Funding Opportunities

Foundations & Charities

The latest funding opportunities available from foundations and charities for companies, researchers and academics within the healthcare sector.


Abbeyfield Research Foundation: PhD studentships, small project grants, pump-priming grants
The following currently identified research priorities are provided as a steer for potential applicants, but they are not intended to be taken as either exclusive or exhaustive.
The Abbeyfield Research Foundation is particularly keen to support research that effectively crosses boundaries between organisations, services and professions in the provision of “joined up” care.
1. Progress and quality in the care and support of residents with dementia
2. The assessment of need, and of response to care
3. Quality and innovation in care provision
Deadline: 31 January 2019
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Asthma Lab UK – a hub to accelerate innovation in asthma digital health
Asthma Lab UK are piloting a new approach to facilitate innovation in asthma digital health and ensure it meets the needs of people with asthma.
As the leading asthma charity internationally, Asthma UK has rich insight on living with asthma, a deep understanding of asthma research, extensive networks across sectors and established communications channels to reach people with asthma. Asthma Lab brings these strengths to bear on digital asthma health innovation.
If you’re developing digital products for asthma management, or working in digital health technology more broadly, then they would love to hear from you –
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New Horizons Grants
To encourage scientists from outside traditional cardiovascular biology to engage in cardiovascular research and bring novel expertise to the field. Examples of such collaborations includes cooperatives between biologists and engineers, physicists, mathematicians etc.
Deadline: Open
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Strategic Initiatives
We will enter into dialogue with major research institutions to identify potential large capital needs for their cardiovascular research strategy. By so doing, we hope that we will be able to indicate at an early stage to what extent the BHF may be able to contribute to the overall costs of the strategy, thereby allowing the institution to lever additional funds from other sources.
Deadline: Open
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Infrastructure Grants
The grant could be used to support building refurbishment or to buy major pieces of equipment to support the activities of several cardiovascular scientists that could not usually be requested on project or programme grants.
Deadline: Open
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Non-Clinical PhD Studentships
To provide a foundation training in research to enable a graduate to proceed to a PhD degree at a university in the UK for three years.

• Student stipend at current BHF rates.
• Tuition fees at standard home student rate (set by the research institution).
• Research consumables directly attributable to the project, usually less then £10,000 per year.

The application must be made by an established investigator who will be the supervisor and may be for a named or unnamed student. The primary supervisor must devote a minimum of 10% of their time to supervising the student and a second supervisor should also be included.

Deadline: apply at any time

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British Scoliosis Research Foundation
The BSRF Research Grant is open to appropriately qualified professionals such as scientists, clinicians, and allied health professionals (nurses, psychologists or physiotherapists). The application deadlines are January 31st and August 1st each year.
All applications will be considered however, applicants are advised to submit their proposal under one of the following three headings:
Small exploratory grant
This grant is designed specifically for new investigators who have a preliminary concept they would like to develop into a research project. The maximum grant award for this category is £15 000. The maximum duration of research is one year. This grant does not require pilot data. It should, however, be able to generate pilot data that could be used when applying for a larger grant.
New investigation grant
This grant is specifically targeted to new investigators. The maximum award is limited to £40 000; however, the duration of research may extend up to two years. Some preliminary data would be desirable although not absolutely required.
Major research grant
This grant is awarded a maximum of £100 000 per year up to two years’ duration. These grant applications may be in any area of spinal deformity research. These grant applications require evidence that the investigator has the experience and resources to complete the proposed research. As such, preliminary data is generally required. Such grants will be awarded only for outstanding and important research.
Deadline: 31 January 2019 and 1 August 2019

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Cancer Research UK: Accelerator Award
This award, funded through a partnership between CRUK, AIRC and FC AECC, encourages cross-institutional collaboration to accelerate translational research.
Deadline: none specified
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Dunhill Medical Trust: Project Grants 2019/20 Round One
The Trust is keen to support high quality research projects which are, perhaps, smaller than can be managed by the Research Councils or fall outside their priority themes but are important to understanding the mechanisms of ageing, treating disease and frailty and identifying and developing new and effective ways to improve the lives of older people. We are also committed to funding research into treating diseases and conditions which disproportionately affect older people but are less well-funded.
Deadline: 11 January 2019, 5.00pm then further deadlines in May and August 2019
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Dunhill Medical Trust: Research Training Fellowships
Research Training Fellowships are intended to provide training opportunities for academics, clinicians and allied health professionals who wish to pursue a research career in ageing, rehabilitation or palliative care. We advertise 4 fellowships annually, usually in the autumn.
All fellows are expected to undertake a higher degree (e.g. MPhil, MRes, PhD, MD). The proposed project should be kept relatively simple and appropriate for successful completion of the higher degree and address one (or more) of DMT’s priority areas for support:
Research into the causes and treatments of disease, disability and frailty related to ageing which have the potential to have a meaningful impact on the health and well-being of older people within a reasonable time frame.
Innovation in the care of older people, including rehabilitation and palliative care.
Deadline: 15 February 2019, 5.00pm
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Project Grants for development of care and support services for older people
Dunhill Medical Trust are seeking time-limited projects which focus on the development of care and support services for older people which are innovative and/or based on evidence of best practice and which can become self-sustaining within a planned period. Priority will be given to services which are focused on older people, enhance existing mainstream services and which are not currently funded by statutory organisations elsewhere in the UK. The Trust will expect the beneficiary organisation to have a robust plan to create the ongoing revenue to maintain the service as the charitable funding diminishes and to have processes in place to ensure minimum disruption to the beneficiaries in implementing these plans.
The Trust will also expect grant applicants to be able to demonstrate the evidence base underpinning their proposals and their plans for suitable evaluation and demonstration of impact.
Closing date: open
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Dunhill Medical Trust: Community Organisations Grants 2019/20 First Round
This Round opens on 7 January 2019
We make grants to UK charities and community-based organisations who provide care, activities and services for older people. We particularly like to support projects that have the potential to “scale up”, share resources and experience with others and attract other sources of support.
Deadline: 29 March 2019, 5.00pm
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Small community groups can apply for grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 to address local health issues in Wakefield and Leeds. The funding is available for projects that cover small areas such as a few streets, a housing estate or a small village; as well as communities of interest (people who have shared experiences, characteristics or common interests and wish to come together to address specific issues that are important to them)
Deadline: See healthAmaze website for dates of upcoming draws
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Health Foundation: ITT Support Partner for Continuity of Care in GP Programme
The Health Foundation is now seeking to appoint a supplier with the expertise necessary to support learning and development activities within this programme.
We expect the appointed supplier to:
• Work with the Health Foundation and project teams to design, facilitate and deliver programme-wide workshops which support shared learning at three points during the programme
• Contribute to the spread and dissemination of insights generated from the programme including by co-designing, facilitating and delivering insight webinars during the programme
• Facilitate peer site visits for project teams to visit each other and learn more about their projects
• Support the development of a continuity of care in general practice community which engages with the programme
Deadline: 14 January 2019, midday
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The Health Foundation: GenerationQ Leadership Programme opening soon
We want senior leaders in the health service to apply for our part-time funded leadership development programme, GenerationQ. On the 18-month programme GenerationQ Fellows achieve a postgraduate certificate in Leadership (Quality Improvement) from Ashridge Executive Education at Hult International Business School.
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The Health Foundation: The Q Initiative

Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK, led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by NHS Improvement. With over 2000 members Q continues to grow and by 2020 we anticipate a community of many more thousands.

Q’s mission is to foster continuous and sustainable improvement in health and care. We’re creating opportunities for people to come together as an improvement community – sharing ideas, enhancing skills and collaborating to make health and care better.

We are creating Q for the long term to support individuals and their existing improvement work, to benefit members’ organisations and the populations they serve. It is designed to complement and help connect other initiatives and networks.

Deadline: apply at any time during 2018

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Hospice UK: Small Research Grants
The ‘Research Small Grants’ programme supports hospices to engage with, generate and lead the development of hospice and palliative care research. The programme is part of the Hospice UK Research Active Hospices action plan.
The research study can be a partnership between a number of organisations but the lead applicant must be employed by a full member of Hospice UK based in the UK.
Research Small Grants of up to £500 per study over the time line of the research are available for the following:
• Dissemination of knowledge through open access publications in a peer reviewed journal or proceedings
• Practical research analysis (e.g. computer assisted qualitative data analysis programmes and transcribing costs).
• Patient and public involvement forums or costs which are part of the research design.
Deadline: apply at any time
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ME Research UK: Research Grants

ME Research UK invites applications for its research grants. These fund novel clinical and biomedical studies that help unravel the biology of myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome, and studies that may point towards therapeutic strategies. Applications for pilot studies and seed-corn projects, including those that seek support for consumables rather than staff costs, are particularly welcomed.

Deadline: apply at any time

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Parkinson’s UK/MRC: joint clinical research training fellowships
The CRTF supports clinicians, including (but not limited to) medics, surgeons, dentists, clinical psychologists, public health specialty trainees, allied health professionals, nurses, midwives and veterinarians, to undertake a PhD or other higher research degree.
Deadline: 10 January 2019
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Parkinson’s UK: Cohort Study Grants

Long-term, observational cohort studies are supported through our specialist cohort study grants and reviewed by our Cohort Studies Council.

Deadline: apply at any time

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Stroke Association/MRC: joint clinical research training fellowships
The CRTF supports clinicians, including (but not limited to) medics, surgeons, dentists, clinical psychologists, public health specialty trainees, allied health professionals, nurses, midwives and veterinarians, to undertake a PhD or other higher research degree.
Deadline: 10 January 2019
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Stroke Association: Clinical Trial and Developmental Research Project Grants
Clinical Trial Project Grants
These are project grant proposals which incorporate a randomised controlled trial or other clinical trial of a device or an intervention. For example, trialling a previously developed intervention on a population of people, whether stroke survivors or people unaffected by stroke.
These grants are intended to:
• Support the early phases of trials with the intention that, if successful, they proceed to the full trial stage supported by a large funder such as the MRC or NIHR.
• Support the creation of UK centres for large international clinical trials in stroke medicine. Such applications will be in association with, and support the work of, the NIHR Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN), or an equivalent regional research support network organisation before the application is submitted.
Developmental Research Project Grants
These are project grant proposals that are focused on areas which do not incorporate randomised controlled or other types of clinical trials. This includes study proposals in observational or epidemiological studies, basic laboratory science or early developmental/proof of concept studies.
Although projects involving the use of laboratory animals are eligible, we do not expect project grant applications to include animal research due to the budget envelope of this scheme.
The purpose of the proposed research project must be directly related to stroke illness. Applications in the fields of epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis, imaging, childhood stroke, therapy both medical and surgical, assessment and rehabilitation are particularly welcome.
Deadline: 6 February 2018, 5pm
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Versus Arthritis/MRC: joint clinician scientist fellowship
The CSF develops talented medically and other clinically qualified professionals who have gained a higher research degree to lead their own research plans and establish their own research team to make the transition to independent investigator. Applications are invited for the standard CSFs, the Tenure Track CSFs, or the jointly funded CSFs, all of which are considered in open competition.
A CSF provides funding for a challenging research programme, and an ambitious programme of research training which offers accelerated personal and career development.
Deadline: 10 January 2019
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Versus Arthritis: Priorities in Clinical Research
Clinical research delivers healthcare science that develops and evaluates the safety, efficacy and effectiveness of medications, devices, diagnostic products and treatment regimens intended for human use. These may be used for prevention, treatment, diagnosis or for relieving symptoms of a disease.
In this call we are seeking applications for clinical research funding focused at priority areas defined in the strategies put forward by our previous Clinical Studies Groups, those of RheumaMap, the priorities set by the NIHR’s James Lind Priority Setting Partnerships, where they are relevant to Versus Arthritis: Hip and Knee Replacement for osteoarthritis, Early Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis, Surgery for Common Shoulder Problems, Common Conditions Affecting the Hand and Wrist and also the relevant research priority areas highlighted in the results of the recent ‘Identifying Research Priorities for Elective Orthopaedic Surgery Research’ survey conducted in partnership between the British Orthopaedic Association, NIHR and Versus Arthritis.
Applications will be assessed by our Treatment subcommittee. Awards of up to £750,000 and up to 60 months duration are available. We expect successful applications to be ambitious in aiming to make a step change towards defying arthritis and push for better answers for all affected. It is expected that every study will be delivered in conjunction with a UKCRC-registered CTU or affiliated personnel.
Deadline: 6 February 2019, 4pm
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Versus Arthritis: Pain Challenge Call
For many people with arthritis, pain has a substantial impact on all aspects of life, causing significant disability, morbidity and mortality. Despite recent advances, on-going moderate and severe chronic pain remains a substantial daily problem for a large proportion of people with arthritis.
Through this call we seek to fund patient insight and investigator-driven research proposals which seek to address the priorities listed below:
• Advancing our understanding of the complexity of musculoskeletal pain
• Preventing musculoskeletal pain
• Developing more effective and patient centric approaches to the identification, assessment, measurement, or evaluation of musculoskeletal pain
• Developing or testing new approaches to treating and managing musculoskeletal pain
• Exploring the impact and outcomes of musculoskeletal pain in the workplace.
Deadline: Outline apps 6 February 2019, 4pm
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Versus Arthritis: Immunology Innovation Award
The Immunology Innovation Award is jointly funded by Versus Arthritis and Cancer Research UK and aims to catalyse new multidisciplinary collaborations across disease areas.
Applicants for Immunology Innovation Awards must attend a sandpit workshop – an intensive and interactive three-day residential event where they will have the opportunity to:
• network and form new collaborations spanning diverse research areas and organisations
• work in broad, multidisciplinary teams to generate new and innovative research ideas
• pitch projects for seed funding to test the feasibility of their ideas.
The overarching theme for the workshop is modulating tissue immunity in cancer and arthritis. The workshop aims to look holistically at the way the immune system functions in the body under challenges caused by arthritis or cancer. Within the overarching theme of modulating tissue immunity, three potential areas have been specifically identified:
• immuno-metabolism
• immune checkpoint modulation
• immune – tissue cell interactions.
Deadline: 11 February 2019,
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Wellbeing of Women: Research Grants
These awards provide funding for research projects lasting up to three years. The upper limit of this award is £200,000. The research must be carried out in the UK or Ireland.
Projects can include those in basic science, clinical or translational research in the areas of Pregnancy, Birth and the postpartum period, including pre-term birth, miscarriage and fertility; General wellbeing surrounding women’s health issues, such as menopause, incontinence, sexual health, mental health, menstrual disorder and endometriosis; and Gynaecological cancers.
Deadline: 7th February 2019, 1pm
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Public Engagement Fund
This funding is for anyone with a great idea for engaging the public in conversations about health-related science and research.
Deadline: Open
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Innovator Awards
These awards support researchers who are transforming great ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health.
Our current focus areas are mental health, neurological disorders and neglected tropical diseases, although we may consider applications from other areas.
Deadline: Open
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The Wolfson Foundation: £10m funding available for mental health research
The Foundation have announced the launch of their mental health initiative with £10 million to support outstanding research. The Initiative has a specific interest in anxiety, depression and adolescent mental health.
The research focus should be on something relatively tractable. There will be particular interest in proposals that:
• Emphasise adolescent mental health (albeit potentially as part of a life course perspective)
• Allow an institution to create an outstanding new mental health centre, perhaps building on strengths in other areas. (In the case of institutions with existing excellence, emphasis should be placed on a new strand of research)
• Draw on insights from other areas of medicine
• Attract new talent into the UK.
Deadline: stage one applications 11 January 2019
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