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: 2019 Calls
We welcome research proposals across cause, cure, care and prevention of all forms of dementia through our biomedical and care, services and public health funding streams.
However, we wish to highlight several areas where we would welcome more applications to our regular grant rounds in the hope of funding in these areas.  These areas remain open to our six-monthly call deadlines.
Real-world utility of biomarkers:  There are a number of biological markers including amyloid-PET and other neuroimaging approaches, CSF analysis; genotyping, advanced neuropsychology and others that may add value and guide clinical decision making.
Drug repurposing: We’ve supported a programme of drug discovery particularly focused on drugs repurposing since 2014. We would welcome both preclinical and clinical applications that include the identification and testing of repurposed drug possibilities.
Deadline: 29 March 2019, midday.
Webinars: Friday 15 February 2019 -12:30-13:30 and Wednesday 20 March 2019 – 12:30-13:30.  To participate, please email to register your interest.
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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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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: preliminary applications 15 April 2019, midday
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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: 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: Community Organisations Grants 2019/20 First Round
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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Dunhill Medical Trust: Project Grants 2019/20 Round Two and Three
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: 17 May 2019, 5.00pm then further deadline 30 August 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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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 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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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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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: 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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Newton International Fellowships
The Newton International Fellowships enable researchers to work for two years at a UK institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations.
The Scheme aims to attract the most promising early career postdoctoral researchers from overseas in the fields of natural sciences, physical sciences, medical sciences, social sciences and the humanities. The Newton International Fellowships Scheme is delivered by the British Academy, Academy of Medical Sciences, and the Royal Society.
Deadline: 27 March 2019, 3.00pm
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Parkinson’s UK: Project grants
The project grant scheme tackles major research challenges. Funding is awarded for projects designed to answer a single question or a small group of related questions.  The duration of a project grant is for a maximum of three years. There is no fixed maximum value for project grants, however, the cost of applications is usually between £100,000 and £400,000. We’re keen to receive applications from researchers working across all fields of Parkinson’s research. Funding for cohort studies is not available through this grant scheme. Please see our website for information on how we fund these types of studies.
Deadline: pre-proposals 20 March 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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Rosetrees Trust: 2019 Young Enterprise Fellowships and Seedcorn Awards
Young Enterprise Fellowships (YEFs) are aimed specifically at recently qualified postdoctoral researchers primarily in the fields of engineering, computer science, maths and physics who wish to develop a long-term programme of biomedical research within a UK university. We’re keen to encourage fresh thinking to tackle clinical problems and would like to see more ideas and input from physical scientists, mathematicians and engineers. We’re looking for projects that will be genuinely innovative and potentially transformative. The fellowship is aimed at junior researchers and would facilitate their first steps towards independence.
We’re also modifying our seedcorn funding scheme. Most grant applications and fellowships require a significant amount of pilot data but funding for pilot data projects is hard to come by so we’re modifying our existing seedcorn funding scheme with the eventual aim of potentially funding more projects. All shortlisted projects will be assessed by an academic review panel and grants will be limited to 18 months duration and £15,000 and we will not require interim reporting only one final report at the end of the project. We’ll use these final reports to identify projects that we might be interested in funding further.
Deadline: 31 March and 15 April 2019 respectively.
Click here for the Young Enterprise Fellowships and here for Seedcorn Awards.


Wellcome Trust: Data re-use Prize – malaria
This supports research that generates a new insight, tool or health application from data available held by the Malaria Atlas Project. The winner receives £15,000 and two runners up receive £5,000 each.
Deadline: 15 Mar 2019
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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 26th March 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.
Preliminary application deadline 2 April, full application 13 June 2019
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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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