COVID-19 Funding calls

This page is being updated with current funding calls that may be of interest.  Click on the links to take you through to the funders website for more information.

Coronavirus: £1million Defence innovation Funding

Funding available for ideas and novel approaches to boost Armed Forces in Coronavirus effort.  The call is open to any idea or novel approach that could boost the Ministry of Defence’s capabilities and work as part of the national effort against Coronavirus or similar future threats. For more information:

DSTL Open Call Innovation Focus Areas – Reduced-Burden Area Biosurveillance

Biosurveillance enables us to more rapidly detect Biological Warfare Agent (BWAs) incidents and helps to reduce the potential impact by enabling decision makers to develop the best course of action for deployment of medical countermeasures and other protective measures. We are looking to identify technologies to provide static detection at…

NIHR – Invention for Innovation – Challenge Awards Call 10

The RWI Challenge Award will fund investigations of medtech innovations in healthcare settings. The aim is to shorten the evidence gap between the safety/efficacy typical of a newly or nearly CE marked technology and what is required for decisions by commissioners and regulators. At the same time, this will de-risk…

UKRI MRC – COVID-19 Rapid Response Rolling Call

Short term (up to 12 month) proposals are sought. All proposals will need to be able to show how progress within the period of award could make a significant contribution to the understanding, prevention and/or management of the COVID-19 outbreak. For more information:

UKRI Funding – Get funding for ideas that address COVID-19

Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. For more information:

Other Funding calls

This page is being updated with current funding calls that may be of interest.  Click on the links to take you through to the funders website for more information.

NIHR: Programme Grants for Applied Research – Competition 35

NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) funds collaborative, multidisciplinary programmes of applied research to solve health and social care challenges. Applications are invited for Stage 1 research proposals to develop individual programmes of research. Research funded through a Programme Grant typically consists of an interrelated group of high quality projects focused on a coherent theme and hence require multidisciplinary approaches, including clinical, health economics, statistics, qualitative and behavioural sciences, to ensure that research objectives can be met. For more information:

RNID: Translational Grants into Hearing/Tinnitus

The Translational Grant aims to support and accelerate the translation of research discoveries into potential new treatments to protect and regenerate hearing and /or silence tinnitus. It funds projects at both academic institutions and small/medium enterprises in any country. For more information:

BBSRC Discovery Fellowship 2021

Discovery Fellowships support researchers’ first steps into independent research and help them to gain leadership skills. They are aimed at researchers who want to conduct their own independent research within a host laboratory and will have strong evidence of working toward this. Applicants will have demonstrated high potential to become future research leaders. For more information:

Novo Nordisk – Oxford Fellowship Programme

The Novo Nordisk – Oxford Fellowship Programme aims to support the development of a new generation of exceptional researchers in diabetes and metabolism, who will become future leaders in the field. The programme also aims to further develop scientific excellence within diabetes and cardiometabolic diseases and ultimately improve the lives of patients. For more information:

MRC: Pain research data hub – SPF advanced pain discovery platform

The hub will be part of the UKRI and Versus Arthritis Strategic Priority Fund (SPF) Advanced Pain Discovery Platform. It will underpin original research by providing innovative new data assets for pain research in areas of need. It will not support original research directly.

The proposals must show: appropriate scientific and clinical leadership, a track record of using health data for public benefit, the ability to process health data for research and innovation and a commitment to patient and public involvement. For more information:

MRC: Mental health data research hub

Apply for funding to set up a mental health data research hub in partnership with Health Data Research UK. The hub will underpin original research by providing innovative, high-value data resources for research and innovation. It will not directly support original research.

You and your team must show: appropriate scientific and clinical leadership, a track record of using health data for public benefit and the ability to process health data for research and innovation. For more information:

The Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund – Project Grants

Grants will be awarded for research on aspects of leukaemia and for relevant studies on related haematological malignancies. Requests for support for basic science programmes may be considered. Clinical trials will not be supported. Proposals which are closely related to the prevention, diagnosis, or therapy of leukaemia and related diseases are particularly encouraged. For more information:

The Nuffield Foundation: Research, Development and Analysis Fund

The Nuffield Foundation will fund research that informs the design and operation of social policy and practise across their three core domains: Education, Welfare and Justice. For more information:

The General Nursing Council for England and Wales Trust – Grants

The specific focus of the call for 2021 is on “Learning from the Covid-19 pandemic in health and social care: Implications for nursing practice”. Applicants are encouraged to identify an appropriate research methodology to address their research question. For more information:

British Skin Foundation Research Awards

The British Skin Foundation plays a vital role in addressing the skin disease issue in the UK by funding the work aimed at finding better treatments for all conditions. Available awards are: Fellowship Award, Young Investigator Award, Studentship Award and Research Award. For more information:

British Skin Foundation Small Grant

Small Grants are available to anybody wishing to carry out U.K or R.O.I based research into skin disease. For more information:

Wellcome Trust: Doctoral Studentships

This scheme enables researchers to undertake humanities or social science doctoral degrees in any area of health. For more information:

Rosetrees Trust: Project Grants

These project grants are aimed to support innovative and established research projects with an established proof-of-concept. It is expected that our funding will enable projects to develop further towards clinical translation. They particularly welcome cross-disciplinary applications. For more information:

NIHR: Research for Patient Benefit – Competition 44

Applications are invited for research proposals that are concerned with the day-to-day practice of health service staff, and which have the potential to have an impact on the health or wellbeing of patients and users of the NHS. As a response mode researcher-led programme, Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) does not specify topics for research, but encourages proposals for projects which address a wide range of health service issues and challenges.

The programme aims to fund high quality quantitative and qualitative research with a clear trajectory to patient benefit. It particularly encourages applications that have a strong element of interaction with patients and the public, and which have been conceived in association with a relevant group of service users. For more information:

UKRI: Interventions to reduce antibiotic resistance or transmission

The purpose of this funding is to develop or test interventions to reduce the transmission of antibiotic resistance. You must apply as part of a transnational consortium of three to seven partners. For more information:

HEE/NIHR ICA Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) Round 4

The HEE/NIHR ICA Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) scheme supports early career researchers to become competitive applicants for a doctoral level research training fellowship.

ICA PCAFs support health and social care professionals who are not doctors or dentists, but are registered with an ICA approved regulatory body. For more information:

NIHR: Pre-Doctoral Fellowship – Round 3

NIHR Pre-doctoral Fellowships are designed to support people who are looking to start or advance a career in health and social care research methodology. NB: This Fellowship is not open to clinical applicants looking to undertake training in research methods. Clinical applicants looking to develop a career as a clinical academic should consider schemes from the relevant clinical academic programmes provided by NIHR. For more information:

NIHR: 20/142 Prehabilitation: Living with and beyond cancer

NIHR is accepting stage 1 applications for this call from applied health research studies, to increase the evidence base to support health and care services for people with a new cancer diagnosis, and the role of prehabilitation in their treatment pathway.
Research proposals must be within the remit of at least one participating NIHR Programme. Applications which span the remit of one or more of the participating NIHR Programmes are welcomed. For more information:

NIHR: 20/136 Public Health Research Programme researcher-led

The Public Health Research Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream. The NIHR programmes and research funding schemes have a highlight notice for brain tumours, but is open to all relevant research areas. For more information:

NIHR Pre-doctoral Local Authority Fellowship Scheme

This pilot scheme has been designed to support the academic ambitions of individuals wishing to develop as health and/or social care researchers whilst remaining employed, or at least engaged, within local authorities or local authority supporting services.

Applicants must be employed by: a local authority, a provider of local authority commissioned services or a non-profit organisation (such as a charity) that provides services on behalf of a local authority, or supports a local authority in meeting its objectives. For more information:

NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships in Medicine 2021

The NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) is a clinical specialty training post in medicine that incorporates academic training. The NIHR has allocated funding for 235 ACFs for recruitment in 2021/22, through the Integrated Academic Training (IAT) Programme.

The post has a standard duration of 3 years (up to 4 years for GPs). As an NIHR ACF you will have access to Masters-level research training to develop academic skills and spend 25% of your time in research or educationalist training. In 2021, 94 of the 235 ACFs have programmes of research aligned with NIHR IAT Priority Research Themes. The research areas for the remaining NIHR ACF posts will be based on local expertise and the applicant’s individual interests. For more information:

NIHR Development and Skills Enhancement Award

The Development and Skills Enhancement Award (DSE) provides a maximum of 1 year of funding for post-doctoral NIHR Academy Members to gain skills and experience for the next phase of their research career. As an applicant you will be required to demonstrate the new skills and experience you hope to gain through the award, and how it will benefit your future career in research.

Applications from the following areas of strategic importance are particularly welcomed: health data science, clinical trials, entrepreneurship and working with industry. For more information:

NIHR: 21/01 Health Technology Assessment Programme Researcher-led (primary research)

The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream. For more information:

NIHR: 21/02 Health Technology Assessment Programme – Researcher-led (evidence synthesis)

The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream. For more information:

NIHR HS&DR Programme – commissioned call into adult community health and social care services

The Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme aims to produce rigorous and relevant evidence to improve the quality, accessibility and organisation of health and social care services.

The HS&DR Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to the following call via the commissioned workstream:

20/124 – Adult Community Health and Social Care services to avoid planned and unplanned hospital admissions

NIHR: 20/143 Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme researcher-led

The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme funds ambitious studies evaluating interventions with potential to make a step-change in the promotion of health, treatment of disease and improvement of rehabilitation or long-term care. Within these studies, EME supports research in the mechanisms of diseases and treatments. EME is a partnership between the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the NIHR. For more information:

NIHR HS&DR Programme: 21/04 Children and young people’s mental health

The Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme is collaborating with What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC), and looking to receive applications for high-quality, evaluative research to improve the quality of care, support and access to services for children and young people (CYP) with mental health conditions, including children who have, or have had a social worker. For more information:

NIHR: 21/09 Health Service and Delivery Research Programme (Evidence Synthesis Researcher-led)

The Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme is accepting stage 2 evidence synthesis applications to their researcher-led workstream. For more information:

NIHR: 21/10 Health Services and Delivery Researcher Programme (Standard Researcher-led)

The Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream. For more information:

Guarantors of Brain: Post-Doctoral & Brain Entry Fellowships

Post-doctoral clinical fellowship
Post-doctoral clinical fellowships provides salary support for up to one year to early/mid-career clinicians based in the United Kingdom. The scheme is intended to provide funding after completion of a higher degree (PhD or research MD). Applicants must be engaged in, neurology, neurosurgery, neurophysiology or psychiatry higher specialist training in the UK (including MRCP or equivalent for the different specialties). The candidate must demonstrate their intention and prospects of a career in clinical academia.

Non-clinical post-doctoral fellowships
Non-clinical post-doctoral fellowships provide salary support for up to three years to non-clinical postdoctoral career researchers who are working in clinical neuroscience setting in the United Kingdom. Successful candidates will demonstrate their interest in bringing basic science approaches to bear on key problems in clinical neuroscience. The Fellowship must be undertaken after completion of a PhD or equivalent higher degree, to commence no more than six years from the PhD. The Fellowships are intended to support research that is embedded in a clinical neuroscience setting, typically in clinical neurology and its related specialties, and research with clear goals for clinical translation. The candidate should demonstrate a long-term commitment to a career in clinical neuroscience.

For more information:

CRUK: Postdoctoral Research Bursary for Clinical Trainees

This award offers funding for clinical trainees to undertake a research project after completion of a PhD. For more information:

CRUK: Biomarker Project Awards

Biomarker Project Awards provide funding for biomarker assay development, validation and qualification where there is a clear line of sight to clinical implementation. For more information:

DEBRA International – All Priorities Call

DEBRA is currently accepting applications for their all priorities call. Current research priorities are:

  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.

For more information:

The Colt Foundation – Project Grants

The Colt Foundation funds high quality research projects in the field of occupational and environmental health, particularly those aimed at discovering the cause of illnesses arising from conditions at the place of work.

The Colt Foundation aims particularly to support research projects concerning the health, safety, comfort and well-being of people at work, and the impacts of industrial activities and pollutants on the health of the public more widely. The Trustees have occasionally supported projects that fall outside these areas, but they are very much the exception. For more information:

Motor Neurone Disease Association – Grants

Types of grants:

-PhD Studentships (Biomedical and Healthcare)

-Biomedical Research Projects

-Clinical Research Fellowships

-Non-Clinical Research Fellowships

-Healthcare Research

For more information:

Dame Vera Lynn Translational Research Fellowship

The Dame Vera Lynn Translational Research Fellowship scheme will support laboratory and clinical research aimed at improving the clinical outcomes for people at risk of breast cancer and for patients with breast cancer. For more information:

Innovate UK Smart Grants

Opportunity for UK registered organisations to apply for a share of up to £25 million from Innovate UK to deliver game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy. For more information:

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 information:

The Urology Foundation: Smaller Research Projects Fund

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 information: