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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. 

NIHR Programme Development Grant - competition 34 (July 2022).

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.

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.

Epilepsy Research UK – Endeavor project grants

Epilepsy Research UK invites applications for grants to support project studies in the UK. They encourage high-quality proposals for fundamental science and clinical research grants investigating the causes, diagnosis or treatment of epilepsy and associated conditions. 

Applications are invited for grants of up to £175,000 to support a research project lasting a maximum of three years. Project grant proposals will investigate a hypothesis that has been based on pilot data, with the aim of substantially contributing to furthering knowledge of epilepsy. Applications for the support of salary costs, purchase of equipment, or PhD student fees are also welcome. It is expected that the majority of the grant will cover a dedicated salary or support staff costs for 3 years.

Closing date: 22 September 2022

For more details please visit the Epilepsy Research UK website.

Lupus UK 

Lupus UK will look to support applications which focus on the following:

  • Smaller pilot studies, which will lead to applications to major funders for large-scale research trials.
  • Enabling grants for basic science support, which would enable larger projects by providing essential data for large grant applications. 
  • Medical meetings, which would facilitate improvements to the understanding of the causes, prevention and treatment of lupus, and its research.


Closing date: 23 September 2022

For more details please visit Lupus UK.

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.

Wellcome Trust - Early-Career Awards

This scheme provides funding for early-career researchers from any discipline who are ready to develop their research identity. Through innovative projects, they will deliver shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. By the end of the award, they will be ready to lead their own independent research programme.

Closing date: 17:00, 18 October 2022

For more details please visit the Wellcome Trust.