Funding Opportunities

Research & Development

The latest funding opportunities from research councils.

ACADEMY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES 

Academy of Medical Sciences: Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers, Round 20

This scheme was launched in October 2008 as a partnership between the Academy and the Wellcome Trust, current funders of the scheme are the Wellcome Trust, British Heart Foundation (2011), Arthritis Research UK (2012), Medical Research Council (2013), Diabetes UK (2016) and the British Thoracic Society (2018).

The grants provide modest ‘starter’ funds to enable research active Clinical Lecturers to pursue their research work. Clinical Lecturer posts provide a salary but often do not come with the funding to support the costs of the research. This scheme was designed to help bridge this gap by providing Clinical Lecturers with access to modest research funds for up to two years. It gives them experience of preparing a research grant application and helps them establish their research portfolios by providing funding for research consumables.

Deadline: 10 September 2018, 5.00pm

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ARTS & HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL

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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BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL

BBSRC: Industrial Partnership Awards
Industrial Partnership Awards (IPAs) encourage and support collaboration between academic research groups and industry.
IPAs are academic-led, responsive mode grants that have significant industrial involvement and industry partner(s) contributes in cash at least equivalent to 10% of the full project costs. Additional in-kind contributions from industry are welcome but do not count against the industry contribution. Funding is only available for organisations eligible for BBSRC support.
Deadline: 25 September 2018, 4pm
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BBSRC: New Investigator Scheme
Assists early-career researchers – newly employed university lecturers, lecturer level equivalent fellows whose awards were secured in open competition, and researchers in Research Council Institutes at the unified Research Council Band E or its equivalent – to secure their first major element of research funding.
Deadline: 25 September 2018, 4pm
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BBSRC: Responsive Mode Applications
You can submit research grant applications at any time for consideration by one of our Research Committees under our responsive mode scheme, on any topic within our portfolio.
Deadline: 25 September 2018, 4.00pm
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BBSRC: Stand-Alone LINK
LINK supports collaborative research projects between at least one company and one academic partner. At least 50% of the full project cost comes from industry. Applications should be for pre-competitive research that would not be undertaken in this form without LINK support. Funding is only available for organisations eligible for BBSRC support.
Applications are assessed by our Research Committees, alongside standard applications, using the same criteria. We would expect to give a LINK project a significant uplift, but pressures on our funding mean that we cannot guarantee the extent nor effect of this uplift.
Partners must agree ownership and exploitation of intellectual property arising from the project at the outset. An appropriate management framework must be in place with defined scientific and commercial deliverables.
Deadline: 25 September 2018, 4.00pm
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ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

ESRC: Alan Turing Institute Joint Fellowship Scheme 2018
ESRC and The Alan Turing Institute are pleased to announce a second round of the Joint Fellowship Scheme aimed at driving forward the development and application of cutting-edge data science to study major societal challenges.
This second joint call will focus on three key application areas where data-intensive digital technologies could bring advances in delivery and innovation: Financial Services (FinTech); Public Policy and Government; and Urban Analytics, covering areas such as:
•machine learning and artificial intelligence
•blockchain technology
•big data analytics
•distributed systems, mobile payments, peer-to-peer application
•modelling of volatility, risk and uncertainty
Deadline: 5 September 2018, 4.00pm
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ESRC:  UK-Peru: Relationship between food, nutrition and health

The MRC, BBSRC, AHRC, ESRC and Peru’s Consejo Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Tecnológica (CONCYTEC) are pleased to invite research proposals to the UK-Peru: Relationship between food, nutrition and health call through the Newton Fund.

This initiative will provide funding for high quality three-year collaborative research projects focusing on the relationship between food, nutrition and health in Peru.

In total, up to approximately £5 million will be made available for this initiative: up to £3 million of UKRI funding; and up to 9,000,000 Sol (approximately £2 million) from CONCYTEC.

Deadline: EOIs 16 August, full applications 20 September, 4.00pm

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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
This is an open call which 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.
Deadline: apply at any time
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ESRC: Secondary Data Analysis Initiative open call

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.

The call is now open and operates alongside ESRC’s Research Grants open call. 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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ENGINEERING AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL

EPSRC: Prosperity Partnerships

A third call for Prosperity Partnerships is planned for late Summer 2018.

There will be up to £20 million available from EPSRC to support existing, strategic, research-based partnerships between businesses and universities.

Deadline: call opens 23 August 2018

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EPSRC: 2018 Call For Statements of Need for National Research Facilities
EPSRC intends to announce the latest call for Statements of Need for facilities soon. We are looking for full community backing to support National Research Facilities which will enable excellent research. A panel aimed to be held in December will identify which Statements of Need will go ahead for a full open call to identify the location and Principal Investigators of actual facilities to be funded.
Deadline: 31 August 2018, 4.00pm
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EPSRC:  International Centre-to-Centre Collaboration Funding

Up to £15 million is available from EPSRC for this call, and we aim to support 10-15 research consortia for projects of three to five years’ duration. To be eligible, applicant teams must have submitted an outline proposal to the earlier deadline of 1 May 2018 and been invited forward to submit a full proposal. Please also note that UK applicants may only be named as Investigator (either Principal or Co-Investigator) on one proposal to this call.

Research is of course an international endeavour and many challenges that we face are global. As well as maintaining the strength of UK research, we want UK researchers to be able to work with the best collaborators around the world. This call is the pilot phase for a new EPSRC funding initiative which aims to provide opportunities for leading UK research groups to work in partnership with the best international researchers. The objectives of this call are:

• To enable high-profile, best-with-best international collaborations focused on excellent research with impact
• To contribute to EPSRC strategy by supporting high-quality research collaborations which align with Balancing Capability research area rationales and address Delivery Plan outcomes and ambitions
• To further the UK’s strategic needs in international science and innovation partnerships.

Deadline: 23 October, 4.00pm

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Healthcare technologies discipline hopping call
The principal aim of this open call is to provide researchers, who have a permanent post in an eligible Organisation for Research Council funding, with an opportunity to spend time in a different research or user environment in order to better understand the need for and potential of research in engineering, physical sciences, mathematical sciences or ICT to have an impact in addressing health challenges.
Deadline: Open
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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. 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: apply at any time
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EUROPEAN RESEARCH COUNCIL

European Research Council: Advanced Grants Call Open
ERC Advanced Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements. Applicant Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal.
Advanced Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of €2.5 million for a period of five years.
Deadline: 30 August 2018
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HEALTHCARE IMPROVEMENT STUDIES INSTITUTE

The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute: Senior Fellowship Funding

THIS Institute are looking to support senior academics (professorial or equivalent) for up to 12 months to apply their skills to the study of how to improve healthcare. The senior fellowships are open to a range of disciplines, including individuals with clinical or non-clinical professional backgrounds.

Applicants must be based at a UK university but may choose to spend their sabbatical at another institution either in the UK or abroad. THIS Institute’s fellowship programme builds on the improvement science programmes previously run by the Health Foundation.

Deadline: 18 September 2018

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HEALTH EDUCATION ENGLAND

Health Education England: Training Courses for Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy for Depression

The project will deliver the approved revised national curriculum (20 days face-to-face) for DIT Training, including selection, teaching, supervision and assessment of competence (but not including provision of practice placements).

To be delivered in 2 – 4 cohorts of 14 – 28 trainees at accessible locations providing 14 training places to provider services covering each of the following HEE areas :

• Lot 1. North (Yorkshire and Humber, North East, North West) – 14 places
• Lot 2. London- 14 places
• Lot 3. South (Kent, Surrey and Sussex, South West, Thames Valley and Wessex) – 14 places
• Lot 4. Midlands and East (East Midlands, West Midlands and East of England) – 14 places
• Lot 5. North (Yorkshire and Humber, North East, North West) – 14 places. Midlands and East (East Midlands, West Midlands and East of England) – 14 places. 28 places in total – maximum 2 locations
• Lot 6. South (Kent, Surrey and Sussex, South West, Thames Valley and Wessex) – 14 places. London- 14 places. 28 places in total – maximum 2 locations

Deadline: 25 September 2018

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MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

MRC/GACD: Interventions for Prevention and Management of Hypertension/ Diabetes
The MRC and NIHR, in partnership with the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD), is seeking to generate new knowledge on interventions and their implementation for the prevention or management of hypertension and/or diabetes.
The call will support research associated with the scale-up of interventions for the prevention, and/or detection and management of hypertension and/or diabetes in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Collectively, the MRC and NIHR will invest up to £6 million for this initiative. This amount is expected to fund several awards.
Deadline: 10 September 2018
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MRC-NIH Neurodegeneration Partnering Awards round 3

This Call opens on 8 August 2018

The specific purpose of the scheme is to strengthen existing partnerships or to build new ones between UK and US research groups with common interests in neurodegeneration. To this end we aim to fund research visits by UK-based early career researchers to US groups.

The call is aimed at early career researchers (ECR), excluding PhD or other students, for whom the opportunity to develop international collaborations can have important impact for their research development and career progression.

The aim(s) of the visit will be specific to each application. For illustrative purposes only, these can include:

• promote access to facilities, including training in new methodologies or use of new instruments
• analyse and compare samples
• data analysis
• pilot work.

Deadline: 13 September 2018, 16:00 GMT+1

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MRC: Joint Global Health Trials scheme – call 9

The UK Department for International Development (DFID), the MRC, the NIHR and Wellcome are pleased to announce the launch of the ninth call for proposals under this initiative to fund global health trials.

The scheme is open to the best proposals which address any major health related problem affecting low and middle income countries, particularly those that affect the most vulnerable populations. Although the breadth of the scheme is deliberately wide, we particularly welcome proposals for research into chronic non-communicable diseases, including mental health, and reproductive, maternal and new born health.

Deadline: 13 September 2018, 16:00 GMT+1

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MRC: Research to Improve Adolescent Health in LMIC Settings
The MRC, in partnership with other UK research funders, is pleased to announce a third call to fund research grants to improve adolescent health in low and middle income countries (LMICs).
Adolescence is a unique time in the life-course. There are many opportunities to better tailor existing health improvement strategies and develop new strategies to ensure they serve the needs of specific adolescent groups. By improving health at this crucial stage there is potential to have an effect on adolescents’ future health and that of their future children.
For example, a major emerging theme for improving maternal, neonatal and child health is to improve health at the pre-conception phase. By intervening at adolescence there is potential to improve adolescent girls’ health, have a preventative impact for their future health, and to improve maternal and neonatal outcomes.
Deadline: 18 Sep 2018 16:00 GMT+1
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MRC: Multimorbidity in the UK population: understanding disease clustering

The MRC and the NIHR are issuing a joint call for research projects into disease clustering in multimorbidity. Awards of up to £600,000 (funders’ contribution) are available for up to 36 months. Funding is available for exploratory or hypothesis-driven research that will systematically identify or explore common disease clusters, their distributions in diverse groups, multimorbidity trajectories and/or the underpinning mechanisms across the life course

Deadline: 9 October 2018, 4.00pm GMT+1

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MRC: Mechanistic Research in Nutrition
Following publication of the Cross-Council vision for Food, Nutrition and Health Research the MRC wishes to continue to encourage research that will increase mechanistic understanding of the role that foods and nutrients play in health and disease.
Researchers from a range of backgrounds are invited to apply their expertise to understand how diet and nutritional components act at a molecular, cellular and systems level to influence physiological and pathological processes. Proposals should contribute to one or more of the following goals:
•robustly ascribe cause and effect from epidemiological correlations and nutritional interventions
•increase understanding of variations in nutritional requirements (at key life stages in different population groups) and in responses to dietary interventions
•provide a robust mechanistic understanding to inform nutritional interventions
We are particularly keen to attract the most innovative, exciting and collaborative applications, including partnerships between clinical and basic scientists and with industry.
Deadline: apply at any time
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MRC: Global Mental Health Call

The Global Mental Health funding call is one of MRC’s initiatives under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The purpose of the call is to address the growing global burden of mental health problems and will support programmatic awards in global mental health with a focus on the aetiology and epidemiology of mental health and illness relevant to low and middle-income countries (LMIC). The call encourages a life course approach with a focus on childhood and adolescence. Awards will support multidisciplinary approaches, build and strengthen UK-LMIC partnerships, and support research training and capacity building in global mental health research.

MRC will make up to £15 million available for this call and expects to support approximately five awards. Awards in this call will be made for a duration of up to five years.

Deadline: 6 November 2018, 4.00pm

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RESEARCH ENGLAND

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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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.
Deadline: Open
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