Funding Opportunities

Efficiency through Technology Funding (ETTF) 2018-20

As we have seen in many of the examples of current ETTF projects, this funding has a strong emphasis on taking quick practical actions to improve the efficiency and sustainability of healthcare services. We cannot afford to postpone this effort due to current pressures, and I expect once again to see a good number of strong project proposals, drawn from your integrated medium term plan, which can make an immediate start. Proposals are invited for both evaluation and upscale projects:

  • Rapid evaluation projects – to test the real world impact of new products and services on efficiency and effectiveness. These projects must complete within nine months, with a funding requirement of £50k to £200k.
  • Scale-up projects – to accelerate the adoption of products and services which demonstrate significant improvements in efficiency and effectiveness, to national or regional level. These projects can run for up to three years (though ETTF money will only be available for two) with a minimum funding requirement of £200k.

Deadline: 30 August 2017

Further information: https://www.lifescienceshubwales.com/opportunities/call-applications-efficiency-technology-funding-ettf-2018-20-revenue/


Arthritis Research UK PhD Scholarship scheme

Deadline: 16:00 on 20 September 2017

PhD scholarships are available to encourage the best graduates to embark on a research career in any discipline relevant to arthritis and related musculoskeletal diseases.

The scholarships are awarded for projects that have clear relevance to the aims of Arthritis Research UK and provide training in research in a multidisciplinary environment. Full details and application link


Social Care Research Studentship Awards

The Wales School for Social Care Research (WSSCR) is offering PhD Studentship Awards for social care research. This 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 social care needs, the public and service users, and/or the organisation and delivery of effective social care services in Wales.

Deadline for applications1st  September 2017

Full information:
https://www.healthandcareresearch.gov.wales/funding/our-funding-schemes/

Efficiency Through Technology fund

The Efficiency Through Technology Fund (ETTF) funds two different kinds of projects:

  • Rapid evaluation projects – to test the real world impact of new products and services on efficiency and effectiveness. These projects must complete within 12 months, with a funding requirement of £50K to £200K
  • Scale up projects – to accelerate the adoption of products and services which demonstrate significant improvements in efficiency and effectiveness, to national or regional level. These projects can run for up to three years (though ETTF money will only be available for two) with a minimum funding requirement of £200K

Deadline for submissions: Wednesday 30th August

For more information click here


Funding available to improve analytical capability in health and care services

The Health foundation are looking to support analyst who are working on local innovative and ambitious projects that can demonstrate how they will improve analytical capability in support of health and care services and provide lessons for the wider care system. £400,000 of funding to support up to six projects across the UK that:

  • Improve analytical capability and can show how this will support better care in the future
  • Are led by a local/regional NHS or social care provider or commissioning organisation including local authorities, although partnerships with other groups and sectors  are also welcome
  • Could benefit from funding of up to £100,000 per project for a maximum duration of 15 months

Deadline for applications: 11.50pm, Tuesday 25th July 2017.

For more information click here


Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

Applications are now open for 2018 Travelling Fellowships 

Are you inspired by projects you know of abroad? Do you have the drive and determination to undertake global research?

We fund UK citizens to investigate ground-breaking practice in other countries and return with innovative ideas for the benefit of people in the UK. Whatever your background, we can help you bring positive change to your community, sector, or profession. 

We’re looking for people who are passionate about making a difference in their field. 

Grants cover return and internal travel, daily living and insurance within the countries visited. No qualifications are required. 

Categories include: 

  • Environment, Conservation and Sustainable Living
  • Education
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Mental Health – Community Based Approaches
  • Migration – Living Well Together
  • New Approaches to Social and Affordable Housing
  • Nursing and Allied Health Professions
  • Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Supporting Vulnerable Children following Bereavement 

Apply before 5pm on 19th September 2017. 

For more details please see: http://www.wcmt.org.uk/


RCGP research grants of up to £20,000 

The RCGP Scientific Foundation Board (SFB) supports high quality primary care research studies, and awards grants for research projects where 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.

Deadline for applications: 31 July 2017, 12:00 noon.

For more information please visit the RCGP website: http://www.rcgp.org.uk/SFB or contact us by email SFB@rcgp.org.uk  or telephone 020 3188 7594.  


Cancer Research UK

Career development fellowship

This enables scientists to set up their first independent cancer research group in any area of CRUK’s funding remit, with the exception of drug dis­covery and clinical trials. The fellowship covers salaries for the fellow, one postdoctoral researcher and one technician, and associated running ex­penses and equipment costs of up to £25,000 over a maximum period of six years. An annual salary enhancement of £6,500 is paid each year of the funding period.

Closing date: 21 Aug 17

Senior cancer research fellowship

This enables scientists to establish or further develop an independent can­cer research group in any area of the CRUK’s funding remit, with the excep­tion of clinical trials and drug discovery. The fellowship is awarded for a period of six years and comprises salary costs for the fellow, two postdoc­toral researchers, a technician and a PhD student, running expenses, and equipment costs of up to £50,000. An annual salary enhancement of £10,500 is paid each year of the funding period.

Closing date: 21 Aug 17

Career establishment awards

These enable scientists with between three and eight years’ experience post-PhD and a fully-funded full-time post to establish their independent cancer research career. Awards cover salaries and associated running expenses for one postdoctoral researcher and one technician and equipment costs of up to £25,000 over a maximum period of six years.

Closing date: 21 Aug 17

Science committee programme awards

These provide long-term support for broad, multidisciplinary research where the aim is to answer questions spanning basic and translational re­search. Awards are worth up to £2.5 million each for up to five years. Fund­ing may be used for salaries for researchers and technical staff, and the stipend, fees and running expenses of PhD students, running expenses and equipment.

Closing date: 22 Aug 17

Programme foundation awards

These enable cancer researchers with eight to 14 years’ experience post-PhD to establish or further develop their independent research group. Awards are worth up to £1.5 million each for projects with a duration of up to six years.

Closing date: 22 Aug 17

September 2017

Multidisciplinary project award

This supports collaborations between cancer researchers and scientists from engineering and physical science disciplines. Projects may receive up to £500,000 each over a maximum period of four years to cover the salaries of postdoctoral researchers, PhD students and technical staff, as well as associated running expenses and equipment.

Closing date: 06 Sep 17

DEADLINE BROUGHT FORWARD: Post­doctoral research bursary for clinical train­ees

*** The closing date for this opportunity has been brought forward. The pre­vious deadline of 26 September has been brought forward to 12 September 2017. All other call details remain unchanged. This bursary supports clinical trainees to undertake a research project after completion of a PhD. ***

Closing date: 12 Sep 17

Experimental medicine programme awards

These awards support investigator-led studies addressing large, high im­pact translational questions in association with a clinical trial aiming to opti­mise treatment and maximise patient benefit. Awards are typically worth between £1 million and £5m for up to five years to cover salaries, running expenses and equipment.

Closing date: 20 Sep 17

Population research catalyst award

Cancer Research UK

This supports capacity building and collaboration in population health, ena­bling groups to unite to deliver impact over and above what they could do alone. The award is worth up to £5 million over a period of five years

Closing date: 20 Nov 17

COMING SOON: Population research com­mittee programme grants

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in autumn 2017. The following information is subject to change. These grants provide long-term support for broad, multidisciplinary research, led by individuals with an established scientific track record. Grants are gener­ally held for up to five years. ***

Closing date: Not known

COMING SOON: Population research post­doctoral fellowship

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in autumn 2017. The following information is subject to change. This fellow­ship enables postdoctoral researchers to develop their careers in the field of population research. The fellowship is awarded for three years and co­vers salary for the fellow and research expenses. ***

Closing date: Not known

COMING SOON: Grand challenge awards

*** This opportunity will be available soon. Applications for round 2 will open in June 2017. The following information is subject to change. These awards support a multinational, interdisciplinary effort to tackle significant problems in cancer research. Awards are worth up to £20 million each over a maximum period of five years. ***

Closing date: Not known


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.

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. 

  • 17/43 - researcher-led evidence synthesis
  • 17/44 - researcher-led primary research
    This supports research that evaluates public health interventions, specifi­cally to provide 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. There are no fixed limits on the duration of projects or funding.
    Closing date: 25 July 2017

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.

Closing date: 08 Sep 2017  (Forecast)

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.

Closing date: 19 Oct 2017  (Forecast)

Welsh Government & Health and Care Research Wales

Excess treatment costs

Welsh Government

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

COMING SOON: Social care grant award

Welsh Government

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in November 2017. The following information is subject to change. This award 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: Not known

COMING SOON: PhD health studentship award

Welsh Government

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in January 2018. The following information is subject to change. This award supports capacity building in healthcare 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: Not known

PhD social care student­ship award - NOW OPEN

Welsh Government

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: 1st September 2017

COMING SOON: Health research fellowship award

Welsh Government

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in September 2017. The following information is subject to change. This award supports high-quality research projects in healthcare that demon­strate a clear benefit for patients, service users, carers, and provide training and development opportunities for the proposed fellow. ***

Closing date: Not known

COMING SOON: Social care research fel­lowship award

Welsh Government

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in September 2018. The following information is subject to change.  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: Clinical research time awards - OPENS 4 September 2017

Welsh Government

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in September 2017. The following information is subject to change. 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

COMING SOON: Research for patient and public benefit scheme

Welsh Government

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in November 2017. The following information is subject to change. 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: Not known

COMING SOON: Health research grants

Welsh Government

*** 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

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.