Funding Opportunities

Research & Development

The latest funding opportunities from research councils.

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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AHRC-ESRC-FCO Knowledge Exchange Fellowships 2019

The AHRC and ESRC, together with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are pleased to invite applications for the second intake of the AHRC-ESRC-FCO Knowledge Exchange Fellowship scheme.

The scheme provides the opportunity for arts and humanities and social science researchers to be seconded into the FCO (London office) to work alongside, advise and influence policymakers. It aims to support Fellows who will bring fresh thinking, depth and breadth of expert knowledge and apply their learning to policy challenges. This is not a scheme to support research projects about the FCO or its work, but rather to build new capacity in the FCO and across the UK research base.

Deadline: 31 October 2018, 4.00pm

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ESRC: Innovation in social care collaborative grants

ESRC will fund social science-led research and knowledge exchange activity to understand how, why and where innovation happens in social care, to best understand how to improve people’s lives. Each grant should be highly collaborative involving a range of disciplines and stakeholders throughout the research process. We take a deliberately broad definition of innovation including systems, practices, organisations, processes, products and funding.

Deadline: 16 October 2018

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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:  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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EPSRC: Prosperity Partnerships Third Call

EPSRC wishes to support existing, strategic, research-based partnerships between business and universities by providing an opportunity for co-investment in large-scale, long term, user-inspired basic research programmes at TRL 1-3. These must address EPSRC’s Prosperity Outcomes Framework (expressed at the level of the Ambitions within the Outcomes Framework).

The strategies of the universities and businesses involved should also be addressed. All Prosperity Partnerships must be able to generate value in some form for the UK, for instance we anticipate that businesses will have an active research base and R&D presence in the UK.

Up to £20 million is available to support between four and eight programmes.

Consortia may be formed of multiple businesses and universities, but an existing, demonstrable strategic relationship must be in place between the lead business and lead university partner. EPSRC would also encourage the involvement of SMEs and supply chain companies, where appropriate to the Prosperity Partnership application; as either Project Partners on the application, or as the lead business partner.

Deadline: 26 October 2018, 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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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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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 place

HEE: Perinatal Mental Health Psychology Workforce Development

This Prior Information Notice (PIN) is to advise prospective providers of the Commissioner’s intention.

HEE commissioned the development of a comprehensive framework across ten domains of expertise, which sought to explicitly outline all the skills, knowledge and abilities important for healthcare workers to have. Central to the framework was developing skills in the ‘perinatal frame of mind’; a concept whereby everyone coming into contact with a woman of childbearing potential can be mindful that they may have to offer some type of intervention, dependent on their existing knowledge and expertise. This means that the framework is for use by everyone, not just those in specialist services.

Deadline: 8 October 2018
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MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

MRC: Multimorbidity in the UK population: understanding disease clustering

Understanding of disease co-occurrence, complex interactions of different conditions and the underlying pathways throughout the life course is urgently needed to develop efficient strategies for multimorbidity prevention, early diagnosis, and to design and deliver better interventions for patients.

Deadline: 9 October 2018, 4.00pm + GMT1

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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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ROYAL SOCIETY 

Royal Society: Industry Fellowships

This scheme is for academic scientists who want to work on a collaborative project with industry and for scientists in industry who want to work on a collaborative project with an academic organisation.

It aims to enhance knowledge transfer in science and technology between those in industry and those in academia in the UK.

The scheme provides a basic salary for the researcher and a contribution towards research costs.

The scheme is currently funded by the Royal Society and Rolls-Royce plc.

Deadline: 10 October 2018, 5.00pm

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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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