Funding Opportunities

Research & Development

The latest funding opportunities from research councils.


Academy of Medical Sciences: Global Challenge Research Fund Networking Grants
The scheme allows researchers from across disciplines and from developing countries and the UK to hold networking events, to forge new links and generate innovative transdisciplinary research ideas to address global challenges. We expect that these new networks will then be better equipped to apply for larger grants offered by the GCRF programme and other funding initiatives.

Deadline: Applications for round 5 has closed. The next round (6) will open in early 2020
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Academy of Medical Sciences – Springboard 2019
The Academy of Medical Sciences has launched round 5 of it’s scheme for biomedical researchers- Springboard. These awards provide up to £100,000 over two years and a personalised package of career support to help newly independent biomedical scientists to launch their research careers.
The academy embraces a broad diversity and breadth of research topics, the key message being that the proposed project must demonstrate clear relevance to human health. Applicants are welcome from molecular, cellular and structural biology to anatomical, physiological, psychological, epidemiological and public health research areas. Applications are also encouraged from wider subject areas such as physics, chemistry, structural biology, mathematical sciences, informatics, imaging and engineering applied to biomedicine. You may use experimental or theoretical approaches and be undertaking basic laboratory research through clinical application to healthcare delivery but your work must reflect the Academy’s mission to improve health through research.
Deadline: Applications for round 5 has closed. The next round will open in February / March 2020
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Research Networking
The Research Networking Scheme is intended to support forums for the discussion and exchange of ideas on a specified thematic area, issue or problem. The intention is to facilitate interactions between researchers and stakeholders through, for example, a short-term series of workshops, seminars, networking activities or other events. The aim of these activities is to stimulate new debate across boundaries, for example, disciplinary, conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and/or international. Proposals should explore new areas, be multi-institutional and can include creative or innovative approaches or entrepreneurship. Proposals must justify the approach taken and clearly explain the novelty or added value for bringing the network participants together.
Proposals for full economic costs up to £30,000 for a period of up to two years may be submitted. The exact mechanism for networking and the duration is up to the applicants to decide but must be fully justified in the proposal. An additional threshold of up to £15,000 full economic cost may be sought to cover the costs of any international participants or activities in addition to the £30,000 fEC scheme limit. Proposals will need to be submitted by an eligible Research Organisation but must involve collaboration with at least one other organisation, as well as having significant relevance to beneficiaries in the UK.
Deadline: Open
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BBSRC: Follow-On Funding Call 
This fund supports the translation of research into practical application, including commercialisation. The FoF is a proof-of-concept programme to support bioscience innovation and provide funding where further work on an idea will take it through to a stage at which the route to application is clear, which may include a spin-out, licensing opportunity or the creation of a social enterprise.
The programme enables researchers to conduct activities essential to preparing a robust business plan and to secure, where appropriate, further funding and support to progress the project.
Standard BBSRC eligibility criteria apply, and the Principal Investigator must currently or previously have held BBSRC funding with demonstrable relevance to the application. Follow-On Fund projects must draw substantially on previous research funding by BBSRC and fall within their portfolio.
Deadline: 9 October 2019, 4.00pm
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BBSRC: Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs): Open Call
KTPs accelerate business innovation by supporting knowledge exchange with academic institutions.
As part of a UK-wide programme, these partnerships serve as a mechanism to transfer knowledge and to develop graduate and postgraduate personnel for industrial careers.
Deadline: apply at any time
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DASA: Point of care diagnostics at the front line- funding competition
DASA is seeking proposals for innovative ‘Point of Care’ (PoC) diagnostics technologies that provide information to enable clinicians and medical professionals to provide earlier diagnosis and ultimately improve the treatment and long-term health outcomes of individuals exposed to chemical and biological hazards. Technologies that enable rapid diagnosis of individuals exposed to biological or chemical agents are currently limited. They are time-consuming, resource intensive, provide a limited identification capability and frequently rely on reach back to laboratory facilities to achieve a high confidence output. Development of novel, enhanced PoC diagnostic devices that can be used rapidly, as close to the patient as possible, and potentially in austere locations represent an attractive solution to this problem. £500k is available for this phase to fund multiple proposals at a range of Technology Readiness Levels (up to TRL 6). Successful bids to commence Dec 2019, and end 12 months later.
Key Dates
Competition closes 26 September 2019 midday
Dial in Dates to speak with Technical team: (register early!)
• Register for Group dial in: 4 September 2019
• Register for 1-2-1 bookable session: 4 September 2019
Deadline: 26 September 2019
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ESRC: Understanding and Addressing Health and Social Challenges for Ageing in the UK and China
The call aims to enhance the evidence base on understanding and addressing health and social challenges facing ageing societies through interdisciplinary collaborations. Healthy ageing is a major research challenge in the UK and China therefore the objectives of this programme are:
To commission joint UK-China research projects on understanding and/or addressing key health and social challenges facing ageing societies that take particular consideration of inequalities
To encourage and support the development of innovative collaborations between social science researchers and biomedical scientists
To take advantage of research strengths in the UK and China to make advances that would not be possible with researchers from the two nations working separately
Deadline: 13 October 2019 16:00 GMT+1
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ESRC: Research Grants Open Call
The ESRC Research Grants (open call) invites proposals from eligible individuals and research teams for standard research projects, large-scale surveys and other infrastructure projects and for methodological developments.
The call offers researchers considerable flexibility to focus on any subject area or topic providing that it falls within ESRC’s remit. Proposals can draw from the wider sciences, but the social sciences must represent more than 50 per cent of the research focus and effort.
We particularly encourage ambitious and novel research proposals addressing new concepts and techniques and those with the potential for significant scientific or societal and economic impact. We are also keen to encourage fresh ideas from new researchers and appropriate proposals are welcomed from those with limited research experience.
Our funding decisions are based on criteria including quality, timeliness, potential impact and value for money. The call is for applications ranging from £350,000 to £1 million (100 per cent full economic cost (fEC)) for a period of up to five years
Deadline: apply at any time
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ESRC: Secondary Data Analysis Initiative
The Secondary Data Analysis Initiative aims to deliver high-quality high-impact research through the deeper exploitation of major data resources created by the ESRC and other agencies. Proposals are welcome at any time. Funding is provided for up to 18 months with an overall limit of £200,000 (100 per cent fEC) per grant.
Proposals will be considered by a new Grants Assessment Panel (GAP) that has been specifically convened to consider SDAI proposals.
Funding will be available for around 20 proposals a year; this may increase with the involvement of other organisations, therefore around seven proposals at each GAP round (subject to quality).
Deadline: apply at any time
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New Investigator Grants
We are pleased to invite proposals for our New Investigator Grants. New Investigator Grants form one element of our support for early career researchers and the scheme is specifically aimed at supporting those looking to make the transition to an independent researcher through managing their first major research project. These grants replace our Future Research Leaders scheme.
The call is open to high-quality candidates from anywhere in the world who have a maximum of four years’ postdoctoral experience and the support of an eligible UK research organisation. Grants ranging from £100,000 to £300,000 full Economic Cost (fEC) can be awarded.
Deadline: Open
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Research Grants
If you have an excellent idea for a research project, the best way to seek funding for it is through our Research Grants open call. Awards ranging from £350,000 to £1 million (100 per cent full Economic Cost (fEC)) can be made to eligible institutions to enable individuals or research teams to undertake anything from a standard research project through to a large-scale survey and other infrastructure or methodological development.
Deadline: Open
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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are one of the biggest schemes we fund as part of our commitment to knowledge exchange. The KTP scheme’s mission is to strengthen the UK’s competitiveness and wealth creation by enabling research organisations to apply their research knowledge to important business problems.
Deadline: Open
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Impact Acceleration Accounts
We provide funding for knowledge exchange activities through Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs). IAAs are block awards made to research organisations to accelerate the impact of research.
Allocation of funds is based on the size of research organisations’ recent ESRC research funding history and the strength of the institutional IAA business plan. Tried and tested by the ESRC and other Research Councils, IAAs allow research organisations to respond to knowledge exchange opportunities in more flexible, responsive and creative ways than centrally administered schemes.
Deadline: Open
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EPSRC Healthcare Technologies: Call for Investigator-led Research Projects
The Healthcare Technologies theme has prioritised funding to support novel investigator-led projects. We are inviting investigator-led proposals and intend to batch these through the year. This will allow prioritisation panel membership to better reflect the expertise required to assess the multidisciplinary, team science and impact considerations which are a common feature of high- quality Healthcare Technologies research.
Proposals submitted to this call should clearly articulate the novel Engineering and Physical Sciences aspects of the proposed research project and how it will deliver the Healthcare Technologies theme strategy, and/or the investment priorities within the Healthy Nation of the EPSRC delivery plan. We would particularly like to encourage research projects which address the priorities of “Transform community health and care” and “Improve prevention and public health”.
Deadline: Open call with batch dates.
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EPSRC: IAA Postdoctoral Placements
This funding is available to allow EPSRC-funded postdocs to take up short-term placements in a partner organisation in industry, the public sector or third sector (not at other Universities). The funding is intended to enable the postdoc to apply their research-based knowledge and expertise in a different context, helping the partner organisation innovate and the postdoc to gain valuable work experience.  Funding is available to cover salary and travel costs for up to three months, full or part-time.
Deadline: apply at any time
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European Research Council: Proof of Concept Funding
The ERC Proof of Concept funding is made available only to those who already have an ERC award to establish proof of concept of an idea that was generated in the course of their ERC-funded projects.
The activities to be funded shall draw substantially on this scientifically excellent ERC-funded research. However the additional funding is not aimed at extending the original research or predominantly concerned with overcoming obstacles to practical application.
Deadline: 19 September 2019
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European Research Council: Funding Available
Applicants for the ERC Advanced Grants – called Principal Investigators (PI) – are expected to be active researchers who have a track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years.
The Principal Investigators should be exceptional leaders in terms of originality and significance of their research contributions. No specific eligibility criteria with respect to the academic requirements are foreseen.
Applications can be made in any field of research. The ERC’s grants operate on a ‘bottom-up’ basis without predetermined priorities.
Deadline: The new call should open on 14 May 2020
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GrowMedTech: Proof of Feasibility funding
Funding is available to support early stage feasibility and de-risking of technologies: investigating or demonstrating the feasibility of a technology concept, early stage prototype development and testing, and ensuring that the technology is designed to meet the demands of the end user from the outset.
The funding should be used to accelerate technologies towards commercialisation or clinical adoption, and assists in attracting follow-on or external funding. Funding is via a one stage process. There is no requirement that projects have previously received Grow MedTech funding but prior Proof of Market funding will show evidence that the project is at the appropriate stage for Proof of Feasibility funding.
Deadline: 9 October 2019, 12.00 pm
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GrowMedTech: Grow Your Idea: Pump Prime Funding Competition
Grow MedTech is inviting applications for up to £10,000 to support the development of a commercially inspired medical technology innovation, through our Pump Prime Funding Competition.
Successful shortlisted applicants will have the opportunity to pitch their proposal at the Grow MedTech Annual Conference on 6 December 2019 in a “Dragons’ Den” style session where a panel of experts, patient representatives and audience votes will decide which project is funded.
Applications are invited from researcher (post-doctoral to professorial level) led teams who are based at one of the six Grow MedTech partner universities: University of Bradford, University of Huddersfield, Leeds Beckett University, University of Leeds, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of York.
This call does not directly fund industry/commercial organisations. However, proposals from University partners which demonstrate evidence of an industry-defined market need and projects with industry partner contribution are encouraged.
Deadline: 11 October 2019, 4.00 pm
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MRC: Pre-Call announcement: UK-Canada Diabetes Research Team Grants
The objective of this funding opportunity is to accelerate diabetes research into mechanisms and translational solutions to improve the lives of people with diabetes in Canada and the UK through research funding for internationally competitive and innovative UK-Canada diabetes research teams that will enable the pursuit of shared research interests.
The focus of the collaborative projects will be upon ‘mechanisms and translational solutions’. Projects should focus on one or more of the following key diabetes knowledge gaps:
• genetic variability
• molecular mechanisms, including immune-mediated beta cell injury
• human implementation pilot studies to reverse type 2 diabetes through physical activity and nutrition. We welcome applications that include researchers with expertise in the social sciences, in addition to biomedical researchers. Social scientists can bring an understanding of, for example, individual behaviour, economic evaluation, inequalities, the wider political economy, and wider environmental influences.
This is meant to focus on research applicable to UK and Canadian settings, not on global health.
Deadline: EOIs 28 August 2019 and full applications 25 September 2019.
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MRC: Transformative Research Technologies
The 2019 TRDF call aims to pump prime the next generation of cutting-edge enabling research technologies with the potential for transformative impact in life sciences research (both biological and biomedical). It will support applications for early stage technology development and research into the development of novel techniques and technologies based on new advances in fundamental engineering, physical and life sciences that have the potential to enable transformative step changes in research capability.
This call, led by BBSRC, with significant co-funding from EPSRC and MRC, is making available up to £3 million to support short high-risk high-reward pilot studies directed towards the development of novel technologies for use in discovery life science research.
Deadline: 17 September 2019, 16:00 GMT+1
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MRC: Career Development Awards
Categories for consideration are: Infections and immunity, Molecular and cellular medicine, Population and systems medicine, Neurosciences and mental health, Translation, Global health, Methodology, Public health
Deadline: 18 September 2019, 4.00pm GMT+1
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MRC: Population and systems medicine – new investigator research grant
This supports researchers capable of becoming independent principal investigators and who are ready to take the next step towards that goal within the areas of population and systems medicine. Grants are tenable for three years; however, in exceptional cases applications for longer periods of time may be accepted.
Deadline: 25 September 2019
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MRC: Population and systems medicine – partnership grant
This supports novel partnerships between diverse groupings of researchers. Funds are available for one to five years.
Deadline: 25 September 2019
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MRC: Population and systems medicine – research grants
These support focused research projects that may be short- or long-term in nature in the field of population and systems medicine. Grants are usually worth up to £1 million for a maximum period of five years.
Deadline: 25 September 2019
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MRC: Population and systems medicine – programme grants
These provide larger, longer term and renewable programme funding and support mechanistic and applied research to unlock the complexity of human health and disease across the life course and its remit also encompasses population health and the impact of environmental factors, including the social environment. Grants cover 80 per cent of full economic costs of the research project.
Deadline: 25 September 2019
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MRC: Antibody Discovery Initiative
The MRC/UCB Antibody Discovery Initiative aims to support academic researchers seeking to develop antibody-based therapeutics. It is intended to accelerate the transition from discovery research to translational development projects by enabling generation of novel antibodies suitable for testing in models of disease. A clear line-of-sight to therapeutic use will be required to secure funding.
Following production of the antibodies, MRC will provide a limited amount of funding to support a (set of) proof-of-concept experiment(s) to enable the applicants to generate data that will enable them to seek follow-on funding through the MRC’s Development Pathway Funding Scheme (DPFS).
Deadline: 2 October 2019 16:00 GMT+1
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MRC/AstraZeneca Centre for Lead Discovery
The MRC/AstraZeneca Centre for Lead Discovery (CLD) aims to support academic researchers in discovering potential starting points for small molecule therapeutic approaches with a clear line-of-sight to therapeutic use.
Academic researchers will benefit from unprecedented access to over two million molecules in AstraZeneca’s compound library, as well as its state-of-the-art high throughput screening facilities.
Following completion of the HTS campaign, sufficient ‘hit’ data should be available to enable applicants to seek follow-on funding internally through confidence in concept or through the MRC’s Development Pathway Funding Scheme (DPFS).
Deadline: 2 October 2019 16:00 GMT+1
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MRC: GCRF global multimorbidity seed-funding call
This is an MRC initiative that has been developed in collaboration with Wellcome, NIHR, and AMS. The call will support seed-funding projects that develop and test innovative ideas, foster interdisciplinary collaboration, build capacity, and lay the groundwork for future large-scale activity aimed at understanding and tackling multimorbidity in LMICs.
Applications are particularly encouraged from Principal Investigators (PIs) based at organisations in LMICs, as well as from eligible research organisations based in the UK working in equitable partnership with LMIC colleagues.
It is expected that a total of £2.5 million will be made available to support research grants up to 18 months in duration and up to a maximum of £200,000.
Deadline: 9 October 2019
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MRC: Global Maternal and Neonatal Health 2019 – Research Grants (Invite only) and Seed Funding Grants
This is the first of three annual calls. Up to £10 million will be made available for this call to support research grants up to three years in duration and seed-funding grants up to one year’s duration. For the first call we particularly encourage proposals focusing on the period of pregnancy and birth, although pre-conception and postpartum applications will be considered.
This call is open to those applicants who have been invited to submit a full research grant proposal following the outline call that closed in April 2019, and for seed-funding applications. If you did not submit to the outline call or submitted and have not been invited to submit a full application, you are ineligible to submit to this call and your application will be withdrawn.
Deadline: 15 October 2019 16:00 GMT+1
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MRC: Genome Editing Mice for Medicine
The MRC has committed up to £4.5m over 5 years to the Mary Lyon Centre to administer the Genome Editing Mice for Medicine funding scheme. This will exploit the Centre’s expertise to deliver novel mouse lines to advance knowledge of human disease and/or be of wide use in biomedical science.
The UK academic research community is invited to nominate mouse lines for production and outline their own experimental plans for them. Nominations will be assessed by a cross-discipline panel of experts across two key themes:
1. The nominator’s own research hypotheses and specific research plans for the mouse.
2. The beneficial impact the proposed novel mouse line will have on the wider academic community.
This award will financially support mouse line generation and archiving, but not the nominator’s own experimental research costs. Applicants will therefore be asked to describe the funding in place to support their proposed downstream work.
Deadline: 25 October 2019, 4.00pm GMT +1
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Research England: Development Fund
The RED Fund commits up to £25 million in annual funding. This money aims to drive innovation in research and knowledge exchange in higher education.
Funded projects will normally be collaborative, bringing together support from other partners including business, universities, and other public agencies.
Deadline: apply at any time
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UKRI: Strength in Places Fund: Wave 2 EoI
Consortia of UK businesses and publicly funded research organisations can apply for between £10 million and £50 million per full stage application.
Your application must build on your partners’ existing research and innovation capability and present a valid plan of new research and innovation activities. These must have a clear pathway to delivering a significant positive impact on economic growth within the defined economic geography.
All project partners should be based in the project’s geographical area and have the support of local civic leadership.
Projects must be led by either a UK based business or a UK publicly funded research organisation. This first competition stage is an expression of interest. Consortia will set out plans for large collaborative proposals. Following assessment, successful EoIs will be selected to receive up to £50,000 in ‘seed corn’ funding to develop a full stage proposal.
Deadline: 9 October 2019, 1.00pm
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UKRI: Future Leaders Fellowships Scheme Round 4
The UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship scheme (FLF), aims to develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK. Providing up to seven years of funding for at least 550 early-career researchers and innovators, the scheme will tackle difficult and novel challenges.
The objectives of the scheme are:
• to develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK
• to foster new research and innovation career paths including those at the academic/business and interdisciplinary boundaries, and facilitate movement of people between sectors
• to provide sustained funding and resources for the best early career researchers and innovators
• to provide long-term, flexible funding to tackle difficult and novel challenges, and support adventurous, ambitious programmes.
UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships can be held at UK universities, companies or other privately-owned research organisations that can provide an innovation and/or research environment of international standing.
Deadline: October 2019
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UKRI: £98 million Healthy Ageing Programme Opens
Funded by the government’s ISCF and led by UKRI, the first tranche of competitions has now opened. The programme will stimulate new ideas for products, services and business models, to help us live healthier, happier and more independent lives as we age.
The UK’s world leading academic, innovation and technology sectors are in prime position to support and enhance our longer lives, designing new products to keep us active, productive, independent and socially connected across generations for as long as possible.
The first competition to open is the Investment Accelerator scheme which will stimulate private investment in business-led research and development, to grow and bring to market ideas for healthy ageing products and services that have potential to be adopted on a wide scale. A total of £29 million in government grants together with matched funding from private investors will be available over the next four years for projects up to £1.5 million.
The programme’s largest element (£40m) will be the ‘Trailblazer’ projects, which will stimulate new ideas from a wide range of businesses and social enterprises to develop and deliver products, services and business models at a large scale to support people as they age. These funding grants will open in the autumn.
Deadline: 6 November 2019
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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: 24 September 2019, 5pm
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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.
Applications are considered 3 times a year. For November round preliminary application deadline 19 November 2019, full application 30 January 2020
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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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Wellcome Trust: Collaborative Awards in Science
Collaborative Awards promote the development of new ideas and speed the pace of discovery. We fund teams of researchers, consisting of independent research groups, to work together on the most important scientific problems that can only be solved through collaborative efforts. Awards are worth up to £4 million each over a period of up to five years and may cover research expenses directly related to the proposal.
Deadline: currently closed. Applications are considered 3 times per year
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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: Applications will re-open late 2019 / early 2020.
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