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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

Pre-announcement: ageing research development awards

Apply for funding to develop tractable avenues of research to secure better health and wellbeing for individuals as they age.

You must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funding.

Successful projects will sit at the interface of council remits, drawing on interdisciplinary teams to develop scientific proof of concept.

The full economic cost of your project can be up to £400,000. UKRI will fund 80% of the full economic cost.

To be eligible to apply as principal investigator for this opportunity you must:

  • be a researcher employed by an eligible research organisation
  • usually have at least a postgraduate degree, although we expect most applicants to have a PhD or medical degree
  • show that you will direct the project and be actively engaged in the work
  • focus your application to develop tractable avenues of research in a key healthy ageing challenge area

Full details on what we’re looking for will be published when the opportunity opens on 3 January 2023.

UKRI will be available to answer questions on this at the webinar on 16 January 2023 at 2pm.

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UKRI

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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MRC

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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NIHR

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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MRC

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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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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The Royal Society