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:

NHS England - call for innovations in cancer care

The NHS Cancer Programme is launching its second Open Call for Innovation in cancer care on 5 April 2022.  The call aims to identify the most promising innovations targeting earlier diagnosis of cancer and accelerate them into practice.  

The call will support the ambitions in the NHS Long Term Plan (LTP), to diagnose three quarters of cancers at stages one and two, with 55,000 more people each year surviving their cancer for at least five years after diagnosis.  

Up to £15million of funding will be available to test and evaluate innovations in real-world settings. 

Applications are welcomed for new and innovative ideas, such as medical devices, digital health and equipment, behavioural interventions and new models of care.     The contracts awarded through the competition will be for a maximum of 18 months and for up to £5million per application (incl. VAT).   

The challenge brief is now available. .For more information please visit the competition website.  

Key dates

Competition launch: 05 April 2022
Deadline for applications: 24 May 2022, 1pm
Assessment: May/June 2022
Peer review (if shortlisted): July/August 2022
Interview Panel(s): Mid-September 2022
Contracts awarded: October 2022

For further details of the competition please refer to the relevant documents on the competition pages of the SBRI website:


Crohn's and Colitis UK Researcher Funding 2022

Applications are invited for grants to be awarded in 2022 by Crohn’s & Colitis UK. Grants up to a maximum of £100,000 for up to three years are available to fund research into Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis or other types of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Closing date: 29 May 2022

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

Welsh Crucible 2022 - Opportunities for the Future Research Leaders and Innovators of Wales

The call is now open for applications to Welsh Crucible, a prestigious programme of professional and leadership development for the future research leaders of Wales. 

Funding from the partner institutions and HEFCW means that successful applicants may participate on this programme free of charge.

Please see the attached poster advertising the scheme for further information. A short video can also be found on the Welsh Crucible website, while a 2-minute preview can be viewed by following the link:

Applications forms are available on the Welsh Crucible website,, and the Welsh Crucible Twitter feed (@welshcrucible) will provide updates and information. Potential applicants are also welcome to contact the Welsh Crucible Programme Office directly at with any enquiries or questions.

Feel free to attend one of the online roadshows to gain further understanding about the programme:  

  • Tuesday 24th January, 14:00-15:00
  • Wednesday 26th January, 14:00-15:00
  • Thursday 3rd February, 11:00-12:00 

Please register using the link below:

Funding call: Planned Care Innovation Programme 

Application deadline: 15 February 2022

Led by the Bevan Commission with funding from The Welsh Government, this programme provides funding and support to develop, apply and test innovative approaches to help transform planned care services in Wales.

Applications are invited across the broad themes of referral, guidance, treatment, follow-up and in the measurement of demand and outcomes. The programme is open to those working in the delivery and management of planned care services in Wales - including from primary, secondary and tertiary care domains, and from community, social care and third sector organisations.

For guidance and details of upcoming Information Sessions, visit

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.

Cancer Research UK’s Prevention and Population Research

Cancer Research UK’s Prevention and Population Research Committee (PPRC) welcomes applications across its broad remit, from discovery epidemiology to applied, policy-facing research, to understand and ultimately prevent cancer. We welcome applications from across the research career pipeline - from early career researchers onward.

PPRC will biannually consider Programme and Project Award applications, and the following are the forthcoming application deadlines:

Information webinar

In anticipation of the forthcoming deadlines, we will be hosting a funding webinar highlighting the Committee’s remit, opportunities, example of recent funded awards and relevant funding policies and an opportunity to ask us questions too. This webinar will take place on Wednesday 06 October 2021 between 1400-1445hrs (BST).  If you want to hear more or are considering applying for funding in near please do sign up here

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.

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.

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:

Community-based COVID-19 platform study for novel antivirals

The NIHR is intending to open a funding call on behalf of the DHSC Antivirals Taskforce, for a team to set up and run a community-based clinical trial platform for novel therapeutic candidates in the UK.

The Taskforce was set up to find effective and safe treatments for COVID-19, and will identify and prioritise potential candidates for this study. The study team will be expected to quickly set up a clinical trial platform to evaluate these novel candidates, and start recruiting patients into the platform in Autumn 2021.

The likely advert date for this topic is 19 July 2021. However, please note this is an indicative date, which may change. The commissioning brief, published when the call opens, will provide further details of the specification of this call. If you would like notification of when NIHR calls go live, please sign up to receive our Funding and Support Bulletin.

Due to the urgency of this work and the requirement to start recruiting in the Autumn, the call is likely to be open for a short period of time. The applications will follow a one-stage review process, with applicants submitting a stage 2 application for consideration by the funding committee. A Word version of the standard stage 2 application form (.DOC - Word) is available for reference.

Further information:

New funding call: 

Health Determinants Research Collaborations

The Public Health Research (PHR) Programme is trailing this funding opportunity.

The likely advert date for expressions of interest, is 1 September 2021. However, please note this is an indicative date, which may change.

Health Determinants Research Collaborations (HDRCs) are new elements of NIHR-funded research infrastructure based in local government. The purpose of an HDRC is to enable its host local authority (LA) to become more research-active, using evidence to inform its decision making and undertaking research and evaluation relating to its activities.

HDRCs are a UK-wide initiative; they are not limited to England only. In this context, the term local authority is used to include all equivalent structures across the UK. Potential advert date: 01 September 2021.

Further information:

Expression of interest: emergency route for time-critical COVID-19 research

Apply for funding to support short term time-sensitive collection of data or samples or rapid turn-around research or analysis to either:

  • inform urgent policy or national decision making
  • secure data for future research use.

All activities funded through this route must not overlap with UKRI’s portfolio of funded research.

Maximum award: £80,000
Closing date: Open - no closing date

Find out more here.

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:

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 - 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: TBC

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) - 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: 21 October 2021

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: 17th October 2019

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 - OPEN

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: 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 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:

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:

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. Spring grounds round is now open, and closes at 5pm on 29 May. 

Further information:

NIHR funding opportunities

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

NIHR Themed Call22/6 Delivering a Sustainable Health and Care System (PHR Programme)22/7 Delivering a Sustainable Health and Care System (HTA Programme)22/9 Delivering a Sustainable Health and Care System (HSDR Programme)22/8 Delivering a Sustainable Health and Care System (EME Programme)

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
22/18 Applications with industry collaboration - The development and evaluation of predictive algorithms using Artificial Intelligence (AI) (EME Programme)
22/41 NIHR NICE Rolling Call22/42 NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships rolling call22/43 Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme researcher-led
22/48 Delivering a Sustainable Health and Care System (EME Programme)22/49 Innovative ventilation technologies for treatment of patients in ICU
22/60 Mechanisms of action of health interventions in patients with multiple long-term conditions (MLTC)

Health and Social Care Research (HSDR) Programme21/577 Supporting the delivery of net zero health and social care system
22/10 Social Care Needs Assessment22/11 Implementing the Mental Capacity Act in practice (Mental Capacity Assessments)
22/19 HSDR Researcher-led call22/20 NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships Rolling Call (HSDR Programme)22/25 Evaluating the implementation of the Transforming Children and Young People's Mental Health Provision Green Paper22/26 Evaluating the High Volume Low Complexity (HVLC) surgical hubs model
22/58 Technology-enabled monitoring - rapid evaluation of innovations team22/46 NIHR NICE Rolling call (HSDR Programme)22/47 Health and Social Care Delivery Research Programme researcher-led

Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme
22/12 Applications with industry collaboration - The development and evaluation of predictive algorithms using Artificial Intelligence (AI) (HTA Programme)
22/27 Antipsychotics for the treatment of borderline personality disorder22/28 Management of antipsychotic-induced sexual dysfunction22/29 Pseudomonas aeruginosa eradication treatment in bronchiectasis22/30 Post-operative pain in patients undergoing spinal surgery22/31 Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist therapy for people with severe mental illness living with overweight or obesity22/32 Biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs in pregnancy22/33 Botulinum toxin in the management of chronic masticatory myofascial pain22/34 Surgical and non-surgical management of basal thumb osteoarthritis22/35 Thromboprophylaxis in lower limb immobilisation22/36 Microsuction compared with irrigation to remove earwax22/37 Non-pharmacological interventions for fatigue management in adults with long-term health conditions
22/44 Innovative ventilation technologies for treatment of patients in ICU
22/67 HTA Health Communication and public health messaging
22/61 HTA Researcher-led call (primary research)22/62 HTA Researcher-led call (evidence synthesis)22/63 NIHR NICE Rolling Call (HTA Programme)22/64 NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships Rolling Call (HTA Programme)22/65 Delivering a Sustainable Health and Care System - HTA

Public Health Research (PHR) Programme
21/605 Public health interventions led by or involving the police21/606 Interventions that impact on gambling-related harm21/595 NIHR NICE Rolling Call (PHR Programme)21/596 NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships rolling call (PHR Programme)21/597 Public Health Research Programme researcher-led21/599 Continuing priority research topics of interest to the PHR Programme21/600 Dementia research call - Public Health Research (PHR) Programme
22/02 Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Teams (PHIRST) - call for Local Authority Initiatives
22/21 Interventions to support the health of unpaid carers    22/22 Interventions to prevent eviction and homelessness22/23 Interventions to prevent male violence against women and girls22/24 Application Development Award (ADA): Adult drug screening and brief interventions in key health, social care and justice settings22/38 Application Development Award (ADA): Universal Basic Income22/39 Methodological development in public health
22/51 Public Health Research Programme researcher-led22/52 Continuing priority research topics of interest to the PHR Programme22/53 NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships rolling call (PHR Programme)22/54 NIHR NICE Rolling Call (PHR Programme)22/55 Delivering a Sustainable Health and Care System (PHR Programme)22/56 PHR Health communication and public health messaging

Policy Research Programme
Research call on vaccine evaluation to inform policy and decision making for the national immunisation programmeEvaluation of the Start for Life Programme: Improving outcomes in the 1,001 critical daysTranslating Obesity Research into Policy, 2nd Wave (TORP 2)Evaluation of RECONNECT services for adult prison leaversHealth Protection ModellingEvaluation of the Care and Support Specialised Housing (CASSH) FundEthnic minority communities’ experience of accessing bereavement support servicesWorking Age 4Navigation of Trade Challenge at the World Trade Organisation for Public Health PoliciesEvaluation of Government Health Incentives SchemeUnderstanding the impact of alcohol calorie labelling on alcohol and calorie consumptionDetecting abuse in residential settings for people with learning disability and/or autismComplete Care Community ProgrammePost Implementation Review of the Health and Care Act 2022

Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme
Competition 46

Research for Social Care
Research for Social Care dementia call

Public Health Research (PHR) Programme
NIHR Health Determinants Research Collaborations (HDRC)

Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme
Product Development Awards Call 24 Joint Industry Call
Funding At the Speed of Translation Awards Pilot Scheme
Challenge 14

Patient Safety Research CollaborationsPatient Safety Research Collaborations

Fellowship    NIHR Pre-doctoral Fellowship Round 4    NIHR Pre-doctoral Local Authority Fellowship Scheme Round 2    HEE/NIHR ICA Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship Round 5    

Global Health Research Programme    NIHR Population Health Career Scientist Award

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

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:

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

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:

Further information: