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.

Programme Development Grants – Competition 32

Applications are invited for Programme Development Grant (PDG) funding. Programme Development Grants are designed to increase the rate and number of successful applications for a full Programme Grant by supporting the completion of the necessary preparatory work to suitably position the research team to submit a competitive Programme Grant application. Individual awards are for a maximum of £150k over a period of 12 – 24 months. The amount of funding awarded, however, is determined by the scale and nature of the research activity to be conducted. For information: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/programme-development-grants-competition-32/29238

Research for Patient Benefit – Competition 47

The NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme is inviting stage 1 applications for research proposals that are concerned with the day-to-day practice of health service staff, and that have the potential to have an impact on the health or wellbeing of patients and users of the NHS.

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 that have been conceived in association with a relevant group of service users. For more information: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/research-for-patient-benefit-competition-47/29217

Invention for Innovation – Dementia Call

The NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme invites applications for a dementia-specific funding call aimed at the research and development of digital approaches for the early detection, diagnosis and stratification of individuals with dementia.

The i4i Programme supports the research and development of innovative medical technologies that have demonstrated proof-of-concept and have a clear developmental pathway towards new products for ultimate NHS use. For more information: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/invention-for-innovation-dementia-call/28943

Patient Safety Research Collaborations

The NIHR has launched a new, open competition to designate and fund NIHR Patient Safety Research Collaborations (PSRCs) in England.

NIHR PSRCs will undertake high quality translational, applied and health services research on patient safety that addresses strategic patient safety challenges within the health and care system. The aim of the new scheme is to develop, validate and test innovations, approaches and interventions that have the potential to lead to improvements in patient safety and the safety of health and care services. This NIHR PSRC competition represents an evolution from the NIHR Patient Safety Translational Research Centres (PSTRCs) scheme which was established in 2012. For more information: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/patient-safety-research-collaborations/29173

Invention for Innovation – Product Development Awards Call 23

The NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) programme invites proposals to Call 23 of its researcher-led Product Development Awards (PDA). PDAs fund the development of disruptive early-stage medical technologies that address existing or emerging healthcare needs. They support translational projects developing medical devices, in vitro diagnostics and digital health technologies that are patient-focused and for ultimate NHS use. For more information: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/invention-for-innovation-product-development-awards-call-23/28910

Invention for Innovation – Challenge Awards Call 13

The NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) programme is inviting proposals to Call 13 of its Challenge Awards on real world implementation.

The Challenge Awards 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 the product for follow-on investment. Please note that nearly CE-marked technologies refers to technologies that are currently under Notified Body assessment, whereby all of the mandatory testing has been completed. For more information: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/invention-for-innovation-challenge-awards-call-13/29028

Healthcare technologies investigator-led grant

Healthcare technologies investigator-led research grants are for researchers at UK higher education institutions, research council institutes, UKRI-approved independent research organisations and NHS bodies.

Collaboration with relevant healthcare professionals, other researchers, industry, the public sector and other relevant partners is strongly encouraged.

UKRI is looking for researchers in engineering, physical sciences, information and communications technologies (ICT) and mathematical sciences who want to apply their expertise to healthcare challenges.

Projects can range in size from small short-term grants to multi-million-pound research programmes lasting several years. There is no limit on the size of the grant or length of the project. For more information: https://www.ukri.org/opportunity/healthcare-technologies-investigator-led-grant/

21/562 Early detection of disease

The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream. All proposals submitted must fall within the remit/scope of the EME Programme and further information on this can be found on the EME Programme webpage and by clicking on ‘What we fund’. For more information: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/21562-early-detection-of-disease/28713

21/559 Dementia research call – Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme

The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme is accepting stage one applications to this funding opportunity. Dementia is a growing challenge that has become one of the most important health and social care issues facing the world. We need to continue building the evidence base, to improve the lives of people affected by dementia. For more information: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/21559-dementia-research-call-health-technology-assessment-hta-programme/28583

21/558 NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships rolling call (HTA Programme)

The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme is accepting stage one applications to this funding opportunity. The programme recognises the importance of the research priorities identified by the James Lind Alliance (JLA) Priority Setting Partnerships (PSP) and are interested in receiving high-quality applications which address them. For more information: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/21558-nihr-james-lind-alliance-priority-setting-partnerships-rolling-call-hta-programme/28582

21/556 NIHR NICE Rolling Call – (HTA Programme)

The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme is accepting stage one applications to this funding opportunity. The programme is interested in receiving applications to meet recommendations in research identified in NICE guidance published from 2015 onwards.

Proposals must be within the remit of the HTA Programme and the primary outcome measure must be health related. (This call is also open in the Public Health Research (PHR), Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME), and Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) programmes for proposals which fall within the remit of those programmes – applicants should apply directly to the relevant programme). For more information: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/21556-nihr-nice-rolling-call-hta-programme/

21/555 Health Technology Assessment Programme Researcher-led (evidence synthesis)

The programme obtains topic suggestions from a wide range of sources and on occasion proposals may be submitted to the researcher–led (CET) streams which are on a similar topic area as one in development via their commissioned stream. Please note that commissioning briefs take priority over applications to researcher led funding calls. For more information: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/21555-health-technology-assessment-programme-researcher-led-evidence-synthesis/

21/554 Health Technology Assessment Programme Researcher-led (primary research)

The programme obtains topic suggestions from a wide range of sources and on occasion proposals may be submitted to the researcher–led (CET) streams which are on a similar topic area as one in development via their commissioned stream. Please note that commissioning briefs take priority over applications to researcher-led funding calls. For more information: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/21554-health-technology-assessment-programme-researcher-led-primary-research/

Molecular and cellular medicine research: Jan 2022

Apply for funding for research projects focused on molecular and cellular medicine.

You must:

  • be a UK-based researcher employed at an eligible research organisation
  • have at least a postgraduate degree.

For more information: https://www.ukri.org/opportunity/molecular-and-cellular-medicine-research-jan-2022/

Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust: Sir Jules Thorn Award for Biomedical Research

Over the past 20 years the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust has supported world-leading translational research projects through the Sir Jules Thorn Award. The Award provides a grant of up to £1.7 million to support a five-year programme of translational biomedical research selected following a competition among applicants sponsored by the UK’s leading medical schools and NHS organisations. UK medical schools and NHS organisations are normally able to submit one application annually, selected following an internal competition. For more information visit: https://julesthorntrust.org.uk/programmes/medical-research/the-sir-jules-thorn-award-for-biomedical-research/

This scheme provides funding for established researchers and teams from any discipline who want to pursue bold and creative research ideas to deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. For more information: https://wellcome.org/grant-funding/schemes/discovery-awards

Healthcare Technologies: Call for Investigator-led Research Projects

Healthcare technologies investigator-led research grants are for researchers at UK higher education institutions, research council institutes, UKRI-approved independent research organisations and NHS bodies.

This funding call is looking for researchers in engineering, physical sciences, information and communications technologies (ICT) and mathematical sciences who want to apply their expertise to healthcare challenges. For more information: https://www.ukri.org/opportunity/healthcare-technologies-investigator-led-grant/

British Heart Foundation New Horizons Grants

New Horizons Grants encourage scientists from outside traditional cardiovascular biology to engage in cardiovascular research and bring novel expertise to the field to develop new technologies, models or methodologies and explore novel concepts.

Examples of such collaborations includes cooperatives between biologists and engineers, physicists, mathematicians etc. For more information: https://www.bhf.org.uk/for-professionals/information-for-researchers/what-we-fund/new-horizon-grants

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