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


  • 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
  • 21/16 Improving support for adult and/or older carers

    The Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme wishes to fund high quality, theory-led work on effective approaches to supporting carers.

    05/08/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 21/37 Application Development Award – Core outcome data sets for population health research

    The Public Health Research (PHR) Programme is accepting stage 2 applications to this Application Development Award – Core outcome data sets in population health research (with a focus on wider determinants).

    12/08/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 21/39 Improving independence among older people or disabled people

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

    12/08/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 21/43 Mechanisms of action of interventions for COVID-19

    The EME programme invites applications to investigate the underlying mechanisms of action of health and social care interventions for COVID-19.

    22/04/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 21/48 – Dementia research call – Public Health Research (PHR)

    The Public Health Research (PHR) Programme funds research to generate evidence to inform the delivery of non-NHS interventions, intended to improve the health of the public, and reduce inequalities in health.

    12/08/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • 21/501 Health and social care outcomes and cost-effectiveness of assistive technologies

    The Health Technology Assessment Programme is preparing to accept stage 1 applications to its commissioned workstream for this primary research topic.

    01/09/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Advanced Fellowship Round 6

    The NIHR Advanced Fellowship funds post-doctoral individuals from a range of health and social care professions who haven’t yet been awarded a chair. Whether you are someone who has recently been or about to be awarded a PhD, or someone with several years of post-doctoral experience, you could be eligible to apply for an Advanced Fellowship.

    01/07/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Building collaboration at the physics of life interface

    To improve our understanding of living systems, through combining of novel perspectives and expertise from physics and the life sciences (biological, biomedical or both)

    02/06/2021   |   UK Research and Innovation
  • Career development awards call

    The NIHR School for Social Care Research (NIHR SSCR) invites proposals to support individuals to develop their careers in adult social care research in England.

    02/06/2021   |   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
  • Clinical Research Career Development Fellowships

    This scheme enables clinically active healthcare professionals to continue their research at postdoctoral level and develop scientific independence.

    06/07/2021   |   Wellcome Trust
  • 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
  • Dementia research call – Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME)

    The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme is accepting stage one applications to this funding opportunity.

    10/08/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Dementia research call – Health Services and Delivery Research Programme (HS&DR)

    The Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme aims to produce rigorous and relevant evidence to improve the quality, accessibility and organisation of health and social care services.

    07/10/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Dementia research call – Health Technology Assessment (HTA)

    The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme funds research about the clinical and cost-effectiveness, and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests, for those who plan, provide or receive care from NHS, and social care services.

    15/09/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Developmental pathway funding scheme

    Funding for academically led pre-clinical development and early clinical testing of novel therapeutics, devices and diagnostics, including repurposing of existing therapies.

    24/11/2021   |   Medical Research Council
  • Discovery Fellowship

    Apply for a fellowship to support your first steps into independent research and gain leadership skills.

    06/05/2021   |   BBSRC
  • Discovery Research Grant (Hearing & Dementia)

    Alzheimer’s Research UK and RNID (formerly Action on Hearing Loss) have partnered to co-fund research that will increase our understanding of the common biological mechanisms underlying hearing loss and dementia.

    15/04/2021   |   Alzheimer's Research UKThe Royal National Institute for Deaf People
  • Doctoral Local Authority Fellowship

    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 within, or at least salaried to support, local authorities or local authority supporting services.

    15/06/2021   |   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
  • Enterprise Fellowships

    Apply for funding to create a business, building on your previous BBSRC-funded research.

    28/04/2021   |   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
  • 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
  • Innovator Awards

    These awards support researchers who are transforming great ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health.

    24/05/2021   |   Wellcome Trust
  • International Intermediate Fellowships

    This scheme offers nationals of low- and middle-income countries the opportunity to lead their own research programmes.

    29/06/2021   |   Wellcome Trust
  • International Training Fellowships

    This scheme offers nationals of low- and middle-income countries the opportunity to receive training at postgraduate or postdoctoral level.

    29/06/2021   |   Wellcome Trust
  • 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
  • Investigator Awards in Science

    Investigator Awards enable independent researchers with a compelling research vision to tackle the most important questions in science.

    01/07/2021   |   Wellcome Trust
  • 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)
  • Long COVID in non-hospitalised individuals research call 2021

    The NIHR has launched a UK-wide call to fund research that will help and support non-hospitalised adults and children with Long COVID.

    12/05/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Molecular and cellular medicine new investigator research grant

    Molecular and Cellular Medicine Board grants are for researchers who are ready to take the next step towards becoming an independent principal investigator with clear host institution support.

    01/09/2021   |   Medical Research Council
  • Molecular and cellular medicine new investigator research grant

    These Molecular and Cellular Medicine Board grants are for researchers who are ready to take the next step towards becoming an independent principal investigator with clear host institution support.

    05/05/2021   |   Medical Research Council
  • Molecular and cellular medicine partnership grant

    Partnership grant to support new partnerships between diverse groups of researchers in the area of molecular and cellular medicine.

    01/09/2021   |   Medical Research Council
  • Molecular and cellular medicine programme grant

    Programme grants provide large, long-term and renewable programme funding for researchers working in the area of molecular and cellular medicine research.

    01/09/2021   |   Medical Research Council
  • Neurosciences and mental health new investigator research grants

    Neurosciences and Mental Health Board grants are for researchers who are ready to take the next step towards becoming an independent principal investigator with clear host institution support.

    29/09/2021   |   Medical Research Council
  • Neurosciences and mental health partnership grants

    Partnership grant to support new partnerships between diverse groups of researchers in the area of neurosciences and mental health.

    29/09/2021   |   Medical Research Council
  • Neurosciences and mental health programme grant

    Programme grants provide large, long-term and renewable programme funding for researchers working in the area of neurosciences and mental health research.

    29/09/2021   |   Medical Research Council
  • Neurosciences and mental health research grant

    Funding is available from MRC’s Neurosciences and Mental Health Board to support focused research projects on neurosciences and mental health.

    29/09/2021   |   Medical Research Council
  • 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 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
  • Open Research Fund

    This funding supports researchers to develop and test incentives for making health research more open, accessible and reusable.

    21/05/2021   |   Wellcome Trust
  • 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
  • Physics of Life Student Summer Bursary project awards

    One of the network’s objectives is to train and equip the next generation of scientists for this interdisciplinary field. To support this, the Physics of Life network is offering summer bursaries to undergraduates interested in pursuing multidisciplinary research projects combining physics and biology.

    19/04/2021   |   UK Research and Innovation
  • 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
  • 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
  • Recovery, renewal and resilience in a post-pandemic world

    Apply for funding to investigate how COVID-19 will affect society in the medium and long term.

    12/07/2021   |   Economic and Social Research Council
  • Research Career Re-entry Fellowships

    This scheme offers postdoctoral research scientists the opportunity to re-establish their scientific careers after a continuous break from research of at least two years.

    17/06/2021   |   Wellcome Trust
  • Research Enrichment – Diversity and Inclusion

    This funding enables Wellcome grantholders to identify and tackle barriers to diversity and inclusion in their work.

    07/07/2021   |   Wellcome Trust
  • Research Enrichment – Public Engagement

    This funding supports Wellcome grantholders who want to use public insights to develop their research. Engagement helps to build the public’s trust in research, and ensure research is valued within society.

    28/09/2021   |   Wellcome Trust
  • 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 for Patient Benefit – Competition 45

    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 (Subject to Dementia Highlight Notice)

    14/07/2021   |   National Institute for Health Research
  • Research into inclusive ageing

    Apply for research on inclusive ageing

    30/11/2021   |   Economic and Social Research Council
  • 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
  • Secondment Fellowships

    Secondment Fellowships are for humanities and social science researchers who we already fund. Researchers spend three to six months working at non-academic organisations to develop their skills.

    16/04/2021   |   Wellcome Trust
  • Senior Research Fellowships

    Senior Research Fellowships support independent researchers who are emerging as global leaders in their field and want to tackle the most important questions in science.

    01/07/2021   |   Wellcome Trust
  • Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

    This scheme offers recently qualified postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to start independent research careers, working in some of the best research environments in the world

    17/06/2021   |   Wellcome Trust
  • 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
  • Transformations: social and cultural dynamics in the digital age

    Apply for funding to understand how digital innovations affect social and cultural changes and are influenced by society and culture.

    07/05/2021   |   Economic and Social Research Council
  • 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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