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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

Cancer Immunology Project Awards

Cancer Immunology Project Awards catalyse research and build the UK's research base in cancer immunology by funding immunologists from non-cancer fields.

Applications are accepted from:

  • Scientists, clinicians or health care workers from UK universities, medical schools, hospitals and some research institutes.
  • The lead applicant (PI) must be an immunologist who should not have a demonstrated track record in cancer research.
  • Collaborations with cancer researchers/clinicians are strongly encouraged to deliver the project but are not a mandatory requirement.
  • If you have a demonstrated track record in cancer, or are a group leader at a CRUK core-funded Institute, you are not eligible to apply for this award as the lead PI, but may act as a co-investigator or collaborator.

The aim of the scheme is to build capacity in cancer immunology; therefore, if you already have a demonstrated track record in cancer research, our other opportunities in discovery research or opportunities for early- and mid-career researchers may be more suitable for your research.

Your proposal should address key questions in the immunology of cancer. Applications can be in any area of immunological research, providing the cancer relevance is clearly articulated in the proposal, including any of the following key areas:

  • Cellular and molecular immunology
  • Inflammation, allergy, transplantation and autoimmunity
  • Immune response to infection

You can apply for funding of up to £300k, which can be used for:

  • Salaries for researchers and technical staff
  • Running expenses
  • Equipment
Closing Date:
Cancer Research UK
Immunology and Infectious disease

The Medical Research Foundation is inviting applications from mid-career researchers who have the potential to be the research leaders of the future, to support research that will increase understanding of the disease mechanisms underlying viral or autoimmune hepatitis. Researchers whose work may lead to better understanding of prevention, diagnosis or modification of the progression and outcomes of these diseases are welcome to apply.

The Medical Research Foundation is an independent charitable foundation. Formed by the Medical Research Council (MRC), they grow and nurture people and ideas wherever they see research opportunities with great potential. The research supported in this competition is possible thanks to the generous support of the late Alfred Tarttelin, Effie Miller Munro and Jenny Porley.

Fellowship funding available

The Medical Research Foundation will make up to £1,000,000 available in this competition. Applicants may apply for up to £300,000 to support their research, over a maximum of a three-year period.

Who can apply

This competition is open to all UK researchers at eligible institutions (UK HEIs, Research Council research institutes, hospitals, and other independent research organisations). Applicants must hold a PhD, DPhil or MD and be in the process of, or be ready for, transition to research independence. It is expected that applicants will be seeking, as principal investigator, their first peer-reviewed grant of three years or longer from a funding body (excluding personal fellowships).

Closing Date:
Medical Research Foundation
Academy of Medical Sciences Professorship Scheme

The Academy of Medical Sciences has announced the inaugural call for applications to its Professorship Scheme. Working in partnership with UK Higher Education Institutions, they 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.  Awards will be made in partnership with the employing Higher Education Institute (HEI). 

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.

Your AMS 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.


Closing Date:
Academy of Medical Sciences
Children and Young People’s Cancer Innovation Award

You should be a scientist, clinician or health care worker from a UK university, medical school, hospital or research institute.

CRUK are particularly interested in applications that include researchers with expertise beyond paediatric cancer research, such as those working in other cancer fields and those in disciplines outside biomedical research, who are interested in using their knowledge and skills to answer key questions in paediatric cancers.

Scientific remit
These awards are intended to stimulate new activity and collaborations, and to build capacity within UK paediatric cancer research. Projects should be focused on transforming our understanding of paediatric tumour biology and developing innovative new ways to treat, detect and prevent these diseases. 

CRUK especially encourage proposals to investigate one or more of these concepts: 

  • The basis of tumor initiation and progression
  • Novel therapeutic approaches
  • Development of novel biomarkers or methodologies to predict disease progression, to enhance efforts in primary and secondary prevention and intervention
  • Novel models that would enhance pre-clinical research
  • Development of more effective and/or less toxic treatments to improve long-term health and quality of life
  • If your project is based on a joint collaboration with a US-based research group, you may want to consider the SU2C-CRUK Pediatric Cancer New Discoveries Challenge.

What is funded
Awards are made up to £1 million for up to 3 years, and can be used to fund: 

  • Salaries for postdoctoral researchers and technical staff 
  • PhD students (stipend, fees and running expenses) 
  • Running expenses 
  • Equipment 
  • Travel expenses related to the research project 

The award cannot be used to fund the salary of the Principal Investigator.

Closing Date:
Cancer Research UK
SU2C-CRUK Paediatric Cancer New Discoveries Challenge

These awards will support collaborative, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, transatlantic teams, comprising laboratory and clinical researchers and those at different career stages.

Teams must be led by at least one researcher from a US institution and one from a UK institution.

You are strongly encouraged to form a team that includes expertise beyond paediatric oncology (e.g. other areas of oncology, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, etc.).

Scientific remit
Applications can address one or more of the following concepts, with the goal of progressing the approach to a more advanced pre-clinical or clinical setting in round 2:

  • the basis of tumour initiation and progression
  • novel therapeutic approaches
  • development of novel biomarkers or methodologies to predict disease progression, to enhance efforts in primary and secondary prevention and intervention
  • novel models that would enhance pre-clinical research
  • development of more effective and/or less toxic treatments to improve long-term health and quality of life
  • CRUK would welcome proposals that advance research in any type of paediatric cancer, including teenagers and young adults, particularly inviting new proposals in paediatric brain tumours.

What is funded
Funding support of up to US$1 million is provided for:

  • Salaries for researchers, technical staff and project manager (US-based senior investigators may apply for a percentage of their salary and benefits expenses)
  • Running expenses
  • Equipment
  • Travel expenses related to the research project

Applicant teams successful in round 1 will also have the opportunity to apply for a second round of funding to progress their research further.

Closing Date:
Cancer Research UK
Claude Hannoun Award for best body of work

To advance research in the influenza field by Young scientists, ESWI launched its award for the most promising body of work in flu research. The competition is open to all young scientists throughout the world, and is judged by an international committee spanning all of influenza. The prize is named in honour of Prof Claude Hannoun, founding father of ESWI.

The Best Body of Work Award Winner will receive:

– a cash prize of €10,000

– an invitation to speak at the Seventh ESWI Influenza Conference (Valencia, 13-16 September 2020)

Young Scientists are welcome to apply for the prize. Applicants must have a PhD for no longer than 7 years at the time of the application
Special considerations (for example maternity/paternity leave) are taken into account)
Applicants should submit an executive summary report of their work as well as a proof of status in the form of an official university certificate or letter, which is signed by the supervisor/departmental head before 16 December 2019

Closing Date:
ACTERIA Doctoral Thesis Prizes awarded by EFIS in immunology and allergology

These prizes will honor the best doctoral theses defended in topics related to immunology and allergology in European universities/institutions in the last 3 years prior to the application deadline (December 31, 2019). Hence, applicants who earned their doctoral degree before January 1, 2017 are not eligible. 


Candidates for the ACTERIA Doctoral Prizes awarded by EFIS must submit the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae (2 pages max.) with publications, including primary research articles, reviews, book chapters, conference proceedings, oral presentations, etc. (acceptance letter(s) required for publications not yet published or in press)
  • Summary of dissertation including a summary of activity since earning the doctoral degree (3 pages max.)
  • Letter of reference from doctoral degree supervisor
  • Proof of Membership in an EFIS-affiliated National Society
  • Proposed research project (3 Pages max.) including: state-of-the-art, questions addressed, research program and methods, expected results, feasibility, potential bottlenecks and solutions, if necessary, timeline, short list of references.
  • Letter from the Host Institution where the project will be conducted, confirming that appropriate facilities will be guaranteed to the researcher in the event the project is approved, and including a statement that the safety rules of the organization will be applied.
  • Ethics statement (applicable for research using human or animal samples or conducted in humans or animals) confirming that the proposed project will be submitted to the appropriate Institutional Review Board/Ethics Committee before funding is awarded by the Fondation ACTERIA.

The above complementary supporting documents must be submitted as either Word or PDF files.

Note: the names of the uploaded files will be generated automatically by the system.


Following the submission deadline, candidates' applications will be forwarded to the EFIS-affiliated National Society to which they belong. Thereafter, National Societies – entrusted with the task of establishing their own selection/nomination panels, if necessary – will review applications and, based on the quality of proposals, ultimately formulate two (2) nominations, one in immunology and one in allergology, to be formally submitted to the ACTERIA Prizes Selection Jury.


Prize winners will be announced in May 2020.

Closing Date:
European Federation of Immunological Societies
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
Closing Date:
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.

Closing Date:
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.

Closing Date:
Medical Research Council