Grants and funding opportunities

Please note: while these pages are reviewed and updated regularly, it is important to contact the funding organisation for the latest information.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has regular grants and funding opportunities. These include individual awards – from pre-doctoral level through the research professorships – and themed calls based on specific health and social care needs that have been identified as priority issues. For more information, visit their website.

The Royal College of Nursing lists research grants and funding opportunities that might be suitable for nurses and midwives. The latest funding calls include British Geriatrics Society, the Burdett Trust for Nursing and The Urology Foundation. Visit their website for more details.

Versus Arthritis – accelerating new treatments 

To bring momentum to the area, we will fund mechanistic experimental/translational medicine studies in humans across the areas of prevention, diagnosis or treatment that are aimed at priming the next transitional step.

Applications should be focused on an unmet arthritis need, within or across the collaboration’s themes. Studies that tackle related COVID-19 questions are also encouraged.

  • Studies can employ novel design, exploratory endpoints, biomarkers, imaging, big data or profiling/stratification approaches.
  • Studies can include digital technology solutions and account for co/multi-morbidities.
  • Applications should be patient insight-driven and involve people with arthritis in the development of the outlined work, identifying or corroborating an unmet need and collaborating with them in the delivery of the proposed research.
  • Studies should carefully consider the population position in the life-course (younger to older). We are particularly interested in applications with a target population that includes the young or the elderly.

Closing date for applications: 18 January 2021

For more details please see here.

British Infection Association – project grants 

The BIA aims to foster excellence in all aspects of clinical infection-related research by supporting patient-facing researchers-in-training to achieve high-quality clinical and basic research in the field of infection.

BIA Project Grants provide consumables costs for trainees undertaking an infection-related research project in an academic centre in the UK or Ireland. It is envisaged funds would be used to support preliminary study in a field with intention of developing the work either through a research fellowship or as an independent investigator.

Closing date for applications: 31 January 2021

For more details please see here.

Parkinson’s UK – project grants

Parkinson’s UK funds groundbreaking research to advance the understanding of Parkinson’s and improve treatments. The project grant scheme tackles major research challenges. Funding is awarded for projects designed to answer a single question or a small group of related questions.

Parkinson’s US are looking for applications in the following areas:

  • to better understand the causes of Parkinson’s
  • drug discovery at all stages of the drug discovery pipeline
  • cohort studies
  • early clinical investigations looking at biomarkers
  • pilot clinical trials

Closing date for applications: 3 February 2021

For more details please see here.

Pain Relief Foundation – research grants 

The Pain Relief Foundation is a UK charity which funds research into the causes and treatment of human chronic pain and is concerned with education of health professionals about pain management. Applications for small grants will be particularly welcomed from people in the early stages of their research careers. The grants may be held in the Pain Relief Foundation’s Pain Research Institute in Liverpool, or at other approved centres.

Closing date for applications: 16 February 2021

For more details please see here.

Get A-Head Charitable Trust

The Get A-Head Charitable Trust supports projects and activities that will benefit those who suffer from head and neck disease and where support is not available through public funding. Their objective is to directly help improve the quality of life for those who suffer from head and neck diseases and their carers. The Get A-Head Charitable Trust funds specialist research fellowships into thyroid cancer and other head & neck conditions.

For more information, please click here

Closing date: 1 May 2021 (further rounds close on 1 September 2021)