Funding Opportunities

Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant program - Individual Fellowships

This is a prestigious, EU-funded fellowship aimed to non-French, experienced researchers (Postdocs) willing to perform research in an European innovative biotech.

This funding will result in a two year post doctoral appointment (~ 53k€/year gross salary depending on the candidate's family situation) in our headquarters in Paris, where the selected candidate will conduct cutting-edge research and receive training in business and entrepreneurship.

We propose to applicants one of our many research topics related to microfluidics, cell biology, molecular biology, biophysics, medical, and cancer research. Nevertheless, we are also open to any new research topic linked to biotechnology that the applicant is willing to pursue.

Deadline for applications: 12 September 2018

Further information

Bevan Commission Exemplars

Make your innovative health and care ideas a reality and become a Bevan Exemplar

  • Passionate about the NHS and its sustainability?
  • Got an innovative idea to improve the way the NHS works in Wales?
  • Want to make your idea a reality?  

Being a Bevan Commission Exemplar means you will be supported to take your idea through to implementation, and will be championed at senior levels within NHS Wales and the Bevan Commission.

We have a strong track record of success, having supported over 70 projects to date which are transforming patient experiences and health outcomes. For every £1 invested in Bevan Exemplar projects, £5 is generated in economic benefits through in-kind support, waste reduction and staff redeployment.

Our Exemplars schemes provide a fantastic opportunity to develop your leadership experience, personal knowledge and skills, and access expert training and mentorship. As a Bevan Exemplar you will gain greater insight to people and perspectives across the NHS and beyond, and network with other innovators from a variety of health and care backgrounds.

We are inviting applications for:

  • Bevan Innovation Exemplars: We are looking for Exemplars who have a good idea that supports prudent innovation and improved health outcomes which can be delivered within a 9-12 month period. This call also encourages applications from outside the NHS that can provide evidence of benefit to the health and wellbeing of the local community.
  • Bevan Health Technology Exemplars: We are looking for NHS Wales staff who are working with an industry partner and want to will be ready to trial and evaluate promising or innovative health technology (within 9-12 months). Enablement funding of up to £7,500 is available to support the implementation of your chosen technology in your clinical area, and applicants will be invited to take part in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitching process.

Applications are open May - July 2018. View application form here.

If you have any questions regarding our Bevan Exemplars calls, please contact Bevan Commission Deputy Director Siôn Charles by emailing or call 07791 024 021. 

Find and out more and apply.

Wales School for Social Care Research Social Care PHD Studentship Award 2018

The Wales School for Social Care Research (WSSCR) is offering PhD Studentship Awards for social care research.  The WSSCR Studentship Award funds talented individuals to undertake high-quality research and study leading to the qualification of PhD.

Projects undertaken as part of this work are expected to have relevance to the social care needs, the public and service users, and/or the organisation and delivery of effective social care services in Wales.

The Applicant (i.e the proposed PhD Supervisor) must be based at the Host Institution at the time of applying, the Host Institution must be an organisation based in Wales. Funding available for UK/ EU applications only.

Application deadline: 9th July 2018 at 5pm.

Applicants must be in a position to commence proposed activities by 1 October 2018.

Further information:

KESS2 PhD Studentship: The investigation of the use of ‘Sterimelt’ technology to recycle hospital polypropylene waste

Ref: PDC / USW MAXI 21096

Here is an exciting opportunity to study a new technology which could inform future lead new approaches in Recycling clinical waste materials. The selected candidate will apply their research, interpersonal skills and ambition to conduct research with the University of South Wales and Thermal Compaction Group Ltd.

This research project will allow the student to develop transferable knowledge and skills in this most exciting and active field of recycling medical waste and the reuse of polypropylene.

This Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS) project will be held in the Faculty Life Sciences 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 PhD will be associated with University Health Boards in Wales. The project is to investigate the medical disposable products that have the potential for being recycled with the use of the ‘Sterimelt’ machine.

The project will include the investigation of issues with infection control and procedures within the NHS. The student will also engage with companies that use or could use the recycled polymers to gauge their views on buying and use of recycled products. This project has global potential for the recycling of medical waste and improvement in the environment. Read full project description here.

Application Process: To download an application package, please visit: Participant Application Package

For any queries on eligibility, please contact: KESS Team at Research and Innovation Services, University of South Wales: Tel: 01443 482578

For informal enquiries or further programme information, please contact: Professor Joyce Kenkre

Closing date for applications: midnight Sunday 17th June 2018 Interviews will be held w/c (TBC)

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust 

A Churchill Fellowship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand your professional and personal horizons by travelling abroad for up to two months, researching innovative practice on a topic of your choice.

Everyone can apply, regardless of age or background, and no qualifications are required.  

For 2019 Fellowships will be awarded for topics in these categories: 

  • Artists & makers
  • Education
  • Emergency services: crisis prevention, response and recovery
  • Enterprise: supporting social impact
  • Environment, conservation & sustainable living
  • Healthcare: innovations for the twenty-first century
  • Migration: living well together
  • Nursing & Allied Health Professions
  • Rural living: strengthening countryside communities
  • Science, technology & engineering
  • Suicide: prevention, intervention and postvention
  • Young people's awards
  • Open category: for projects beyond this range 

Closing date: 18 September 2018 

For more details please see:

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships scheme

The UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship scheme (FLF) aims to develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK. Providing up to seven years of funding, for at least 550 early-career researchers and innovators, the scheme will tackle difficult and novel challenges.

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships can be held at any UK-based organisation currently registered as eligible to apply to the research councils (for example higher education institutes, research council institutes and eligible independent research organisations), or Innovate UK. Companies or other privately owned research organisations are encouraged to host UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships if they can provide an innovation and/or research environment of international standing. 

There will be six calls for the FLFs, with two calls taking place each year over the next three years. Applications can be submitted in any area of research or innovation covered by the Research Councils and Innovate UK.

Submission deadline: mandatory Expression of Interest required by 7 June; first FLF call is 3 July 2018.

For further information visit the Future Leaders Fellowships call page

KESS2 MRes Scholarship:  An exploration of compassionate care from the perspectives of older people, carers and service providers

University of South Wales

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.

Project ID: 21087
Annual Stipend: circa £11 k p.a.
Application Deadline: 8th July 2018

Further information:

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

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:

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.


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.


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.


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 information

Experimental Medicine Challenge Grant

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.

Deadline for outline applications: 31 May 2018

Read more and apply

Cancer Research and Global Health: Pump-Priming Call

This call will provide funds to establish/develop partnerships with LMIC-based researchers, catalyse studies and contribute to evidence-gathering towards future, more ambitious research proposals. Proposals will be accepted for research addressing challenges related to cancers of high impact and/or increasing burden in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).

Awards will be made for up to £200k, for projects extending up to 24 months. 

Cancer Research and Global Health: Call for Outlines

Researchers who have established collaborations with LMIC-based partners and/or have preliminary data to support a more ambitious proposal (3-5 years) can submit full applications, relevant to GCRF, directly to the MRC’s Research Boards and Panels

The closing date for both calls will be June 20th. Full details can be found on the website.

Tenovus Research Strategy Grants

Tenovus Cancer Care brings practical advice, emotional support and treatment to where it matters most: the heart of the community. Their new Research Strategy Grant funding stream invites applicants to apply for identified priority themes necessary to advance the services and activity provision of Tenovus Cancer Care. The Research Strategy Grant call is open now for applications for two years of research funding for up to £60,000.

Deadline for expressions of interest: 18 June 2018

Read more and complete the EOI form

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 - OPEN

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

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 funding opportunities

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: 09 May 2018

Find out more

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 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

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:

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.