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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

The Medical Research Foundation’s 2021 Emerging Leaders Prize

The Medical Research Foundation’s 2021 Emerging Leaders Prize will celebrate outstanding scientists whose research has made a significant impact in the fight against COVID-19.

£200,000 of flexible funding will be awarded to the winners, helping them to advance their COVID-19 research and their research careers.

Each year our Emerging Leaders Prize celebrates the achievements of researchers working on a different research theme. The prize funding provides a springboard for the winners’ careers and ensures they can continue to tackle key health challenges – both now and long into the future.

This year’s Emerging Leaders Prize applicants may have conducted COVID-19 research related to (but not limited to) the following scientific areas: virology, viral phylogenetics, epidemiology, immunology, viral transmission, neuroscience, clinical symptoms and management, cardiology, stroke, vaccine development, therapeutic development, long-term effects of COVID-19 including Paediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome temporally associated with COVID-19 (PIMS-TS) and ‘Long-COVID’, and child, adolescent or adult mental health.

To be eligible for a prize, the applicant’s contributions to the pandemic must be research-based and not service-based, for instance setting up diagnostic laboratories or vaccine infrastructure.

The funding is flexible, meaning that the winners decide how best to use it. This could mean spending time in a lab overseas, buying a cutting-edge piece of technology for their research, or investing in their personal career development.

The research supported in this competition is possible thanks to the legacy from the estate of Professor Victor Louis Ménage and Mrs Johanna Alicia Ménage. In previous years, our Emerging Leaders Prize has recognised researchers working in the fields of pain, antimicrobial resistance, adolescent mental health and lupus research.

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Medical Research Foundation
H C Roscoe grant for research into viral diseases of the respiratory system

The BMA Foundation for Medical Research awards research grants each year (totalling approximately £780,000) to encourage and further medical research in a variety of areas. One of these grants, the HC Roscoe, is to assist research into the elimination of the common cold and/or other viral diseases of the human respiratory system. Applications are invited from UK-registered medical practitioners or research scientists working in the UK, and can be for either research in progress or prospective research.

The Foundation would like to raise awareness of the availability of this grant to as wide an audience as possible. Given the scope of your organisation we would be grateful if you could promote the availability of this grant to interested individuals.

In 2021, the HC Roscoe grant will be awarded for an amount up to £65,000. This grant, and other BMA Foundation grants will be available to apply for online on the BMA Foundation website from 01 March 2021. 

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BMA Foundation
MRC Infections and immunity new investigator research grants

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

There is no limit to the funding that you can request but the amount should be appropriate to the project. You must also be able to justify why you need this amount to deliver the objectives of your research. Typically awards are up to £1 million and will usually fund up to 80% of your project’s full economic cost.

New investigator research grants usually last three years and fund up to 50% of your salary.

The new investigator research grant is aimed at researchers who are capable of becoming independent principal investigators and who are now ready to take the next step towards that goal. You do not need a specific number of years postdoctoral experience to be eligible to apply.

Research funded includes, but is not limited to, the following areas:

  • discovery research relating to human pathogens, pathogenicity, antimicrobial resistance, host pathogen responses including inflammation and the development function and disorders of the immune system where this informs mechanism of disease. Immune disease including allergy (except asthma and other organ-based disorders), transplantation immunology, systemic immune disorders and auto-immune disease. Including use of in silico systems, relevant animal models and experimental studies in humans throughout the lifecourse
  • population-level research, using epidemiological, genetic and omic approaches, and computational modelling to elucidate disease risks, aetiologies and progression, and to understand the evolution of pathogen populations and epidemic preparedness
  • research to inform novel strategies for preventing and controlling infectious and immune disease, including vector control, predictive modelling and early development research to inform future intervention strategies including vaccines.
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UKRI/MRC
BactiVac Catalyst Funding for Pump-Priming Projects - Round 5

Round 5 of BactiVac Network catalyst funding for pump priming projects is available to support our members in bacterial vaccinology to explore new approaches and strategies to advance their vaccines in partnership with LMICs and industry, and acquire the data to support substantive funding applications. 

This catalyst funding scheme will be run up to August 2022 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
  • Advance the ability to tackle the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
  • 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


The catalyst funds are flexible, typically up to £50,000 and expect to provide deliverables within 6 months post-award. The BactiVac Network will be able to provide additional advice as to where to access follow-on funding and how to progress the project.

 

 

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BactiVac Network
L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science National Rising Talents - United Kingdom and Ireland

The L'Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland For Women in Science Rising Talent Programme offers awards from a partnership between L'Oréal-UNESCO UK & Ireland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society, to promote, enhance and encourage the contribution of women pursuing their research careers in the UK or Ireland. In 2020, L'Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland announced the dedication of one of five awards for outstanding scientific work promoting sustainable development. The aim is to contribute to the strengthening of research and advancing of the achievement of the scientific evidence base within the interdisciplinary Sustainability Science. The new Sustainable Development prize sits alongside four other established awards, dedicated to research in the fields of Physical Science; Engineering; Mathematics & Computing and Life Science. The Rising Talent Awards are offered under the umbrella of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science Programme, which has promoted women in scientific research on a global scale since 1998. Five Rising Talent Awards will be granted in 2021 to outstanding women scientists in the early stages of their career to enable and/or facilitate promising scientific research. The Rising Talents are tenable at any UK or Irish university or research institute to support a 12-month period of postdoctoral research in any area of the life science, physical sciences, mathematics and computing, engineering or sustainable development. The value of each rising talent award is £15,000 (equivalent €; for candidates in Ireland). The awards are designed to provide flexible support. The prize money can be spent in innovative ways to enable women scientists to pursue and continue their research careers; such as buying equipment, paying for childcare or funding travel costs to an overseas conference.

Applications will open on 29 March 2021. 

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For Women In Science
MRC infections and immunity partnership grants

The grant

You can apply for a partnership grant to support new partnerships between diverse groups of researchers in the area of infections and immunity.

Funding is available for between one and five years to:

establish new, high-value collaborative activities and capabilities
add value to high-quality scientific programmes that are already supported by grants from MRC and other funders.

Who can apply

Any UK-based researcher with an employment contract at an eligible research organisation can apply. You will need to:

have at least a graduate degree, although we usually expect most applicants to have a PhD or medical degree
show that you will direct the partnership and be actively engaged in the work.
You can include one or more industry partners as project partners in your application. International co-investigators can be included if they provide expertise not available in the UK.

A principal investigator must lead the partnership. Any researchers you invite to become co-investigators must contribute to the academic leadership of the partnership.

What the MRC are looking for
The Infections and Immunity Board funds research into infectious human disease and disorders of the human immune system. The board supports a diverse portfolio of research of relevance to the UK and globally and to address both long-standing questions and support the investigation of emerging higher-risk opportunities.

Research they fund includes, but is not limited to, the following areas:

  • discovery research relating to human pathogens, pathogenicity, antimicrobial resistance, host pathogen responses including inflammation and the development function and disorders of the immune system where this informs mechanism of disease. Immune disease including allergy (except asthma and other organ-based disorders), transplantation immunology, systemic immune disorders and auto-immune disease. Including use of in silico systems, relevant animal models and experimental studies in humans throughout the lifecourse
  • population-level research, using epidemiological, genetic and omic approaches, and computational modelling to elucidate disease risks, aetiologies and progression, and to understand the evolution of pathogen populations and epidemic preparedness
  • research to inform novel strategies for preventing and controlling infectious and immune disease, including vector control, predictive modelling and early development research to inform future intervention strategies including vaccines.
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MRC
MRC infections and immunity new investigator research grants

The grant

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

There is no limit to the funding that you can request but the amount should be appropriate to the project. You must also be able to justify why you need this amount to deliver the objectives of your research. Typically awards are up to £1 million, we will usually fund up to 80% of your project’s full economic cost.

New investigator research grants usually last three years and fund up to 50% of your salary.

Who can apply

The new investigator research grant is aimed at researchers who are capable of becoming independent principal investigators and who are now ready to take the next step towards that goal. You do not need a specific number of years postdoctoral experience to be eligible to apply.

You may apply for funding to carry out research at your current UK research organisation or any other eligible UK institution you want to move to.

You must:

  • have the support of an eligible UK research organisation
  • be able to show that your skills and experience match those in the applicant skills and experience table (MRC website) (transition to independence) such as showing evidence of career progress and clear plans to develop your own research niche
  • provide a clear rationale of why this grant will best support your long-term career goals and chosen career route
  • have at least a graduate degree although most applicants have a PhD or medical degree
  • be the sole intellectual leader of the proposed project although we will allow co-investigators when they bring expertise to the project which is outside the applicant’s field.

What the MRC are looking for

The Infections and Immunity Board funds research into infectious human disease and disorders of the human immune system. The board supports a diverse portfolio of research of relevance to the UK and globally and to address both long-standing questions and support the investigation of emerging higher-risk opportunities.

Research they fund includes, but is not limited to, the following areas:

  • discovery research relating to human pathogens, pathogenicity, antimicrobial resistance, host pathogen responses including inflammation and the development function and disorders of the immune system where this informs mechanism of disease. Immune disease including allergy (except asthma and other organ-based disorders), transplantation immunology, systemic immune disorders and auto-immune disease. Including use of in silico systems, relevant animal models and experimental studies in humans throughout the lifecourse
  • population-level research, using epidemiological, genetic and omic approaches, and computational modelling to elucidate disease risks, aetiologies and progression, and to understand the evolution of pathogen populations and epidemic preparedness
  • research to inform novel strategies for preventing and controlling infectious and immune disease, including vector control, predictive modelling and early development research to inform future intervention strategies including vaccines.
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MRC
GUTS UK: Grants & Awards

GUTS UK are pleased to announce some new and varied research funding opportunities: 

  • GUTS UK/BSG trainee reserach awards
  • GUTS UK development grants
  • GUTS UK nutrition development grants
  • GUTS UK/FORCROHNS development grants
  • The GUTS UK Derek Butler Fellowship
  • GUTS UK Amelie Waring Fellowship
  • GUTS UK/BSPGHAN grants
  • Olympus/GUTS UK Fellowship
  • Parabola/ GUTS UK colorectal cancer research grant
  • GUTS UK/ DR FALK awards
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GUTS UK
BMA Foundation for Medical Research – grant categories 2019

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

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