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
  • 19/10 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

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Doctoral Training Fellowship

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

    02/08/2019   |   British Geriatric SocietyDunhill Medical Trust
  • 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….

      |   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
  • 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….

      |   BBSRC
  • Invention for Innovation (i4i) Product Development Awards – Call 18

    NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Product Development Award (PDA)  that funds the development of disruptive early stage medical technologies which  address existing or emerging healthcare needs.

    05/06/2019   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Invention for Innovation (i4i): Challenge Awards 2019 – Real World Implementation

    Invention for Innovation (i4i) Challenge Awards are for the evaluation of market ready medtech innovations in healthcare settings. The aim is to shorten the evidence gap between the safety/preliminary efficacy typical of a newly CE marked technology and what is required for decisions by commissioners and regulators. At the same time, this will de-risk the product for follow-on investment.

    12/06/2019   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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…

      |   BBSRC
  • 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
  • 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
  • Springboard

    Springboard offers a bespoke package of support to biomedical researchers at the start of their first independent post to help launch their research careers. This includes funding of up to £100,000 over two years and access to the Academy’s acclaimed mentoring and career development programme.

    21/06/2019   |   The Academy of Medical Sciences

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