Funding Opportunities

Welsh Government & Health and Care Research Wales


Clinical research time awards - NOW 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: 16 October 2017

Health research fellowship award - NOW OPEN

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. 
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Closing date: 29 November 2017

COMING SOON: Social care grant award

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in November 2017. The following information is subject to change. This award 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: Not known

COMING SOON: Research for patient and public benefit scheme

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in November 2017. The following information is subject to change. 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: Not known

COMING SOON: PhD health studentship award

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in January 2018. The following information is subject to change. This award supports capacity building in healthcare 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: Not known



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

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.


NHS Wales Chief Pharmacist Group: Pharmacy Research Bursary Awards

The NHS Wales Chief Pharmacists Group have established a Research Bursary Award to enable pharmacists to gain higher educational research skills with an intention to increase the research capacity and capability of the workforce and to address important healthcare research questions. Bursary activities will be consistent with the NHS Wales Chief Pharmacists priority areas, personal development plans and represent a strong likelihood of delivering high quality research outputs.

This Bursary is aimed at Diploma/MSc conversion course level, however alternative equivalent courses could be acceptable. Only course fees can be considered at this stage unless a strong case is made for additional support. This Bursary will be allocated through a competitive process.

NHS Wales Chief Pharmacists priority areas:

  1. Driving efficiency: Shifting care closer to home
  2. Reducing medicines related harm: Care home/ domiciliary services and support
  3. Improving patient experience and outcomes: Unscheduled care (ED, CDU, AU, ambulatory emergency care, frail elderly services)
  4. Workforce Modernisation: Workforce productivity and efficiency; skill mix; independent prescribing and advanced practice.
  5. Building capability: Aseptic Services; developing resilience
  6. Improving access to information and bench-marking performance. Improved reporting systems (pharmacy & finance) and data analysis
  7. Efficiency and Savings: Sustainability

Closing date: 12 October 2017

Further informationhttps://pharmacyresearch.wales/support-for-researchers/funding-for-research/nhs-wales-chief-pharmacist-group-pharmacy-research-bursary-awards/


Sêr Cymru II - Early Career Fellowships and ‘Rising Star’ scheme

The Sêr Cymru II programme is a suite of schemes part funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions  (MSCA) COFUND scheme or the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The programme will support up more than 150 new posts to work with stellar researchers in universities in Wales.

The programme is part of the Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales, Professor Julie Williams’ strategy to increase research capacity in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) related subjects. The programme is also open to researchers working in relevant areas of applied social science.

The programme is designed to attract the highest calibre candidates to work in excellent research groups in Welsh universities.Welsh universities 

Fellowships will normally be 3 years in duration and can involve collaboration with relevant commercial or third sector organisations. ‘Rising Star’ packages are expected to be 5 years in duration and can also involve collaboration with relevant commercial or third sector organisations. There is no deadline for ‘Rising Star’ applications as this is a rolling programme and applications can be submitted at any time.

Sêr Cymru II is only part funded by the European Commission (either WEFO or H2020), and Welsh Government and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), therefore it is vital that applicants contact their potential host institution (who will be providing the rest of the match funding) as soon as possible to discuss their proposed project before submitting an application. Please note internal university approval deadlines will apply before the submission deadline.

Welsh Government Sêr Cymru II Deadline: Monday 16th October 2017

Further information: https://businesswales.gov.wales/expertisewales/support-and-funding-researchers/s%C3%AAr-cymru-ii

Cancer Research UK

Population research catalyst award

This supports capacity building and collaboration in population health, ena­bling groups to unite to deliver impact over and above what they could do alone. The award is worth up to £5 million over a period of five years

Closing date: 20 Nov 2017

Population research com­mittee programme grants

These grants provide long-term support for broad, multidisciplinary research, led by individuals with an established scientific track record. Grants are gener­ally held for up to five years. 

Closing date: 8 March 2018 (preliminary submission)

Population research post­doctoral fellowship

This fellow­ship enables postdoctoral researchers to develop their careers in the field of population research. The fellowship is awarded for three years and co­vers salary for the fellow and research expenses. 

Closing date: 22 November 2017

Grand challenge awards

Applications for round 2 will open in June 2017. The following information is subject to change. These awards support a multinational, interdisciplinary effort to tackle significant problems in cancer research. Awards are worth up to £20 million each over a maximum period of five years. 

Closing date: 12 October 2017 (expression of interest)


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. 

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)

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


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.

Closing date: 08 Sep 2017  (Forecast)

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.

Closing date: 19 Oct 2017  (Forecast)

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.