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: Dissemination Grants
Alzheimer’s Society welcomes creative dissemination ideas. Dissemination activities may include:
• public engagement workshops
• cross-disciplinary conferences eg. across clinical, social and biomedical research fields and/or involvement of people affected by dementia in the development or delivery of conferences
• artistic exhibits, performances or festivals
• adapting materials for different audiences
• interactive technologies, databases and audio-visual products
• media events (such as interviews, or television or radio presentations) or written articles in newspapers or weekly or monthly magazines
• software or NetWare
• educational aids, instruments or equipment
• virtual networking and interactions.
Deadline: 30 August 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 –
Click here for more information.


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: Round 1 has closed. Round 2 to open later in 2019
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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: 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 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 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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Centre for Ageing Better: Understanding the lived experiences of those approaching later life
The Centre for Ageing Better’s strategy reiterates our determination to create a society where everyone enjoys their later life. In order to achieve this goal, we are taking a preventative approach and focusing on those approaching later life (approximately people aged 50-69).
It is the first time we are tendering for a large, mixed methods piece of research that will explore in detail this life stage (there are two elements to the project with a total value of £180,000 excluding VAT).
The research will give us an overview of experiences, looking across our priority goal areas, as well as provide us with rich narratives that illustrate people’s stories. The results will shape our work programmes going forward, provide us with invaluable insights that will strengthen our dissemination and influencing activities, and support others who are also interested in this exploring this life stage.
Deadline: 16 August 2019, 5.00pm
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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
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:  30 August 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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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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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: 11:59pm, 1 September 2019
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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: 11:59pm, 1 September 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.
Click here to find out more.

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: 30 August 2019
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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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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: TBA
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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions: call for proposals to foster excellence in researchers’ training, mobility and career development.
Each proposal funded under the COFUND scheme must have a sole beneficiary that will be responsible for the availability of the necessary complementary funds to execute the proposal. Researchers supported under this scheme shall comply with the mobility rules of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions. Proposed programmes are encouraged to cover all research disciplines, but can also focus on specific disciplines.
COFUND takes the form of:
1. Doctoral programmes (total funding €35 million) – addressing the development and broadening of the research competencies of early-stage researchers. Each researcher must be enrolled in a doctoral programme.
2. Fellowship programmes (total funding €55 million) – funding individual research training and career development fellowships for experienced researchers. Given that the aim of the co-funded fellowship programmes is the support of individual fellows, research teams will not be funded.
Deadline: 26 September 2019
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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: Health and Social Care Grants
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: Deadline for expressions of interest likely to be 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: 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: 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: currently closed, awaiting deadline date for new round (recurring). The scheme is expected to open in September 2019.
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Versus Arthritis: Research grants
Nurses are eligible to apply for PhD scholarships from Versus Arthritis. Applications should be made by the proposed PhD supervisor.
Deadline: 18 September 2019
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Wellbeing of Women: 2020 Scholarship and Fellowship round
Wellbeing of Women is delighted to announce it is accepting applications for its Entry-level Research Scholarships, Research Training Fellowships and Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. These awards fund the brightest and best future stars in women’s reproductive health. Research can be in midwifery, maternity services, basic science, clinical or translational research in the areas of Pregnancy and 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.
1. Entry-level Research Scholarships: Provide ‘pump-priming’ funds to enable graduates to be exposed to a research environment, or to obtain pilot data for bids for definitive funding. The upper limit for these awards is £20,000.
2. Research Training Fellowships: Encourage medical graduates, nurses, midwives or allied health professionals to pursue a career in academic medicine. The upper limit for these awards is £250,000.
3. Postdoctoral Research Fellowships: Support clinician and academic early career researchers to gather data and strengthen their bids for longer-term substantive funding. The upper limit for these awards is £30,000.
All awards are open to applicants carrying out their research in the UK or Ireland.
Deadline: 19 September 2019, 1.00pm
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