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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

Biomedical Catalyst 2020: round 1, early and late stage awards

UK registered SMEs can apply for a share of up to £30 million to develop a product or process that is an innovative solution to a health and care challenge.

These can include, for example:
  • disease prevention and proactive management of health and chronic conditions
  • earlier and better detection and diagnosis of disease, leading to better patient outcome
  • tailored treatments that either change the underlying disease or offer potential cures
This competition combines the early and late stage strands of the Biomedical Catalyst.
This funding is from Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation.
 
Any UK registered organisation claiming grant funding must be eligible to receive state aid at the time we confirm you will be awarded funding. It is not possible to award grant funding to organisations meeting the condition known as undertakings in difficulty. If you are unsure, please take legal advice. For further information see our general guidance on state aid.
 
Your project must:
  • have total eligible costs between £250,000 and £4 million
  • start on 1 March 2021
  • end by 29 February 2024
  • last between 12 months and 36 months

 

Closing Date:
Source:
Innovate UK - UKRI
Neuroimmunology Data Generation Award for Early Career Researchers

The Medical Research Council have a new funding call designed to help early career researchers generate pilot data in the neuroimmunology field, and aims to bring together researchers in immunology and neurosciences/mental health.

Summary:
Applicants must be early career researchers
Applications must demonstrate this is a multidisciplinary team including at least one researcher with expertise in neuroscience/mental health and one researcher with expertise in immunology and justify the complementarity offered by the proposed collaboration.
These awards support projects up to a maximum duration of 24 months.
We encourage high-risk projects aimed at generating data to provide a strong evidence base and clear rationale for larger programmes of research.
80% of the full economic cost of the project can be requested up to £200k.

What they're looking for:

Examination of the cross-talk between the nervous and immune systems in pathophysiological conditions will result in valuable and unique insights into mechanisms of disease. In time this will allow for the development of targeted therapeutic interventions for neurological disorders and mental illness where the immune system plays a significant role.
This call aims to provide funds to support pilot data generation, hypothesis-driven, mechanistic studies which examine the role played by inflammatory and immune processes in neurological conditions and mental illness.
Epidemiological and genome-wide association studies (GWAS) will be excluded from the call. Additionally, studies focussing solely on multiple sclerosis are excluded due to significant existing MRC-funded activity in this area.
The awards are for up to £200,000 to support projects up to a maximum duration of 24 months. These may be used to generate data that would provide a strong evidence base and clear rationale for larger programmes of research at a later date. Support can include:

  • The salary of the principal investigator and co-investigators
  • Support for additional posts - research, technical or other consumables
  • Equipment
  • Travel costs
  • Data preservation, data sharing and dissemination costs.
Closing Date:
Source:
Medical Reserach Council
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:
Varied
Source:
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:
Varied
Source:
Medical Research Council
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:
Varied
Source:
GUTS UK
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
 
Closing Date:
Ongoing
Source:
ME Research UK
Antibodies.com Travel Grants Programme

Each quarter, Antibodies.com 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.

Closing Date:
Ongoing
Source:
Antibodies.com
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
Closing Date:
Ongoing
Source:
HIC-Vac
Cancer Research UK-MedImmune 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 MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca, to accelerate antibody discovery

Closing Date:
Ongoing
Source:
Cancer Research UK
Various CRUK funding schemes

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

Closing Date:
Ongoing
Source:
Cancer Research UK

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