Funding Opportunities

Cancer Research UK - Population research committee project awards

NHS Research Time Award 2019

The 2019 round of NHS Research Time Awards, formally known as Clinical Research Time Awards, is now open.
 
The scheme is open to staff in NHS Wales, or staff contracted to NHS Wales (such as doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and clinical scientists) in primary, secondary or community care or public health. Read more and apply.

Deadline: 17th October 2019

SETsquared partnership - Healthy Ageing Campaign #2

Helping people remain independent, productive, active and socially connected for longer (programme development funding for further proposal development)

  • Applications are invited from companies and academics and other partners to apply for funding to help develop collaborative R&D proposals for UKRI’s £98m Healthy Ageing funding challenge https://www.ukri.org/innovation/industrial-strategy-challenge-fund/healthy-ageing/
  • All applications to the Healthy Ageing Campaign must include or be led by at least one SETsquared academic partner (from the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey).
  • The call will also consider funding applications with a Healthy Ageing theme which may be considered to be more appropriate for another related call e.g. Innovate UK, NIHR, Wellcome, etc.
  • Funding: up to £35k per project
  • Deadline: 18 October 2019
  • https://www.setsquared.co.uk/programme/healthy-ageing/

Fight for Sight - John Lee primer fellowship

UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) – second call for proposals now open

The UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP), made up of a range of research councils, charities and government funders including Health and Care Research Wales, has opened its second funding call for proposals for new Consortium and Network awards.

Under the second call, the UKPRP funders are looking for proposals in the areas listed below and other areas which complement the current portfolio.

  • Preventing poor mental health and promoting mental wellbeing
  • Reducing health inequalities
  • Using fiscal and economic interventions to prevent NCDs and reduce health inequalities
  • Modifying other social and economic determinants of health and wellbeing
  • Tackling food systems that perpetuate unhealthy diets and obesity
  • Improving the urban environment, including transport systems and air quality
  • Using green and blue spaces for improving population health and preventing NCDs
  • Targeting specific life course stages or transitions
  • Cross-cutting approaches

Closing date: 14 November 2019

Read more and apply.

British Heart Foundation

Two new Fellowships for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals

The second call for applications for Research Training Fellowships for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals is now open. The scheme aims to provide a foundation in research training in an established research institution in the UK for healthcare professionals, leading to the award of a PhD.

Deadline: 25th October 2019

Follow the links below for more information:

Welsh Government & Health and Care Research Wales

Pathway to Portfolio Development Funding Scheme

Health and Care Research Wales has launched the Pathway to Portfolio Development Funding Scheme to support individuals in the NHS to undertake a research project and/or activity that will allow them to refine and develop their grant application writing skills, develop their research ideas or provide opportunities to support pilot, feasibility or proof of concept work.

The scheme is open to all staff across the NHS with the aim of supporting activities that will provide the essential step towards research applications to funders of high quality research.

Closing date: Ongoing

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 - Closed

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: 28 November 2018

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: 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: 29 October 2019

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: 17th October 2019

Social care grants - Open

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 - 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. 

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.

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

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

NIHR funding opportunities




Full current list of opportunities:
https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/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

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.

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme - an NIHR and MRC partnershi

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. 

  • The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Public Health Research Programme is accepting stage one applications to its researcher-led workstream.
    Deadline: 19 November
    Find out more and apply.

  • Continuing priority research topics of interest to the Public Health Research Programme            
    The Public Health Research Programme is accepting stage one applications to its commissioned workstream on the topic of continuing priority research topics of interest to the Public Health Research Programme.
    Deadline: 19 November
    Learn more and apply.

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

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.

  • Call 3

    The deadline for this call is 1pm, 11 September 2019
    The i4i team is hosting a live FAQ webinar from 10am to 11pm on Friday 16 August. Find out more.

Policy Research Programme

  • NIHR: Health Inequalities Research InitiativeDear colleague,

    The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Policy Research Programme (PRP) invites applications to undertake health inequalities research to support policy makers in the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in the following areas:

    • Assessing how to improve existing population wide policies aimed at improving health outcomes so that they so they also reduce health inequalities and/or do not exacerbate
      inequalities
    • Identifying which existing health system interventions that are specifically designed to reduce socio-economic health inequalities are effective and cost-effective
    • Assessing the effectiveness in reducing health inequalities of whole system approaches to improving the health of deprived communities
    • Identifying opportunities and risks presented by advancements in digital technology, and practical measures to ensure such technology does not exacerbate socio-economic health inequalities.

     There is an overarching interest in understanding how to maximise the effectiveness of existing policies so that they can improve the health of the poorest fastest, as well as understanding the reasons why some local areas do well, and some less well, on health inequality measures.

    Projects may draw on a range of methodologies, which may include, but not limited to: documentary analysis, evidence reviews, secondary analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, and primary data collection e.g. qualitative research with stakeholders and users.

    The set budget per project is between £250,000-£750,000

    Proposals undergo a two-stage assessment process. Stage 1 requires completion of an outline proposal submitted by the deadline of 1pm on Tuesday 14th January 2020.

    For further information and to apply, please click here

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

Wellcome Trust - Collaborative awards in science

  • Wellcome Trust invites applications for its collaborative awards in science. These promote the development of new ideas and speed up the pace of discovery in areas relevant to the Wellcome Trust. Teams of researchers, consisting of independent research groups, are funded to work together on the most important scientific problems that can only be solved through collaborative efforts. 
  • Deadline: 21 Nov 2019
  • Funding: £4M for up to 5 years
  • https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/schemes/collaborative-awards-science

Clinical research career development fellowship

  • The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its clinical research career development fellowships. These enable clinically active health professionals to continue research at postdoctoral level and develop scientific independence, balancing clinical work with a research career.  You can apply for a Clinical Research Career Development Fellowship if you’re a healthcare professional and you want to balance clinical work with a research career.  
  • Funding: Up to 8 years
  • Deadline: 04 Feb 2020
  • Further information: https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/schemes/clinical-research-career-development-fellowships

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.

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/

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 22 is now closed. The Panel will convene in December 2019.
The next round will open in January 2020.

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 5 is now closed. The Panel will convene in November 2019. Decisions will be communicated to all applicants by early February 2020.
The next round will open  in February/March 2020.


RCGP Annual Research Grants

The RCGP Scientific Foundation Board have opened their call for Annual Research Grants. The deadline is 31st July 2019. These are relatively small grants of up to £30,000 but we have had some success with these in the past, particularly from our Academic Fellows.

The SFB is our charitable funding body and awards grants for research projects whose findings will be of direct relevance to the care of patients in the general practice setting. Any GP, primary healthcare professional or university-based researcher may apply for a grant for scientific research to be undertaken in the UK.

Applications for PAGs will be reviewed quarterly according to the following calendar:

  • Quarter 3: deadline for submissions 31 August 2019, applications reviewed by 30 September 2019
  • Quarter 4: deadline for submissions 30 November 2019, applications reviewed by 31 December 2019

Further information: https://www.rcgp.org.uk/clinical-and-research/our-programmes/research-facilitation-and-support/research-grants-and-fellowships.aspx


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.

GW4 Clinical Academic Training Programme (GW4-CAT)

This prestigious programme, funded by the Wellcome Trust, offers medical, dental and veterinary graduates the opportunity to undertake interdisciplinary PhD training in the Universities of Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.

The GW4-CAT Programme are accepting applications for a Summer 2020 start, from now, until 1st April 2019.  Successful candidates will be awarded a grant from the Wellcome Trust which will cover, a clinical salary and tuition fees, as well as a generous consumables, training and travel budget

See attached poster for details.

Further information: www.gw4-cat.ac.uk

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: