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Grants and funding opportunities

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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.

Wellbeing of Women - Pharmacy Research UK (PRUK)

Wellbeing of Women in partnership with Pharmacy Research UK (PRUK) will be funding one or more Research Project Grants (RG). Funding will be provided for research projects lasting up to three years and costing up to £100,000. Funds may only be used for directly incurred research costs.

This call will cover clinical and translational medical research looking at the practice of pharmacy and pharmacists or exploring the role pharmacists can play in delivering the best possible patient benefit across one or more areas under Wellbeing of Women’s remit: fertility, pregnancy and birth; gynaecological and reproductive health; and gynaecological cancers. The call will not cover pure laboratory-based research, although an element of such research may be considered as part of a wider application. Proposed work is expected to have clinical relevance within 5 years from the end of the project.

Closing date: 13:00, 30 June 2022

For more details visit Wellbeing of Women.


Alzheimer’s Research UK - Research Fellowship

The purpose of Research Fellowships is to support excellent non-clinical researchers in the early stages of their career to begin an independent project in a well-supported environment, thereby supporting their eventual trajectory to independence.

The scheme is intended for PhD-qualified non-clinical researchers who have delivered previous research project(s) with impactful outputs, such as publications and conference presentations, and demonstrate an upward trajectory. Prospective Fellows should be starting to accumulate a tool-box of new skills that will serve as a strong basis for future independent research activity, whilst being increasingly recognised for their specialist expertise. Researchers who already hold tenure are not eligible to apply.

Closing date: 6 July 2022

For more details please visit Alzheimer's Research UK.

Sarcoma UK - Improving Sarcoma Diagnosis

Sarcoma UK has but out a call for applications to the value of £150,000 to support work focussing on any area of improving sarcoma diagnosis. Applications should aim to make the diagnosis of sarcoma faster, earlier, or more accurate. Research submitted for this funding should be focused on primary diagnosis. Projects mainly exploring relapse and/or recurrence will be considered out of scope. Projects with the potential to have patient impact or clinical implementation within the next five years will be prioritised.

Closing date: 14 July 2022

For more details visit the Sarcoma UK website.

Prevent Breast Cancer - Breast Cancer Research Grants

The trustees of Prevent Breast Cancer  have a sum of £200,000 available, which would be particularly suitable for small grant applications or pilot studies in the region of £10,000 to £100,000.

They are aiming to fund one grant up to a total cost of £100,000 and three to four smaller grants of up to £30,000.

Applications should be for research into the early diagnosis, screening and prevention of breast cancer,  particularly methods of improving breast screening and prevention strategies such as preventative drugs, lifestyle prevention and surgical prevention. Another area of interest is breast cancer prevention and early diagnosis in under-served populations. 

Closing date: 31 July 2022

For more details visit Prevent Breast Cancer.

British Skin Foundation Research Award

A BSF Research Award is available to anybody wishing to carry out research into skin disease in the UK or Republic of Ireland. The maximum amount of funds available is £81,000 (£40,500 per year) for up to two years.

Closing date: 22 August 2022

For more information about the eligibility criteria, visit the BSF website.

Sight Research UK – Seed Awards

Sight Research UK are a community of supporters, researchers, patients, healthcare professionals, and fundraisers, working together towards our shared goal: to bring forward the day when sight loss and blindness are a thing of the past.

Closing date: 26 August 2022

For more details about the types of projects funded, visit Sight Research UK.

Healthcare Infection Society – Research Grants (Major, small and pilot)

Healthcare Infection Society research grants are available to support work on the subject of healthcare- associated infections and infection prevention and control. The major grant would be suitable to support a PhD studentship, MD or other research worker and related consumables/equipment, with a preference towards translational research rather than pure science topics. 

Closing date: 1 September 2022

For more details visit the HIS website.

DEBRA International 

The key aim of DEBRA is to coordinate, in collaboration with its members, activities that are for the benefit of everyone affected by Epidermoylsis bullosa (EB) globally: the international patient community, patient support and advocacy groups, healthcare professionals, researchers, and industry.

Funding of up to EUR 90,000 p.a. for a maximum of 36 months is available for project topics that fit one or more of DEBRA's and EB Resnet's four strategic research priorities:

1. Improving understanding of EB biology to create new concepts for diagnosis and treatment

2. Developing disease-modifying and curative therapies

3. Preventing and curing severe disease consequences: chronic wounds, fibrosis, and cancer

4. Improving clinical care and symptom relief through research

Closing date: 6 September 2022

For more details visit the DEBRA website.

Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis (APF) - Mike Bray Fellowship call

A total of £600,000 is available for the fellowship awards. Funding is available for up to three years (full-time), with the expectation that individual applications will not exceed £300,000. 

APF funds research that has the potential either to:

  • contribute towards the discovery of an effective treatment or cure, or
  • accelerate change which will enable people in the APF community to live well for longer.


Expressions of interest deadline: 17:00, Friday 9 September.

For more information visit the ABF website.

British Heart Foundation – Clinical Study Grants

The Clinical Study Grant supports funding for over £350,000 for:

  • Interventional clinical trials: trials of specific interventions or pathways of care for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Interventions include drugs, surgery, devices, psychological, physical and educational interventions
  • Observational studies of specific patient groups that are hypothesis led and address a defined clinical question(s) over a fixed timescale (up to 5 years). The population of interest should be a patient population, who will usually be recruited within the NHS. The study should have a predefined outcome(s) that will lead to changes in clinical management directly or will inform the development of a clinical trial to test an intervention

Clinical studies can include a mechanistic evaluation, either as a sub-study within a clinical trial or as part of an observational study.

The Clinical Study Grant can also support some pilot/feasibility studies that cost less than £350,000 and are of shorter duration than 3 years. Please email amoilss@bhf.org.uk to discuss applications for these types of study.

Closing date: 14 September 2022

For more details visit the British Heart Foundation.

AO UK and Ireland - Research Grants for Trauma

This call is open to orthopaedic and maxillo-facial surgeons, trainees and operating room personnel involved in trauma care. Applicants should submit a completed application form of their research proposal, which may involve any aspect of musculoskeletal trauma, including hand, facio-maxillo-cranial, and spine trauma. Major research grants are available up to £10,000 and minor up to £5,000.

Closing date: 30 September 2022

For more details visit the AO website.

Heart Research UK – Novel and Emerging Technologies (NET) Grants

This grant gives researchers the opportunity to apply for funding to develop a novel and emerging technology or a new application of an existing technology.

NET grants are research projects which focus on the development of new and innovative technologies to diagnose, treat and prevent heart disease and related conditions.  

Closing date: 1 October 2022

For more details visit the Heart Research UK website.