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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

Michelson Prizes: Next Generation Grants

The Michelson Prizes: Next Generation Grants 

These are $150,000 research grants given annually to support promising researchers who are applying disruptive concepts and inventive processes to advance human immunology, vaccine discovery, and immunotherapy research for major global diseases.

  • About the Prizes: The Awards committee will be looking for research aimed at tackling the current roadblocks that exist in human vaccine development and expanding our limited understanding of key immune processes that are fundamental to successful vaccine and immunotherapy development. 
  • Eligibility: Researchers / Scientists who are 35 and under. 
  • Disciplines:  Applicants from the full spectrum of immunology-related disciplines, including clinical research, biochemistry, molecular biology, protein engineering, computer science, artificial intelligence/machine learning, biophysics, environmental health, nanotechnology, etc., are encouraged to apply. 

Across Sectors, Across Diseases
A rigorous and competitive international search will identify the most innovative projects from young scientists working across a broad range of scientific fields. Proposals will be reviewed by a distinguished committee of internationally-recognized scientists. The review committee will be looking for research that challenges dogma, from researchers who clearly articulate a vision that demonstrates an ability to look beyond convention to make a lasting impact on vaccine and immunotherapy research. They encourage applications from the full spectrum of scientific disciplines related to immunology, vaccine, and immunotherapy research, including but not limited to:

  • Clinical Research
  • Molecular Biology
  • Computer science
  • Biophysics
  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental Health
  • Biochemistry
  • Protein Engineering
  • AI/Machine Learning
  • Nanotechnology
  • Microbiome
  • Vector Biology    
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Human Vaccines Project
BactiVac Catalyst Funding for Pump-Priming Projects - Round 6

Round 6 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. Preference given to projects that:  

  • Target the pre-clinical/clinical bottleneck
  • Tackle the global of AMR challenge
  • Generate novel partnerships between: 
  1. UK & LMICs 
  2. Diverse network members  
  • Typically £50k for up to 6 months

This catalyst funding scheme prioritise 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
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BactiVac Network
BBSRC/NC3Rs joint call: development of next generation non-animal technologies

The grant
A joint £4M call funded by UKRI-BBSRC and the NC3Rs aims to support the development and use of next generation non-animal technologies in bioscience research.

The funders are looking to support proposals that:

  •    Develop the next generation of non-animal technologies that mimic the physiological environment enabling a whole system/ multi-system approach for discovery and translational science.
  •    Enhance the capacity and confidence in non-animal technologies.
  •    Establish partnerships between academia, the SME sector, and industry.

The scope
Proposals must fall within the BBSRC’s remit to qualify for funding. The research supported should have the realistic possibility of replacing the use of specific in vivo models or animal studies in line with the NC3Rs mission.

Example research areas for the development of non-animal technologies include enabling:

  • The mechanistic understanding of ageing across the life-course.
  • The development and testing of novel veterinary vaccines.
  • A more accurate study of microbial diversity and functions of the microbiota on both specific organs and whole systems.
  • The study of complex neurological pathways and systems across the life-course.
  • These examples are provided to help you develop your ideas. These should not lead or limit the scope and ambition of planned applications.
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MS Society 2022 research awards

The MS Society are the largest charitable funder of multiple sclerosis (MS) research in the UK. The following research awards will be available in 2022.

Catalyst Awards

Catalyst Awards provide 12 months and up to £50,000 support for a short-term, small-scale pilot or proof of concept research project. Two rounds of Catalysts Awards will run in 2022, with the applications for the first round opening on 31 January and closing on 27 April. The second round will open in mid-June.

Project Awards and Career Development Awards

Project Awards to provide support for a time-limited research project designed to answer a single question or a small group of related questions. Career Development Awards include PhD Fellowships and Early Career Fellowships and aim to attract and retain talented researchers who want to build a successful career in MS research. Applications for Project Awards and Career Development Awards will open in early March and close on 7 June 2022.

You can find more information about MS Society funding schemes, eligibility and the application process on their website, or contact

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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
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
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Cancer Research UK–AstraZeneca Antibody 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 AstraZeneca, to accelerate antibody discovery.

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Cancer Research UK
Various CRUK funding schemes

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

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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. 

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