Funding Opportunities

Bringing together the latest opportunities from the main UK research funders

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


  • 20/124 – Adult Community Health and Social Care services to avoid planned and unplanned hospital admissions

    The focus of this call is on the organisation and delivery of adult community health and social care services, and its role in avoiding planned and unplanned hospital admissions.

    08/04/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 20/135 Continuing priority research topics of interest to the PHR Programme

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

    30/03/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 20/136 Public Health Research Programme researcher-led

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

    30/03/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 20/138 Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme researcher-led

    The EME Programme funds ambitious studies evaluating interventions that have the potential to make a step-change in the promotion of health, treatment of disease and improvement of rehabilitation or long-term care.

    13/04/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 20/139 – Mechanisms of action of health interventions (pilot call of expanded remit)

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

    13/04/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 21/01 Health Technology Assessment Programme Researcher-led (primary research)

    Proposals to evaluate the clinical and cost effectiveness of a health technology. For diagnostic technologies, researchers may suggest equivalent evaluations.

    05/05/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 21/02 Health Technology Assessment Programme Researcher-led (evidence synthesis)

    Proposals to evaluate the clinical and cost effectiveness of a health technology. For diagnostic technologies, researchers may suggest equivalent evaluations.

    05/05/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 21/06 National evaluation of the roll out of social prescribing link workers in primary care

    The Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme are accepting stage 2 applications for this funding opportunity.

    20/05/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 21/09 Health Services and Delivery Research Programme (Evidence Synthesis Researcher-led)

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

    03/06/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 21/10 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.

    03/06/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 21/13 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.

    13/04/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Clinical Fellowship in Dementia

    The Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (MADRC) is pleased to announce an opening for a two-year Clinical Fellowship in Dementia at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and related institutions beginning on the 1st July 2022.

    01/07/2021   |   Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Daphne Jackson fellowship

    These fellowships are for those looking to return to a research career after a break of two or more years for family, health or caring reasons.

    31/12/2021   |   Medical Research CouncilThe Daphne Jackson Trust
  • Development and Skills Enhancement Award

    The NIHR Development and Skills Enhancement Award (DSE) provides a maximum of 1 year of funding for post-doctoral NIHR Academy Members to gain skills and experience for the next phase of their research career.

    31/03/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Don Whitley ECS Travel Grant

    This travel grant is to support ECS Members to attend SfAM events only.

    31/12/2021   |   Society for Applied Microbiology
  • 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
  • Global Health Research Centres Call 1 – Research and Institutional Capacity Strengthening in Non-Communicable Diseases

    The first call of the Global Health Research Centres programme will fund and designate NIHR Global Health Research Centres in non-communicable diseases.

    31/03/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Horizon Europe – Advanced Grants

    Are you an established, leading principal investigator who wants long-term funding to pursue a ground-breaking, high-risk project? The ERC Advanced Grant could be for you.

    31/08/2021   |   European Research Council
  • Horizon Europe – Consolidator Grants

    Are you a scientist who wants to consolidate your independence by establishing a research team and continuing to develop a success career in Europe? The ERC Consolidator Grant could be for you. You can also apply if you have recently created an independent, excellent research team and want to strengthen it.

    20/04/2021   |   European Research Council
  • Horizon Europe – Starting Grants

    Are you a talented early-career scientist who has already produced excellent supervised work, is ready to work independently and shows potential to be a research leader? The ERC Starting Grant could be for you.

    08/04/2021   |   European Research Council
  • International Travel Award Scheme (ITAS)

    To help scientists add an international dimension to their BBSRC-funded research by making and establishing new contacts with international counterparts.

      |   BBSRC
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership

    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.

      |   BBSRC
  • Linking pre-diagnosis disturbances of physiological systems to Neurodegenerative Diseases

    This transnational call invites proposals for ambitious, innovative, multinational and multidisciplinary collaborative research projects with a view to promoting research aimed at the detection, measurement and understanding of early disease indicators related to neurodegenerative diseases, with potential for the development of new diagnostics or interventions.

    02/03/2021   |   EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND)
  • New investigator grant

    Awarding new investigator grants to support new researchers at the start of their careers, based at research organisations eligible for UKRI funding, to become independent researchers through gaining experience of managing and leading research projects and teams.

    31/12/2021   |   Economic and Social Research Council
  • New Lecturer Research Grant

    This grant is normally available for newly appointed lecturers, in their first permanent academic appointment in a higher education institute, to pump-prime their microbiological research.

    30/04/2021   |   Society for Applied Microbiology
  • NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships in Medicine 2021

    The NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) is a clinical specialty training post in medicine that incorporates academic training.

    31/03/2021   |   Heath Education EnglandNational Institute for Health Research
  • NIHR In-Practice Fellowship Round 15

    The NIHR In-Practice Fellowship (IPF) provides pre-doctoral academic training to fully-qualified general practitioners, general dental practitioners, and community dentists.

    25/03/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • NIHR Pre-doctoral Fellowships

    The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Academy is launching the 3rd round of Pre-Doctoral Fellowship funded by the Department of Health and Social Care.

    25/03/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • NIHR Pre-doctoral Local Authority Fellowship Scheme

    This pilot scheme has been designed to support the academic ambitions of individuals wishing to develop as health and/or social care researchers whilst remaining employed, or at least engaged, within local authorities or local authority supporting services.

    31/03/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • NIHR Third Call for Global Health Research Groups

    The NIHR Global Health Research Units and Global Health Research Groups awards form a key part of the NIHR Global Health Research commitment to ODA.

    18/05/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Outreach and Engagement Grant

    This grant is designed to support activities where aspects of microbiology are promoted to the general public and other relevant stakeholders (or to create resources used for education and training). Proposals eligible for support can be very diverse, from pieces of art and drama to popular music, or funds may be used to aid individuals to attend and exhibit at public science festivals, or in collaborations with schools and community groups. Resources promoting microbiology that may also be considered for support could consist of the following: personal time and materials in the design, production and delivery of items such as software, books, videos and other items used in education.

    31/12/2021   |   Society for Applied Microbiology
  • Professional Development Support Grant

    SfAM offers the opportunity for its members to apply for financial assistance in support of attending conferences, training programmes to learn new techniques or acquire new knowledge, or scientific meetings and workshops that are consistent with the Society’s objectives.

    31/12/2021   |   Society for Applied Microbiology
  • 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 35

    Applications are invited for Stage 1 research proposals to develop individual programmes of research.

    07/04/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Public engagement award

    We are offering awards of up to £1,500 to support NC3Rs-funded researchers past and present to engage the public with the approaches being taken to replace, reduce and refine animal use in science.

    31/12/2021   |   National Centre for the Replacement Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research
  • Research Fellowships – The Leverhulme Trust

    Research Fellowships are open to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research.

    31/12/2021   |   The Leverhulme Trust
  • Research Project Grants – The Leverhulme Trust

    For researchers based at universities, institutions of higher education or registered charities with university-equivalent research capacity, to undertake an innovative and original research project.

    21/03/2021   |   The Leverhulme Trust
  • Research, Development and Analysis Fund – Nuffield Foundation

    Nuffield Foundation has a two-stage application process. Applicants submit a short outline application, and those that meet our criteria are invited to submit a full application, which is subject to independent peer review and considered by Trustees.

    01/03/2020   |   Nuffield Foundation
  • The Healthy Ageing Catalyst Award

    The Healthy Ageing Catalyst Award is a high risk, high reward innovation grant offering £50,000 to exceptional researchers who are prepared to turn their most innovative ideas into workable products and services.

    30/05/2021   |   UK Research and Innovation
  • Working with Luxembourg researchers

    You can submit a collaborative research proposal in any area of the social sciences within the remit of both the ESRC and FNR.

    31/12/2021   |   Economic and Social Research Council

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

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