Funding Opportunities

Bringing together the latest opportunities from the main UK research funders

  • ‘Stand-alone’ LINK

    Call status: Open Application deadline: 30 April 2019, 16:00 Funded through responsive mode LINK supports collaborative research projects between at least one company and one academic partner. At least 50% of the full project cost comes from industry. Applications should be for pre-competitive research that would not be undertaken in this form without LINK support….

    30/04/2019   |   BBSRC
  • 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
  • 19/05 – Health Services & Delivery Research Programme (researcher-led evidence synthesis)

    Funding research to produce evidence to impact on the quality, accessibility and organisation of health and social care services.

    25/04/2019   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 19/06 – Health Services & Delivery Research Programme (standard researcher-led)

    Funding research to produce evidence to impact on the quality, accessibility and organisation of health and social care services.

    25/04/2019   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 19/10 Health Technology Assessment Programme – researcher-led (evidence synthesis)

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

    15/05/2019   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 19/11 Health Technology Assessment Programme – researcher-led (primary research)

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

    15/05/2019   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 19/13 Support interventions for carers

    The scope of research required should focus on carers of any age living in any setting in any part of the UK. Research addressing health inequalities.

    09/05/2019   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 19/13 Support interventions for carers

    Research to support a number of issues affecting carers.

    09/05/2019   |   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
  • Brazil (FAPESP) joint funding of research

    Call status: Open Application deadline: 30 April 2019, 16:00 Funded through responsive mode UK Research and Innovation and FAPESP, the State of Säo Paulo Research Foundation, have agreed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to welcome, encourage and support applications that may cut across their national boundaries and involve international collaborative teams. The MoU provides for…

    30/04/2019   |   BBSRC
  • Clinical Research Fellowship

    Clinical Research Fellowships are designed for promising clinically qualified researchers who have delivered previous research projects with evidence of impactful outputs and have clear plans to establish their own research ‘niche’.

    03/07/2019   |   Alzheimer's Research UKDunhill Medical Trust
  • Clinical Research Training Fellowship

    Clinical Research Training Fellowship or Clinical Research Fellowship – Clinical Research Training Fellowships are designed to provide a means for clinically qualified candidates to obtain the research track record and skills required to compete for full Clinical Fellowships through Alzheimer’s Research UK or elsewhere, either through a PhD or independent research programme.

    03/07/2019   |   Alzheimer's Research UKDunhill Medical Trust
  • David Phillips Fellowships

    Call status: Open Application deadline: 9 May 2019, 16:00 Summary The David Phillips Fellowship (DPF) will provide support for researchers wishing to establish their first independent research group. The DPF will invest in scientists who have shown high potential, can demonstrate that they are on an upward trajectory with clear evidence of strong scientific outputs and…

    09/05/2019   |   BBSRC
  • Discovery Fellowships

    Previously BBSRC Future Leader Fellowships Call status: Open Application deadline: 9 May 2019, 16:00 Summary The Discovery Fellowship (DF) will provide support for researchers wishing to undertake independent research and gain leadership skills. The DF will support the transition of early stage researchers to fully independent research leaders. As such DFs represent part of our commitment to…

    09/05/2019   |   BBSRC
  • Doctoral Training Fellowship

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

    02/08/2019   |   British Geriatric SocietyDunhill Medical Trust
  • Doctoral Training Partnerships (UKDRI-BBSRC)

    Call status: Open Application deadline: 1 May 2019, 16:00 We are pleased to announce the third call for Doctoral Training Partnerships. Summary Investments in doctoral training are a key component of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council’s (UKRI-BBSRC) overarching goals to develop research talent and skills. UKRI-BBSRC‘s vision…

    01/05/2019   |   BBSRC
  • Early Career Researchers grants

    DPUK supports the professional development of Early Career Researchers (ECRs) through targeted funding.

    30/06/2019   |   DPUK
  • 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….

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  • 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…

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  • Industrial Partnership Awards (IPA)

    Call status: Open Application deadline: 30 April 2019, 16:00 Funded through responsive mode Industrial Partnership Awards (IPAs) encourage and support collaboration between academic research groups and industry. IPAs are academic-led, responsive mode grants that have significant industrial involvement and industry partner(s) contributes in cash at least equivalent to 10% of the full project costs. Additional…

    30/04/2019   |   BBSRC
  • Inspire Fund – public engagement grant

    The ARUK Inspire Fund provides funding for innovative projects that engage the public with dementia and the life-changing research going on into the condition. Up to £30,000 Deadline: 31 May 2019

    31/05/2019   |   Alzheimer's Research UK
  • Interdisciplinary Research Grant

    Designed to encourage researchers into dementia research who have expertise which could benefit the field.

    03/07/2019   |   Alzheimer's Research UK
  • 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….

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  • Joint Advanced Doctoral Fellowship

    The Advanced Fellowship is for those at a post-doctoral level and aimed at several specific points of a researcher’s career development. The fellowship is between 2 and 5 years and can be completed on full-time or part-time basis. Between 50% and 100% whole time equivalent (WTE). Advanced Fellowships will be available with a ‘clinical academic’ option whereby clinical applicants will have the option to request up to 40% of their time be dedicated to clinical service/development which would be covered by the Fellowship.

    04/06/2019   |   Dunhill Medical TrustNational 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
  • Major Project

    Provides funds for high quality basic and clinical research projects.

    03/07/2019   |   Alzheimer's Research UK
  • New Investigator Scheme

    Call status: Open Application deadline: 30 April 2019, 16:00 Funded through responsive mode Assists early-career researchers – newly employed university lecturers, lecturer level equivalent fellows whose awards were secured in open competition, and researchers in Research Council Institutes at the unified Research Council Band E or its equivalent – to secure their first major element…

    30/04/2019   |   BBSRC
  • NIHR Advanced Fellowship

    The Advanced Fellowship is for those at a post-doctoral level and aimed at several specific points of a researcher’s career development.

    04/06/2019   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • NIHR Doctoral Fellowship

    The NIHR Doctoral Fellowship is a three year full-time award that supports individuals to undertake a PhD in an area of NIHR research.

    18/06/2019   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • NIHR Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

    NIHR Pre-doctoral Fellowships are designed to support people who are looking to start or advance a career in health research methodology.

    24/04/2019   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 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
  • 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…

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  • Research Fellowship

    Research Fellowships are designed for promising PhD qualified non-clinical researchers who have delivered previous research projects with evidence of impactful outputs and have clear plans to establish their own research ‘niche’.

    03/07/2019   |   Alzheimer's Research UK
  • Research project grants

    The Trust is keen to support high quality research projects which are, perhaps, smaller than can be managed by the Research Councils or fall outside their priority themes but are important to understanding the mechanisms of ageing, treating disease and frailty and identifying and developing new and effective ways to improve the lives of older people. Upto £300k

    17/05/2019   |   Dunhill Medical Trust
  • Responsive mode application deadline

    You can submit research grant applications at any time for consideration by one of our Research Committees under our responsive mode scheme, on any topic within our portfolio. Funding available for specific initiatives can be found on our All calls page. Call status: Open Application deadline: 30 April 2019, 16:00 Your application must: Be completed using the…

    30/04/2019   |   BBSRC
  • 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 Research Fellowship

    Senior Research Fellowships are designed to retain excellent clinical and non-clinical researchers who have a track record of nationally competitive research, and clear plans to manage their own independent research group and become internationally recognised within the field of biomedical dementia research.

    03/07/2019   |   Alzheimer's Research UK

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