Funding Opportunities

Bringing together the latest opportunities from the main UK research funders

  • 19/101 Health Technology Assessment Programme Researcher-led (evidence synthesis)

    The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream.

    08/01/2020   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 19/102 Health Technology Assessment Programme Researcher-led (primary research)

    The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream.

    08/01/2020   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 19/103 Health Services and Delivery Research Programme (standard researcher-led)

    The Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream. In order to apply you will need to carefully review the: Specification document Stage 1 guidance notes Supporting information All primary research projects are expected to establish a programme appointed Study Steering Committee and it is important that…

    09/01/2020   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 19/104 Health Services & Delivery Research Programme (evidence synthesis)

    The Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme is accepting stage 2 evidence synthesis applications to their researcher-led workstream.

    08/01/2020   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 19/108 Public mental health interventions

    The Public Health Research Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this topic.

    12/11/2019   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 19/117 Adult social care partnership

    The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Service & Delivery Research (HS&DR) programme is keen to support capacity building across a wide range of disciplines working in adult social care services and wishes to ensure that its research is conducted in the areas where the health and social care needs are greatest.

    16/01/2020   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 19/119 Call for proposals into Mechanisms of Action of Health Interventions

    The EME Programme invites proposals for hypothesis driven research into the underlying mechanisms of action of clinical and public health interventions.

    05/03/2020   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 19/133 Continuing priority research topics of interest to the PHR Programme

    The Public Health Research Programme are accepting stage 1 applications

    24/03/2020   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 19/134 Public Health Research Programme Researcher-led

    The Public Health Research Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream

    24/03/2020   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 19/138 – Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme – Researcher-led

    The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream

    16/04/2020   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Doctoral Fellowship

    This three year full-time award supports individuals to undertake a PhD in an area of NIHR research. This fellowship may also be taken up on a part-time basis of between 50% and 100% whole time equivalent (WTE).

    17/12/2019   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 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
  • Global Health Policy and Systems Research Commissioned Awards 2019

    The NIHR Global Health Policy and Systems Research Programme is accepting applications to the following: NIHR Global HPSR Commissioned Awards 2019

    11/12/2019   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 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
  • Invention for Innovation

    The NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme supports the preclinical and clinical development of medical devices in areas of existing or emerging patient need.

    11/12/2019   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 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
  • New Investigator Grants

    New Investigator Grants are specifically aimed at supporting those looking to make the transition to an independent researcher through managing their first major research project.

    31/12/2020   |   Economic and Social Research Council
  • NIHR SSCR Individual Research Career Development Awards

    As part of the NIHR School for Social Care Research’s commitment to developing research capacity in adult social care, the School is inviting applications for Individual Research Career Development Awards.

    14/01/2020   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Novel targets drug discovery

    Looking for novel targets in the areas of neurodegeneration and dementia generated by scientists at academic institutions in the UK and the rest of the world. We support target validation studies: pre-clinical research that aims to give confidence in the relevance of a novel target to a disease.

    29/01/2020   |   Dementia Consortium
  • PhD Studentship

    Intended to support research institutions to provide training opportunities for early career researchers who wish to acquire a PhD to enable them to pursue a research career in understanding the underpinning mechanisms of ageing, the treatment of age-related diseases and frailty or improving health and social care for older people.

    28/02/2020   |   Dunhill Medical Trust
  • PhD Studentships

    The Abbeyfield Research Foundation seeks applications that clearly demonstrate how they will benefit older people and support our research strategy and priorities.

    11/01/2020   |   Abbeyfield Research Foundation
  • 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 Development Grants – Competition 26

    Programme Development Grants are designed to increase the rate and number of successful applications for a full Programme Grant by supporting the completion of the necessary preparatory work to suitably position the research team to submit a competitive Programme Grant application.

    18/12/2019   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Teams (PHIRST)

    The PHR Programme wishes to facilitate the co-production of responsive research with a focus on local governments. Such research should help inform the delivery and implementation of current or future public health interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health.

    28/01/2020   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Pump-priming grants

    The Abbeyfield Research Foundation seeks applications that clearly demonstrate how they will benefit older people and support our research strategy and priorities.

    11/01/2020   |   Abbeyfield Research Foundation
  • Research for Patient Benefit Programme – Competition 41

    Applications are invited for research proposals that are concerned with the day-to-day practice of health service staff, and which have the potential to have an impact on the health or wellbeing of patients and users of the NHS.

    18/03/2020   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Research for Social Care – Competition 2

    The current RfSC call welcomes proposals for research which generates evidence to improve, expand and strengthen the way adult social care is delivered for users of care services, carers, and the public. 

    22/01/2020   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Research for Social Care – Competition 2

    The current Research for Social Care call welcomes proposals for research which generates evidence to improve, expand and strengthen the way adult social care is delivered for users of care services, carers, and the public. 

    22/01/2020   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Research project grants 2020/21 (Round 1)

    Intended to support research institutions to provide training opportunities for early career researchers who wish to acquire a PhD to enable them to pursue a research career in understanding the underpinning mechanisms of ageing, the treatment of age-related diseases and frailty or improving health and social care for older people.

    10/01/2020   |   Dunhill Medical Trust
  • Research Training Fellowship

    Intended to provide research training support for clinicians and allied health professionals who wish to pursue a research career in understanding the underpinning mechanisms of ageing, the treatment of age-related diseases and frailty or improving health and social care for older people.

    28/02/2020   |   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
  • Small project grants

    The Abbeyfield Research Foundation seeks applications that clearly demonstrate how they will benefit older people and support our research strategy and priorities.

    11/01/2020   |   Abbeyfield Research Foundation
  • Tackling multimorbidity at scale: Understanding disease clusters, determinants & biological pathways

    Multimorbidity is associated with a reduction in quality of life, increased use of health services and reduced life expectancy. As the number of conditions an individual has increases, so does the likelihood of increased healthcare costs. Multimorbidity has suffered scientifically from being seen as a random assortment of diseases, making it difficult to address. However, with new understanding of the impact of various factors (including biological, social, behavioural, environmental and others), multimorbidity can be seen as series of non-random clusters of disease.

    11/02/2020   |   Medical Research CouncilNational Institute for Health Research

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 research@alzheimersresearchuk.org