Funding Opportunities

Macmillan Research Grants Scheme

At Macmillan we run an open competition grant funding scheme for UK-based researchers who have proposals for research projects that address questions relevant to our current call, that are scientifically and methodologically excellent, and that have clear potential to benefit people living with cancer.

To reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer, we invest in research that helps us to understand the numbers, needs and experiences of people living with cancer and generate the evidence needed to enable a better cancer experience.

We invite outline proposals in the following three areas:

  • The impact of new developments in cancer treatment (such as immunotherapy, personalised medicine, modern radiotherapy techniques) on the lives of people with cancer
  • How to most effectively get information about their diagnosis and prognosis to people living with cancer to enable them to make the right decisions about their life, treatment and care.
  • Identifying, understanding, and addressing inequalities in experience and outcomes following a cancer diagnosis

The deadline for outline applications is 9.00am on Monday 4 June 2018.

Further informationhttps://www.macmillan.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/evidence/research-funding/research-grants-scheme.html

Seed Corn Funding from Rosetrees Trust

Provides up to 3 years funding and up to £30K per annum for seedcorn projects aimed at enabling researchers to advance novel ideas related to prevention, diagnosis and/ or treatment of human diseases.

First round closes 30 April 2018, second round closes 30th November 2018.

Further information: http://www.rosetreestrust.co.uk/funding-researchers/all-other-grant-types/

Marie Curie Individual Fellowships 2018

The fellowship is designed to help young researchers launch successful academic careers. Successful applicants will gain valuable research experience while making influential contacts and boosting their profile.

WHO CAN APPLY?

This action is for experienced researchers from across the world.  Applicants need a doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time research experience by the time of the call deadline.

WHAT CAN BE FUNDED?

All research areas can be funded. MSCA Fellows come from a wide variety of disciplines – from physics to linguistics, and from health-sciences to mathematical modelling.

WHAT THE FUNDING COVERS

The grant provides an allowance to cover living, travel and family costs. In addition, the EU contributes to the training, networking and research costs of the fellow, as well as to the management and indirect costs of the project. The grant is awarded to the host organisation, usually a university, research centre or a company in Europe.

Deadline: 12 September 2018

Further informationhttps://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/msca-if-2018.html

RCBC First Into Research Fellowships

RCBC (Research Building Capacity Collaboration) Wales is pleased to announce funding for up to 6 First into Research (FiR) Fellowships. Applications are invited from eligible registered health professionals for fellowships to commence in September 2018. 

FiR Fellowships are for one day a week for up to 12 months.  They are targeted at newcomers to research or those wishing to develop confidence in research, to work on projects seeking answers to questions relevant to Nursing, Midwifery, the Allied Health Professions and Pharmacists in the specified fields.  Projects must be achievable in the timescale and may cover a wide spectrum of activity ranging from institutional strategies to more discrete individual research. 

Applications should demonstrate a commitment to the themes and priorities of Health and Care Research Wales and the University in which the study will be based in supporting and developing excellent research which has a positive impact on the health, wellbeing and prosperity of the people in Wales.

Deadline for confirmation of availability: 30th April 2018

Further informationhttp://www.rcbcwales.org.uk/funding-opportunities/

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New funding call: the £10 million Experimental Medicine Challenge Grant

Deadline for outline applications: 31 May 2018

The MRC is pleased to announce the launch of a £10 million ‘Experimental Medicine Challenge Grant’ call, which aims to support innovative programmes of research into disease pathophysiology.

All proposals must involve an experimental intervention, or “challenge”, in humans. Read more and apply


Tenovus Cancer Care iGrant Funding

Tenovus Cancer Care fund research that highlights or meets the needs of cancer patients and their families, including cancer prevention research.

The iGrant funding call is now open and welcomes applications from all, including individuals, patient groups, academic institutions health professionals and voluntary organisations, where the lead applicant is based in Wales.

iGrant applications can range from £1,000 up to a maximum of £30,000 and for the first time, projects can be up to 24 months. 

Applications close: 17:00 on Monday 23 April

Read more and apply

Second phase of Innovate to Save fund is launched

A second phase of the Welsh Government’s £5 million 'Innovate to Save' fund to help support public and third sector organisations deliver services in Wales has been launched by Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Mark Drakeford.

Applications are open for grants of up to £15,000, for organisations to test an idea that could improve services for citizens and make savings.

Throughout the research and development phase, projects will receive support from Nesta and Cardiff University (through the Y Lab arrangement), and the Wales Council for Voluntary Action.

There is then an opportunity to apply for loan funding to implement the idea.

Deadline for applications: 1 July 2018

Full details and how to apply


Welsh Government & Health and Care Research Wales

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

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 - 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 - 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.


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. 

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

Round 20 including:

Deadline: 17 April 2018

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.

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.

Call closed 16 March 2018, next call to be announced for 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.

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: 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.