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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.

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

Infections and immunity partnership

Apply for funding to support new partnerships between diverse groups of researchers in infections and immunity.

You must:

  • be a researcher employed by a research organisation eligible to apply for MRC funding
  • have at least a postgraduate degree.

The grant will allow you to:

  • establish new, high-value collaborative activities or capabilities
  • add value to high-quality scientific programmes that are already supported by grants from MRC and other funders.

Funding is available for between one and five years.

You must:

  • be looking to create a novel partnership between a diverse group of researchers
  • have plans to establish new, high value collaborative activities or capabilities that should add value to high-quality scientific programmes that are already supported by grants from the MRC and other funders
  • be a researcher employed by an eligible research organisation
  • have at least a postgraduate degree, although we expect most applicants to have a PhD or medical degree
  • be able to show that you will direct the proposed partnership and be actively engaged in the work
  • show that you will be able to manage the funding awarded on behalf of MRC to ensure that the objectives of the partnership are fully delivered
  • ensure that researchers invited to participate as co-investigators, contribute to the academic leadership of the partnership
  • focus your application within the science area of infections and immunity.
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Transition support for MRC intermediate fellows

Apply for funding for up to 2 years. The scheme is for current fellows whose research has been affected by several issues. It will allow you to:

  • regain research momentum
  • achieve the objectives of your fellowship

You can apply if you:

  • currently hold an MRC career development award or clinician scientist fellowship
  • are in the final 18 months of your fellowship

They will fund:

  • half of your salary
  • salaries of existing staff members
  • a small consumables budget

They support individuals and research teams to work in a way that suits their personal circumstances. This includes:

  • career breaks
  • support for people with caring responsibilities
  • flexible working
  • alternative working patterns
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Call for Research Project Grant proposals - The Ageing Immune System

The ageing immune system was identified by the British Society for Research on Ageing as an underfunded area of great importance. A House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee report on “Ageing: Science, Technology and Healthy Living” also highlighted that “one area which has received less attention is how the immune system changes with age”.

Accordingly, in 2021, Dunhill funded a number of seed funding awards under this theme and are now following-up this funding with a call for Research Project Grant proposals.

After consultation with their Research Grants Committee and the CARINA (CAtalyst Reducing ImmuNe Ageing) network, the call is targeted at proposals focusing on areas such as immune system markers, cell/tissue interactions, potential targets for interventions and the use of various methodologies (e.g. “omics”) to build knowledge on the following topics:

  • The influence of the ageing immune system on the development of frailty – including, but not limited to, the mechanisms, the effects of gender and/or other characteristics etc.
  • The influence of the ageing immune system on cognitive decline and vice versa.
  • The influence of the ageing immune system on the gut microbiome and vice versa – including, but not limited to, any links to age-related issues.

Ageing immune system seed funding award holders are eligible to apply for follow-on projects to their seed funding awards, irrespective of whether they align to the research topics outlined in this section.

Dunhill have allocated £1M to the call, from which we expect to award 2-3 Research Project Grants, although more funding may be available if they receive enough applications of a suitably high quality.

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Dunhill Medical Trust

The 2023 L'Oreal For Women in Science UK & Ireland Rising Talent Programme

The 2023 L’OREAL-UNESCO For Women in Science UK and Ireland Rising Talent Programme will see flexible research grants awarded to 5 exceptional women postdoctoral scientists in the fields of Engineering, Life Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science, Physical Sciences and Sustainable Development.
Since 2007, we have awarded 73 grants with the aim of celebrating, enhancing and enabling women’s contributions to scientific research.

  • Candidates must have completed their PhD and have no more than 10 years postdoctoral experience. 
  • Applicants must have a confirmed contract with a university or research institute in the UK/Ireland for the 12-month period of the grant agreement but not hold a permanent academic position.
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NIHR funding schemes

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has a wide variety of funding opportunities for researchers at all career levels. 

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BMA Foundation grants

All the British Medical Association (BMA) Foundation grants have National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) partnership status.

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BMA Foundation

Various MRC funding schemes

A variety of fellowships, career development awards and research grants opportunities offered by the Medical Research Council (MRC).

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Various BBSRC funding schemes

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) offers 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