Funding Opportunities

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships 2019

The goal of the Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers, wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility.

Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to researchers of any nationality to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research and innovation in Europe (EU Member States and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries) and beyond. The scheme particularly supports the return and (re)integration of European researchers from outside Europe and those who have previously worked here, as well as researchers displaced by conflict outside the EU and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries. It also promotes the career restart of individual researchers who show great potential.

Deadline for applications: 11 September 2019

Further information:

#WhyWeDoResearch Tweetchat

Topic: Disseminating your research findings – tips for success
Date:  23 May 2019
Time: 12:00 - 13:00

Join Health and Care Research Wales (@ResearchWales) and research fellow Emma Yhnell (@EmmaYhnell) on Twitter for ideas and tips on how best to disseminate your research findings. 

This is your chance to ask the experts about ensuring your research has maximum impact on policy, public and practice. We hope to see you there! Follow the hashtag #WhyWeDoResearch to get involved.

EPSRC Healthcare technologies discipline hopping call

The principal aim of this call is to provide researchers, who have a permanent post in an eligible Organisation for Research Council funding, with an opportunity to spend time in a different research or user environment in order to better understand the need for and potential of research in engineering, physical sciences, mathematical sciences or ICT to have an impact in addressing health challenges.

The scheme is targeted at individual researchers who wish to develop their research in healthcare technologies by developing new skills and collaborations with other disciplines and end users. Researchers may come from core EPSRC research fields and hop into other relevant disciplines and/or user fields (users include industry, clinical or public sector environments). Researchers in other disciplines and/or organisations that hold appointments that make them eligible for EPSRC funding may also hop into an Engineering and Physical Sciences environment.

Funding: Proposals should be between 3 and 12 months in duration on a full-time basis.  Resources requested will principally include Principal Investigator (PI) salary, travel and subsistence, plus resources for the specific activities.

Deadline: 27 June 2019

Further information:

Approaches to Understanding and Measuring Wellbeing

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), in partnership with the What Works Centre for Wellbeing (WWCW), are pleased to invite proposals for innovative research projects that focus on a wide range of methodologies and approaches to understanding and measuring wellbeing. 

Deadline for applications: 20 June 2019

Further information:

Early detection innovation sandpit and award

  • Cancer Research UK invites applications for its early detection project award. This supports research projects that drive forward a transformational change in how and when early cancers and pre-cancerous states are detected. Projects should aim to identify cancer or pre-cancerous states at the earliest possible point at which intervention might be made. This may include study of signals that detect or underpin prognosis, stratification or prediction of response to therapy and prevention.
  • Funding: amount max £500,000, Up to 4 years
  • Deadline: 20 June 2019

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.  The scheme pilots a new mechanism for NHS consultants with a PhD or MD (or equivalent higher research degree) who are not currently research active to participate in collaborative high-quality research partnerships with established leading biomedical researchers.

Funding: Working in partnership to support this pilot, the MRC will be committing £10 million across two rounds, with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) committing up to an additional £2 million.  Awards will be a minimum of one year and maximum of three years in duration.  It is anticipated 45-50 awards will be made.

Deadline: 18 June 2019

Further information:

Public Health Intervention Development Scheme (PHIND)

The MRC Public Health Intervention Development scheme (PHIND) supports the early stages of development of interventions that address an important UK or global public health issue. Studies funded by the scheme will develop the necessary evidence to underpin the later development and evaluation of novel public health interventions.  The scheme supports projects that will develop innovative new interventions that address an important UK or global public health issue, and seeks to encourage a novel, high risk approach to intervention development.

Funding: £150K for a maximum of 18 months. 

Deadline: 18 July

Further information:

British Heart Foundation

Two new Fellowships for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals

The first call for applications for Research Training Fellowships for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals is now open.

Applications must be submitted no later than Thursday the 25th of April 2019. Any applications received after this date will be deferred to the second round, later in 2019.

Follow the links below for more information:

Tenovus Cancer Care Research Strategy Grant 

Tenovus Cancer Care brings practical advice, emotional support and treatment to where it matters most; the heart of the community. Their Research Strategy Grants invites applications to address identified priority themes to advance their services and activity provision. 

Deadline: 24th June 2019

Read more and apply.

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:

Future Leadership Awards

Round 4

The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) will grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure that UK research and innovation continues to be world class.

Please note that for the next round, prospective candidates are asked to complete an updated EoI – attached [Round 4 UKRI FLF EOI.docx].

Workshop for prospective candidates: 22 May 2019

Further information on the University’s own internal review process with all the deadlines can be found at

Early Career Fellowships

For early career researchers, with a research record but who have not yet held a full-time permanent academic post, to undertake a significant piece of publishable work

Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK. 

The Fellowships are intended to assist those at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, and it is hoped that the appointment would lead to a more permanent position for the individual, either within the same or another institution.

The Trust will contribute 50% of each Fellow's total salary costs up to a maximum of £25,000 per year and the balance is to be paid by the host institution. Each Fellow may request annual research expenses of up to £6,000 per year to further his or her research activities.

Fellowships are tenable for 3 years on a full-time basis. The Trust will support requests to hold the award part-time over a proportionately longer period for health related reasons, disability or childcare commitments.

Deadline for applications: closed 28 February 2019, next call to be announced.

Further information:

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships

The UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) will grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure that UK research and innovation continues to be world class. 

This cross-UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) scheme will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user environments including research councils' institutes and laboratories.

Closing date: 30 May 2019

Further information:

Health and Care Research Wales & Fight for Sight

We are pleased to announce a new funding partnership with leading eye research charity Fight for Sight. 

The grant award is open to applications from any eligible host institution in Wales that has a project proposal for eye research. We are particularly keen to see applications in the fields of myopia and corneal disease, although any area of eye research is eligible. 

Deadline: 11 July 2019

Further 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: 

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: 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 - 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: 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

British Heart Foundation

Big Beat Challenge

  • This is a global competition that will culminate in a single research award of up to £30 million to an international multi-disciplinary team, which has identified and proposed a transformational solution to a significant problem in heart and circulatory disease. It is a challenge to scientists, clinicians, innovators and entrepreneurs to look beyond incremental gains and accelerate research breakthroughs that could transform lives across the globe.
  • Funding: £30M (Single grant)
  • Deadline: Outline Application, 14 June 2019

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

Bevan Exemplars  

We are particularly interested in applications that support delivery of:

  • ‘Prudent Healthcare’
  • A Healthier Wales
  • Support Regional Partnership Board innovation, transformational change, or other objectives
  • Wellbeing of Future Generations
  • Projects from finance teams

We can accept applications from non-NHS staff (provided that the application is supported by the local NHS organisation)

Closing dates may vary locally but are likely to be circa 2 July

The programme will start in October 2019

Further information:

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NIHR funding opportunities

Full current list of 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.

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

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. 

Invention for Innovation Programme

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

Wellcome Trust - Senior Research Fellowships

  • The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its senior research fellowships. These support independent scientific researchers who want to tackle the most important questions in science and who are leaders in their field. Proposals must fall within the trust’s science remit.
  • Researchers from the UK, Republic of Ireland and low- or middle-income countries may apply. They should have a PhD and significant postdoctoral research experience, be leading their own independent research programme and have an internationally recognised track record in their area of research. Applicants need an eligible sponsoring host institution in the UK, Republic of Ireland or in a low- or middle-income country with the support of the relevant head of department or equivalent.
  • Funding: Up to 7 years.
  • Deadline: Full application deadline, 25 July 2019.

Investigator Awards in Science

  • The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its investigator awards in science. These support independent researchers with a compelling research vision to tackle the most important questions in science.  We consider applications from researchers throughout their independent careers. For example, you may be a newly appointed lecturer, a mid-career researcher or a senior researcher.
  • Funding: Flexible funding, up to around £3 million for up to 7 years. Salary isn’t provided.
  • Deadline: 25 July 2019

Research Awards for Health Professionals

  • The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its research fellowships for health professionals. These enable practising health professionals to carry out humanities or social science research in any area of health. The research should aim to improve understanding of health and disease using humanities or social science methods.
  • Funding: £350,000 for up to 3 years.
  • Deadline: Preliminary application deadline 2 July 2019, Full application deadline 12 September 2019

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.

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 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 1: deadline for submissions 28 February 2019, applications reviewed by 31 March 2019
  • Quarter 2: deadline for submissions 31 May 2019, applications reviewed by 30 June 2019
  • 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:

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.

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 information

ESRC Approaches to Understanding and Measuring Wellbeing

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), in partnership with the What Works Centre for Wellbeing (WWCW), are pleased to invite proposals for innovative research projects that focus on a wider range of methodologies and approaches to understanding and measuring wellbeing.

Deadline: 20th June 2019

Further information:

ESRC Impact Acceleration Account

The ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) helps bridge the gap between the findings of social science research projects and their take-up by policy makers, organisations and other end users to benefit society and the economy.

This IAA funds five strands of activities : SPARKing Impact, Initiator; Accelerator; Exchange; Events 

Deadline for expressions of interest for SPARKing impact is 31st March.

Deadlines for expressions of interest for all other schemes is 8th May.

Further 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:

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:

Further information: