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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

Olive Ayoub Intermediate / Late-Stage Fellowship

The Olive Ayoub Fellowship
The Olive Ayoub Fellowship was established through a generous legacy bequeathed to SRUK in the will of Mrs. Olive Ayoub.

The Intermediate to Late-Stage Fellowship
The Olive Ayoub Intermediate to Late-Stage Fellowship will provide up to £600,000 of funding with the aim of enabling one exceptional non-tenured postdoctoral researcher working in scleroderma or a related field to transition from postdoc to research leader.


  • Four years’ salary for the fellow at 100% cost
  • Up to £30,000 per year in consumables
  • Stipend for a three-year PhD studentship to assist and carry out a research project relevant to the research programme.  


  • Applicants must have a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 6 years’ experience post-PhD; allowances will be made for time away from research for example due to maternity leave or serious illness.
  • Applicants must currently be working on research either within the field of scleroderma or a closely related/ or translatable field.
  • Applicants must not currently hold a tenured position at a university/ research institution either within the UK or overseas.
  • Applicants based outside of the UK may apply for the fellowship provided the research will be conducted at a UK based institution, which will sponsor their fellowship application. PhD candidates must be UK based.
  • Applicants must provide evidence of support from their host organization (UK based)
  • Proposals must be relevant to one or more themes of the SRUK Research Strategy. 
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Scleroderma and Raynaud’s UK
Women in innovation awards 2022 to 2023

Women with exciting, innovative ideas who will inspire others can apply for an award which includes a £50,000 grant and bespoke business support.


Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is offering up to 50 Women in Innovation Awards to women entrepreneurs across the UK. The winners will receive a £50,000 grant and a bespoke package of mentoring, coaching and business support.

The aim of this competition is to find women with exciting, innovative ideas and ambitious plans that will inspire others. The awards are for women founders, co-founders or senior decision makers working in businesses that have been operating for at least one year.

Applicants must be confident, with the support of an award, that they can make a significant contribution to a pressing societal, environmental or economic challenge through their innovative project.

The competition is split into 2 phases. In the application phase 1, the awards will be assessed by independent experts. In the interview phase 2, the shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by a panel of experts.

In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process. The competition closes at 11am UK time on the deadline stated.

Your award must

  • have a total grant funding request of £50,000
  • start on 1 April 2023
  • end on 31 March 2024
  • last for 12 months
  • You must only include eligible project costs in your application.

Under current restrictions, this competition will not fund any procurement, commercial, business development or supply chain activity with any Russian or Belarusian entity as lead, partner or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian or Belarusian source.

You will be made ineligible if you exceed the Minimal Financial Assistance limit. You must submit a complete declaration as part of your application.

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BMA Foundation for Medical Research – grant categories 2021

All the BMA Foundation for Medical Research grants have National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) partnership status.

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British Medical Association
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
MS Society 2022 research awards

The MS Society are the largest charitable funder of multiple sclerosis (MS) research in the UK. The following research awards will be available in 2022.

Catalyst Awards

Catalyst Awards provide 12 months and up to £50,000 support for a short-term, small-scale pilot or proof of concept research project. Two rounds of Catalysts Awards will run in 2022, with the applications for the first round opening on 31 January and closing on 27 April. The second round will open in mid-June.

Project Awards and Career Development Awards

Project Awards to provide support for a time-limited research project designed to answer a single question or a small group of related questions. Career Development Awards include PhD Fellowships and Early Career Fellowships and aim to attract and retain talented researchers who want to build a successful career in MS research. Applications for Project Awards and Career Development Awards will open in early March and close on 7 June 2022.

You can find more information about MS Society funding schemes, eligibility and the application process on their website, or contact

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Varied Travel Grants Programme

Each quarter, offers a travel grant up to £500 to help cover the cost of attending a conference.

These travel grants are open to PhD candidates, lab managers, and post-docs from academic research institutions in the US or Europe. The grant is intended to help cover the costs of registration, accommodation, and travel to a conference of choice.

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HIC-Vac Training Funding

Training grants of up to £5000 are available to help HIC-Vac members pursue training opportunities that will contribute to their continued professional development. This can include (but is not limited to):

  • attending courses or workshops  
  • laboratory exchange/work shadowing
  • attending an international conference to present a talk
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Cancer Research UK–AstraZeneca Antibody Alliance Laboratory

Novel, collaborative antibody discovery to accelerate delivery of therapies and diagnostics for cancer patients.

Our laboratory brings together Cancer Research UK’s cancer biology expertise with the world-class antibody engineering technology of AstraZeneca, to accelerate antibody discovery.

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Cancer Research UK
Various CRUK funding schemes

Cancer Research UK offer a variety of funding opportunities focusing on numerous different areas of research. 

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Cancer Research UK
Various Wellcome funding schemes

Wellcome offer a variety of funding opportunities focusing on numerous different areas of research. 

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