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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

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
Various Wellcome funding schemes

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

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Ongoing
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Wellcome
Various BBSRC funding schemes

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council offer a variety of funding opportunities focusing on numerous different areas of research. 

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Ongoing
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BBSRC
Various Royal Society funding schemes

The Royal Society offer a variety of funding opportunities focusing on numerous different areas of research. 

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Ongoing
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The Royal Society
BactiVac Catalyst Training Awards
An open call for BactiVac Network catalyst funding training awards is now OPEN. Funding is available to support training opportunities and exchanges, prioritising those involving LMIC members and academic/industrial partners, for the transfer of knowledge and skills in bacterial vaccinology. Up to £6,000 per award is available and each training visit is expected to be up to three months in duration. The aim of this funding scheme is to support members to train in vaccine research & development (R&D), targeting the main preclinical to clinical area of focus for BactiVac. This catalyst funding scheme will be run up to August 2021. Successful applications could include ones that: • Offer opportunities for both UK and LMIC members to undertake a bilateral exchange, to foster reciprocal relationships between BactiVac members • Address key skills gaps within an LMIC, academic or industrial partners’ institution.
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Ongoing
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BactiVac Network
BactiVac Catalyst Training Awards

An open call for BactiVac Network catalyst funding training awards is now OPEN.  Funding is available to support training opportunities and exchanges, prioritising those involving LMIC members and academic/industrial partners, for the transfer of knowledge and skills in bacterial vaccinology. Up to £6,000 per award is available and each training visit is expected to be up to three months in duration. The aim of this funding scheme is to support members to train in vaccine research & development (R&D), targeting the main preclinical to clinical area of focus for BactiVac.

This catalyst funding scheme will be run up to August 2021. Successful applications could include ones that:

  • Offer opportunities for both UK and LMIC members to undertake a bilateral exchange, to foster reciprocal relationships between BactiVac members
  • Address key skills gaps within an LMIC, academic or industrial partners’ institution.
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Ongoing
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BactiVac Network
Healthy ageing

The healthy ageing challenge will support UK government’s Ageing Society Grand Challenge to ensure people can enjoy at least 5 extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035, while narrowing the gap between the experiences of the richest and poorest.
The aim of this challenge is to enable businesses, including social enterprises, to develop and deliver products, services and business models that will be adopted at scale which support people as they age. This will allow people to remain active, productive, independent and socially connected across generations for as long as possible. Through the challenge, government will bring together UK businesses and researchers to support people to stay in their homes for longer, tackle loneliness, and increase independence and wellbeing.

Up to £98 million will be invested in research and innovation that supports people as they age, while also helping those that care for them.

Over the coming years there will be a series of opportunities for UK-based businesses and researchers. The opportunities range from Trailblazers which will focus on supporting the development of near to market propositions with potential to be adopted at scale; Investment Accelerator and early stage support for businesses looking to develop early-stage innovations; and research to further our understanding of healthy ageing.

The Centre for Ageing Better charity has developed a Healthy Ageing Challenge Framework, to stimulate thinking about the ISCF Healthy Ageing Challenge. It focuses on seven themes to stimulate innovation in pursuit of longer, healthier lives for all

Sustaining physical activity
Maintaining health at work
Design for age-friendly homes
Creating healthy, active places
Supporting social connections
Living well with cognitive impairment
Managing common complaints of ageing.
All funded projects will need to show how they tackle one or more of these challenges of older life


UKRI will provide financial support to academic researchers and small, medium, enterprises working together to develop new products and services. This is early stage innovation activity and it will attract match funding from existing funding streams that focus on digital healthcare and older adults.

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Ongoing
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UKRI
Research and PhD Funding opportunities for ME/CFS research

Calling all researchers
ME Research UK is pleased to announce an open call for applications from researchers wishing to investigate the causes, consequences and treatment of ME/CFS. Funding is available to support scientifically robust biomedical studies at appropriate host institutions worldwide.

 
They are happy to consider projects in all areas related to the biology or treatment of ME/CFS, but they are especially keen to receive applications in the following areas:
 
  • Muscle fatigue – underlying mechanisms and potential therapies
  • Brain and nervous system – structural and functional changes
  • Immune system – autoimmunity and the role of specific autoantibodies
  • Metabolomics and the search for diagnostic biomarkers
  • The symptomatic impact of ME on other organ systems


Would you like to host a PhD studentship?

ME Research UK is now able to fund biomedical research PhD studentships looking at the causes, consequences and treatment of ME/CFS.
In order to help encourage new researchers to embark on a career in the field, funding is available to support full or part-time PhD places at appropriate host institutions worldwide.
They are happy to consider projects in all areas related to the biology or treatment of ME/CFS, but they are especially
  • Muscle fatigue – underlying mechanisms and potential therapies
  • Brain and nervous system – structural and functional changes
  • Immune system – autoimmunity and the role of specific autoantibodies
  • Metabolomics and the search for diagnostic biomarkers
  • The symptomatic impact of ME on other organ systems
 
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Ongoing
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ME Research UK
Alopecia UK Research funding call 2021

Aim:
Alopecia UK funds hair loss and hair-related research through a range of funding schemes, including small grants, public engagement grants and larger research pots.

We aim to provide hope and confidence to people with alopecia by funding research into its causes, with the aim of identifying causes, treatments, and ultimately, a cure. We are investing in research projects to explore key questions.

For more information, download our Research Strategy.

Previous funding calls:
Alopecia UK have advertised two previous funding calls:

In 2020, Alopecia UK awarded funding to four new projects, for three types of grant:

Research Pots (up to £10,000). Success rates for the Research Pots applications were 25%
Small Grants (up to £1,500). Success rates were 33%
PPI grants (up to £500). Success rates were 50%.
In 2018, we held an open call for applications for our Research Pots grants: application success rates for this call were 28%.

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Ongoing
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Alopecia UK

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