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.

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/

Expressions of Interests for the Health Determinants Research Collaboration (HDRC)

This funding opportunity will close at 1pm on 23 November 2021 for expressions of interest. Expressions of interest considered in remit of this funding opportunity will be assessed by a sub-committee of the PHR Prioritisation and Funding Committee in early 2022. For more information: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/expressions-of-interests-for-the-health-determinant-research-collaboration-hdrc/

Transforming care and health at home and enabling independence

Apply for funding for a multidisciplinary project enabling people to:

  • transform their care and health
  • be more independent.

You must be a researcher living in the UK and eligible for EPSRC funding. For more information: https://www.ukri.org/opportunity/transforming-care-and-health-at-home-and-enabling-independence/

Artificial Intelligence for Multiple Long-Term Conditions (AIM)

The NIHR invites proposals to undertake programmes of research to spearhead the use of artificial intelligence (AI) methods to develop insights for the identification and subsequent prevention of multiple long-term conditions (multimorbidity) or MLTC-M. For more information: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/artificial-intelligence-for-multiple-long-term-conditions-aim/25110

Innovate UK SMART Grants: Aug 2021

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25 million for game-changing and commercially viable research and development innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy. For more information: https://www.ukri.org/opportunity/innovate-uk-smart-grants-aug-2021/

Women in Innovation Awards 2021 to 2022

Women with exciting, innovative ideas who will inspire others can apply for a £50,000 grant and bespoke business support.

This competition is open to single applicants only. To lead a project you must be a female founder, co-founder or senior decision maker within a UK registered micro, small or medium-sized business that has been operating for at least one year by the competition closing date. For more information: https://www.ukri.org/opportunity/women-in-innovation-awards-2021-to-2022/

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/

Cancer Research UK: Discovery Programme Awards

Prostate Cancer UK: Research Innovation Awards

Prostate Cancer UK’s top priority is funding research to stop prostate cancer killing men. They invest millions to find better treatments and better tests that can spot fast-growing cancers early, and could be used in a screening programme to save thousands of lives. For more information visit: https://prostatecanceruk.org/research/for-researchers/funding-opportunities/research-innovation-awards

Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2021 to 2022, round 3

UK registered academic institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £6 million to fund innovation projects with businesses or not-for-profits.

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme allows a UK registered business or not-for-profit organisation (which we will refer to collectively as the ‘business partner’ from now on) to partner with a UK higher education (HE) or further education (FE) institution, RTO or Catapult (which we will refer to as the ‘knowledge base partner’). For more information: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/953/overview

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

MRC neurosciences and mental health research grant

Funding is available from MRC’s Neurosciences and Mental Health Board to support focused research projects on neurosciences and mental health. For more information: https://www.ukri.org/opportunity/mrc-neurosciences-and-mental-health-research-grant-sep-2021/

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/

NIHR i4i Connect Call #5

The Invention for Innovation (i4i) programme is a translational research funding scheme aimed at de-risking early-to-late stage medical devices, in vitro diagnostics and high-impact patient-focused digital health technologies for ultimate NHS use.

i4i has three funding streams: Product Development Awards (PDA), Challenge Awards and Connect. PDA and Challenge run two funding competitions a year, launching in autumn and spring, whereas Connect runs one funding competition each summer. See the full dates for i4i funding competitions. All i4i funding streams have a two stage application process. For more information: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/explore-nihr/funding-programmes/invention-for-innovation.htm

Better methods, better research: Nov 2021

This funding opportunity is open to researchers at eligible organisations including higher education institutions, approved independent research organisations and NHS bodies, and MRC institutes.

You can apply for funding to support research to improve research methods being applied by others anywhere within the remit of MRC or the NIHR. The applicants are encouraged to learn from others where possible, and welcome multidisciplinary teams or approaches.

You apply under the normal process for the type of grant. These are:

  • research grants
  • new investigator research grants
  • partnership grants

For more information: https://www.ukri.org/opportunity/better-methods-better-research-nov-2021/

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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