Funding Opportunities

Bringing together the latest opportunities from the main UK research funders

  • 19/04 Community focused approaches that mobilise people as assets

    What are the effective* community focused approaches to maximising the potential of people as assets to improve health, wellbeing and health inequalities? What are the mechanisms underlying community focused approaches that enable implementation and ensure scalability and sustainability?

    30/07/2019   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 19/49 Call for ambitious data-enabled trials, health services and public health research studies

    Funding for studies using innovative data-enabled designs to answer pressing knowledge gaps for health, public health and, or social care evidence users, NHS patients, people with lived experience and, or policymakers. 

    04/09/2019   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 19/55 – Health Services & Delivery Research Programme (standard researcher-led)

    The aim is to fund research that will lead to improvements in health services that will be of greatest benefit to the NHS and to patients.

    05/09/2019   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 19/56 – Health Services & Delivery Research Programme (evidence synthesis)

    The NIHR HS&DR Programme funds research to produce evidence to impact on the quality, accessibility and organisation of health and social care services. This includes evaluations of how the NHS and social care might improve delivery of services. The audience for this research is the public, service users, clinicians, professionals and managers.

    05/09/2019   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 19/61 Mitigation of the adverse effects of health and social care interventions

    Applications are sought for research to evaluate interventions for the avoidance, management or amelioration of adverse effects experienced in the implementation of established health and social care interventions.

    28/08/2019   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 19/62 Epigenetics

    Applications are sought for research to evaluate the use of epigenetic biomarkers for the detection, diagnosis, or establishing the prognosis of a disease or condition.

    28/08/2019   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Clinical training partnerships

    Institutions can apply for up to three Fellowships for clinicians or healthcare professionals to undertake study towards a higher degree (usually a PhD).

    27/09/2019   |   Alzheimer's Society
  • Clinician and healthcare professionals training fellowships

    Clinician and Healthcare Professional Training Fellowships provide an opportunity for individuals to study for a higher degree with a view to developing a career that combines research and practice.

    27/09/2019   |   Alzheimer's Society
  • Doctoral Training Fellowship

    One three-year Doctoral Training Fellowship to support front-line health professionals.

    02/08/2019   |   British Geriatric SocietyDunhill Medical Trust
  • Exploring Innovation Seminars

    Call status: Open Application deadline: apply at any time Summary We are supporting the delivery of events to facilitate discussion and improve awareness of knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KEC) of BBSRC-funded research. These events provide an opportunity for research organisations to showcase best practice in KEC and how this leads to economic and societal impact….

      |   BBSRC
  • FAPESP Pump-Priming Awards (FAPPA)

    Call status: Open Application deadline: apply at any time* *at least 12 weeks before the proposed start of the project Funded through responsive mode This award is run jointly with Brazil’s São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). See the guidance notes for more details. Aim To pump-prime collaborations between scientists in the UK and the São…

      |   BBSRC
  • Follow-on Funding Pathfinder Call

    Call status: Open Application deadline: Apply at any time Our new pathfinder scheme enables potential follow-on funding applicants to secure small amounts of funding to carry out preliminary commercial activities. These activities will help to: Develop a clearer understanding of the commercial potential of the outputs of a research grant Assist with the development of a…

      |   BBSRC
  • International Travel Award Scheme (ITAS)

    Call status: Open Application deadline: apply at any time* *at least six weeks before travel Aim To help scientists add an international dimension to their BBSRC-funded research by making and establishing new contacts with international counterparts. Scope Funding is available in collaborative areas such as: First contact type activities that require short term travel support….

      |   BBSRC
  • Junior Fellowships

    Junior Fellowships are for post-doctoral researchers who have shown exceptional promise at the start of their research career. Applicants should demonstrate potential to be an independent researcher.

    27/09/2019   |   Alzheimer's Society
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership

    Call status: Open Application deadline: apply at any time Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) accelerate business innovation by supporting knowledge exchange with academic institutions. KTP operates through an open call which includes the entirety of BBSRC’s remit. As part of a UK-wide programme, these partnerships serve as a mechanism to transfer knowledge and to develop graduate…

      |   BBSRC
  • Lectureship Programme

    The Stroke Association are inviting applications for our UK Lectureship Awards in the field of stroke – six different types of award available.

    24/10/2019   |   Stroke Association
  • PhD Scholarship

    This scheme is for a full PhD programme; it does not cover funding gaps for students who have already started their studies.

    02/10/2019   |   Alzheimer's Research UK
  • PhD Studentships

    MRS PhD Studentships provide funding for four year doctoral training programmes to be delivered by Scottish Universities or Research Institutions working in collaboration with industry. The awards, with their combination of academic, industrial and commercial experiences, give students excellent opportunities for their future careers.

    16/09/2019   |   Medical Research Scotland
  • PhD studentships

    The objective of Alzheimer’s Society PhD Studentship grants is to provide funding for new PhD studentships in the areas of cause, cure, care or prevention of all types of dementia.

    27/09/2019   |   Alzheimer's Society
  • Professional Internships for PhD Students

    Placements in BBSRC Swindon Office. Call status: Open Application deadline: apply at any time A key component of our Doctoral Training Partnership programme (DTP) is the Professional Internship for PhD Students (PIPS) – a 3-month integrated placement to provide BBSRC-funded DTP PhD students the opportunity to carry out a work placement unrelated to their doctoral research during…

      |   BBSRC
  • Programme Grants for Applied Research – Competition 30

    Research funded through a Programme Grant typically consists of an interrelated group of high quality projects focused on a coherent theme and hence require multidisciplinary approaches, including clinical, health economics, statistics, qualitative and behavioural sciences, to ensure that research objectives can be met.

    24/07/2019   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Project grants

    Project grants are for researcher led applications to enable world-class research in to the cause, cure, care or prevention of any form of dementia.

    27/09/2019   |   Alzheimer's Society
  • Research Project Grants for Academic and Clinical Researchers

    Dunhill Medical Trust Round Three Open to new outline applications 1st July; deadline 30th August 5pm The main objectives of our research funding strategy are to:  Continue to enhance the special contribution that we can make to the field of medical research, particularly research related to ageing and older people; Encourage high quality research applications…

    30/08/2019   |   Dunhill Medical Trust
  • Returners to Research Fellowships

    Call status: Open Application deadline: apply at any time Aimed at Scientists wishing to return to research after a career break of two or more years for family, caring or health reasons. Nature of award The Daphne Jackson Trust awards 2-year fellowships on a part-time basis. Fellowships include a tailored training programme designed to enable fellows to update their…

      |   BBSRC
  • Scientific Conference Grants

    Scheme to promote networking, collaborations, communication and dissemination of research results through scientific conferences.

    05/01/2021   |   Alzheimer's Research UK
  • Senior Fellowships

    A Senior Fellowship is for post-doctoral or other successful researchers who wish to build on a number of successful years of dementia research, and who demonstrate the ambition and potential to be a leader in their research field at the end of the award.

    27/09/2019   |   Alzheimer's Society
  • Stroke Association Postdoctoral Fellowships

    The Stroke Association are inviting applications for Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards in the field of stroke.

    01/11/2019   |   Stroke Association
  • Stroke Association Postgraduate Fellowships

    The Stroke Association are inviting applications for Postgraduate Fellowship Awards in the field of stroke.

    01/11/2019   |   Stroke Association
  • Undergraduate Bursaries

    Undergraduate research bursaries aim to give students dementia research experience and to encourage them to consider a career in scientific research.

    27/09/2019   |   Alzheimer's Society

Dementia Research Funders Forum

The Dementia Research Funders Forum (DRFF) is a meeting of UK charity and public sector funders of dementia research. The purpose of the DRFF is to exchange information and coordinate activity in order to help shape the dementia funding environment at the national level. From time to time the DRFF provides reports to  the Department of Health Programme Board on Dementia, which is responsible for delivering the Government’s Challenge on Dementia to 2020.

Membership of the DRFF comprises representatives from: Alzheimer’s Research UK (Chair), Alzheimer’s Society, AHRC, Department of Health, EPSRC, ESRC, MND Association, MRC, NIHR, Parkinson’s UK, STFC, Stroke Association,  Wellcome Trust.

For further information or for funders who wish to join the group please contact