Funding Opportunities

British Heart Foundation

Two new Fellowships for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals

The BHF is pleased to announce two new Fellowship schemes for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals, which will commence in 2019.

Applications for both schemes will open in early 2019 (deadline to be confirmed)

Follow the links below for more information:

Medical Research Council (MRC)

Clinical Research Training Fellowship Post Doctoral (CRTF) opportunity: Jan 2019

The CRTF supports clinicians, including (but not limited to ) medics, surgeons, dentists, clinical pyschologists, public health specialty trainees, allied health professionals, nurses, midwives and veterinarians, to undertake a PhD or other higher research degree.

Deadline: 10th January 2019, 16:00

Further information

Clinician Scientist Fellowship (CSF) opportunity: Jan 2019

The CSF develops talented medically and other clinically qualified professionals who have gained a higher re-search degree to lead their own research plans and establish their own research team to make the transition to independent investigator.

Deadline: 10th January 2019, 16:00

Further information


Clinical Academic Research Partnerships

This scheme provides a new flexible route for research-qualified NHS consultants to increase their research skills and experience by engaging with groups and centres of biomedical research excellence, enabling the cross-seeding of perspectives, ideas and connections needed to underpin future translational biomedical research.

Funding: Awards will be a minimum of one year and maximum of three years in duration.  £12 million is available over the first two rounds of the scheme, from which it is anticipated 45-50 awards will be made. There is no limit to the total support an application can request, but applicants should be mindful of the budget available and anticipated number of awards.

Deadlines:  12 Mar 2019

Further information: https://mrc.ukri.org/funding/browse/carp/clinical-academic-research-partnerships/


PhD-Antimicrobial stewardship for asthma exacerbation

Fully funded PhD studentship open to applications

Division of Population Medicine, Cardiff University

Supervisors: Dr Nick Francis, Prof Shantini Paranjothy

This project addresses the priority area antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which is a key public health threat. Use of antibiotics drives AMR and most antibiotics are prescribed in primary care. Previous research and antimicrobial stewardship activities have addressed overuse of antibiotics for many conditions, but antibiotic use of asthma exacerbations is under-researched. More than one in ten people have a diagnosis of asthma at some point.

Most asthma exacerbations are not caused by bacterial infections, systematic reviews of poor quality studies have not found convincing evidence of benefit from antibiotic treatment, and guidelines recommend against antibiotic treatment, but around half of GP consultations for asthma exacerbations are treated with antibiotics.

This project aims to better describe the use of antibiotics for asthma exacerbations (including children who are prescribed asthma medications but do not have a diagnosis of asthma), determine the effect of antibiotics on reducing serious outcomes such as pneumonia and hospital admissions in people with asthma exacerbations, and understand the factors leading to antibiotic prescribing for asthma exacerbations in primary care. 

Deadline for applications: 27 February 2019

Further information: https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/phd-in-population-medicine-antimicrobial-stewardship-for-asthma-exacerbation/?p104757


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


Bowel Cancer UK

Bowel Cancer UK are now accepting applications from UK-based researchers for project and pilot grants in the following research areas: 

Improving bowel cancer screening, with a particular focus on:

  • Developing new forms of screening and early detection methods
  • Increasing screening uptake by testing different public interventions
  • Ways to reduce demand for endoscopy tests so capacity can be released
  • Enabling risk stratification to be introduced into the screening programme

Understanding and identifying people at high risk of bowel cancer, with a particular focus on:

  • Improving the identification of people at higher risk
  • Practical improvements in surveillance screening

Understanding bowel cancer in the under 50s, with a particular focus on: 

  • Increasing our understanding of the characteristics of bowel cancer in the under 50s
  • Investigating the causes of growing numbers of cases
  • Enabling the diagnosis of younger people with bowel cancer more quickly

Project grants

Funding is for up to two years with a value of up to £75,000 per year. Funding can cover salaries, consumables (including animal costs) and small items of equipment that are essential to the project.

Pilot grants

Pilot grants are available for up to 18 months of funding for up to £25,000. Funding will cover salaries and consumables (including animal costs) only. 

Deadline for applications: 31 January 2019

Further information: https://www.healthandcareresearch.gov.wales/news/apply-for-a-bowel-cancer-uk-grant/


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

PhD social care student­ship award - Open

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: 11 February 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: 05 December 2018

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: 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 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

KESS2 East - PhD and M-level Studentship Call (Cardiff University)

The Doctoral Academy has announced a second full call for Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS2) East Wales as Cardiff University is still under its ~25 PhD studentship allocation. The scheme offers fully-funded studentships to applicants residing in East Wales when undertaking partnership with an external organisation based in East or West Wales Area (as long as the benefits occur in the East). PhD Studentships will start in April and July 2019 with MPhil studentships available until 2020.

The scheme is open to all Academic Schools at Cardiff University on a competitive first-come, first-served basis. Limited additional funding is available to cover slightly higher research costs upon request. Projects must fit one of the Welsh Government’s priority economic sectors.

For further details regarding the KESS2 scheme please see the email attachments:

In order to apply, Supervisors must submit the fully completed KESS2 East Application Form and email confirmation of Divisional support to the Postgraduate Research (PGR) Office (pgrmedic@cardiff.ac.uk) by 9am Thursday 6th December.

Divisional level approval can be sought through the following contacts:

Once received the PGR Office will arrange for the KESS2 East Application Form to be signed by Dr Amanda Tonks, Director of PGR, and submitted to the Doctoral Academy by Tuesday 11th of December. Please note that incomplete and late applications will not be considered.

Please direct any enquires you may have as follows:


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


Cross-programme

18/173 Digital technologies to improve health and care
Deadline: 19 March 2019


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

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.

Wellcome Trust

Seed Awards in Science

Seed Awards help researchers develop novel ideas that will go on to form part of larger grant applications to Wellcome or elsewhere.

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.

 Clinical Research Career Development Fellowships

This scheme enables medical, dental, veterinary and clinical psychology graduates to continue their research at postdoctoral level and develop scientific independence. It provides support for up to eight years and the flexibility to balance research and clinical responsibilities.

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.


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/