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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.

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For information on research funding and fellowship opportunities at all levels in the UK and internationally:

Funding Opportunities

Innovation Scholars secondments


UKRI invites applications for individuals from any discipline wishing to spend up to 36 months (full or part time) on secondment in the biomedical sciences sector.

Proposals can come from any discipline but either the seconding or host organisation must be a business within the biomedical sciences sector (such as pharmaceutical, biotech, devices, biomedical engineering or diagnostics).

The objectives of the call are to:

  • create porosity between sectors by enabling career mobility
  • boost the skills, knowledge and career development of people
  • intensify knowledge exchange between the biomedical industry and academia
  • add value to the Biomedical Sciences sector and the UK economy by increasing productivity

This people-focused competition will achieve its objectives by supporting secondments to fund any activity that enhances the skills of, or provides career development for, the secondee and benefits the organisations involved. The secondee must work on an activity that works towards solving challenges within the secondment (host) environment.

How to apply

This call is hosted on the Innovation Funding Service. Full details are at the links below.

We are running 3 identical streams, which open on the same date but have different close dates:

  • strand 1 closing midday 15 April 2020
  • strand 2 closing midday 13 May 2020
  • strand 3 closing midday 1 July 2020

You must choose the strand that gives you enough time to complete your application. If you do not submit your application before the close date of one of the earlier streams you will have to re-enter all the information in your application for a later strand.

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Cancer, tuberculosis and vaccines in new IMI Call for proposals

The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) is launching a new Call for proposals with funding opportunities in cancer, tuberculosis, vaccines, psoriatic arthritis and drugs based on proteins. IMI2 – Call 20 has a total budget of EUR 273 million. IMI will contribute EUR 133 million to the projects funded under the Call; these funds come from Horizon 2020 and will support the participation in the projects of organisations such as universities, small and medium-sized enterprises, and patient groups. EFPIA companies and IMI Associated Partners will contribute EUR 140 million, mostly as ‘in kind' contributions (e.g. staff time, access to equipment, etc.).


  • Topic 1: Early diagnosis, prediction of radiographic outcomes and development of rational, personalised treatment strategies to improve long-term outcomes in psoriatic arthritis
  • Topic 2: Innovations to accelerate vaccine development and manufacture
  • Topic 3: Academia and industry united innovation and treatment for tuberculosis (UNITE4TB)
  • This topic is part of the IMI AMR Accelerator Programme. Applicants should also read the Questions and Answers on the programme (document last updated November 2019).
  • Topic 4: Tumour plasticity
  • Topic 5: Proton versus photon therapy for oesophageal cancer – a trimodality strategy
  • Topic 6: Handling of protein drug products and stability concerns

Key dates and deadlines

  • Draft topic texts published: 15 October 2019
  • Publication date: 21 January 2020
  • Stage 1 submission start date: 21 January 2020
  • Stage 1 submission deadline: 21 April 2020
  • Stage 2 submission deadline: 5 November 2020


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Future Leaders Fellowships

Future Leaders Fellowships will grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure a vibrant environment for research and innovation in the UK. The scheme is open to researchers and innovators from across business, universities, and other organisations. We welcome applicants from around the world.

Investment of up to £1.2 million over four years, with the ability to extend to up to seven years, will enable the next generation to benefit from outstanding support to develop their careers, and to work on difficult and novel challenges.

UKRI want to fund the best fellows no matter what their background. The Future Leaders Fellowships scheme has been developed with unprecedented levels of flexibility to support applicants from a wide range of experiences, disciplines and sectors.

Round 5 for the Fellowships is now open. Applicants must apply to the scheme with the support of their host organisation.

Outline proposal
Outline proposals are mandatory for each applicant intending to submit to Round 5 of this scheme. The deadline for receiving these is 16:00 on 30 April 2020.

  • Applicants in host organisations that are not registered with Je-S (for example, businesses that have not previously applied for a grant from a research council) can submit their outline proposal through an online form. You will still need to register with Je-S later if you wish to proceed and submit a full application.
  • Applicants in host organisations that are already registered with Je-S (universities, research organisations and some businesses) will need to submit their outline proposal through that grant management system. You should ensure sufficient time to create Je-S accounts for both the fellow and any co-investigators.

The outline proposal will need to cover basic details about the proposal, including any co-investigators and project partners, a summary of the proposed fellowship and other information as appropriate. 

Full application
Full applications for Round 5 must be submitted by all organisations via Je-S by 16:00 on 2 June 2020.

If you submit an outline proposal via the web form, you will need to create an account on Je-S in order to submit a full application. You should allow sufficient time to do this.

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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
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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.

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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 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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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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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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The Royal Society