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
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: 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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ESRC: 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% 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.
There is considerable flexibility when it comes to subject area, too. As long as you always make sure that your suggested topic falls within ESRC’s remit, you are free to concentrate on any research area. Proposals can draw from the wider sciences, but the social sciences must represent more than 50 per cent of the research focus and effort. Please see the Call Specification and scheme specific Je-S Guidance below for more details of what can be applied for under this call.
Deadline: apply at any time
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ESRC: Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI) 
The Secondary Data Analysis Initiative aims to deliver high-quality high-impact research through utilising existing data resources created by the ESRC and other agencies in order to address some of the most pressing challenges facing society. Proposals are welcome at any time. Funding is provided for up to 24 months with an overall limit of £300,000 (100% fEC) per grant.
Deadline: Open
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EPSRC: Advance Notice: Prosperity Partnership Fourth Round
EPSRC is delivering the Fourth Round of Prosperity Partnership in 2020. The Expression of Interest Stage will be launched in January. Further details on the whole process and the information requested at that stage will be provided. Awarded projects will start in October 2020. We encourage stakeholders to start to have conversations with their partner organisations and other collaborators
Deadline: 20 February 2020
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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
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”.
Proposals submitted in response to this call are expected to describe:
o High quality projects where the novel engineering and physical sciences component comprises the majority of the proposed research;
o Multidisciplinary teams with the appropriate mix of skills and expertise for state of the art engineering and physical sciences research combined with a full understanding of user needs or “pull”;
o Alignment to relevant EPSRC strategies for Healthcare Technologies and how they will deliver aspects of the strategies;
o An identified health need that will be addressed through the project, and how the research outcomes will lead to improved clinical practice and/or offer significant added value over current or alternative healthcare solutions;
o How the proposed research and associated impact activities have been designed to support and shorten the pathway to impact in health. Additional support for specific activities to consider and resource through the pathways to impact part of the proposal can be found on the EPSRC website.
Deadline: Apply at any time
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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: 11 January 2020
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MRC: Clinical research training fellowship (pre and post-doctoral)
The CRTF supports clinicians, including (but not limited to) medics, surgeons, dentists, clinical psychologists, public health specialty trainees, allied health professionals, nurses, midwives and veterinarians, to undertake a PhD or other higher research degree.
The scheme also provides a route for post-doctoral applicants who achieved their PhD some time ago but who have not been research active since due to clinical training commitments to reacquire research skills.
Deadline: 9 January 2020
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MRC: Clinician scientist fellowship
The CSF develops talented medically and other clinically qualified professionals who have gained a higher research degree to lead their own research plans and establish their own research team to make the transition to independent investigator. Applications are invited for the standard CSFs, the Tenure Track CSFs, or the jointly funded CSFs, all of which are considered in open competition.
A CSF provides funding for a challenging research programme, and an ambitious programme of research training which offers accelerated personal and career development.
Deadline: 9 January 2020
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MRC / Fight for Sight: Joint clinical research training fellowships (pre and post-doctoral)
A clinical research training fellowship will be awarded jointly by the MRC and Fight for Sight, the UK’s leading charity dedicated to funding research into the prevention and treatment of blindness and eye disease. Applications for this joint award are invited from clinicians wishing to pursue a clinical scientist career in any area of vision research relevant to the charity’s aims. Nursing and allied health professional graduates (including optometrists and orthoptists) are also eligible to apply.
Deadline: 9 January 2020
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MRC / Multiple Sclerosis Society- joint clinical research training fellowships (pre and post-doctoral)
One fellowship per year is awarded under this scheme, aimed at researchers who are involved in treating patients and who wish to pursue research into understanding and treatment of multiple sclerosis.
Deadline: 9 January 2020
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MRC / Parkinson’s UK: Joint clinical research training fellowships (pre and post-doctoral)
Parkinson’s UK are working hard to support and nurture a flourishing Parkinson’s research community in the UK. Up to two clinical research training fellowships will be awarded under this scheme, jointly funded by Parkinson’s UK and the MRC.0
We are focused on finding new and better treatments for Parkinson’s, and one day a cure. We’re also keen to fund research that improves quality of life in the shorter term – see our top 10 priority research areas for improving everyday life.
Deadline: 9 January 2020
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MRC / Stroke Association: Joint clinical research training fellowships (pre and post-doctoral)
Up to two clinical research training fellowships will be awarded jointly between MRC and The Stroke Association, the only national charity solely concerned with helping everyone affected by stroke. Our vision is to have a world where there are fewer strokes, and all those touched by stroke get the help they need.
The Stroke Association’s research strategy aims to increase the UK funding base and capacity for clinical stroke research across the full stroke care pathway. Applications from individuals wishing to pursue a career in clinical stroke research are welcomed.
Deadline: 9 January 2020
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MRC: Health Systems Research Initiative Call 7: Providing evidence to strengthen health systems in low and middle income countries
A webinar will be taking place towards the end of November to help applicants understand the scheme and how applications are assessed. Details of the date, time and how to join will be published here shortly.
Launched in 2013, this programme will generate world-class and cutting-edge research that addresses key questions on strengthening and improving health systems in LMICs. Following an excellent response to this programme from the research community, funding has now been secured for an annual call under this initiative until 2021.

There are two different types of grant available:
Research grants, which are larger stand-alone research projects exploring big new ideas. Proposals are expected to address a clearly defined challenge faced by health systems (such as an existing problem or challenge of instituting new programmes or interventions), either within a system or in considering external influences on a system. Proposals must situate this clearly-defined challenge within an understanding of the broader health system linkages and describe how and why findings from the project have the potential to improve the health of people living in LMICs.
Foundation grants, which are smaller and shorter. Proposals can be either:
exploratory, for example, retrospective, diagnostic analyses looking into existing health systems, investigating the underlying causes beneath perceived problems or to explore possible health system innovations, under-researched areas, or creative approaches that have the potential to be developed further to conduct pilot work to build the necessary knowledge and methodological base to support a future full proposal, this could include work to pilot an intervention, feasibility/preliminary work to conceptualise broader research questions on the health system.
Deadline 21 January 2020
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MRC: Tackling multimorbidity at scale
The scope of the call includes, but is not limited to, the following broad research topics:
• Identify and describe new disease clusters by examining the co-existence and co- development of pathological processes in the general population and well-defined population and patient sub-groups
• Multimorbidity at different stages of the life course, including early life determinants of defined multimorbidity clusters as well as biological, environmental, behavioural and social determinants of disease aetiology and progression
• Uncovering, validating and targeting shared determinants and mechanistic pathways of multiple diseases or disease clusters for multimorbidity treatment, management and prevention
• Studies addressing early detection/prediction of multimorbidity and longitudinal aspects of disease progression, including timing and direction of causal relationships, interactions and variations in the “known” pathobiological pathways involved in disease progression; and identifying new promising therapeutic options to tackle multimorbidity.
While some proposals may be ideally placed to address one or more of the above potential evidence gaps, it is not expected that all topics will be covered in one proposal.
Deadline: 11 February 2020
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MRC: Pre-call announcement: UK-Japan Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research Initiative
The MRC and the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) are pleased to announce they will soon be launching a joint call for research proposals focused on Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research.
This initiative will support collaborative (UK-Japanese) research projects that build upon fundamental insights and initial early-stage discoveries, to advance regenerative approaches towards clinical use in the future and to utilise stem cells as medical research tools.
Applications will be particularly welcome for projects focusing on:
• Human cell engineering, gene editing and cellular reprogramming approaches where a clear future therapeutic goal has been identified
• Investigations into modulation of the human tissue niche, or improving understanding of the niche; this may include for example establishing mechanisms for differentiation in transplanted stem cells or understanding immunological barriers
• Improving efficacy of engraftment and regeneration of transplanted cells
• Developing tools, technologies and methods to enable translational regenerative medicine research including, but not limited to, in-vivo cell imaging approaches or high throughput screening techniques
• Creating novel in-vitro models utilising stem cells which could be used for robust predictive safety testing or as drug screening models.
Alternative project outcomes such as therapeutic candidates, medical devices and diagnostic agents may also be supported by this call.
Deadline: 20 February 2020
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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: Future Leaders Fellowship
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.
Applications can be submitted in any area of research or innovation covered by the research councils and Innovate UK.
Deadline: Applications for Round 5 will open in June 2020 
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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: 21 November 2019
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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: 7 January 2020
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Wellcome Trust: Multi-User Equipment Grants
A Multi-user Equipment Grant offers up to five years of support. We don’t usually consider applications that ask for less than £100,000 or more than £1 million.
Deadline: Preliminary application 9 January 2020
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Wellcome Trust: Biomedical Resource and Technology Development Grants
These grants are for researchers who want to establish or maintain resources or technology for the benefit of the wider scientific community.
Deadline: 9 January 2020
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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: 8 April 2020, 5pm
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Wellcome Trust: Innovator Awards
These awards support researchers who are transforming great ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health.
Level of funding: Up to £500,000, or up to £750,000 for multidisciplinary collaborations
Deadline: apply at any time
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White Rose University Consortium: Collaboration Fund
The fund is designed to support and encourage emerging collaborations across the Universities of York, Leeds and Sheffield. A key element is that the collaboration has the potential to lead to a larger initiative.
– Applications are particularly encouraged from academics at an early stage of their career.
– £8-£11k per project is available.
Deadline: 27 November 2019 
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