Funding Opportunities

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.

Further information: http://www.rcnfoundation.org.uk/how_we_can_help/education_grants


Tenovus Cancer Care PhD Studentships

We are delighted to announce that we are continuing our tradition of supporting young and early career researchers by inviting applications for PhD studentships in cancer research, both in the laboratory and in the social sciences. We are looking for projects that address the issues faced by people affected by cancer today, and the best methods of preventing and treating cancer in the future. 

Eligibility and Guidance

Tenovus Cancer Care PhD Studentships are open to any academic institution based in Wales and are scheduled to commence in October 2019. 

They will be for a period of up to four years at a maximum of £30,000 per annum for laboratory based projects, and £20,000 per annum for non-laboratory projects. 

How to apply

Please visit our website for more information and read our PhD Guidance Document. Full applications must be submitted using our online form by Monday 29th October, with decisions expected in March 2019.

Now open to applicants: the Stroke Association lectureship programme

This year, the Stroke Association is collaborating with Health and Care Research Wales to offer a lectureship award exclusively to researchers in Wales. Running alongside the Stroke Association's UK wide lectureship programme, this award will support Wales' rising stars in stroke research, and will help to build capacity. 

Deadline for applications: 17:00 on 26 October 2018

Read more and apply

Butterfield Award Programme

Applications are invited for grants in medicine and health for the Butterfield Award Programme. 

The principal intention of the programme is to enable researchers, practitioners, policy makers and voluntary sector workers in Japan and Britain to share experience and advance knowledge and good practice, and to facilitate UK-Japan professional exchanges and small-scale collaborations. 

Applications can be in any relevant field of medicine and health. Projects in the economics and management of healthcare, public health and the interface between medical and social care are particularly welcome. 

Grants are not available to fund laboratory consumables and equipment nor for the purely clinical costs of joint research projects but are intended, for example, to help towards travel and living expenses of such research collaborations, or towards seminars, conferences, workshops or publications. 

Further background information is available in the link below, and for examples of the kind of projects that have received our funding, our Annual Reports list Butterfield awards made each year and provide examples of the kind of projects that have received our funding in the past. These Reports can be viewed on our website www.gbsf.org.uk, where you can also download the Butterfield Programme application form: http://www.gbsf.org.uk/grants/butterfield-awards-in-medicine-and-health/ 

The deadline for applications is 15th December 2018 for projects beginning no earlier than 31st March 2019.


British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) provides a wide range of grants for short and long term research projects, essential infrastructure and strategic initiatives.

The BHF fund all types of cardiovascular research, including on stroke, vascular dementia and diabetes, and from the lab to the clinic and the community.

Information about the different types of grants available can be found here


Welsh Government & Health and Care Research Wales

Social care research fel­lowship award - Open

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: 28 November 2018

Health research grants - Open

 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: 05 December 2018

Research for patient and public benefit scheme - Open

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: 05 December 2018

Clinical research time awards - Open

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: 25th October 2018

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: 29 November 2017

PhD social care student­ship award - 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: 9 July 2018

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.

Closing date: 27 March 2018

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

Academic Fellowship scheme

The Academic Fellowship scheme enables academics at a senior (post-PhD) career level to spend time working with the Research Service on a specific project, where this will have mutual benefit to the academic and to the National Assembly for Wales.

The scheme aims to:

  • Provide access to expertise on topics of relevance to priority areas;
  • Promote public understanding of the Assembly amongst the research community;
  • Cultivate relationships between Assembly staff and the research community; and
  • Support the Assembly Commission’s strategic goals of providing outstanding parliamentary support and engaging with all the people of Wales.

We are looking for senior academics to work with our Research Service as a fellow sometime during 2019. The call for applications is now open.

Want to know more about the scheme? Register for one of our online events on 10 October 2018 to ask questions and learn more.  

Who can apply?

Applications to the Academic Fellowship scheme are now open for research to be conducted sometime in 2019.

The closing date is 1 November 2018.

There are two routes to apply:

  • Directed call – Responding to an invitation to submit a bid to research a pre-identified topic. The topics are shown below.
  • Open call – Propose a project of your choosing.

The Fellowship scheme is open to senior (post-PhD) academics who are employed at a UK higher education institution.  All applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

Further information: http://www.assembly.wales/en/bus-home/research/academic-engagement/Pages/Academic-Fellowship-scheme.aspx

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.


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.

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme - an NIHR and MRC partnership

NIHR School for Public Health Research - PhD Studentships

The NIHR School for Public health Research is funding up to 25 PhD Studentships as part of an initiative to build capacity in public health research. The studentships will begin in October 2018 and will be distributed across the School’s eight academic centres.

Deadline: Next round to be announced

Find out more

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 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. 

Public Health Research Programme Rapid Funding Scheme

The Rapid Funding Scheme (RFS) offers researchers the opportunity to apply for funds to conduct rapid baseline data collection, as well as other feasibility work, prior to intervention implementation, for time-limited opportunities such as a natural experiment or similar evaluations of a new public health intervention.

The RFS has been set up to provide the public health research community with an accelerated route to funding for small-scale, short and time sensitive proposals that demonstrate a need for a rapid commissioning process to be followed. Funding will be offered, subject to appropriate scientific scrutiny, on the understanding that a full application to support completion of the evaluation will be forthcoming at an appropriate time point.

Proposals submitted to the RFS will be for:

  • a value of £50,000 or less
  • a duration of six months or less
  • for based line data collection/ other feasibility work
  • taking advantage of a time limited natural experiment opportunity
  • aiming towards the submission of a full evaluation

If you would like your proposal to be considered for the RFS, please contact phr@nihr.ac.uk with a summary of your intended project of no more than one page of A4 in length describing both the proposed work and the reasons for the urgency, in particular, why this proposal could not be considered through the standard commissioning timelines such as the researcher-led work stream.

Once the information provided has been considered by the PHR programme, you will be informed whether your proposal is eligible for the RFS. If eligible you will be given four weeks to complete a stage 2 application form.

Application dates: 01 March 2018 to 31 December 2018

Further information

Policy Research Programme

To follow

NIHR Fellowships

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.
Round 6 now closed (deadline 14 September). Next call to be announced.


NIHR Pre-Doctoral Fellowship - offers 1 year WTE (or on a part time basis of between 50 and 100% WTE) to give people the necessary skills and experience required to undertake a PhD. Applications will only be invited from individuals looking to undertake research training with a view to submitting a future PhD application in one of the NIHR Academy’s defined Strategic Themes. As developing research capacity amongst methodologists remains an important long-term aim for NIHR, this will include anyone looking to build a research career in any of the areas previously supported by the NIHR Research Methods Programme (medical statistics, health economics, clinical trial design, operational research and modelling), as well as other relevant methodologies more widely.

Awards will be available to start from September 2019 onwards with competitions launching annually, the first launching in February 2019. Further information.

NIHR Doctoral Fellowship - offers 3 years full-time funding (may be taken up on a part time basis of between 50 and 100% WTE) to undertake a PhD in an area of NIHR research.  The majority of Fellowships will be awarded in response mode but with strategic components also being introduced.

Fellowships will be available to start from September 2019 with competitions launching biannually, the first launching in October 2018. Further information.

NIHR Advanced Fellowship - between 2 and 5 years in duration and may be taken up on a part time basis of between 50 and 100% WTE at post-doctoral level and aimed at several specific points of a researcher’s career development for those who:

  • Have recently completed or about to be awarded a PhD but haven’t yet established themselves as independent researcher
  • Starting to establish themselves as independent researchers or those already established as independent researchers but not yet recognised as an international leader in their field.
  • Are looking to transition into applied health research from a basic science background or those looking to re-establish their research career following a significant career break. 

Advanced Fellowships will be available with a ‘clinical academic’ option whereby clinical applicants will have the option to request between 20% and 40% of their time be dedicated to clinical service/development which would be covered by the Fellowship.

Fellowships will be available to start from September 2019 with competitions launching biannually, the first launching in October 2018. Further information.

NIHR Development and Skills Enhancement Award offers 1 year (part time basis of between 50 and 100% WTE available, however the maximum duration will still be 1 year regardless of WTE) post-doctoral level award aimed at supporting NIHR Academy Members to gain specific skills and experience to support the next phase of their research career. This will include NIHR Academy Members requiring support for career continuity in advance of applying for further NIHR Academic Career Development funding, who haven’t been able to source support from elsewhere e.g. from Research Capability Funding. Applicants will be required to demonstrate the new skills and experience they hope to gain through the award and how it will benefit their future career in research.

Awards will be available to start from December 2019 onwards with application windows open all year round, starting from May 2019. Further information.

Policy Research Programme (PRP)

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.

Round 21 to open in 2019.

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.

Next round to open in 2019.

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


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.