Funding Opportunities

Foundations & Charities

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


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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Breast Cancer Now: Project grants
We are interested in funding research that supports improvements in the prevention, detection and treatment of all forms of breast cancer, and welcome applications from all disciplines.
Deadline: 21 June 2019
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British Academy: Urban infrastructures for wellbeing
The British Academy, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering, has launched a new competitive research funding call, Urban Infrastructures of Well-Being, as part of the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).
This call invites proposals from researchers across all disciplines within the social and engineering sciences and the humanities, wishing to develop and lead interdisciplinary, problem-focused projects that address the challenges of generating and maintaining well-being in the context of rapid urbanisation and infrastructure development in cities of the Global South. The Urban Infrastructures of Well-Being Programme will fund research projects that explore existing and / or potential linkages between formal and informal infrastructures in the urban context of developing countries, and generate new knowledge and engagement which could inform the development of more impactful policies and interventions.
The projects funded under this programme will:
• Deliver research excellence with development impact
• Strengthen the evidence base on what works at the critical junctions of formal and informal infrastructures, including what works in different contexts
• Provide insights to enable new approaches to infrastructure development and innovative directions in implementation by policy makers and practitioners
Deadline: 22 May 2019
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British Geriatrics Society: Therapists Study Grant
We offer a limited number of grants of up to £300 to members of the British Geriatrics Society who are qualified therapists (and therapists in training recognised by their Association or College) with an expressed special interest in the care of older patients to:
Attend conferences, seminars and meetings of an innovative nature which will enhance their understanding and appreciation of the special needs of older patients, and/or
Visit a geriatric ward which has an innovative service approach, special programme or project for the care of older patients.
The primary purpose of the scheme is to provide a source of funds enabling at least one therapist of a multidisciplinary team to be exposed to innovative educational experiences relevant to the special needs of older patients.
Deadline: apply at any time
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British Heart Foundation: Translational Awards
To support the early stage development of new cardiovascular medicines and technologies so that they are attractive for follow-on funding.
The award will help to bridge the funding gap between promising innovations and the clinic with the aim of accelerating advances in cardiovascular science for patient benefit.
Deadline: (October 2019 round) – preliminary applications 15 October 2019, midday. Full application deadline 6th March 2020
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British Heart Foundation: research training fellowships and career development research fellowships for nurses and allied health professionals
To provide a career opportunity in an established research institution in the UK for individuals with an established research record who intend to become leaders in academic nursing or allied health professional research.
Grant overview
• Three years duration, with the possibility of a two year extension.
• The candidate must have the support of a named senior investigator who will guarantee access to space and resources and provide scientific guidance for the duration of their fellowship. This individual should be named on the application form as a ‘Supervisor’ and provide an appropriate letter of support as part of the application.
• The fellowship may be taken up on a part-time employment basis, where appropriate, following discussion and agreement with us and the employing institution. For more information, read about our Flexible working policies.
• If the fellowship is taken up on a full-time basis, we recognise that part of the time (ideally no more than 20% though sometimes more if it can be argued that the research directly involves their patients) may be spent on patient care.
Deadline: The second call for applications for Career Development Research Fellowships for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals will open later in 2019, with a deadline during October 2019. 
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British Heart Foundation: Research Training Fellowships for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals
To provide a foundation in research training in an established research institution in the UK for nurses and allied health professionals, leading to the award of a PhD.
Entry requirements
The named student should usually hold a good quality Masters degree or equivalent.
Grant duration
Usually three years, although applications for longer periods (up to 5 years) will be considered to enable part-time working (see below).
Award may include
• Salary of applicant.
• Research consumables directly attributable to the project, usually less than £10,000 per year, but larger amounts will be considered if fully justified.
• Tuition fees at standard home student rate (set by the research institution).
Deadline: The second call for applications for Career Development Research Fellowships for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals will open later in 2019, with a deadline during October 2019.
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British Heart Foundation: New Horizons Grant
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. A New Horizons Grant could be a prelude to a future Programme Grant.
Deadline: apply at any time.  Prospective applicants must have submitted a preliminary outline at least 18 months before the expected start date and received our approval to submit a full application.
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British Pain Society: Clulow Research Award 2019
We invite submissions from BPS members from a wide range of disciplines; from basic science to clinical services. A grant of up to £50,000 will be awarded.
The funds may be awarded for a variety of purposes in support of a research project (e.g. small project grant, salary support, capital equipment purchase, running costs or additional funding to an existing grant).
However, should the Grant be awarded to cover a proportion of the total costs of a research project, it will not be released until funds covering the full costs of the project are in place.
Deadline: 28 June 2019
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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: 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: We’re now closed to new applications for 2019.  We will open again for new outline applications in 2020.
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Diabetes UK: RD Lawrence Fellowship
The RD Lawrence Fellowship is a career development fellowship to enable postdoctoral researchers to establish their independence in diabetes research.
Deadline: 31 October 2019
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Dunhill Medical Trust: Research Project Grants
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 (excluding cancer and heart disease).

As such, we will consider:
• bioscience underpinning the mechanisms of ageing
• research relating to improving the effectiveness and efficiency of health services and social care delivery for older people
• research relating to improving technology and the built environment, to meet the needs of an ageing population
• behavioural research
• clinical and applied research
• health services research
• public health research

We particularly welcome:
– multidisciplinary approaches
– pilot and proof-of-concept studies that can provide sufficient evidence for larger studies which can attract support from major funding bodies
Deadline: 30 August 2019 (new outline applications opens 1 July 2019)
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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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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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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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The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute: Senior Fellowships
Senior fellowships are an opportunity for an established researcher in a senior academic role (senior lecturer / associate professor or above ) to undertake a visionary, field-changing sabbatical, unencumbered by routine duties.
A senior fellowship is intended to be held full-time for six to twelve months in order to maximise the benefits of the sabbatical. We will consider awarding part-time senior fellowships, at a minimum of 0.5TE, over a maximum of 24 months. The fellowship funds can be used to cover back-fill lecturer pay, research and/or sabbatical costs up to £100,000 in total.
This money can be used flexibly but may not be used to fund additional researcher time on the project or salaries other than back-fill lecturer time. Funding is made available exclusively to release the senior fellow from routine work to enable focus on the specific work proposed for the duration of the fellowship.
We offer membership of THIS Community of Scholars and access to a mentoring scheme at no cost to fellows.
Deadline: 18 July 2019
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Healthcare Infection Society: Pilot project grants
We believe that excellent research underpins clinical best practice and in 2019 HIS will run a pilot scheme which aims to encourage clinical researchers to formulate and refine a hypothesis in the form of a preliminary project.  Proposals must show an understanding of the clinical practice of infection prevention and control directly relate to nosocomial infections.
Deadline: apply at any time
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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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Heart Research UK: Translational research grants
We particularly welcome applications in two categories:
 First translational gap: Here we wish to support preclinical studies that apply discoveries generated in the laboratory to studies in humans. These studies should be applied in nature and directed at aetiology or treatments of diseases from the outset, not exploring fundamental mechanisms of biology or disease.
 Second translational gap: Patient focused studies. Here we wish to support research that has a direct and immediate benefit on patient care including diagnostic, prevention and treatment strategies.
Translational research is dynamic and evolving process to continually improve healthcare and should not stop once the technology is at the patient’s bedside. It can be thought of as taking a scientific breakthrough from ‘laboratory bench to hospital bedside and back’ to be further improved.
This may advance current practice or enable innovative discoveries to be transferred into practical tools to prevent, diagnose and treat heart disease.
Deadline: 3 June 2019, 1.00pm
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The James Tudor Foundation: Health Education, Palliative Care,  Medical Research Grants
The James Tudor Foundation is a grant giving charitable company established in 2004 with the principal object of the relief of human sickness.
The Foundation operates primarily within the United Kingdom and prefers applications from organisations that have been established for at least two years and that are UK registered charities or UK charitable incorporated organisations.  We will also consider applications from UK registered charities for overseas projects for the relief of human sickness.
We generally support small to medium sized charitable organisations rather than large national organisations which enjoy widespread support.
The Foundation awards grants over six main funding areas:
• Palliative Care
• Medical Research
• Health Education
• Relief of Sickness
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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MND Association: Non-Clinical Fellowship and PhD Studentship Grants
The MND Association is a world leader in funding cutting-edge MND research and facilitating international research collaboration.
Deadline: 1 May 2020
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MND Association: Healthcare Research Grants
The MND Association is a leading authority in commissioning and funding healthcare research. Our goal is that healthcare research we fund will lead to better symptom management and support for people with MND, their families and carers and help strengthen the case for public funding of high-quality MND care.
Our recent funding has focused on improving understanding of Nutritional and Respiratory Management. We continue to invest in research that fills knowledge gaps in clinical management of MND, adding to the evidence base and driving improvements in care.
Our current priority is the creation of a population-based MND register to obtain better information on the demographics and natural history of MND, and help to assess the impact of co-ordinated care provision through our Care Centre network. Work on the register commenced in summer 2014. Initial data from the study will be reviewed in combination with information from other sources, including the Priority Setting Partnership on Palliative and End of Life Care to inform future healthcare research themes.
We will issue a themed funding call when this review is complete. In the meantime, we will be pleased to discuss new and relevant research ideas with interested parties. Please contact the Research Grants Team at
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Parkinson’s UK:  Small grants
Small grants provide funds for small-scale research projects and pilot studies.  Applications are invited for grants of up to 24 months and for a maximum of £50,000.
Grants are tenable only at a United Kingdom university, NHS Trust, statutory social care organisation or other research institution.
Principal applicants should hold employment contracts that extend beyond the period of the grant.
Co-applicants and collaborators may be based at institutions outside the UK or at pharmaceutical or biotech companies.
Deadline: 25 September 2019, 4.00pm
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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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The Pink Ribbon Foundation: Breast cancer funding
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK charities:
• To relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, or have been affected by, breast cancer by providing, or assisting in the provision of, information, care or emotional, practical and financial support.
• To advance public education in the understanding of breast cancer, its early detection and treatment, in particular but not exclusively by commissioning, or conducting, research into the causes, detection and treatment of breast cancer and by disseminating the results of such research.
Higher grants may be awarded if the trustees feel there is a special reason to do so.
Any charity working in the field of breast cancer can apply for a grant.
Applications from general cancer charities must demonstrate that the grants requested will be applied to benefit those affected by breast cancer. Where applications relate to general services, details must be given of how many (and what proportion) of the total number benefiting from the charity’s work are affected by breast cancer.
Deadline: 31 May 2019
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RCN Foundation: Project Grants
All applications must meet one of the Foundation’s priorities:
1. Supporting the nursing community in times of need
• Self-care projects which focus on the health and wellbeing of the nursing team
2. Funding nursing-led projects that improve patient care, health and wellbeing
• Care home nursing
• Mental health nursing and learning disability nursing
• Research and practise development projects
• Projects that respond to emerging and urgent nursing and healthcare issues
3. Increasing public understanding of the contribution nursing makes to society
• Projects that increase public understanding of nursing
Organisations wishing to apply for a project grant must request an application form from the Foundation by emailing:
Deadline: 31 July and 16 October 2019
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Royal Society: Wolfson Fellowship
This provides long-term support to UK universities and research institutions in making strategic research appointments through the recruitment and retention of senior-career researchers.
Fellowships last for five years and are worth up to £250,000 for overseas recruitment or £150,000 for retention.
Deadline: 10 July 2019, 3.00pm (recurring)
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Wellcome Trust: Research awards for health professionals
These enable practising health professionals to carry out humanities or social science research in any area of health. Fellowships are tenable for up to three years and are usually worth up to £350, 000.
Deadline: 2 July 2019, 5.00pm
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Wellcome Trust: Research Enrichment – Public Engagement
This funding, previously known as the Provision for Public Engagement, helps Wellcome grantholders engage the public with their research.
Public engagement activities – where researchers share their ideas with the public and in return get new perspectives on their research – can inspire learning, enhance research and help to improve health.
Deadline: 9 July 2019, 5pm
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Wellcome Foundation: Public Engagement Fund
The Fund is open to commercial and not-for-profit organisations and individuals working in the arts, culture, entertainment media, heritage, leisure, education, research, informal learning or other fields for projects that focus on health (even where this is not the main focus or core activity of the applicant).
The Foundation seeks creative ideas about how to engage the public in health research that focus on people, helping everyone play their own role in improving health. Work which promotes diversity and inclusion and engages people and communities who are affected by social and economic disadvantage is particularly welcomed.

Funded projects will offer creative approaches to engage the public by:
• Empowering people
• Improving health research
• Helping people to value and think critically about science, health research, innovation and the role these play in society
Projects funded will be innovative or a new way of working; a development of an already successful activity that can be scaled up, made sustainable and cost-effective; or an existing activity that can be replicated with a new audience, e.g. a different demographic or location.

Grants of £25,000 to £3 million are awarded to projects taking place in the UK, Republic of Ireland or low and middle-income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific region for work lasting up to 3 years.
Deadlines: Applications for grants under £250,000 are considered through a single stage application process four times a year – the next deadline is 5pm on the 9th July 2019.
Grants over £250,000 are considered throughout the year following the submission of an expression of interest – apply at any time.
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Wellcome Trust: Sir Henry Dale Fellowship 2019
The scheme supports research ranging from the molecules and cells vital to life and their role in the global spread of disease, to clinical and public health research seeking to improve the quality of healthcare. It can be based in the laboratory, clinic or field, and may involve experimental or theoretical approaches.
It brings together the Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust, two of the world’s most prestigious and influential scientific organisations, in their shared commitment to supporting the future leaders of biomedical research. For August round preliminary application deadline 6 August 2019 , full application 17 October 2019
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Wellcome Trust: Innovator Awards
Innovator Awards are open to researchers who are developing healthcare innovations that could have a major and measurable impact on human health.
You can work in any scientific discipline, including a discipline outside life sciences. You can work on any type of technology. Examples of technologies include:
 therapeutics (small molecules or biologics)
 vaccines
 devices
 diagnostics
 digital technologies
 regenerative medicine.
The work that you propose must be essential for developing your healthcare innovation.
If you’re developing a digital healthcare innovation, you may also be interested in Innovator Awards: Digital Technologies.

Deadline: apply at any time
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