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:

Centre for Adult Social Care Research

Closing date: 17:00 Tuesday 20 September 2022

Health and Care Research Wales wishes to work in partnership with a Higher Education Institute (HEI) in Wales to create and co-fund an Adult Social Care Research Centre.

Health and Care Research Wales will commit £2.5-£3m to this initiative over a 5-year period to fund a cluster of posts at a professorial and senior researcher level embedded in a supportive and attractive academic environment.

The successful HEI is expected to provide co-funding during the initial five-year period, and to have a sustainable plan for funding the posts beyond the term of Health and Care Research Wales investment.

Interested HEIs should read the Centre for Adult Social Care Research brief, and complete the associated expression of interest form.

Further information.

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:

2022 BIASP and NIHR Writing Group Competition - Writing group 

You will be aware that for the last seven years BASP and the NIHR Stroke Research Network have run a call for writing group applications. These support doctors, nurses and allied health professionals from more than one institution, other experts (e.g. statisticians, health economists, qualitative researchers, etc.), and patient and carers in undertaking a series of meetings to develop a grant application and to enhance the NIHR SRN portfolio of well-designed studies in acute stroke, and stroke prevention and rehabilitation.

We are very pleased to announce, that with the support of the British and Irish Association of Stroke Physicians (BIASP), that the NIHR CRN: Stroke is jointly issuing a further call to doctors, nurses and allied health professionals for writing groups to support portfolio development across the stroke pathway. Up to 1,000 per writing group is available. The funding is based on the likelihood that some virtual meetings are likely to continue, and to support BIASP’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Nonetheless, it is acknowledged that face-to-face meetings may be needed, and that support for patient, carer and public involvement and administrative support will still be required.

It is anticipated that up to 4 applications will be funded, following peer review by representatives of the BIASP Scientific Committee, NIHR CRN: Stroke National Specialty Group and other invited reviewers. Successful applicants will be notified in November 2022. It will be a condition of funding that NIHR CRN: Stroke and BIASP are acknowledged in outputs from the writing groups, including grant applications and any future publications from funded studies.

The closing date for this competition is Monday 31st October 2022 at 1700, and completed applications and supporting documents should be forwarded to Janette Moore (



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 

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 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 ( 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.

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 - 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.

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 / 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
22/105 NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships rolling call (EME Programme)22/106 Delivering a sustainable health and care system (EME Programme)    22/107 Motor neurone disease (EME Programme)22/108 Pain management for children and young people (0-19 years)22/109 NIHR NICE rolling call (EME Programme)22/110 Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme researcher-led
22/111 Mechanism of action of social care interventions

Health and Social Care Research (HSDR) Programme
22/75 Health and Social Care Delivery Research Programme researcher-led call22/76 NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships rolling call (HSDR Programme)
22/78 Motor neurone disease highlight notice (HSDR Programme)
22/125 Improving access and use of services for people with speech, language, and communication needs
22/116 NIHR NICE rolling Call (HSDR Programme)22/117 Health and Social Care Delivery Research Programme researcher-led22/126 HSDR Rapid Service Evaluation Team 2023

Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme22/36 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
Therapeutic Interventions for Patients Admitted to Hospital with Influenza22/85 Positive airway pressure therapy in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-obstructive sleep apnoea overlap syndrome22/86 Surgical management of successfully reduced incarcerated inguinal hernia in children22/87 Prophylactic nebulised antibiotics for patients with a permanent tracheostomy or who have undergone a laryngectomy22/88 Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for depression in adolescents22/89 Janus kinase inhibitors for the treatment of juvenile idiopathic arthritis22/90 Self-care of children and young people with neurodisability22/91 Rescue packs in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease22/92 Withdrawing long term macrolides in bronchiectasis22/93 The clinical and cost-effectiveness of colesevelam for the treatment of bile acid diarrhoea22/94 Optimal management of perianal Crohn’s disease22/95 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)

Public Health Research (PHR) Programme22/56 PHR Health communication and public health messaging
22/79 Stop-smoking interventions for under-served groups22/80 Interventions to promote mental health and wellbeing among young women22/81 Healthy extended working lives22/82 Improving mental health outcomes for women and partners who have experienced pregnancy not ending in live births22/83 Mental Health and wellbeing of workers in small medium enterprises (SMEs), gig economy and specific occupations22/84 Application Development Award (ADA): The health impacts of scams and fraud
22/118 Researcher-led call (PHR Programme)22/119 Continuing priority research topics of interest to the PHR Programme22/120 NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships rolling call (PHR Programme)22/121 NIHR NICE Rolling call (PHR Programme)22/122 Motor neurone disease highlight notice (PHR Programme)22/127 Application Development Award (ADA) Adult drug screening and brief interventions in key health, social care and justice settings
Impact of Out of Home Calorie Labelling on people with lived experience of eating disordersUnderstanding 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

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:

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