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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

Sanger Excellence Fellowship

The Wellcome Sanger Institute, in partnership with Wellcome Connecting Science, is launching a new three-year Fellowship aimed at people from Black heritage backgrounds.

They are keen to enable Black early career researchers to develop their portfolio of research experience and thrive in the field of UK genomics science. The new Fellowship is designed to attract research excellence and they will provide the Fellows with training, mentorship and support to drive their careers forward and to support a more diverse pipeline of future talent.

Our Fellowship has been developed in close collaboration with internal and external experts, including senior Black academics and Black-led community groups, who have helped shape the overall approach.

Mentorship, training and sponsorship is built into the heart for the programme and all candidates, including those who are unsuccessful, will receive feedback and have the opportunity to be mentored and receive career development support.

Eligibility
This Fellowship is aimed at early career researchers and the general requirements are an Undergraduate degree and PhD awarded from UK institutions. They offer a first-class and well-resourced exceptional learning environment and our Postdoctoral Fellowship Development Programme provides a comprehensive training experience designed to equip individuals with the knowledge, training and skills they require to be successful in their future careers – whatever they may do.

This particular scheme is open to people who self-identify as being from a Black heritage background, including a mixed race background. For example, Black African; Black Caribbean; Black Other; Mixed background (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or other Black backgrounds).

Salary

The Fellows are part of our Postdoctoral Fellowship programme and are paid in line with this pay scale (£32,780 – £41,093 in 2021), dependent on skills and experience. The Sanger Excellence Fellowship also includes research consumables of up to £18,000 per annum, dependent on the nature of the project and a budget of £1,500 per annum for the Fellow to attend conferences and training.

Start date
There is flexibility with the start date, but Fellows should be able to start by end of December 2022. The Fellowship runs for three years and can be worked full-time, part-time or flexibly.

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Wellcome Sanger Institute
VALIDATE pump-priming grants

The VALIDATE Network aims to accelerate vaccine research and development for complex intracellular pathogens that cause diseases significant to low and middle-income countries (LMIC), with an initial focus on Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Leishmania spp, Burkholderia pseudomallei and Mycobacterium leprae. VALIDATE is proud to partner with the Collaboration for Tuberculosis Vaccine Discovery (CTVD) for our 2022 call (please note this is their only planned pump-priming grant call for the foreseeable future).

Pump-priming grants are available for projects of up to £50,000 (plus up to 15% indirect costs) via competitive application to the Network Management Board (NMB). Projects should run for a maximum of 12 months and should lead to relevant and useful data for the field, or produce pilot data that will lead to a larger grant application to an external funder. Projects must be scientifically excellent, and fall within the VALIDATE remit.

Please note that for the 2022 pump-priming call, only research focused on tuberculosis vaccine development is eligible. Any aspect of research that will accelerate development of an efficacious TB vaccine is eligible, including biological, physical and social sciences, and humanities.

Awards are open to all VALIDATE and CTVD members, but projects must be led by a VALIDATE Associate or CTVD Early Career Researcher. All collaborators must be VALIDATE or CTVD members.

They particularly welcome projects including any of the following: new collaborations between VALIDATE and/or CTVD members, projects involving collaborators from more than one institute, projects including Early Career Researchers, projects led by and/or including LMIC partners, projects with industry involvement, cross-discipline research, projects promoting the One Health agenda, in vivo research, and translational research.

All awardees will be required to submit narrative and financial progress reports at 6 and 12 months. All awardees must agree to sharing unpublished and published project data set information on the VALIDATE shared data list to accelerate the progression towards development of efficacious vaccines for tuberculosis.

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VALIDATE
VALIDATE training grants

The VALIDATE Network aims to accelerate vaccine research and development for complex intracellular pathogens that cause diseases significant to low and middle-income countries (LMIC), with an initial focus on Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Leishmania spp, Burkholderia pseudomallei and Mycobacterium leprae. VALIDATE also aims to facilitate Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and career progression amongst its members.

VALIDATE partners with the Collaboration for Tuberculosis Vaccine Discovery (CTVD) for their 2021-2023 calls. CTVD is an international network of scientists and experts dedicated to fostering innovation, cooperation, and collaboration in the up-stream TB vaccine discovery, translational research and development space. CTVD serves as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s major mechanism for enhancing collaboration in the field.

To support these aims, Early Career Researcher training grants are available of up to £3500 via competitive application to the VALIDATE Network Management Board (NMB) to help researchers take advantage of training opportunities that will contribute to their CPD. This can include (but is not limited to): attendance at courses or workshops, laboratory exchanges, and work shadowing. Attendance at an international conference to present a talk or poster is also eligible for LMIC members only (general travel to attend conferences is not supported in this fund; travel to the VALIDATE Network Annual Meeting is funded elsewhere). For laboratory exchanges, we encourage you to maximise the outputs of your visit to that laboratory, for example by visiting other relevant VALIDATE researchers in that country (to increase your network of contacts and discuss future collaboration opportunities), or by giving a talk to your host laboratory about your research during your visit.

Training opportunities can be within, or external to, the VALIDATE Network; they advertise those they know of but you can apply for other opportunities you hear of as well. The VALIDATE Members' Directory may also give you ideas for potential laboratory exchanges, tech transfer, or industry visits.

The proposed training opportunity must fall within the VALIDATE remit. Please note that for the VALIDATE-CTVD joint calls, only research focused on tuberculosis vaccine development is eligible. Any aspect of research that will accelerate development of an efficacious TB vaccine is eligible, including biological, physical and social sciences, and humanities.
Applicants must be an Associate member of VALIDATE, and/or a post-doctoral scientist working on research directly related to TB vaccine development nominated by a CTVD member. We particularly welcome applications from researchers based in LMICs.

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VALIDATE
EFIS-IL Short Term Fellowships

The Fellowships:

EFIS and Immunology Letters (IL) award short-term fellowships for up to 3 months of support for purposes of transnational scientific collaboration or advanced training in techniques or methodologies. The EFIS-IL Short-term Fellowship allowance is €1,750/month and is awarded directly to the fellowship holder. In addition, EFIS will reimburse travel costs up to €500.


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be a member of an EFIS-affiliated society (exceptions to this may apply only for applicants from European countries without a national society);
  • Applicants must be 35 years of age or younger and must hold at least a Master's degree (an extension of this age limit of up to 18 months may be granted for maternity/paternity leave, civil or military service, etc.);
  • The proposed stay must be conducted in a European institution in a country other than that of the applicant's current residence;
  • Fellowships are not awarded in order to attend courses, symposia, meetings or congresses;
  • Fellowships are not renewable and can be held only once;
  • Fellowships cannot be awarded retroactively or if a stay has already begun, nor can they be held simultaneously with awards or funding made available by other sources or organizations, to prolong visits begun under other auspices, or as a means to bridge between research visits funded by other organizations.
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EFIS
Postdoctoral clinical fellows

Postdoctoral career development fellowships at The Francis Crick Institute provide an opportunity for exceptional postdoctoral clinicians to consolidate their research experience.

Postdoctoral clinicians may apply for Crick funding to spend one year full-time or two years part-time working in a Crick research group, on a project agreed between the fellow and the Crick group leader.

The scheme aims to:

  • Foster long-term clinical links and collaborations.
  • Provide clinicians with a postdoctoral extension of their research experience, and with scientific networking, training and career development opportunities at the Crick.
  • Provide a platform from which fellows may apply for external funding such as clinician scientist fellowships, to be held at the Crick or elsewhere.

Fellows with their own salary funded via NIHR, their university/hospital trust appointment, or other external funding schemes may also apply to be hosted within a Crick research group.

Eligibility

They are looking for talented and motivated postdoctoral clinical fellows who are passionate about research and show outstanding potential for continuing a career in academic medicine.

Applicants should have completed a medical degree, or equivalent clinical professional qualification, and hold, or be about to hold, a research PhD.

Applications are welcome from all medical and surgical specialties.
 

Programme

Postdoctoral clinical fellows at the Crick are embedded in a vibrant multidisciplinary research community of more than 1000 scientists carrying out research to improve our understanding of health and disease.
Fellows benefit from clinical academic networking opportunities, and an extensive seminar programme including Crick lectures, interest group seminars and symposia. They also have access to comprehensive training and career development activities including technical training via our science technology platforms, science communication and grant writing.

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The Francis Crick Institute
Infections and immunity programme

Apply for funding for a programme of research focused on infections and immunity.

Who can apply
Any UK-based researcher with an employment contract at an eligible research organisation can apply for a programme grant. You will need to show that you will direct the proposed research yourself and be actively involved in the work.

You must have:

  • a postgraduate degree, although we expect most applicants to have a PhD or medical degree
  • a substantial record of securing research funding and delivering high-quality research.


You can include one or more industry partners as project partners in your application. You can also include international co-investigators if they provide expertise that is not available in the UK.

You are not eligible to apply for a programme grant if you are:

  • from an MRC institute
  • a core-supported programme or group leader from MRC units and the Francis Crick Institute.

A principal investigator can usually hold only one programme grant at a time.

What MRC 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 funding 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
  • auto-immune disease
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UKRI/MRC
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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Varied
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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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Varied
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Medical Research Council
Various CRUK funding schemes

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

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Ongoing
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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. 

Closing Date:
Ongoing
Source:
Wellcome

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