Funding Opportunities

A collation of funding opportunities relating to primary and emergency care research are listed below.

The Health and Care Research Wales website also includes a comprehensive list of funding opportunities at: https://healthandcareresearchwales.org/researchers/funding-opportunities

Sêr Cymru: apply for STEMM research equipment

The Welsh Government Office for Science is inviting Welsh universities to bid for capital funding to purchase equipment for STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Maths) research. The total fund available will be up to £2.5 million.Applicants will be able to apply for equipment funding worth up to £600,000 per application.Deadline for applications: 28 October 2022

Health and Care Research Wales - Four funding calls are now open

Health and Care Research Wales is pleased to announce new funding calls are now open under the following schemes:

Parkinson's - Grants for non-drug approaches

We want to fund research into non-drug approaches that will play a vital part in helping people living with Parkinson’s manage their daily challenges and take control of life living with Parkinson’s. 

Alongside medication, approaches such as living aids, exercise and therapies can play a vital part in helping people to manage daily life and take control of Parkinson's.

We want to fund creative, innovative research that focuses on what matters most to people living with Parkinson’s and that will provide solutions and deliver outcomes to improve quality of life in the near future. 

These may include:

  • Speech and language, physiotherapy and occupational therapies
  • Approaches to managing mental health 
  • Lifestyle changes including exercise, dance and nutrition
  • Aids and devices
  • Complementary therapies.
Involving people living with Parkinson's in your research 

We worked with people affected by Parkinson's, their families and professionals to come up with key priorities for improving everyday life in the shorter term. Applicants may wish to consider the priorities identified by people with Parkinson’s when preparing applications.

It’s important that research is shaped by people with Parkinson's and the people who love and care for them every step of the way. We’re here to support researchers to involve patients and the public in their work in a meaningful way. Find out more about patient and public involvement.

Deadlines

The deadline for pre-proposal applications is Thursday 18 May 2023, by 4 pm.

Please email researchapplications@parkinsons.org.uk for a copy of the pre-proposal application.

The deadline for full applications is Thursday 14 September 2023, by 4 pm for applicants who are successful at the pre proposal stage.

Duration and value

The duration of a grant is up to a maximum of 2 years. In rare circumstances, in order to maximise the impact of the study, this could be extended to 30 months.

There is no minimum value and the maximum award amount is £200,000. In rare circumstances, requiring strong justification, this could be extended to £250,000 in order to maximise the impact or success of the study.

Eligibility

Grants are tenable only at a UK university, NHS Trust, statutory social care organisation or other research institution.

Principal applicants should hold employment contracts that extend beyond the period of the grant.

Co-applicants and collaborators may be based at institutions outside the UK or biotech companies. 

Applications related to improving healthcare services will not be considered in this scheme.

For the full information, visit the Parkinson's UK website

GW4 CRUCIBLE 2023

GW4 CRUCIBLE 2023: ‘OUR DATA AND DIGITAL WORLD – OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRANSFORMATIVE INTERDISCIPLINARITY

From the abacus to AI, censuses to smartphones, data can transform our lives. It powers innovation at scale and at speed, generating insight, foresight and new utility in areas as varied as climate modelling and disease prediction, social justice and policy, autonomous vehicles and software engineering, immersive technologies, cyber security and more. However, events like the Cambridge Analytica scandal also highlight the potential ethical conflict between data exploitation and fundamental human rights such as privacy and anonymity, prompting significant debate. GW4 Crucible offers an opportunity for future research leaders to come together to generate innovative, multifaceted responses that harness the power of data, AI and digital approaches while challenging its misuse.

Devising solutions to these questions necessitates multidisciplinary investigations from anthropologists to programmers and psychologists to statisticians. GW4 Crucible 2023 will foster conversations and collaborations between future research leaders across a broad range of disciplines. If you are a GW4 researcher with an interest in or expertise applicable to any aspect of data and digital, we want to hear from you!

What is GW4 Crucible? 

GW4 Crucible brings together 30 competitively selected future research leaders to explore how you can enhance your career by working with researchers in other disciplines on a themed research topic.

The new hybrid programme will include two in-person residential (two-day) labs as, well as four online masterclasses (see below for dates)*. Through these, you will explore working in an interdisciplinary and collaborative way and will have the chance to connect with expert guest speakers, enhancing your professional networks and visibility.

GW4 Crucible is an excellent opportunity for you to consider new approaches to your research and its impact, to enhance your leadership potential and career development, and to network with peers and experts from across GW4 and beyond.

The programme will provide you with the following benefits to help you make the next steps in your career:

  • Enhanced ability to think creatively and innovatively about your approach to your research and its wider impact.
  • Increased understanding of advocating for change and how you can impact on change processes these through your research.
  • Enhanced understanding of your own personal impact and effectiveness, and how to use your skills to further your career aspirations.
  • Increased visibility amongst a range of connected, thought provoking and influential people, including senior research and external stakeholders in the GW4 institutions and beyond.
  • Opportunity to start building collaborations across disciplines and institutions.
  • Opportunity to understand and develop the key leadership skills needed to lead confidently in a collaborative environment.

If you would like to discuss GW4 Crucible and how participation will help you make the next steps in your career, your local development teams would be happy to discuss this with you.

Eligibility criteria

You are eligible to apply for GW4 Crucible 2023 if you are:

  • The holder of a PhD (or equivalent) and see yourself at the cusp of research independence (see application guidance for more information)
  • Employed at one of the GW4 universities for the duration of the GW4 Crucible programme (until June 2023)
  • Able to commit to attending all the workshops. There will be two in-person labs (two-day residentials), as well as a short series of online masterclasses*. It is a requirement of the Crucible programme to attend all the below programme elements in full:
  • Lab 1 –7-8 February 2023 in Cardiff
  • Lab 2 – 25-26 April 2023 in Bath
  • Online masterclasses – 12:30-2:00pm on:
    • 2 March 2023
    • 16 March 2023
    • 30 March 2023
    • 20 April 2023 
Accessibility

An important principle of the GW4 Crucible is that it provides a welcoming, supportive environment which enables future research leaders to grow and flourish. As such we want to make sure that the GW4 Crucible programme is accessible to all, including all aspects of our new hybrid online and in-person workshops. If there are any factors which you feel would impede your access or full participation in any of the online or offline elements of this programme (i.e., caring responsibilities, accessibility requirements, etc.), please get in touch with us at talentandskills@gw4.ac.uk. We are keen to offer options that will help you best participate in GW4 Crucible.

How to apply

To receive an application pack, contact the GW4 Talent and Skills Team (talentandskills@gw4.ac.uk). Please include a little information about your current role, your area of research and one or two lines on why you are interested in applying, which will we consider to be your expression of interest.

Please note: the expression of interest is not a formal part of your application and will not be included with your application when it is sent to the selection panel. We request this information merely to confirm that you fulfil the criteria listed above.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 25 October 2022. The final deadline for completed applications is midday, Tuesday, 1 November 2022.


Welsh Health Hack 2022

We would like challenge ideas from colleagues working in the health and social care sector that focus on tackling challenges that have surfaced during the Covid-19 pandemic. Participants will gain access to innovation experts who can offer advice on how to take proposed solutions forward, as well as having the chance to secure up to £20,000 funding from the Welsh Government innovation project pot.If you or someone in your network has a challenge they are looking to submit or want to support on a challenge check out the latest project submissions today.Submit your challenge today

2022 Horizon Europe Health Cluster Calls now open worth €900 million

The 2022 Horizon Europe Health Cluster topics opened earlier this month, with a budget of over €900million. The 2022 calls include both single- and two-stage application processes.

Find individual links to each of the 2022 call topics on the Health and Care Research Wales website.

Newton International Fellowships

The Newton International Fellowships enable researchers to work for two years at a UK institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations.

The scheme aims to attract the most promising early career postdoctoral researchers from overseas in the fields of natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. The Newton International Fellowships scheme is delivered by the British Academy and the Royal Society.

Aims
The aims for the Newton International Fellowships scheme are to:

  • Support the development and training of postdoctoral researchers at an early stage of their career from any country outside the UK, by providing an opportunity to work at a UK research institution for two years.
  • Ensure the best postdoctoral researchers across all relevant disciplines from around the world are supported in the UK.
  • Foster long-term relations between Newton International Fellows and the UK research base through the establishment of an alumni programme for former Fellows of this scheme.

Eligibility requirements
The applicant must:

  • Have a PhD, or applicants in the final stages of their PhD will be accepted provided that the PhD will be completed (including viva) before the start date of the Fellowship. Confirmation of award of the PhD will be required before any Fellowship award is confirmed.
  • Applicants should have no more than 7 years of active full time postdoctoral experience at the time of application (discounting career breaks, but including teaching experience and/or time spent in industry).
  • Be working outside the UK.
  • Not hold UK citizenship.
  • Be competent in oral and written English.
  • Have a clearly defined and mutually-beneficial research proposal agreed with a UK host researcher.

Applicants should ensure that they meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the scheme notes.

Value and duration
Newton International Fellowships last for two years. Funding consists of £30,000 per annum for subsistence costs, and up to £8,000 per annum research expenses, as well as a one-off payment of up to £3,500 for relocation expenses. Awards include a contribution to the overheads incurred, at a rate of 50% of the total award to the visiting researcher.

Applicants may also be eligible to receive follow on Alumni funding following the tenure of their Fellowship to support networking activities with UK-based researchers.

  • Earliest start date: 1 Oct 2022
  • Scheme opens date: 24 Jan 2022
  • Deadline date: 16 Mar 2022 - 17:00 GMT
  • Duration of award: 24 months

Further information is available on the British Academy website.

Top tips for winning research funding

PRIME Associate Director, Professor Helen Snooks has produced this helpful reference guide for researchers: 'Top tips for winning research funding' and is available to view in PDF.

You can find all the links to the funding opportunities below on the Health and Care Research Wales website.

NIHR / EPSRCSystems Engineering Innovation hubs for multiple long-term conditions

Health and Social Care Delivery Research Programme
22/66 HSDR Health Communication and public health messaging
22/68 Health inequalities in overprescribing

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme
22/559 Motor neurone disease (EME Programme)22/557 Palliative and end of life care (EME Programme)22/163 Children and young people's mental health22/162 Rehabilitation and care following stroke22/161 NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships rolling call (EME Programme)22/160 NIHR NICE rolling call (EME Programme)22/159 EME Programme Researcher-led

Health and Social Care Research (HSDR) Programme
22/562 Children and young people's mental health (HSDR Programme)22/561 Palliative and end of life care (HSDR Programmme)

Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme22/95 Chronic kidney disease education for patients, families and carers22/96 Urine sampling in children22/97 Early detection of liver disease22/98 Low-dose computed tomography for the diagnosis of lung cancer in symptomatic patients seen in primary care22/99 Clinical prediction models for early-onset neonatal infection22/100 Pain management for children and young people
22/101 Management of bone metastasis and skeletal related events (SREs) in patients with advanced cancer   22/104 HTA Application Acceleration Award – platform studies in areas considered strategic priorities
22/123 Comprehensive geriatric assessment for frail older heart failure patients with preserved ejection fraction22/124 A platform trial to evaluate therapeutic interventions for Influenza
22/112 Health Technology Assessment Programme researcher-led (primary research)   22/113 Health Technology Assessment Programme researcher-led (evidence synthesis)   22/114 NIHR NICE rolling call (HTA Programme)   22/115 NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships rolling call (HTA Programme)   22/129 Motor neurone disease highlight notice (HTA Programme)
22/560 Palliative and end of life care (HTA Programme)
23/1 Health Technology Assessment Programme researcher-led (primary research)23/2 Health Technology Assessment Programme researcher-led (evidence synthesis)23/3 NIHR NICE rolling call (HTA Programme)23/4 NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships rolling call (HTA Programme)23/5 Management of bone metastasis and skeletal related events (SREs) in patients with advanced cancer23/6 Motor Neurone Disease (HTA Programme)   

Public Health Research (PHR) ProgrammeUnderstanding the Missing Links: Integrated Health and Social Care for People Experiencing Homelessness    Evaluation of trials to test innovative early years workforce models    Mixed methods evaluation of Adult Social Care workforce reforms    Variation in pay in adult social care and relationship with workforce and outcomes    Screening for gambling-related harm within mental health and drug alcohol services    Evaluation of the 10-year drug strategy investment in the treatment and recovery system in England    Understanding the implementation of Healthy Weight Coaches role in the weight management system    Evaluation of reforms to the Mental Health Act
22/136 Public acceptance of the use of administrative datasets for Public Health Research22/137 Health and health inequality impacts of electric scooters and electric bikes22/138 Health and health inequality impacts of place-based interventions22/139 Interventions to increase the health and wellbeing of asylum seekers and refugees in the UK22/140 Reducing inequalities in the prevention and diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections22/141 Interventions that impact loneliness22/144 Workforce health
Health Determinant Research Collaborations (HDRCs) - webinar on 1 February
22/558 Palliative and end of life care (PHR Programme)22/556 Children and young people's mental health (PHR Programme)22/555 Public Health Research Programme researcher-led22/554 Continuing priority research topics of interest to the PHR Programme22/553 NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships rolling call (PHR Programme)22/552 NIHR NICE rolling call (PHR Programme)22/551 Interventions to promote mental health and wellbeing among young women
23/12 Health Determinant Research Collaborations (HDRCs)

Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice

The Commonwealth Fund's Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice for 2022-23 provide a unique leadership development opportunity for mid-career research professionals who are committed to advancing healthcare policy and practice.

Co-funded in the UK by the NIHR and The Health Foundation, the Harkness Fellowships funds successful applicants to spend a year in the United States (US) conducting internationally comparative research with mentorship from leading US experts.

The Harkness Fellowships was first offered in 1925 and provides dedicated research funding to allow Fellows to:

  • gain an in-depth understanding of the US healthcare system and policy landscape
  • engage in a series of leadership development activities
  • build a robust network for cross-national exchange and collaboration

Successful applicants will also become a member of the NIHR Academy - a community that provides access to events, networking, leadership development and online training.

Further information: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/harkness-fellowships-in-health-care-policy-and-practice/28020

Science and Technology Facilities Council Cancer Diagnosis Network

The Science and Technology Facilities Council Cancer Diagnosis Network+ has a range of cancer research funding opportunities open to applications, including PhD studentships, Proof of Concept Projects and Scoping Studies. 

Further information: https://sites.google.com/view/stfccancerdiagnosis/home/funding-opportunities?authuser=0

MRC funding calls

  1. Population and systems medicine partnership opens today 14th October for applications, closing date 19th January 2022.  Apply for funding to support new partnerships between diverse groups of researchers in population and systems medicine.  You must be a researcher employed by a research organisation eligible to apply for MRC funding have at least a postgraduate degree. The grant will allow you to establish new, high-value collaborative activities or capabilities, add value to high-quality scientific programmes that are already supported by grants from MRC and other funders. Funding is available for between one and five years.  This is an ongoing scheme. Application rounds close every January, May and September. https://www.ukri.org/opportunity/population-and-systems-medicine-partnership/

  2. Population and systems medicine new investigator award opens today 14th October for applications, closing date 19th January 2022.  Apply for funding to research population and systems medicine  to take the next step towards becoming an independent principal investigator.  You must have a postgraduate degree, the support of a host research organisation eligible for MRC funding,  there is no limit to the funding you can apply for, but the typical full economic cost of a project is under £1 million. MRC will usually fund 80% of the full economic cost. This funding usually lasts three years and covers up to 50% of your salary.  This is an ongoing scheme. Application rounds close every January, May and September.  https://www.ukri.org/opportunity/population-and-systems-medicine-new-investigator/ 

  3. Population and systems medicine research project opens today 14th October for applications, closing date 19th January 2022.  Apply for funding to support research projects focused on population and systems medicine.  You must be a researcher employed at a research organisation eligible to apply for MRC funding have at least a postgraduate degree.  You can involve more than one research group or institution in the project.  There is no limit to the funding you can apply for, but it should be appropriate to the project. It will usually fund up to 80% of your project’s full economic cost.  Projects can last up to five years, but they typically last three to four years.  This is an ongoing scheme. Application rounds close every January, May and September.  https://www.ukri.org/opportunity/population-and-systems-medicine-research/

  4. Population and systems medicine programme opens today 14th October for applications, closing date 19th January 2022.  Apply for funding to support a programme of research focused on population and systems medicine.  You must be a researcher employed at an eligible research organisation eligible to apply for MRC funding have at least a postgraduate degree have a record of securing funding and delivering research. There is no limit to the funding you can apply for. Applicants typically apply for £1 million or more. It will usually fund up to 80% of your project’s full economic cost.  Your programme can last up to five years. This is an ongoing scheme. Application rounds close every January, May and September.  https://www.ukri.org/opportunity/population-and-systems-medicine-programme/

Welsh Government & Health and Care Research Wales


PhD social care student­ship award - Closed

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: 5 March 2021

Social care research fel­lowship award - Open

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: 13:00 on 20 October 2022

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: 27 October 2020 (stage 1)

Research for patient and public benefit scheme (RfPPB) - 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: 13:00 on 20 October 2022

NHS research time awards - Open

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: 16:00 on 3 November 2022

Social care grants - Closed

This scheme aims to support capacity and capability building in social care research by funding high-quality research projects with clear relevance to social care service users, carers, practitioners and policy makers. Research funded under this scheme should provide robust evidence to support the efficient and effective organisation and delivery of social care services in Wales, and/or improved service user or carer wellbeing.

Closing date: 21st October 2021

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: 23rd November 2021

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.

https://healthandcareresearchwales.org/researchers/funding-schemes/health-phd-studentship-scheme

Closing date: 18 March 2022

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

Medical Research Council Big Ideas

The Medical Research Council has launched a pilot programme to encourage the submission of ambitious and exciting ideas that have the potential to transform the health research landscape.

They're looking for ideas that will attract the enthusiasm of researchers, the public, industry and government, either by the nature of the science itself or the potential health and socio-economic changes these could offer in the future.

Ideas are expected to be considered in batches on a regular basis (approximately every 3-4 months). Informal feedback will be provided on any ideas considered by the SSG.

How do I submit a big idea?

By completing the form below and submitting it to bigideas@mrc.ukri.org. Forms can be submitted at any time.

Submissions meeting the criteria for the Big Ideas pilot will be considered by the MRC’s internal Science Strategy Group (SSG) in the first instance. Ideas are expected to be considered in batches on a regular basis (approximately every 3-4 months). Informal feedback will be provided on any ideas considered by the SSG.

Submission template (DOCX, 27KB)

Who can submit a Big Idea?

We are inviting ideas from the research and innovation community and wider stakeholders including industry or charitable bodies.  We would recommend that you discuss your idea with a group of interested parties/stakeholders before submission.

How will the big ideas be used?

Ideas identified as having transformative potential will be considered as a part of MRC’s strategy development activities and may contribute to the development of cases to attract further investment.

Please note, that once an idea has been submitted you are giving MRC permission to develop the idea as it sees appropriate. If prioritised, this is likely to include further development with the submitter and may include inviting other people to be involved and/or lead the development of the idea.

Further information: https://mrc.ukri.org/research/strategy/#Big%20Ideas


MRC New Investigator Research Grant

The New Investigator Research Grant (NIRG) is aimed at researchers who are capable of becoming independent Principal Investigators and who are now ready to take the next step towards that goal. You can apply across all areas of the MRC’s remit.

Applicants are expected to combine time spent on the NIRG with a portfolio of other activities, such as time spent on other research grants or clinical duties, teaching, administration duties, or other time spent in faculty (this list is not exhaustive). As such, applicants are normally expected to request up to, but no more than, 50% of their contracted working time on the NIRG.

A NIRG is normally of three years duration and is not renewable. Exceptionally, applications for a longer period of time may be accepted if the case supporting the transition to independence and scientific rationale is sufficiently justified. NIRGs do not normally last for less than three years as it is unlikely a shorter period of time will fully enable the transition to independence to be achieved.

The scheme does not cover research involving trials of clinical treatments. If your proposed research will lead directly to a separately funded clinical trial, you must contact an MRC programme manager to discuss your eligibility.

Who can apply?

To be considered suitable for the scheme, applicants should be able to clearly demonstrate that their skills and experience at the time of their application match those of the transition to independence career stage, as set out in the Applicant skills and experience table. Eligible applicants also need to provide a clear rationale of why a NIRG will best support their long term career goals and chosen career route, see Supporting Key Career Stages.

Applicants who have already achieved independence, usually evidenced by substantial grant income as a Principal Investigator and / or having already established their own research group, are not eligible.

There are no eligibility rules based on years of post-doctoral experience. The minimum formal qualification required is a graduate degree. Most applicants are also expected to have a PhD or an MD. Applicants can hold a lecturer appointment, a junior fellowship, or be in another research staff position. Applicants who hold, or have held early career training fellowships, such as MRC skills development fellowships, are eligible to apply. If you are unsure whether your current funding or position makes you ineligible, please contact the subject-relevant MRC programme manager.

Application deadline dates

Research board application deadlines are usually around January, May and September; Methodology Research Programme deadlines are usually around June and November. These may vary and it is the applicants’ responsibility to identify the correct deadline for their submission. All proposals are assessed by external experts before they are considered by the relevant MRC research board/panel at their meeting.

Your proposal must be submitted through the MRC Je-S system by 4pm on the relevant research board/panel deadline date.

Further information: https://mrc.ukri.org/funding/how-we-fund-research/new-investigator-research-grant/

NIHR funding opportunities

Wellcome Trust

Wellcome Trust - Innovator Awards

  • These awards support researchers who are transforming great ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health.
  • Funding: Up to £500,000, or up to £750,000 for multidisciplinary collaborations.  24 months, or up to 36 months for multidisciplinary collaborations.
  • Deadline: You can apply online at any time.  Shortlisting meetings happen every three months
  • https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/schemes/innovator-awards

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.

Royal College of General Practitioners

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

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/

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.

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: colesb2@cf.ac.uk

Further information: