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. Visit their website for more details.

Crohn’s & Colitis UK – research awards 

Applications are invited for research that is novel/original, good value for money, and will benefit people with Crohn’s, Colitis or any other form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in the UK. Research projects may be directed towards:

  • Medical – any aspect of Crohn’s or Colitis relevant to a better understanding of the causes or mechanisms of IBD or better treatment, including surgery, for people with the conditions.
  • Improving Lives – any aspect of the social and psychological impact of Crohn’s or Colitis, including research into ways of helping those with IBD and their families to live with the conditions, or with the potential to improve the services provided to the UK’s IBD community and to drive up standards of care for people living with these conditions.

For more details please see here.

Closing date: 28 May 2021.

The Urology Foundation – smaller research projects fund

The Urology Foundation is dedicated to beating all urology diseases through cutting-edge research and leading education and training to ensure that fewer lives will be devastated.

TUF smaller research awards support nurse-led and/or Clinician-led patient projects for patient benefit that seek to improve services and treatments and communications with patients and carers. The outcomes of the study must be measured and evaluated and demonstrate improved care and well-being of patients.

For more details please see here.

Closing date for applications: 31 May 2021.

Muscular Dystrophy UK – research grants 

MDUK invest in research that will increase understanding of neuromuscular conditions and develop potential treatments. They also welcome applications for research that will have a direct, positive impact on people’s quality of life or helps to establish best practice in symptom management. This includes, but is not limited to, social or psychological research or projects with a focus on exercise, physiotherapy, fatigue or chronic pain.

This year MDUK are offering funding for project grants of up to one year for research into the following conditions:

  • Becker muscular dystrophy
  • Collagen VI- related disorders
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy
  • Myotonic dystrophy
  • Congenital myotonic dystrophy

They will prioritise projects that seek to explore new directions or proofs of principle.

Closing date: 1 June 2021

For more details please see here.

Royal Osteoporosis Society – research grants 

The Royal Osteoporosis Society supports ground-breaking and pioneering research aimed at improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.

The following research grants are open for applications:

  • Project Grants – The purpose of each grant is to support an established UK osteoporosis researcher to undertake a pioneering research project that is designed to answer a single question or a group of related questions.
  • Early Career Grants – The purpose of each grant is to support a researcher in the early stages of their career through specific funding of a research project. The scheme aims to invest in the development of the next generation of outstanding osteoporosis researchers. Therefore applicants will need to have demonstrated that they are on an upward trajectory with great potential and are now ready to take the next step towards becoming an independent principal investigator.
  • Innovative Grants – The purpose of each grant is to support a highly innovative pilot study at the cutting-edge, to provide the critical data required to apply for funding from larger funding organisations.

Closing date: 7 June 2021

For more details please see here.

Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund – intermediate fellowship

The Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund awards grants for research on aspects of leukaemia and for relevant studies on related haematological malignancies.

The principle objective of The Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund Intermediate Research Fellowship programme is to facilitate the careers of truly outstanding biomedical scientists by allowing them to gain experience in an international centre of excellence or to establish an independent research group of their own.

Applicants for the Intermediate Fellowship will be expected to demonstrate their potential for achieving international status as researchers in leukaemia or a closely related field. The Intermediate Fellowship will be for up to 4 years.

Closing date: 1 July 2021

For more details please see here.

Versus Arthritis – fellowships 
The following fellowship opportunities are on offer:

  • Career Development Fellowships: Intermediate postdoctoral awards which aim to attract and retain talented postdoctoral basic scientists, vets, nurses and allied health professionals, and provide them with the opportunity to develop an independent research career and progress towards higher-level appointments. These fellowships offer five years of funding and applications should be jointly submitted by the candidate with a sponsor.
  • Foundation Fellowships: Foundation fellowships aim to retain the best postdoctoral researchers in areas of research relevant to arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases and provide an opportunity for fellows to develop independent research ideas at an early stage in their career. Foundation fellowships are open to basic science and other non-medical (including nurses, allied health professionals and veterinary surgeons) PhD students in the final year of PhD training, or within two years of completing their PhD at the time of application.

Closing date: 14 July 2021

For more details please see here.

Cancer Research UK – early detection and diagnosis project award 

Early Detection and Diagnosis Project Awards fund science to drive transformational change in how and when early cancers and pre-cancerous states are diagnosed. Early detection and diagnosis (ED&D) research seeks to detect and diagnose consequential precancerous changes and cancer at the earliest possible point at which an intervention might be made, reducing the burden of late-stage disease. ED&D projects will support discovery and translational/clinical research which is mindful of the clinical and population context.

CRUK particularly welcome applications that bring novel approaches from the fields of engineering and the physical sciences that could be applied to cancer detection and are mindful of potential clinical need, patient and population impact.

Closing date: 15 July 2021

For more details please see here.

British Scoliosis Research Foundation – research grants

The British Scoliosis Research Foundation (BSRF) promotes research into the treatment of scoliosis in the UK. Each year the BSRF funds a great deal of research into scoliosis and periodically holds an international symposium to spread the knowledge gained from research.

BSRF Research Grants are open to appropriately qualified professionals such as scientists, clinicians, and allied health professionals (nurses, psychologists or physiotherapists). All applications will be considered, however, applicants are advised to submit their proposal under one of the following three headings:

• Small exploratory grant
• New investigation grant
• Major research grant

Closing date: 1 August 2021

For more details please see here.

Movember Prostate Cancer UK – major awards in curative treatments 

The focus of this call is to support clinical (or translational) research to improve initial treatment with curative intent, either through greater precision of treatment modalities or through better informed treatment decisions which will result in the best outcomes for that individual. The call aims to support research into the treatment of localised disease as well as research aimed at curing locoregional disease (for example, T3/T4 disease and/or true N1 M0 disease). Research into the treatment of oligometastatic/metastatic disease, or biochemical recurrence, are not in the scope of this call.

This call supports:

  • Clinical trials in the research areas highlighted below.
  • Translational research that will lead to commencement of clinical work either towards the end of the project or as the immediate next step following completion of the grant (projects must be able to articulate a clear pathway to impact and have a good idea of the subsequent clinical trial).
  • Research using patient samples/data/images from existing clinical trials to address any of the research themes highlighted below.

Closing date: 2 August 2021

For more details please see here.

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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 September 2021