Funding Opportunities

Research & Development

The latest funding opportunities from research councils.


Academy of Medical Sciences: Global Challenge Research Fund Networking Grants
There is one further round (5) of the grant scheme in 2019. Round 5 will open in mid July 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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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. For information on future rounds please see the link below
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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 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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EPSRC: Healthcare Discipline Hopping
The principal aim of this 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.
The scheme is targeted at individual researchers who wish to develop their research in healthcare technologies by developing new skills and collaborations with other disciplines and end users. Researchers may come from core EPSRC research fields and hop into other relevant disciplines and/or user fields (users include industry, clinical or public sector environments). Researchers in other disciplines and/or organisations that hold appointments that make them eligible for EPSRC funding may also hop into an Engineering and Physical Sciences environment.

EPSRC is particularly encouraging applications from:
• Researchers with a track record of research in engineering, physical sciences, mathematical sciences or ICT, who wish to address key healthcare research challenges and need to widen their expertise to fully understand the challenge and to develop potential solutions.
• Researchers with a track record of research in engineering, physical sciences, mathematical sciences or ICT, who want to spend time in a non-academic environment such as an NHS trust to understand the key drivers of the identified research challenges and the practicalities of implementing solutions.
• Researchers with a track record in other relevant disciplines including clinicians with academic appointments, who want to spend time in an academic engineering, physical sciences, mathematical sciences or ICT research environment, to influence and be involved in research programmes in healthcare technologies and to better understand the potential of EPS research to address user needs. Collaboration with researchers in social sciences and design are also encouraged to support the consideration of concordance and acceptability in the development of novel healthcare technologies for self-management of chronic health conditions.
This call is closely linked to the Healthcare Technologies Grand Challenges, and all applications to this call should clearly demonstrate their alignment to one of the four challenges.
Deadline: 27 June 2019, 4.00pm
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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: 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 29 August 2019
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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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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: 5 July 2019, 5.00pm
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MRC: Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Digital Innovation Hub Programme: Hub Call
This call is a request for proposals to develop a Digital Innovation Hub. Each Hub will be a centre of excellence that will curate health data at scale and provide UK-wide expert research data services. Our vision is that successful Hubs will enable industry, NHS and academia to create real-world insights, innovations and improvements from structured and unstructured health data.
Full details of the call, including criteria for successful Hubs are outlined in the Digital Innovation Hub Programme prospectus guidance notes for applicants. A key element will be the requirement to involve and engage with patients and the public to ensure that research outcomes are focused on patient benefits. Note that this call is for organisations interested in becoming a Digital Innovation Hub. The Gateway does not form part of this Digital Innovation Hub Call, and more information will be given on this at a future stage.
Deadline: 2 July 2019, 5.00pm
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MRC: Public Health Intervention Development Scheme
The scheme supports projects that will develop innovative new interventions that address an important UK or global public health issue, and seeks to encourage a novel, high risk approach to intervention development. Complex, population level interventions, with a focus on non-health care settings (such as: transport, education, employment, leisure and the built environment), are considered particularly suitable. Health care settings are not excluded, but projects should demonstrate potential for improved health of general, high risk or vulnerable populations. In addition, proposals that align with the NIHR Public Health Research Programme or for MRC Global Health schemes are particularly welcomed.
Proposals should address the early stage of development of new interventions including qualitative and quantitative primary research, developing theory and designing the intervention.
Examples of the types of research within scope are:
 defining the intervention
 specifying content
 developing theory
 modelling process and outcomes such as developing logic models
 identifying components and their inter-relationships
 developing procedures and protocols
 creation of new interventions where active components of existing interventions are recombined to create a new intervention
Deadline: 18 July 2019
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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 August (date tbc) and full applications September (date tbc) 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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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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STFC: Innovations Partnership Scheme Fellowships
The Innovation Partnership Scheme (IPS) Fellowship is designed to support a knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KEC) professional in a position at a UK university in developing innovation and impact from its STFC-funded research outputs. This is not a research fellowship.
The IPS fellow will cultivate innovation opportunities by facilitating the transfer of technologies, skills and knowledge, developed through funding from the STFC Science Programme, to industry and other users of research outputs. The fellow will focus on commercial exploitation to ensure UK economic impact. The fellow will also strive to enhance the capacity for knowledge exchange within STFC funded departments of the host university.
IPS Fellowships may be held at any UK university and can be single university fellowships or multi-institutional fellowships. The host university will be in receipt of significant active grant funding from the STFC Science Programme (particle physics, astronomy, nuclear physics and space science). When there are partners to an application, the partners need to nominate a host university for the fellowship. The host university will be responsible for implementing the management arrangements for the fellowship.
Deadline: 25 July 2019, 4.00pm
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UKRI: Future Leaders Fellowships
This UKRI scheme will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user environments including research councils’ institutes and laboratories.
The FLF scheme welcomes applications from both UK and international applicants and individuals should use the person specification to assess and justify their suitability for the scheme. The support of the institution will be a critical component of all fellowships which will enable the fellow to transition to or establish their research/innovation independence in any area supported by UKRI.
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.
Deadline: 4 October 2019 (expected) for round 4
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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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