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Funding opportunities

This page contains a list of current funding opportunities offered by other societies, associations and organisations.  If you would like to advertise a funding opportunity on this page, please contact our Education & Careers Officer, Eolan Healy.

Funding opportunities are removed once the application deadline has passed.

You may also find it useful to have a look at our jobs board. In addition to the specific opportunities below, the following websites contain information on sources of funding.

For information relating to funding postgraduate courses and research in the UK:

For information on research funding and fellowship opportunities at all levels in the UK and internationally:

Funding Opportunities

UKRI-BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships

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 is for an innovative, inclusive and outcomes-focussed programme of doctoral training to build and maintain the capacity of bioscience disciplines, and deliver skills for impact across the UK economy.
UKRI-BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) provide PhD training in areas of research relevant to UKRI-BBSRC’s remit and priority research areas. DTPs also provide a breadth of professional development training opportunities to enhance the capabilities of doctoral candidates and develop a world-class, highly skilled workforce for the UK.
Building on the two previous DTP programmes (see related links), institution-level or multi-institution bids are invited to apply to the third phase of UKRI-BBSRC DTPs.
It is anticipated that up to 15 DTPs will be awarded. Total funding of £170 million is available to support up to 340 four-year studentships per annum, including at least 90 CASE studentships, for five consecutive intakes, the first being in 2020-2021 and the final cohort commencing in 2024-2025. The first three intakes are guaranteed; the final two intakes will be dependent on the outcome of a mid-term review. Awards will be made in the form of single profiled training grants. The normal flexibility of UKRI training grants will apply, enabling institutions to part-fund studentships from other sources.
All UK based research organisations, or consortia, that are eligible to receive UKRI funding for research, have the infrastructure in place to deliver doctoral training and hold a summed minimum of £20 million UKRI-BBSRC research grant spend over the three year period of 2015/16 to 2017/18, will be eligible to submit a proposal for a DTP.
The assessment of proposals to become a UKRI-BBSRC DTP, which will include an interview with the management team of the proposed partnerships, will be scheduled for July 2019 (date to be confirmed) and announcements regarding the allocation of funding are likely to be made by October 2019.

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UKRI-BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships
Women's Leadership Development

Women & Leadership International is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across the UK’s immunology sector. The campaign is providing women with grants of up to £1,000 to enable participation in a leadership development program. 
The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing a powerful and effective development opportunity for immunology sector women; however the funding is strictly limited and has to be allocated prior to the end of May.

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Women and Leadership International
BactiVac Catalyst Pump-Priming Funds

The BactiVac catalyst funds are flexible, typically up to £50,000 and expect to provide deliverables within 6 months post-award. Following the award of up to £1 million of additional funding from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)’s Global AMR Innovation Fund (GAMRIF), they are particularly interested in funding projects that advance the ability to tackle the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) through the development of vaccines against bacterial pathogens. The BactiVac Network will be able to provide additional advice as to where to access follow-on funding and how to progress the project. This catalyst funding scheme will be run up to August 2021 with calls for proposals prioritising projects that: facilitate onward progression of bacterial vaccines along the pipeline to licensure; offer robust solutions to overcome the difficult preclinical to clinical transition; involve BactiVac partnerships, particularly new partnerships, with a long-term work plan; include LMICs and/or industrial partners; demonstrate a clear pathway to impact; have realistic plans in place to demonstrate intellectual property (IP) has been considered; include plans for achieving further substantive funding at the end of the project.

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BBSRC David Philips Fellowships

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 leadership qualities, and are aiming to establish their own fully independent programme of research.
Awards are for five years, and include personal salary and a significant research support grant to enable fellows to establish their own independent research group. It is expected that up to five fellowships will be awarded, each at a value of up to £1 million (80% fEC).
In addition to this investment, it is also expected that a substantial demonstration of support for the fellow be made by the host Research Organisation (for example in terms of access to facilities and equipment, training, research costs etc.). Applications are welcome from candidates seeking flexible working arrangements (for example part-time).
Applicants should hold a PhD, but not hold, have held or had the offer of an academic position at Lecturer level (or the equivalent in institutions other than universities). Please note that if applicants have previously applied for BBSRC grant funding as a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator (therefore confirming that they hold a lecturer level or equivalent post) they are not eligible to apply for a fellowship.
The fellowships are designed to provide career enhancement to support outstanding scientists in the initial stages of their career, and there is therefore a strong emphasis on the scientific potential of the candidates. In making these awards, BBSRC will be seeking to identify scientists who can be expected in the future to be among the leaders of their generation of bio-scientists, and applicants should demonstrate how a BBSRC David Phillips fellowship will be of benefit to them.

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BBSRC David Philips Fellowships
BBSRC Discovery Fellowships

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.
Awards are for three years and it is expected that up to 10 fellowships will be awarded, each of a value of up to £300,000 (80% fEC).
This investment can be used to support personal salary as well as travel and subsistence, training activities, and research consumables, but not equipment. In addition to this investment, it is also expected that a substantial demonstration of support for the fellow be made by the host Research Organisation (for example in terms of access to facilities and equipment, training, research costs etc.). Applications are welcome from candidates seeking flexible working arrangements (for example part-time.
Applicants should have a PhD or be expecting to have undergone successful PhD viva prior to 30 November 2019.
Applicants should not exceed five years in active postdoctoral research employment prior to announcement of the awarded DFs (30 November 2019).
In assessing proposals Research Committee E will consider an applicant’s research proposal, personal track record and future plans, and the research environment in which the fellowship will be held.
As such, the research proposal should be sound and of a novelty and timeliness that will add to the understanding of the research area, the applicant should have an excellent track record (accounting for their research experience) and have considered their training needs (as detailed in the Career Development Plan), and the research environment should be supportive and the best place for the applicant to carry out their research project and advance their career.

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BBSRC Discovery Fellowships
HIC-Vac Pump-priming funding

Start-up funds of up to £100,000 per project will be available to HIC-Vac Investigators and Associates for 12 month projects addressing HIC-Vac’s strategic objectives.
Applications will be assessed by the Network Management Board, using a robust and transparent application process and scoring system.
Proposals should involve collaborating HIC-Vac research groups from at least two different institutions, one based in the UK.
Pump-priming calls will be open at least annually within the first 2-3 years of HIC-Vac.

The third (and final) round of pump-priming funding is now open, and will close on 10 May 2019 at 4pm BST.
Please take note of the following:
Institutions that can apply for 100% FEC as an LMIC applicant are subject to new guidelines.
HIC-Vac's priority for this round of funding is to encourage smaller projects to analyse existing human challenge study data sets and/or samples. We will be aiming to fund:
1 project at £75,000
2 projects at £50,000
8 projects at £25,000

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Infections and Immunity Board - New Investigator Research Grant: May 2019

The Infections and Immunity Board (IIB) is responsible for the MRC’s investments in infectious human disease and disorders of the human immune system. This includes and is underpinned by fundamental research into human pathogens, as well as the normal development and functioning of the human immune system, which informs mechanism of disease.

The Board’s strategy includes extending its global health activities, addressing the challenge of antimicrobial resistance, strengthening pandemic preparedness, investigating immunity and infection through the life course, and supporting data integrative and systems approaches.

To deliver its strategy, the Board supports investigator-led grants within its area of remit, and manages a range of strategic investments and partnerships.

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Medical Research Council (MRC)
Academy of Medical Sciences Professorship Scheme

The Academy of Medical Sciences is delighted to announce the inaugural call for applications to its Professorship Scheme. Working in partnership with UK Higher Education Institutions, we will be providing an attractive package of support to biomedical and healthcare researchers taking up their first full Professorship.
This scheme seeks to progress that ambition by offering flexible support to researchers imminently taking up their first full Professorship, or for those that have recently commenced such a position.
Your Professorship will be for a duration of up to five years and for a maximum of £500K.  The financial support of the Academy will be offered during the initial three years of the award: up to £225K in Year 1; up to £175K in Year 2; and up to £100K in Year 3.

The funds can be used flexibly, and are intended to support your research during the early years of your first full Professorship post. For example, they could be used to fund research assistance, research costs or equipment.
In addition, and for the full five year duration of the professorship, awardees will have access to careers support, and the Academy’s extensive networks across academia, industry and healthcare.

You will have recently commenced, accepted, or have been guaranteed, your first full Professorship post at a Higher Education Institution (HEI) in the UK, and will have completed a move (or be planning to move) to the UK.

If you are a researcher who has recently moved (or is in the process of moving) to the UK, then you will not typically have resided in the UK for more than twelve months in the three years immediately before the call deadline.

You will not have previously held a full professorship, either overseas or in the UK

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EFIS-EJI sponsored travel bursaries

Openings are available for European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS) and the European Journal of Immunology (EJI) travel bursaries. 

EFIS/EJI meeting support generally takes the form of funding to be used exclusively as travel bursaries to be awarded by meeting organizers to eligible and deserving junior scientists. However, EFIS has progressively identified a select group of schools and conferences held regularly throughout Europe that - given their high scientific caliber, strong European dimension, attention to the participation of young scientists, and appropriate gender balance - are purposefully labeled "EFIS/EJI" events and can, as such, benefit from support to cover both travel bursaries and general meeting organizational costs (this latter generally for no more than 30% of the total requested funding)

All BSI members are eligible for these travel bursaries as the BSI is a membership society of EFIS.

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Medical Research Council (MRC) - variety of fellowships, career development awards and research grants

A variety of fellowships, career development awards and research grants opportunities offered by the Medical Research Council.

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Medical Research Council