Funding Opportunities

Foundations & Charities

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

ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY

Alzheimer’s Society – Accelerator Programme
The Alzheimer’s Society Accelerator Programme is investing in innovations to improve the lives of people affected by dementia.
We’re offering bespoke business support and investment up to a value of £100,000, along with a 12-month partnership.
We want engineers, designers, developers and entrepreneurs to apply. If you have a good idea, we can help with the tools and resources to make it a reality. By backing passionate people with innovative ideas we’ll bring change to people affected by dementia faster.
We are looking for applications from teams or individuals at any stage of the product development journey, from a great idea that needs testing through to proven products that need a push to maximise their reach. Your idea could be a simple product that makes life easier for people living with dementia, or a new service to improve support.
We know that bringing a great idea to life and making it grow is not just about the money. A member of our Innovation Team will work closely with each successful applicant, and we are teaming up with leading experts to provide business support. Our Innovation Team can help you benefit from the depth of knowledge and experience held by people affected by dementia, our staff and volunteers.
The programme is open to anyone with a good idea who is over 18, and lives in the UK.
Deadline: 7 November 2019
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ASTHMA UK

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 – asthmalab@asthma.org.uk
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BRAIN TUMOUR

BREAST CANCER NOW

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: August 2020 (re-opens 2 December 2019)
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BRITISH GERIATRICS SOCIETY

British Geriatrics Society: Movement Disorders Research Grant
We are pleased to offer grants in support of small research, quality improvement and innovation projects in the field of older people with movement disorders.
The value of the grant awarded shall generally be in the region of £100 – £2000.
Deadline: 31 December 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

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 30 September 2019, midday. Full application deadline 6th March 2020
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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 healthcare professionals, leading to the award of a PhD
Entry requirements
– The named student will normally be a member of one of the following groups of healthcare professionals, who is working in a cardiovascular setting:
– Nurses
– Midwives
– Allied Health Professionals
– Healthcare Scientists
– The student should usually hold a good quality Master’s degree or equivalent.
– The research proposed should usually be related to the improvement of care and outcomes for people with cardiovascular disease. More fundamental/basic science research may be better supported through our other funding schemes. If you have any queries about the suitability of your research for this scheme, please contact us in advance of submitting an application.
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: 25 October 2019
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British Heart Foundation: 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 health professional-led research.
Entry requirements
– The applicant will normally be a member of one of the following groups of healthcare professionals, who is working in a cardiovascular setting:
– Nurses
– Midwives
– Allied Health Professionals
– Healthcare Scientists
– The applicant will hold a PhD or equivalent taught Practitioner/Professional Doctorate.
– The research proposed should usually be related to the improvement of care and outcomes for people with cardiovascular disease. More fundamental/basic science research may be better supported through our other funding schemes. If you have any queries about the suitability of your research for this scheme, please contact us in advance of submitting an application.
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.
Award may include
– Salary of applicant.
– Salary for technician or research assistant if required and fully justified.
– Research consumables, directly attributable to the project.
– Research equipment essential for the project.
Deadline: 25 October 2019
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British Heart Foundation: Hope for Hearts Fund
The £1m Hope for Hearts Fund seeks to test and evaluate innovative approaches to deliver better heart failure care and services.
Innovators from all sectors are being encouraged to partner with heart failure specialists and patients to help develop and implement new ideas for old problems.
Heart failure, a long-term incurable condition which means your heart can’t pump blood effectively as it should, poses a growing and increasingly complex challenge to the NHS. In the last 10 years, hospital visits for heart failure have risen by 60 per cent.
The BHF is challenging the nation’s healthcare pioneers to think how innovation could radically improve heart failure care. This might include more effective use of technology and data, new service models or new ways of engaging patients in their own care.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has worked in partnership with the British Society of Heart Failure (BSH) to set up the Hope for Hearts Fund. An independent committee has been set up to assess the applications and will be chaired by Dr Nicholas Boon, a retired cardiologist and former president of the British Cardiovascular Society.
Deadline: 28 November 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 SCOLIOSIS RESEARCH FOUNDATION

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 December 2019
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CANCER RESEARCH.

Cancer Research UK: Population Research Postdoctoral Fellowship
You should:
• be a scientist, clinician or healthcare worker in a UK university, medical school, hospital or research institution
• have a PhD or be about to complete your PhD (or equivalent higher research degree)
• be able to demonstrate that you meet the range of skills and experience as outlined in the developing independence’ career stage in our Fellowships Competency Framework
Population Research Postdoctoral Fellowships can be awarded in the areas of:
o Early diagnosis
o Prevention
o Epidemiology
Deadline: 14 November 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

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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Diabetes UK: Sir George Alberti Research Training Fellowship
A career development research training fellowship to enable graduate healthcare professionals to work towards a PhD or MD in diabetes research.
Deadline: 31 October 2019
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DUNHILL MEDICAL TRUST

Dunhill Medical Trust: Research Project Grants
We welcome applications for research projects involving the range of academic disciplines: biological and biomedical sciences, health, social care, the built environment, engineering, behavioural science and others. Project proposals must, however, aim to:
• further the understanding of the mechanisms of ageing
• help to treat disease, disability and frailty relating to ageing
• develop and innovate in the care and support of older people.
Deadline: 10 January 2020
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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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HEALTHCARE INFECTION SOCIETY

Healthcare Infection Society: Small Research Grants Scheme
Small Research Grants aim to fund pioneering, innovative research within the scope of infection prevention and control and nosocomial infections. Applications for funding must show an understanding of the clinical practice of infection prevention and control directly relating to nosocomial infections. Small research grants are intended to support small-scale research projects, or possibly the costs associated with the visit of an overseas research fellow, up to £10,000 for a project of 12 months duration. The primary grant holder and their institution must the based in the UK or Republic of Ireland. Small grants are normally non-recurring.
Deadline: now closed. Due to re-open in early 2020
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Healthcare Infection Society: Major Research Grants Scheme
Major Research Grants support work on the subject of healthcare associated infections and infection prevention and control. This grant would be suitable to support a PhD studentship, MD or other research worker and related consumables/equipment, with a preference towards translational research rather than pure science topics.
Deadline: now closed. Due to re-open in early 2020
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Healthcare Infection Society: Pilot Project Grants
The scheme can be used to:
• Fund small (local) pilot research projects to answer well-defined and concise IPC/HCAI questions
• Create proof of principle data to underpin external applications for additional funding
• Build new collaborations between clinicians and researchers
• Provide access to funds for hypothesis testing
• Encourage innovative and interdisciplinary research in infection prevention and control
• Build consortia for specific funding calls
Deadline: accepted throughout the year and assessed on a quarterly basis
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HEALTH FOUNDATION 

The Health Foundation: Evidence into Practice
This programme will be open for application in October 2019.
The Evidence into Practice programme is designed to help research teams bridge the gap from academic research findings, to actionable information for people practising in the field.
Eight projects received up to £50,000 to fund the development of tools and resources to support the implementation of findings in practice.
Deadline: 31 October 2019
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The Health Foundation: Scania Health Leaders Network
Sciana: The Health Leaders Network is an initiative bringing together outstanding leaders in health and health care policy and innovation across Europe.
The network provides members space to take inspiration and learning from across the globe, and time to share insights gained as well as their own experiences with peers, with whom they will work to address some of the shared challenges we are facing across Europe.
The network is for leaders who share a deep commitment to quality, sustainability, universal coverage, and patient and community-centred care, nationally and internationally.
Their vision and collaboration, aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, is critically needed to respond to common issues, such as fiscal strains, demographic change, chronic diseases, digital transformation, patient centredness and migration.
Deadline: September 2020 (applications accepted all year round)
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THE JAMES TUDOR FOUNDATION

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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MACMILLAN CANCER 

Macmillan Cancer Support: Research Grants
At Macmillan we run an open competition grant funding scheme for UK-based researchers who have proposals for research projects that address questions relevant to our current call, that are scientifically and methodologically excellent, and that have clear potential to benefit people living with cancer.
To reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer, we invest in research that helps us to understand the numbers, needs and experiences of people living with cancer and generate the evidence needed to enable a better cancer experience.
Deadline: The next round of the Macmillan grants scheme is likely to launch in early 2020
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ME RESEARCH UK 

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

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 research.grants@mndassociation.org
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NUFFIELD FOUNDATION

Nuffield Foundation: £15m Strategic Fund
The Nuffield Foundation is calling for applications to its new £15m Strategic Fund for ambitious, interdisciplinary research projects that will address some of the most important challenges facing UK society and the public policy agenda in the next decade. This is an opportunity for researchers to develop original and challenging ideas, to work collaboratively across disciplines, and to influence social policy in a period of rapid change and uncertainty for our society.
Through the Strategic Fund, the Foundation will make awards in the range of £1-3 million. Applications are encouraged from universities, research institutes, think tanks and voluntary organisations.
The Foundation encourage applications relating to a number of broad themes, set out in the call for applications. These themes include:
• The impact of digital technologies and the fourth industrial revolution,
• The future of education in a digitally-driven society,
• Interventions that might promote opportunity and reduce adversity at different life stages and between generations.
The listed themes are not exhaustive, and the Foundation welcome applications on other themes that align with their mission to advance social well-being.
Deadline: Applications will open on the 1st October 2019 and the first closing date is 9 December 2019
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PARKINSON’S UK 

Parkinson’s UK: Research Involvement Awards
Research Involvement Awards provide expert support for Parkinson’s researchers to carry out Patient and Public Involvement (PPI).
Applications are invited from researchers:
o working across all fields of Parkinson’s research, including those new to Parkinson’s research
o at any stage of their research project, including when disseminating and implementing research findings
Deadline: apply at any time
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Parkinson’s UK: Health and Social Care Grants – Expressions of Interest
Parkinson’s UK is commissioning research to tackle the most important gaps in evidence on the effectiveness of health and social care services for people with Parkinson’s.
The aim of this research is to generate evidence to support improvements in care for people affected by Parkinson’s.
We are now inviting applications for research projects in these two areas:
• The impact and/or optimal configuration of Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist Services
• The effectiveness of physiotherapy at the early stage of Parkinson’s
There are two stages in the application process. In this first stage, we are asking interested applicants to outline how they would approach research in these areas.
Deadline: Website states this will be sometime in 2020
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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: The next deadline will be in 2020
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RCN FOUNDATION

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: grants@rcnfoundation.org.uk
Deadline: 18 October 2019
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ROYAL SOCIETY

Royal Society: Industry Fellowships
This scheme is for academic scientists who want to work on a collaborative project with industry and for scientists in industry who want to work on a collaborative project with an academic organisation.
It aims to enhance knowledge transfer in science and technology between those in industry and those in academia in the UK.
The scheme provides a basic salary for the researcher and a contribution towards research costs.
The scheme is currently funded by the Royal Society and Rolls-Royce plc.
Deadline: this scheme is currently closed. It is expected to re-open March 2020
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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: 11 November 2019
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SIR JULES THORN CHARITABLE TRUST

Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust: Biomedical Research Grant Funding
The Trust offers one grant of up to £1.7 million to support a five-year programme of translational biomedical research selected following a competition among applicants sponsored by the UK’s leading medical schools and NHS organisations.
UK medical schools and NHS organisations are permitted to submit one application annually, selected following an internal competition.
The research must have a justifiable claim to be at the leading edge of international science and must be led by a clearly identified Principal Applicant of outstanding quality in the early years of an established research and academic career.
Deadline: 31 October 2019, midday
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THE UROLOGY FOUNDATION

The Urology Foundation: Smaller Research Grants
TUF will fund projects for patient benefit that seek to improve services and treatments and communications with patients and carers. The outcomes of the study must be measured and evaluated and demonstrate improved care and well-being of patients.
This fund is also open to applications from nurses, as well as clinicians and researchers.
Deadline: 31 October 2019
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