Funding Opportunities

Research & Development

The latest funding opportunities from research councils.

Academy of Medical Sciences: Global Challenge Research Fund Networking Grants
There will be two further rounds of the grant scheme in 2019, Round 4 and Round 5. Round 4 will open in early 2019.
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.
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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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ECONOMIC & SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

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.
Deadline: apply at any time
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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

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. 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, the next is the end of April.
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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 

European Research Council: 2019 Proof of Concept Call Open
Part of the Horizon 2020 Excellent Science programme, ERC Proof of Concept Grants aim to maximise the value of the excellent research that the ERC funds, by funding further work (ie activities which were not scheduled to be funded by the original ERC frontier research grant) to verify the innovation potential of ideas arising from ERC funded projects.
Proof of Concept Grants are only on offer to Principal Investigators whose proposals draw substantially on their ERC funded research.
Deadline: 24 April 2019 and 19 September 2019
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GROW MEDTECH

De-risking and Converging Medical Technologies: Proof of Market, Proof of Feasibility and Proof of Concept.
Grow MedTech is inviting applications for Proof of Market, Proof of Feasibility and Proof of Concept projects from academic led teams at Grow MedTech partner institutions;
• University of Leeds
• Leeds Beckett University
• University of Bradford
• Huddersfield University
• Sheffield Hallam University
• University of York
Grow MedTech supports medical technology innovation in the Leeds and Sheffield City Regions and looks to fund projects that advance the development and de-risking of technologies in order to build confidence for further investment.
All applications should have a strong emphasis on patient benefit with plans for patient and public involvement. Industry involvement is recommended where possible. Projects leveraging industry or third-party funding to translate research for clinical impact are also important to Grow MedTech.
Following successful approval, the Grow MedTech team will work with successful applicants throughout the life of the project to ensure it delivers to time and on budget.
Grow MedTech are looking to fund projects in the following three categories:
• Proof of Market – up to £5k (up to 3 months duration)
• Proof of Feasibility – up to £20k (up to 6 months duration)
• Proof of Concept – up to £80k (up to 12 months duration)
Closing date: 28th February 2019
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MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

MRC: Clinical Academic Research Partnerships
The scheme pilots a new mechanism for NHS consultants with a PhD or MD (or equivalent higher research degree) who are not currently research active to participate in collaborative high-quality research partnerships with established leading biomedical researchers.
Applicants should be working at consultant-level in an NHS trust with evidence of clinical academic research excellence (for example, an NIHR Biomedical Research Centre or equivalent). Applicants must hold a PhD (or equivalent higher research degree, such as a DPhil or MD). There is no eligibility criterion for how long ago the applicant obtained their PhD. Within their current posts applicants should not be currently undertaking any substantive research activity (for example have no research funding, and the expectation is that they will have less than one PA of research time). In their applications they must identify a research partner who has significant research funding for the duration of the partnership.
The pilot scheme is targeted at addressing known barriers within medical and dental careers. Although it is anticipated the majority of awards will be to medics and dentists, research-qualified clinical professionals working in the NHS at the equivalent of consultant level within their profession who consider they could submit a strong proposal are able to apply. It is recognised that there are barriers to engaging with research across clinical professions, and consideration of appropriate support to address the variety of barriers encountered across different professions will inform progress beyond the pilot.
Deadline: 12 March 2019, 4pm
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MRC pre-call announcement: Multinational research projects on personalised medicine for neurodegenerative diseases
The upcoming call for multidisciplinary research proposals conducted by JPND and the European Commission will focus on precision medicine in the following research areas:
• diagnosis (for example, biomarkers, imaging data, omics approaches, big data analyses)
• prevention (for example, biomarkers for studying novel treatments and interventions, co-morbidities, digital technologies, stratification within cohort studies and clinical trials)
• care (for example, improvement of social and health care systems, molecular profiling, imaging, lifestyle data).
The following neurodegenerative diseases are included in the call:
• Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
• Parkinson’s disease and PD‐related disorders
• prion diseases
• motor neurone diseases
• Huntington’s disease
• spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA)
• spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).
This will be a two-step call, with a pre-proposal submission deadline of 12 March 2019.
Deadline: 25 March 2018, 4pm
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MRC: Pre-call announcement UKRI and GCRF Health and Context Call 2019
The UKRI GCRF Health and Context call is seeking proposals for interdisciplinary research addressing wider contextual factors contributing to the burden of infectious and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). These factors may include social, cultural, historical, and religious beliefs and practices, or wider ecological, biological and environmental factors. We want to fund ambitious research that goes beyond description to determine causal relationships between contextual influences and health. Projects developing or testing feasible interventions that are sensitive to or mitigate contextual influences are also within the remit of this call. We encourage the engagement of relevant community stakeholders in the development and implementation of proposals.
Via the GCRF, UKRI will support impactful, three-year research projects up to a value of approximately £2 million. This call is being led by various councils across UKRI and multidisciplinary approaches combining biomedical, social, and environmental science, and the arts and humanities are encouraged.
Deadline: 2 April 2019 16:00 GMT+1
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MRC: Global Maternal and Neonatal Health 2019
The Global Maternal and Neonatal Health funding call is a joint initiative between the MRC; part of UK Research & Innovation, partly funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)), and the NIHR. The purpose of the call is to address the burden of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity in low and middle income countries (LMICs), by funding high-quality proposals across the spectrum of basic to applied research.
Awards will support multidisciplinary approaches, build and strengthen research partnerships, and promote capacity building in global maternal and neonatal health research. Applications are particularly encouraged from principal investigators based at organisations in LMICs, as well as from eligible research organisations based in the UK working in equitable partnership with LMIC colleagues.
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.
Deadline: 24 April 2019, 4.00pm GMT +1
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MRC: Neurovascular Ageing Research
The Medical Research Council invites applications for its highlight notice on neurovascular ageing research. This supports innovative research within the field of neurovascular ageing. Proposals are invited under the following themes:
knowledge expanding biological factors, which enables researchers to build on the existing substantial body of work in cardiovascular disease;
tools and technology, which may focus on imaging, human cohort studies and human tissue;
capacity building, in which proposals based on interdisciplinary working between the fields of neurological science and cardiovascular biology are encouraged.
Proposals must involve partnerships between researchers who have not previously worked together or who are new to the field. Collaborative research projects and team approaches are encouraged, especially between academic and industry researchers.
Deadline: apply at any time
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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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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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