should be based in Wales and working in either a Welsh university or in research and development in business, industry or the public/third sector.

The closing date for applications is midnight on the 16th February 2018.

Find out more at an upcoming information session. Please email at to register your interest in attending:

  • Monday 22 January, 12:15-13:30 - Committee Rooms, Glamorgan Building, Cathays Campus
  • Tuesday 23 January, 12:15-13:30 - Seminar Room B, Main Hospital Building, Heath Park Campus

Find out more about the Welsh Crucible programme

L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women In Science Awards

The fellowship awards of £15,000 are open to female early-career researchers working in the field of life and physical sciences, engineering, mathematics and computer sciences.

This unique award is designed to provide practical help to aid female researchers in continuing their cutting-edge research. The fellowship can be spent as the fellow wishes; it could buy a piece of scientific equipment, help to cover child care costs or be used to fund conference travel.

Closing date: 16 February 2018

Further information:

Access to patient Samples for Translational Research Award (ASTRA)

The Wales Cancer Research Centre (WCRC) has launched its Access to patient Samples for Translational Research Award (ASTRA).

WCRC has introduced the awards to build research capacity based around biological samples. They will award funds for access to, and analysis of, samples from Welsh cancer biobanks. 

Applications close: 17:00 on 14 February 2018

Read more and apply

Welsh Government & Health and Care Research Wales

PhD health studentship award - OPEN

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.

Closing date: 27 March 2018

Research for patient and public benefit scheme - 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: 20 December 2017

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

Clinical research time awards - Now 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: 16 October 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: 29 November 2017

COMING SOON: Social care research fel­lowship award

This award enables individuals to become independent researchers and to under­take high-quality research. The total budget of this call is approximately £900,000. Three to four awards are anticipated, and are expected to be up to three years in duration. 

Closing date: Not known

COMING SOON: Health research grants

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in November 2018. The following information is subject to change. 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. ***

Closing date: Not known

PhD social care student­ship award - Now closed

The following information is subject to change. This award supports supports capacity building in social care by funding research pro­jects that aim to provide evidence with relevance to patients, service users, carers, and the organisation and delivery of effective social care services. 

Closing date: 15 September 2017

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

BMA Foundation for Medical Research Grants 2018

The BMA Foundation for Medical Research provides approximately £600,000 of research funding annually, this year across 11 different grants. Details of the 2018 grants have now been confirmed and all grant categories can be viewed in the poster below or on the BMA Foundation website here. Applications are invited from medical practitioners and/or research scientists for research in progress or prospective research.

Applications for the 2018 grant round will open on the BMA Foundation website from 1 January 2018 –

 The deadline for applications is 2nd March 2018.

European Structural Funds 2014 - 2020 Research and Innovation funding call now open

A call for research and innovation proposals across Wales is currently underway, with £30 million available.

The theme of this funding call is ‘accelerating world-class collaboration in research and innovation.' 

Deadline for proposals: 28 March 2018

Read more and register your interest

The Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research & Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences

Research Fellowship Exchange Programme

The Farr Institute and ICES are pleased to announce a call to support research collaborations between the two organisations. The institutes will provide financial assistance in the form of Research Fellowships, to two research projects chosen from a competitive call:

  • One project originating from the UK in which the fellow travels to a Canadian ICES Centre
  • One project originating from Canada in which the fellow travels to a UK Farr Centre

Each project will receive up to £15,000 or $30,000 CAD to allow exchange of a research fellow between UK and Canada for a duration of up to three (3) months. The programme will also support the attendance of the Principal Investigators (PIs) and the fellows at the International Population Data Linkage Network Conference in Banff, Canada 12-14 September 2018.

The supported research projects must adhere to the following criteria:

  • Build on existing research at The Farr Institute and ICES; adding value to a project which is currently occurring in only one country and/or demonstrating the power of scaling studies based on linked data on an international scale.
  • Have two Principal Investigators (PIs) – one core or adjunct scientist at ICES and one scientist at The Farr Institute.
  • Involve data linkage within UK and Ontario/Canada.
  • Be achievable in the short term (~1 year); processes and permissions for within jurisdiction data linkage and access must already be in place.
  • Benefit the research strategies of ICES and The Farr Institute.
  • Provide career benefit for staff, trainees or early career researchers already working on research studies at either The Farr Institute or ICES.
  • Give rise to peer-reviewed publication(s).

Further information: please see the attached information sheet and application form.

Economic and Social Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowships

Economic and Social Research Council are pleased to announce the introduction of a Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) Scheme aimed at those in the immediately postdoctoral stage of their career, to provide the opportunity consolidate their PhD through developing publications , their networks, and their research and professional skills

Deadline: 30 March 2018, 16.00

Find out more

NIHR funding opportunities

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.

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.

NIHR 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 - an NIHR and MRC partnership

17/110 EME Mental Health Themed Call  
Deadline: 13:00 on 27 March 2018
Read more and apply

Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship Programme

  • Round 6 now closed (deadline 14 September). Next call to be announced.
    Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowships (KMRF) are designed to support a balance of innovative knowledge mobilisation and research into the processes and impacts of such innovation. Through innovative practice and systematic study of that practice KMR Fellows should advance knowledge and understanding about research use, influence and impact.

Invention for Innovation Programme (i4i)

Academy of Medical Sciences

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. Grants are worth up to £30,000 each over one to two years.

The next round is now open and closes 16 March 2018.

Springboard awards

These enable UK biomedical scientists to develop their independent re­search careers. Awards are worth up to £100,000 each over two years. Funding covers research expenses, equipment, research assistance, trav­el costs for meetings and collaborations, but not personal salary costs.

Round 3 is now in process. The eligibility checking phase is complete. Next call be to announced.

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:

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.