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Research Funding Opportunities

The following table lists research funding opportunities relevant to the University of Reading.  This list is maintained by Research and Enterprise Services (RES).  The list includes schemes that form part of the Newton Fund, GCRF, and the Industrial Strategy.  Please note that some schemes require that applications are business-led.

Colleagues also may also be interested by the following UUK list of international funding opportunities: https://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/International/funding-and-opportunities/Pages/gateway-to-international-opportunities.aspx

For more details, please contact res@reading.ac.uk or visit the Finding Funding pages of the RES website (requires UoR log-in).  Please note that Research Services also has a dedicated page for EU funding opportunities.

Last updated on Monday 2nd March 2020.

Lead FunderCo-Funder(s)Industrial Strategy/GCRF/Newton?Scheme with HyperlinkDeadline (Internal)Closing DateNotes
British Heart FoundationTranslational awards2020-02-282020-03-06
Met OfficeNewtonWCSSP South Africa research opportunities2020-02-282020-03-06
CRUKEarly detection primer award2020-02-292020-03-07
NERCLarge grants2020-03-032020-03-10Outline proposals due by 4pm, 10 March 2020; full proposals due by 4pm, 3 November 2020. This call is repeated once a year.
NERCGlobal Partnerships Seedcorn Fund - Announcement of Opportunity February 20202020-03-052020-03-12Notification of Intent
Royal SocietyInternational Exchanges2020-03-052020-03-12
Royal SocietyJapan Society for the Promotion of ScienceJSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship2020-03-052020-03-12
WellcomeHumanities and social science doctoral studentships2020-03-092020-03-16
JPI Urban EuropeCall for proposals on urban accessibility and connectivity2020-03-102020-03-17Pre-proposals due by 1pm CET, 17 March 2020; full proposals due by 1pm CET, 22 September 2020.
NERCEnabling Research in Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging2020-03-102020-03-17Outline proposals: 17 March 2020 with Full proposals: 16 June 2020
NIHRResearch for Patient Benefit Programme - Competition 412020-03-112020-03-18
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRResearch for patient benefit programme, round 41 – including brain tumours themed call2020-03-112020-03-18
Human Frontier Science ProgramProgramme grants2020-03-122020-03-19Those intending to submit letters of intent must initiate the process by 19 March 2020 to obtain a reference number; full letters of intent due by 30 March 2020.
Human Frontier Science ProgramYoung Investigator grants2020-03-122020-03-19Those intending to submit letters of intent must initiate the process by 19 March 2020 to obtain a reference number; full letters of intent due by 30 March 2020.
CRUKClinical trial award2020-03-122020-03-19Outline applications due by 19 March 2020; full applications due by 11 June 2020.
CRUKExperimental medicine award2020-03-122020-03-19Outline applications due by 19 March 2020; full applications due by 11 June 2020.
STFCLeadership fellows in public engagement2020-03-122020-03-19
Medical Research FoundationAlexander Fleming dissemination scheme2020-03-162020-03-23
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRPublic health research programme – researcher-led workstream: 19/1342020-03-172020-03-24
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRPublic health research programme – commissioned workstream: 19/1332020-03-172020-03-24Stage 1 applications due by 1pm.
ESRCDFIDGCRFUKRI-GCRF Collective Programme Climate Resilience Network Development Call2020-03-182020-03-25
MRCBiomedical catalyst – developmental pathway funding scheme2020-03-182020-03-25Deadlines on: 24 July 2019, 27 November 2019, 25 March 2020, 22 July 2020.
NERCAHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRCLandscape Decisions Fellowships/a>2020-03-192020-03-26
EPSRCLandscape Decisions Fellowships2020-03-192020-03-26
EPSRCManufacturing the future – standard research proposals2020-03-242020-03-31
NERCGlobal Partnerships Seedcorn Fund2020-03-242020-03-31Mandatory Notification of Intent deadline 12th March
Medical Research CouncilSenior clinical fellowship2020-03-252020-04-01Applicants are strongly advised to contact the programme manager to confirm their application fits the scheme.
WellcomeResearch resources awards in humanities and social science2020-03-252020-04-01*** The closing date for this opportunity has been brought forward. The previous deadline of 8 April has been brought forward to 1 April 2020. All other call details remain unchanged. ***
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRProgramme grants for applied research – competition 322020-03-252020-04-01
British AcademySmall research grants2020-03-252020-04-01Deadlines on: 1 April 2020, 1 October 2020.
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRHealth technology assessment programme2020-03-252020-04-01Stage 1 applications due by 1pm.
AHRCWhere Next? Scoping Future Arts and Humanities Led Research2020-03-262020-04-02
UKRITuring Artificial Intelligence World-Leading Researcher Fellowships2020-03-262020-04-02
Academy of Medical SciencesCONFAP/Newton fellowships2020-03-302020-04-06Applications due by 12 noon Brasília time.
Academy of Medical SciencesCONFAP/Newton young investigator awards for UK researchers in Brazil2020-03-302020-04-06Applications due by 12 noon Brasília time.
MRCClinical Research Training Fellowship (CRTF) - Pre Doctoral opportunity: Apr 20202020-03-252020-04-01
MRCSenior Clinical Fellowship (SCF) opportunity: April 20202020-03-252020-04-01
MRCClinician Scientist Fellowship (CSF): April 20202020-03-252020-04-01
MRCClinical Research Training Fellowship (CRTF) Post Doctoral opportunity: April 20202020-03-252020-04-01
MRCBoard to support applied global health research2020-03-312020-04-07Outline application deadline on 7 April 2020 with Full application deadline on the 6 October 2020
WellcomeResearch enrichment funding – public engagement and open research2020-04-012020-04-08*** The closing date for this opportunity has been brought forward. The previous deadline of 10 April has been brought forward to 8 April 2020. All other call details remain unchanged. ***
WellcomeResearch career re-entry fellowships2020-04-082020-04-15Preliminary applications due by 5pm BST, 15 April; full applications due by 5pm BST, 23 June 2020.
WellcomeSir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral fellowships2020-04-082020-04-15Preliminary applications due by 5pm BST, 15 April; full applications due by 5pm BST, 23 June 2020.
STFCBeamtime direct access – ISIS2020-04-082020-04-15
BBSRCBacterial Plant Diseases2020-03-092020-03-16
BBSRCCall for proposals for Enabling Research in Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging2020-03-102020-03-17
BBSRCLandscape Decisions Fellowships2020-03-192020-03-26
BBSRCInternational Coordination of Research on Infectious Animal Diseases (ICRAD)2020-03-242020-03-31
BBSRCTuring Artificial Intelligence World-Leading Researcher Fellowships – Invitation for Outlines2020-03-262020-04-02Outline proposals
BBSRCResponsive mode application deadlines2020-04-232020-04-30
BBSRCHVB Enterprise Fellowships2020-04-082020-04-15
BBSRCUKRI-BBSRC Collaborative Training Partnerships2020-04-282020-05-05
BBSRCDavid Phillips Fellowships2020-05-052020-05-12
BBSRCDiscovery Fellowships2020-05-052020-05-12
BBSRCStrategic Priorities Fund: Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Food Systems2020-05-062020-05-13
WellcomeCollaborative awards in science2020-04-142020-04-21Preliminary applications due by 5pm BST, 21 April; full applications due by 5pm BST, 16 July 2020.
MRCBBSRCERA-HDHL Call for Joint Transnational Research Proposals (PREVNUT)2020-03-312020-04-07
MRCSenior non-clinical fellowship – transition to leadership2020-04-152020-04-22Deadlines on: 22 April 2020, 16 September 2020.
MRCCareer development award2020-04-152020-04-22Deadlines on: 22 April 2020, 16 September 2020.
NERCAntarctic Logistic Support2020-04-142020-04-21
NERCUKSAAnnouncement of Opportunity: Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite calibration and validation (cal/val)2020-04-152020-04-22
MRCPrimary and secondary prevention of cancer funding call2020-04-232020-04-30
London Mathematical SocietyEmmy Noether Fellowships2020-04-242020-05-01
AHRCGCRFGlobal partnership development awards – prevention and resilience at the intersections between conflict, fragility and wider development challenges and risks2020-04-242020-05-01
NERCClimate and Environmental Risk Analytics for Resilient Finance (CERAF)2020-04-282020-05-05Outline Proposals deadline: 16:00 on 05 May 2020
Full Proposals deadline: w/c 21 September 2020
EPSRCStrategic equipment2020-04-292020-05-06Equipment must have a minimum value of £400,000.
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRHealth technology assessment programme2020-04-292020-05-06Stage 1 applications due by 1pm.
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRHealth technology assessment programme – commissioned call on oral and dental health2020-04-292020-05-06Stage 1 applications due by 1pm.
Leverhulme TrustVisiting professorships2020-04-302020-05-07
STFCPublic engagement spark awards2020-04-302020-05-07Deadlines on: 7 May 2020, 22 October 2020.
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRHealth services and delivery research programme2020-04-302020-05-07Stage 1 applications due by 1pm.
WellcomeSir Henry Dale fellowships2020-05-052020-05-12Preliminary applications due by 5pm BST, 12 May; full applications due by 5pm BST, 16 July 2020.
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRProgramme development grants2020-05-062020-05-13Deadlines on: 13 May 2020, 23 September 2020.
Leverhulme TrustPhilip Leverhulme prizes2020-05-112020-05-18
Medical Research CouncilHealth systems research initiative call 7 – providing evidence to strengthen health systems in low and middle income countries, foundation grants2020-05-212020-05-28
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRInvention for innovation (i4i) product development awards2020-05-272020-06-03There is no funding limit and awards are tenable for up to three years. Stage 1 applications are invited between 22 April and 1pm, 3 June; stage 2 applications are invited between 29 July and 1pm, 23 September 2020.
CRUKBiomarker project awards2020-06-042020-06-11Expressions of interest my be submitted at least one month before the full application deadline.
EPSRCEnabling Research in Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging2020-06-092020-06-16
MRCStrategic Priorities Fund: Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Food Systems2020-05-062020-05-13
MRCHealth Systems Research Initiative Call 7: Providing evidence to strengthen health systems in low and middle income countries2020-05-212020-05-28
MRCMRC/NIHR methodology research programme2020-06-102020-06-17
Leverhulme TrustInternational professorships2020-06-122020-06-19
NERCPushing the Frontiers2020-06-302020-07-07Pilot call
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRPublic health research programme2020-07-212020-07-28Stage 1 applications due by 1pm.
John Templeton FoundationSmall research grants2020-08-072020-08-14
OECDCRP Research Fellowship Awards 20212020-09-042020-09-11This call will open in April 2020
MRCBoard to support applied global health research2020-09-292020-10-06Outline application deadline on 6 October 2020 with Full application deadline in April 2021
AHRCWellcome TrustMedical Humanities Awards 20202020-03-112020-03-18
AHRCReducing the Impacts of Plastic Waste in Developing Countries2020-03-102020-03-17
AHRCGCRFUrgency grants pilot2020-10-242020-10-31Applicants should submit an expression of interest at the earliest opportunity following the emergence of the urgency need or context.
NSFNERC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRCEcology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID)2020-11-112020-11-18
British CouncilHigher Education Commission (HEC) PakistanInnovative and Collaborative Research Grant2020-11-252020-12-02Outline application deadline on 2 December 2019 with Full application deadline on the 31 January 2020
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRPublic health research programme rapid funding scheme2020-12-242020-12-31
EPSRCCall for Participants in a three-day Sandpit focused on Digital Technologies for Health and Care2020-04-272020-05-04
EPSRCEPSRC Not-Equal Network Plus Call for Collaborative Proposals2020-04-232020-04-30
EPSRCCircular Economy Centres - full proposals2020-04-142020-04-21
EPSRCEPSRC New Horizons Call2020-05-282020-06-04
EPSRCInnovation and Knowledge Centres: Follow-on Funding2020-04-092020-04-16
Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas)UK Seafood Innovation Fund2020-04-132020-04-20
Academy of Medical SciencesGCRFGlobal Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants 2020-03-242020-03-31
ESRCURBAN EUROPEERA-NET Cofund Urban Accessibility and Connectivity (ENUAC)2020-03-102020-03-17Pre-proposal deadline: 17 March 2020
Invitations to submit full proposal: May 2020
Full proposal deadline: 22 September 2020
ESRCURBAN EUROPEJPI Urban Migration Call2020-03-192020-03-26Pre-proposal deadline: 26 March 2020
Invitations to submit full proposal: May 2020
Full proposal deadline: 4 September 2020
ESRCLandscape Decisions Fellowships2020-03-192020-03-26
ESRCStrategic Priorities Fund: Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Food Systems2020-05-062020-05-13
ESRCESRC Research Methods Development Grants (2020)2020-03-122020-03-19Intention to Submit: 19 March 2020
Full proposals: 14 May 2020
ESRCIRC IrelandESRC-IRC UK/Ireland Networking Grants2020-05-132020-05-20
ESRCFAPESPUKRI-FAPESP bilateral agreement2020-12-242020-12-31UKRI and the State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) agreement for a pioneering Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). There is no deadline, and proposals will be accepted on an ongoing basis until expiry of the MoU on 31 December 2020.
ESRCUKRI, DfIDGCRFUKRI-GCRF Collective Programme Climate Resilience Network Development Call2020-09-242020-10-01
Royal SocietyGCRFInternational Collaboration Awards2020-03-262020-04-02
NERCAnnouncement of Opportunity: Drilling Subglacial Lake CECs in Antarctica2020-04-162020-04-23
Cancer Research UKEarly Detection Innovation Sandpit and Award2020-04-082020-04-15