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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 Thursday 23rd January 2020.

Lead FunderCo-Funder(s)Industrial Strategy/GCRF/Newton?Scheme with HyperlinkDeadline (Internal)Closing DateNotes
BBSRCIndustrial Biotechnology for Improving Production of Higher Value Chemicals2020-01-092020-01-16
ESRCGovernance after Brexit programme2020-01-092020-01-16
NordForskJoint call for research on digitalisation of the public sector2020-01-092020-01-16Proposals due by 1pm CET.
WellcomeResearch enrichment funding – diversity and inclusion2020-01-092020-01-16This call is repeated 2 times a year.
BBSRCIndustrial Biotechnology for Improving Production of Higher Value Chemicals2020-01-092020-01-16
NordForskJoint call for research on digitalisation of the public sector2020-01-092020-01-16This supports the combination and integration of knowledge-based, digital innovation efforts with research on the related impact on society and end-users. Up to 10 grants are available, each worth up to €1 million each over three years. Proposals due by 1pm CET.
WellcomeResearch enrichment funding – diversity and inclusion2020-01-092020-01-16This enables current Wellcome grant holders to increase the impact of their work in regards to diversity and inclusion. Grants are worth up to £20,000 and last until the end of the main Wellcome grant. Applications due by 5pm GMT. This call is repeated 2 times a year.
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRHeath services and delivery research programme – commissioned calls: 19/117, 19/1182020-01-092020-01-16This funds research to produce evidence to impact on the quality, accessibility and organisation of health and social care services. There are no fixed limits on the duration of projects or funding. This is a one-off opportunity. Stage 1 applications due by 1pm.
ESRCWRDTP postdoctoral fellowships2020-01-092020-01-16These enable those in the immediate postdoctoral stage of their career to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, networks, and research and professional skills in the field of social sciences. A total of seven fellowships, tenable over one-year full-time or two year part-time, are available. Expressions of interest due by 4pm, 16 January; full proposals due by 4pm, 23 March 2020. This call is repeated once a year.
BBSRCIndustrial biotechnology for improving production of higher value chemicals2020-01-092020-01-16This supports research translation to address challenges in applying bioprocesses for improving the production of higher value chemicals and aims to accelerate the de-risking of industrial biotechnology processes and help bridge the gap to larger-scale projects and further public or private investment. Grants are worth up to £250,000 each for one to two years. Applications due by 4pm UK time, 16 January 2020.
Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's ResearchKen Griffin alpha-synuclein imaging competition2020-01-102020-01-17This supports work to develop a selective alpha-synuclein positron emission tomography tracer. The maximum grant period is two years.
NERCGCRFReducing the Impacts of Plastic Waste in Developing Countries2020-01-132020-01-20Notification of intent deadline; full proposal deadline 17th March
NERCHighlight Topics Sixth Round2020-01-132020-01-20Notification of intent deadline. Full Proposal deadline 17th March
NIHR19/108 Public mental health interventions2020-01-132020-01-20Notification of intent deadline; full proposal deadline 17th March
NERCGCRFAnnouncement of Opportunity: Reducing the Impacts of Plastic Waste in Developing Countries2020-01-132020-01-20Notification of intent deadline; full proposal deadline 17th March
NERCHighlight Topics Sixth Round2020-01-132020-01-20Notification of intent deadline. Full Proposal deadline 17th March
NIHR19/108 Public mental health interventions2020-01-132020-01-20Notification of intent deadline; full proposal deadline 17th March
EPSRCConnected Evrything Network - Feasibility Study Call2020-01-132020-01-20
MRCUK-Japan regenerative medicine and stem cell research initiative2020-01-132020-01-20This supports collaborative research projects that build upon fundamental insights and initial early stage discoveries to advance regenerative approaches towards clinical use in the future and to utilise stem cells as medical research tools. Up to £5 million is available for the UK component of the joint call to support approximately eight projects with up to £625,000 each at 80 per cent full economic cost over three years. UK letters of intent due by 11pm UK time, 20 January; full applications from UK and Japanese applicants due by 4pm UK time and 6pm Japanese time, 20 February 2020.
EPSRCConnected Everything – first call for feasibility studies2020-01-132020-01-20This aims to accelerate digital manufacturing research collaboration and innovation. The call supports up to five projects, worth up to £60,000 each at 100 per cent full economic cost. Submissions due by 5pm.
MRCHealth Systems Research Initiative Call 7: Providing evidence to strengthen health systems in low and middle income countries2020-01-142020-01-21Outline stage
MRCHealth Systems Research Initiative Call 7: Providing evidence to strengthen health systems in low and middle income countries2020-01-142020-01-21Outline stage
MRCPHIND: Systems based approaches to Public Health intervention development2020-01-152020-01-22
Innovate UKApplication of whole genome sequencing approaches to cancer2020-01-152020-01-22Applications are invited between 7 October 2019 and 12 noon UK time, 22 January 2020.
MRCPublic health intervention development scheme2020-01-152020-01-22Applications are invited between 11 November 2019 and 4pm GMT, 22 January 2020. This call is repeated every 2 years.
MRCNew investigator research grant – neurosciences and mental health2020-01-152020-01-22Applications are invited between 2 November 2019 and 22 January 2020; between 12 March and 27 May 2020; and between 20 July and 30 September 2020.
MRCResearch grants – neurosciences and mental health2020-01-152020-01-22Applications are invited between 12 November 2019 and 22 January 2020; between 12 March and 27 May 2020; and between 20 July and 30 September 2020.
Deadlines on: 22 January 2020, 27 May 2020, 30 September 2020.
MRCProgramme grants – neurosciences and mental health2020-01-152020-01-22Deadlines on: 22 January 2020, 27 May 2020, 30 September 2020.
MRCPartnership grant – neurosciences and mental health2020-01-152020-01-22Applications are invited between 12 November 2019 and 22 January 2020; between 12 March and 27 May 2020; and between 20 July and 30 September 2020.
Deadlines on: 22 January 2020, 27 May 2020, 30 September 2020.
MRCPHIND: Systems based approaches to Public Health intervention development2020-01-152020-01-22
EPSRCExCALIBUR High Priority Use Cases: Phase 12020-01-152020-01-22
Innovate UKISCF Future food production systems 2020-01-152020-01-22
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRHealth technology assessment programme – commissioned calls: 19/69, 19/70, 19/71, 19/722020-01-152020-01-22This aims to ensure that high quality research information on the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of health technology is produced in the most efficient way for those who use, manage and provide care in or develop policy for the NHS. There are no fixed limits on the duration of projects or funding, and proposals should be fully tailored to address the research problem. This is a one-off opportunity. Stage 1 applications due by 1pm.
NIHRNIHR research for social care2020-01-152020-01-22This call supports research on adult social care that demonstrates strong links to people with social care needs and to social care service users, carers and organisations. Grants are worth up to £350,000 each. Stage 1 applications due by 1pm. This call is repeated once a year.
Innovate UKApplication of whole genome sequencing approaches to cancer2020-01-152020-01-22This supports innovation projects that use whole genome sequencing to analyse cancers. The total budget is £5.4 million.
WellcomeNext generation sequencing bioinformatics course bursaries2020-01-162020-01-23These enable individuals to attend a course consisting of hands-on training in the latest next-generation sequencing systems, to be held in April 2020 at the Wellcome Genome Campus, UK. Bursaries cover up to 50 per cent of the course fee. Applications due by 11.59pm UTC.
Global Forum on Bioethics in ResearchGlobal Forum on Bioethics in Research fellowships2020-01-172020-01-24These fellowships support individuals who attended the most recent Global Forum on Bioethics in Research meeting, in further exploring issues that have arisen during the meeting. Fellowships are usually worth up to USD 10,000 each. Applications due by 5pm GMT. This call is repeated once a year.
Department for International DevelopmentModern energy cooking services – electric cooking outreach challenge fund2020-01-192020-01-26This supports research into developing new solutions and approaches that may improve the performance and delivery of modern energy cooking services, and that will provide tangible benefits. One to six grants, worth up to £60,000 each, are available for community-scale pilot projects for up to one year, and one to six grants, worth up to £20,000 each, are available for market assessment projects for up to six months. Applications due by 11.59pm GMT.
STFCProjects peer review panel – large projects2020-01-202020-01-27This supports projects that have a significant scientific priority in particle physics, nuclear physics, astronomy, particle astrophysics, accelerator and solar system science. Expressions of interest due by 4pm. Deadlines on: 27 January 2020, 30 March 2020, 1 June 2020, 28 September 2020, 23 November 2020.
Department for International DevelopmentClimate and health evidence map2020-01-202020-01-27The tenderer will create an evidence map looking at the relationship between climate, climate variability and climate change with health. This is a one-off opportunity. Tenders due by 2pm UK time.
British AcademyConference programme2020-01-222020-01-29This supports conferences on subjects in the humanities and social sciences held at the British Academy’s premises in London or other appropriate venues in the UK. Funding covers travel and accommodation costs for speakers, chairs and convenors, and assists with promotion. Proposals due by 5pm. This call is repeated once a year.
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRHealth technology assessment programme – commissioned calls: 19/131, 19/1322020-01-222020-01-29This aims to ensure that high quality research information on the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of health technology is produced in the most efficient way for those who use, manage and provide care in or develop policy for the NHS. There are no fixed limits on the duration of projects or funding. This is a one-off opportunity. Stage 1 applications due by 1pm.
NERCAnnouncement of Opportunity: Constructing a Digital Environment – Demonstrators2020-01-232020-01-30
CRUKMultidisciplinary project award2020-01-232020-01-30This call is repeated 2 times a year.
Leverhulme TrustEmeritus fellowships2020-01-232020-01-30Applications are invited between 1 September 2019 and 30 January 2020. This call is repeated once a year.
STFCSpace weather instrumentation, innovation, measurement, modelling and risk – SWIMMR call2020-01-232020-01-30Proposals are invited between 4 December 2019 and 30 January 2020.
NERCAnnouncement of Opportunity: Constructing a Digital Environment – Demonstrators2020-01-232020-01-30
MRCMRC festival of medical research open award2020-01-232020-01-30This supports activities related to the MRC festival, to be held from May to June 2020.
NERCConstructing a digital environment – demonstrators2020-01-232020-01-30This supports demonstrator projects that fully illustrate the capacity of emerging sensor and data integration technologies and methodologies to harness the UK’s position in environmental, observational and computer and data sciences to create a digitally enabled environment. Grants are worth up to £960,000 each at 80 per cent of full economic cost over up to two years.
WellcomeLow input epigenomics course bursaries2020-01-232020-01-30These enable individuals to attend the course on low input epigenomics, to be held from in May 2020 at the Wellcome Genome Campus, UK. Bursaries cover up to 50 per cent of the registration fee.
BNF2019-2020 BNF Drummond Pump Priming Awards 2020-01-242020-01-31
MRC2019 MRC-KHIDI UK-Korea Partnering Awards2020-01-242020-01-31
Japan Society for the Promotion of SciencePostdoctoral fellowship programme for research in Japan – short-term2020-01-242020-01-31This supports young researchers in conducting research with leading research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions. The programme provides a round-trip air ticket, a monthly maintenance stipend worth JPY 362,000 for PhD holders or JPY 200,000 for non-PhD holders, a settling-in allowance worth JPY 200,000 and travel insurance.
MRCUK-Korea partnering awards2020-01-242020-01-31These provide resources to biomedical and health researchers in the UK and Korea to foster long-term collaborations and establish and strengthen partnerships. A total of 10 awards, worth £20,000 each over one year, are available. Applications due by 4pm GMT. This call is repeated once a year.
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRBest new surgical innovation award2020-01-242020-01-31This supports prototype development, proof of concept work or early feasibility tests for new surgical technologies that align with general surgery or colorectal, hepatobiliary and vascular surgery, including wound care. The award is worth £10,000. Applications due by 5pm.
Department for International DevelopmentPostdoctoral fellowships on innovative methods and metrics for agriculture and nutrition actions (IMMANA)2020-01-252020-02-01These support emerging leaders in agriculture, nutrition and health research. Fellows receive a stipend of £40,800, a research allowance of £9,000 for travel and fieldwork, and an honorarium of £2,100 to each of the mentors. Full proposals due by 11.59pm EST, 1 February 2020. Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit concept notes to receive feedback on project plans and eligibility, due by 31 December 2019.
UK Space AgencyGCRFInternational Partnership Programme Call 3 2020-01-262020-02-02
British Lung FoundationSarcoidosisUK - BLF sarcoidosis research grant2020-01-272020-02-03
British Lung FoundationMesothelioma Research Network collaborative pump-priming research grant2020-01-272020-02-03
British Lung FoundationMesothelioma research grants, supported by Catalina2020-01-272020-02-03
British Lung FoundationBLF-Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust Malcolm Weallans pulmonary fibrosis research grant2020-01-272020-02-03
British Lung FoundationBLF-Masonic Charitable Foundation PhD studentship award2020-01-272020-02-03
MRCAccess to MRC’s biomedical nuclear magnetic resonance centre2020-01-272020-02-03This enables scientists to use the centre’s spectrometers.
UKRITuring Artificial Intelligence Acceleration FellowshipsT2020-01-282020-02-04Inclusivity statement deadline. Outline deadline 18/02/2020
UKRITuring Artificial Intelligence Acceleration FellowshipsT2020-01-282020-02-04Inclusivity statement deadline. Outline deadline 18/02/2020
WellcomeClinical research career development fellowship2020-01-282020-02-04These enable clinically active health professionals to continue research at postdoctoral level and develop scientific independence, balancing clinical work with a research career. Funding supports a basic salary, research expenses and personal removal expenses for up to eight years.
MRCConfidence in Concept 20192020-01-292020-02-05
STFCAstronomy Research Grants2020-01-292020-02-05
Innovate UKTransforming foundation industries – fast start projects2020-01-292020-02-05Applications due by 12 noon UK time.
MRCJoint global health trials scheme – trial development grants2020-01-292020-02-05Applications are invited between 16 October 2019 and 5 February 2020. This call is repeated once a year.
MRCConfidence in concept scheme2020-01-292020-02-05This call is repeated once a year.
MRCConfidence in Concept 20192020-01-292020-02-05
STFCAstronomy Research Grants2020-01-292020-02-05
Leverhulme TrustLeverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship2020-01-292020-02-05
CRUKCareer establishment awards2020-01-292020-02-05These enable new group leaders with a salaried independent position to establish their own independent research group. Funding is provided for up to six years, or equivalent duration for part-time working, and covers salaries and running expenses for up to two posts, associated running expenses, equipment costs up to £25,000 and relocation costs up to £1,000. Preliminary applications due by 5 February 2020; full applications due by 21 May 2020.
CRUKCareer development fellowship2020-01-292020-02-05This enables scientists without a salaried independent position to set up their first independent cancer research group. The fellowship covers salaries for the fellow, one postdoctoral researcher and one technician, and associated running expenses and equipment costs over up to six years. Preliminary applications due by 5 February 2020; final submissions due by 21 May 2020.
CRUKSenior cancer research fellowship2020-01-292020-02-05This enables scientists to further develop their own research programme in any area of the CRUK’s funding remit, with the exception of clinical trials and drug discovery. The fellowship is tenable for six years or equivalent duration for part-time working. Preliminary applications due by 5 February 2020; full applications due by 21 May 2020.
Royal SocietyRoyal Society/Leverhulme Trust senior research fellowships2020-01-292020-02-05These fellowships enable researchers to focus on full-time research by relieving them of all their teaching and administrative duties. Fellowships include salary costs and research expenses of up to £2,500 for a period between one academic term and one year. Applications due by 3pm UK time.
British Heart FoundationClinical study grants2020-01-292020-02-05These support clinical trials and observation studies of specific patient groups. Grants are available for up to five years and may cover staff salaries, research consumables and research equipment. Applications due by 5pm. Deadlines on: 5 February 2020, 29 July 2020.
Stroke Association Stroke Association/British Heart Foundation joint programme grant in stroke2020-01-292020-02-05*** This opportunity is temporarily closed. The following information is subject to change. This grant supports research that is directly related to stroke illness and that has a vascular focus. The grant is worth up to £1.5 million over five years. ***
AHRCInternational placement scheme2020-01-302020-02-06This call is repeated once a year.
MRCDoctoral training partnerships/a>2020-01-302020-02-06These support high-quality doctoral training programmes that take a student-centred approach across a broad research range relevant to the council’s remit, strategic research and skills priorities. Up to 15 partnerships are available, each supporting between five and 20 studentships per annum set as the equivalent of a four-year studentship. Preliminary applications due by 4pm, 6 February; full applications due by 4pm, 23 April 2020.
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRNIHR global health research short placement award for research collaboration pilot2020-01-312020-02-07This enables NIHR academy members based in the global health research programmes to spend time in other programmes or parts of the NIHR to network, train in a specific skill or technique, or collaborate with other relevant researchers or specialists. Awards are worth up to £10,000 each.
MRCJapan Agency for Medical Research and DevelopmentUK-Japan Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research Initiative2020-02-022020-02-09
MRCTackling multimorbidity at scale: Understanding disease clusters, determinants & biological pathways2020-02-042020-02-11
STFCNuclear physics consolidated research grants2020-02-042020-02-11These support research in the areas of experimental and theoretical nuclear physics. Grants are tenable between one and three years.
WellcomeLongitudinal studies conference bursaries2020-02-042020-02-11These enable PhD students to attend a conference highlighting word leading research using longitudinal studies, to be held in April 2020 at the Wellcome Genome Campus, UK. Bursaries cover up to 50 per cent of the standard registration fee.
British AcademyBrian Barry prize in political science2020-02-052020-02-12This recognises an unpublished essay in political science. The prize is worth £500.
British AcademyDerek Allen prize2020-02-052020-02-12This recognises work by a scholar in numismatics. The prize is worth £400.
British AcademySir Israel Gollancz prize2020-02-052020-02-12This recognises work related to Anglo-Saxon, early English language and literature, English philology or the history of English language. The prize is worth £400.
British AcademyRose Mary Crawshay prize2020-02-052020-02-12This reconises historical or critical work in the field of English literature by a woman. The prize is worth £500.
EPSRCTuring artificial intelligence acceleration fellowships2020-02-112020-02-18Host organisation inclusivity statements due by 4 February, outline proposals due by 4pm, 18 February; full proposals due by 21 May 2020.
WellcomeNursing, genomics and healthcare conference bursaries2020-02-112020-02-18These enable individuals to attend a conference on nursing, genomics and healthcare, to be held in April 2020. Bursaries cover up to 50 per cent of the standard registration fee. Applications due by 11.59pm UTC.
British AcademyGlobal Professorships 20202020-02-122020-02-19
Innovate UKSmart sustainable plastic packaging – demonstrator projects2020-02-122020-02-19This supports practical demonstrator projects in smart and sustainable plastic packaging. The total budget is worth up to £12 million to support projects lasting for between one and three years.
Innovate UKSmart sustainable plastic packaging – feasibility studies for demonstrators2020-02-122020-02-19This supports the development of proposals for practical demonstrator projects in smart and sustainable plastic packaging. The total budget is worth up to £700,000 for projects lasting up to three months.
MRCPre-call announcement: UK-Japan Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research Initiative2020-02-132020-02-20
STFCInnovations partnership scheme grants2020-02-132020-02-20These aim to transfer technology and expertise developed through STFC funding to the marketplace in partnership with industry and other academic disciplines. Grants are worth up to £360,000 at 80 per cent of full economic costs over up to three years. Deadlines on: 20 February 2020, 3 September 2020.
STFCInnovations partnership scheme fellowships2020-02-132020-02-20These support knowledge exchange and commercialisation professionals in positions at UK universities in developing innovation and impact from its STFC-funded research outputs. Fellowships last for up to four years and funds are provided at 40 per cent of full economic costs. Deadlines on: 20 February 2020, 3 September 2020.
STFCFollow-on funding2020-02-132020-02-20This provides financial support at the very early or pre-seed stage of turning research outputs into a commercial proposition. Grants are worth up to £88,000 each over up to one year at 80 per cent full economic cost. Deadlines on: 20 February 2020, 3 September 2020.
CRUKScience committee programme awards2020-02-132020-02-20These provide long-term support for broad, multidisciplinary research where the aim is to answer questions covering basic and translational research. Awards are worth up to £2.5 million each for up to five years. Outline applications due by 20 February; full applications due by 4 June 2020.
CRUKProgramme foundation awards 2020-02-132020-02-20These enable cancer researchers with a salaried independent position to further develop their research programme and build reputation as a leader. Awards are worth up to £1.5 million each for projects lasting up to six years. Outline applications due by 20 February; full applications due by 4 June 2020.
NERCHighlight topics – sixth round2020-02-132020-02-20This supports strategic research on defined topics within the environmental sciences. Grants are worth up to £2 million each over up to four years. Notifications of intent due by 4pm, 20 February; proposals due by 4pm, 19 March 2020.
EPSRCProsperity partnerships2020-02-132020-02-20These grants enable research-based partnerships between businesses and universities to co-create large-scale basic research programmes at technology readiness levels 1 to 3. The total budget is worth £20 million. Expressions of interest are invited between 7 January and 4pm, 20 February 2020.
STFCPublic engagement legacy awards2020-02-132020-02-20These enable STFC grant-funded public engagement programmes to continue to grow and evolve over time based on learning and evaluation. Funding covers 50 per cent of the full economic cost, worth up to £50,000, for first-time awardees, and up to 25 per cent of the full economic cost, worth up to £25,000, for second-time awardees. Applications are invited between 8 January and 4pm, 20 February 2020.
EPSRCTrustworthy autonomous systems – research nodes2020-02-132020-02-20This supports nodes that will undertake fundamental, creative, multi- and interdisciplinary research in a number of areas of current unmet need. The total budget is up to £20.5 million to support seven research nodes, each receiving approximately £3 million over 42 months. Outline submissions due by 4pm, 20 February; full proposals due by 4pm, 18 June 2020.
AHRCUK-Ireland collaboration in the digital humanities – joint networking call2020-02-132020-02-20This supports the development of networks of researchers, practitioners and wider partners across the UK and Ireland focused on the development of digital humanities research and skills in both countries. Between eight to 10 awards, worth up to £30,000 for UK applicants and €12,500 for Irish applicants, are available for between six to 12 months. Applications due by 4pm for UK applicants.
WellcomeAntimicrobial resistance – genomes, big data and emerging technologies conference bursaries2020-02-182020-02-25These enable PhD students to attend a conference on antimicrobial resistance – genomes, big Data and emerging technologies, to be held in May 2020 at the Wellcome Genome Campus, UK. Bursaries cover up to 50 per cent of the standard registration fee.
AHRCPre-call announcement: UK-German Call for Proposals in the Humanities, incl. Law and Linguistics2020-02-192020-02-26
Innovate UKISCF TFP science and technology into practice: feasibility studies 2020-02-192020-02-26
Innovate UKISCF TFP science and technology into practice: demonstration2020-02-192020-02-26
AHRCUK-German call for proposals in the humanities2020-02-192020-02-26This supports collaborative projects between arts and humanities researchers in the UK and humanities researchers in Germany. Awards last for up to three years.
WellcomeCollaborative Awards in Science2020-02-202020-02-27Recurring, this is the November 2019 round. April round opens 21 April 2020 and closes 16 July 2020
NERCUK Climate Resilience Programme – Living with Climate Uncertainty2020-02-202020-02-27
Leverhulme TrustEarly-career fellowships2020-02-202020-02-27These enable early-career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work and to advance to a more permanent academic position. The fellowship covers 50 per cent of salary costs as well as other research expenses over three years.
WellcomeInvestigator awards in science2020-02-202020-02-27These support independent researchers with a compelling research vision to tackle the most important questions in science. Awards are worth up to £3 million for up to seven years.
WellcomeSenior research fellowships2020-02-202020-02-27These support independent scientific researchers who want to tackle the most important questions in science and who are leaders in their field. Fellowships typically last for five years but are tenable for up to seven years and cover basic salary, a fellowship supplement of £12,500, personal removal expenses and research expenses, including support staff.
WellcomeFungal pathogen genomics course bursary2020-02-202020-02-27This bursary enables individuals to attend a course on fungal pathogen genomics, to be held in May 2020 at the Wellcome Genome Campus, UK. Bursaries cover up to 50 per cent of the course fee.
AHRCUK climate resilience programme – living with climate uncertainty research grants call2020-02-202020-02-27This supports research that explores and tests the understanding of what it means to live with uncertainty, how we learned to live with past climate uncertainty and how we might learn or way into an unknown future within the framing of the climate resilience of the UK. The total budget is £1 million to support at least three projects with up to £333,000 each at 80 per cent full economic cost for up to two years.
EPSRCDecarboN8 Network Plus seedcorn funding – round 12020-02-202020-02-27This supports research related to the rapid decarbonisation of travel. The total budget is £80,000 at 80 per cent full economic cost, to fund multiple projects lasting up to six months.
AHRCUK-Turkey creative industries research networking awards2020-02-202020-02-27These seek to establish UK-Turkey networks and partnerships to analyse how the creative industries can have a transformative impact on prosperity, social cohesion and sustainable growth. Grants are worth up to £45,000 per project over nine months.
MRCUK nutrition research partnership – travelling skills awards for nutrition-related research2020-02-202020-02-27These enable early-career researchers to learn new skills and techniques in the field of nutrition and establish new collaborations by working in the best research environments in the UK or overseas. Awards are worth up to £100,000 at 80 per cent of the full economic costs for between six and 12 months full-time or two years part-time.
EPSRChttps://epsrc.ukri.org/funding/calls/decarbon8pluscall1/2020-02-202020-02-27
Gen FoundationGen Foundation Grant2020-02-212020-02-28
Cancer Research UKBritish Association for Cancer Research/CRUK student travel awards2020-02-212020-02-28These enable student members to attend scientific meetings relevant to cancer research. Awards are worth up to £1,000 for overseas meetings and up to £500 for meetings in the UK, and may be used towards economy class travel, registration fees and accommodation. Deadlines on: 28 February 2020, 30 June 2020, 31 October 2020.
British Association of DermatologistsNIHR travel, research and visit bursaries2020-02-212020-02-28These promote interest in developing careers in UK dermatology research. Awards are worth up to £500 each.
BBSRCBusiness interaction vouchers2020-02-212020-02-28These support projects between academic and industrial partners that lead to a long-term relationship, improved interaction and new research technology transfer projects. Vouchers are worth up to £10,000 each over up to six months.
BBSRCSecondment bursary for early-career researchers2020-02-212020-02-28This facilitates secondment of UK-based members to another academic laboratory or to industry for the purpose of learning new techniques, acquiring new skills or carrying out a piece of work not possible in their laboratory. Grants are worth up to £3,000 for secondments of up to two months.
BBSRCProof of concept scheme2020-02-212020-02-28This supports collaborations between academic partners and industrial partners to achieve the industrial biotechnology applications of algae including cyanobacteria, microalgae and macroalgae. Funding is worth up to £40,000 at 80 per cent full economic costs over one year.
NERCAccess to high performance computing services2020-02-222020-02-29This enables researchers to use the ARCHER2 and NEXCS high performance computing services. Access to ARCHER2 is provided from May 2020 to 31 March 2021, and to NEXCS from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.
National Lottery Heritage FundLarge heritage grants – from £250,000 to £5 million2020-02-242020-03-02These support the development or delivery phase of a project related to national, regional or local heritage in the UK. Grants are worth between £250,000 and £5 million each for a maximum period of seven years. Deadlines on: 2 March 2020, 1 June 2020, 1 September 2020, 23 November 2020.
National Lottery Heritage FundHeritage grants – from £100,000 to £250,0002020-02-242020-03-02These support projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK. Grants are worth between £100,000 and £250,000 each for projects lasting up to five years. Deadlines on: 2 March 2020, 1 June 2020, 1 September 2020, 23 November 2020.
WellcomeInternational exchange programmes in humanities, social science and bioethics2020-02-252020-03-03This enables researchers to run international exchange programmes to transform careers and shape the direction of future research. Awards are worth up to £1.5 million for between three to five years. Preliminary applications due by 5pm GMT, 3 March 2020, full applications due by November 2020.
WellcomeResearch development awards2020-02-252020-03-03These support groups of researchers who want the time and resources to shape the direction of their future work, and lay the foundation for research that takes risks and pushes academic boundaries in health-related humanities, social sciences or bioethics. Funding is worth up to £1 million over three to five years. Preliminary applications due by 5pm GMT, 3 March; full applications due due by November 2020.
CRUKPopulation research committee programme awards2020-02-272020-03-05These provide long-term support for broad, multidisciplinary research in the areas of early diagnosis, prevention and epidemiology, led by individuals with an established scientific track record. Grants are tenable for five years. Preliminary applications due by 5 March 2020; full applications due by 18 June 2020. Applicants must contact the funding manager before applying.
WellcomeRNA transcriptomics course bursaries2020-02-272020-03-05These enable individuals to attend a hands-on training course in the latest laboratory and computational methods for transcriptomic analysis, to be held in June 2020 at Wellcome Genome Campus, UK. Bursaries cover up to 50 per cent of the course fee.
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHREfficacy and mechanism evaluation programme commissioned call – mechanisms of health interventions: 19/1192020-02-272020-03-05This supports hypothesis driven research into the underlying mechanisms of action of clinical and public health interventions. There are no fixed limits on funding or duration of projects. This is a one-off opportunity. Proposals due by 1pm.
NERCPresent and future climate hazard2020-02-272020-03-05This supports the development and evaluation of new methods and techniques to characterise current and future climate hazards and underlying driving processes, including understanding the robustness of the methods. The budget is £700,000 to support two awards worth £350,000 each.
British Heart FoundationTranslational awards2020-02-282020-03-06These support the development of cardiovascular technologies from the proof-of-concept stage to being ready for the commercial market. Funding of up to £750,000 is available per project.
CRUKEarly detection primer award2020-02-292020-03-07This enables researchers at all stages to develop early, novel and outside-the-box ideas and collaborations to build and make progress in the early detection field. Awards are worth up to £100,000 for up to one year.
NERCSustainable management of UK marine resources – workshop2020-03-022020-03-09Funding enables individuals to attend a workshop on the sustainable management of UK marine resources research programme, to be held in March 2020 in Cardiff, UK. Essential travel and subsistence costs to support attendance are reimbursed.
NERCLarge grants2020-03-032020-03-10These support adventurous, large-scale and complex research tackling big science questions that cannot be addressed through other NERC funding schemes. Grants are worth between £1.2 million and £3.7m at 100 per cent full economic cost for up to five years. Outline proposals due by 4pm, 10 March 2020; full proposals due by 4pm, 3 November 2020. This call is repeated once a year.
WellcomeHumanities and social science doctoral studentships2020-03-092020-03-16These enable researchers to undertake a humanities or social science doctoral degree in any area of health. Studentships last for three years and provide a stipend, tuition fees, conference attendance and research expenses.
JPI Urban EuropeCall for proposals on urban accessibility and connectivity2020-03-102020-03-17This supports consortia-led innovation and research projects that address the challenges of sustainable urban passenger mobility, freight, transport and connectivity as integral to sustainable urban development. The budget is €19.92 million. Pre-proposals due by 1pm CET, 17 March 2020; full proposals due by 1pm CET, 22 September 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 call2020-03-112020-03-18This supports research concerned with the day-to-day practice of health service staff that has the potential to have an impact on the health or well-being of patients and users of the NHS. Grants for individual projects are worth up to £350,000 each for up to three years.
Human Frontier Science ProgramProgramme grants2020-03-122020-03-19These support teams of researchers at any career stage working on innovative approaches to understand complex mechanisms of living organisms. Grants are worth up to USD 450,000 per year each for up to three years. Those 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 award2020-03-122020-03-19This supports interventional clinical trials of cancer treatment, including systemic treatment, radiotherapy and surgery, with the aim of improving outcome. Grants are worth up to £150,000 per year for up to 10 years. Outline applications due by 19 March 2020; full applications due by 11 June 2020.
CRUKExperimental medicine award2020-03-122020-03-19This support investigator-led studies for highly ambitious translational research conducted in association with a clinical trial or well-designed clinical study, with the objective of optimising treatment and maximising patient benefit. Outline applications due by 19 March 2020; full applications due by 11 June 2020.
STFCLeadership fellows in public engagement2020-03-122020-03-19This enables researchers in an STFC-funded area of science and technology to deliver a prolonged, thematic programme of public engagement at an institution, covering multiple different events and activities. Grants are worth up to £100,000 for up to three years. Applications are invited between 7 January and 4pm, 19 March 2020.
Medical Research FoundationAlexander Fleming dissemination scheme2020-03-162020-03-23These grants support the dissemination of Medical Research Council and Medical Research Foundation-funded research results beyond the scientific peer reviewed press, to patients, participants, practitioners and policy makers. Awards are worth up to £30,000 each to meet the costs of dissemination activities and typically last for up to one year.
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRPublic health research programme – researcher-led workstream: 19/1342020-03-172020-03-24This supports research that evaluates public health interventions, specifically to provide new knowledge on the benefits, costs, acceptability and wider impacts of non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health. There are no fixed limits on the duration of projects or funding and proposals should be tailored to fully address the problem.
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRPublic health research programme – commissioned workstream: 19/1332020-03-172020-03-24This supports research on the continuing priority research topics of interest to the public health research programme. There are no fixed limits on the duration of projects or funding and proposals should be tailored to fully address the problem. This is a one-off opportunity. Stage 1 applications due by 1pm.
MRCBiomedical catalyst – developmental pathway funding scheme2020-03-182020-03-25This supports academically-led projects aiming to improve prevention, diagnosis, prognosis or treatment of significant health needs, or projects that focus on research tools which increase the efficiency of developing interventions. Funding covers the academic costs of the project. Deadlines 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
CRUKPostdoctoral Research Bursary for Clinical Trainees2020-03-192020-03-26
CRUKPredoctoral research bursary2020-03-192020-03-26This allows clinicians and other health professionals to get involved in research projects early in their career. The bursary is worth up to £25,000 for up to one year.
NERCLandscape decisions fellowships2020-03-192020-03-26These support the development of a new landscape decisions community from a diverse research and user base, facilitate multidisciplinary research synthesis across the landscape decisions programme work packages, and translate solutions and innovation in landscape decision support tools into the policy context. The total budget is £1 million to support four to five fellows over one to two years.
EPSRCManufacturing the future – standard research proposals2020-03-242020-03-31This supports investigator-led research from the breadth of the engineering and physical sciences research community that addresses key challenges in UK manufacturing. Each evaluation panel has a budget of £3 million and awards are worth up to £2m each. Proposals due by 4pm. Proposals should be submitted before the batching dates to ensure there is enough time for the peer-review process to be completed. Proposals submitted after this date, or those that do not have sufficient reviews in time for the panel, will be assessed by the most appropriate capability theme panel at a later date.
Medical Research CouncilSenior clinical fellowship2020-03-252020-04-01This enables medically and other clinically qualified professionals, with an effective track record of internationally competitive independent research, to make the transition to research leadership. Fellowships are tenable for five years and cover salary costs, support for research staff, consumable expenses, travel costs and capital equipment appropriate for the research project. There is no limit for funding. Applicants 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. These awards help collection and information professionals develop library and archive material for humanities and social science researchers. Grants are worth up to £500,000 over five years. ***
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRProgramme grants for applied research – competition 322020-03-252020-04-01*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open on 6 February and close on 1 April 2020. The following information is subject to change. These grants support collaborative, multidisciplinary programmes of applied research to solve health and social care challenges. Funding is typically worth up to £2.5 million for up to six years. ***
Swiss National Science FoundationInternational co-investigator scheme2020-03-252020-04-01This supports and facilitates cross-border collaboration between European research partners by funding sub-projects conducted by Swiss-based researchers abroad. Grants are worth at least CHF 50,000 each for a period of one to four years. Deadlines on: 1 April 2020, 1 October 2020
British AcademySmall research grants2020-03-252020-04-01These support regional research into maritime archaeology undertaken in the eastern Mediterranean, with a particular focus on Cyprus, Lebanon and Syria. Grants are worth up to £10,000. Deadlines on: 1 April 2020, 1 October 2020.
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRHealth technology assessment programme2020-03-252020-04-01This programme aims to ensure that high quality research information on the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of health technology is produced in the most efficient way for those who use, manage, provide care in or develop policy for the NHS. There are no fixed limits on the duration of projects or funding, and proposals should be tailored to fully address the research problem. This is a one-off opportunity. Stage 1 applications due by 1pm.
UKRITuring Artificial Intelligence World-Leading Researcher Fellowships2020-03-262020-04-02Outline stage
British AcademyCONFAP/Newton fellowships2020-03-302020-04-06These enable UK researchers to develop the strengths and capabilities of their research groups through training, collaboration and reciprocal visits with partners in research groups in Brazil. Funding includes a monthly scholarship, travel, a scholarship for an undergraduate assistant and a grant of BRL 25,000 every six months. Applications due by 12 noon Brasília time.
British AcademyCONFAP/Newton young investigator awards for UK researchers in Brazil2020-03-302020-04-06These enable UK researchers to develop the strengths and capabilities of their research groups through training, collaboration and reciprocal visits with partners in research groups in Brazil. Awards cover costs for equipment, consumables, services, travel, overheads and include a stipend worth BRL 8,378 per month for up to four years. Applications due by 12 noon Brasília time.
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. This call enables current Wellcome grant holders to increase the impact of their work in regards to public engagement and open research. Funding is worth up to £250,000 and lasts until the end of the main Wellcome grant. ***
WellcomeSystems biology – from large datasets to biological insight course bursaries2020-04-022020-04-09These enable researchers to attend a course providing hands-on training in using large-scale multi-omics data and machine learning to infer biological models, to be held in July 2020 at the Wellcome Genome Campus, UK. Bursaries cover up to 50 per cent of the course fee.
WellcomeResearch career re-entry fellowships2020-04-082020-04-15These provide postdoctoral scientists with the opportunity to re-establish their scientific careers after a continuous break from research of at least two years. Fellowships cover salary, research expenses and other costs for up to four years. Preliminary applications due by 5pm BST, 15 April; full applications due by 5pm BST, 23 June 2020.

WellcomeSir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral fellowships2020-04-082020-04-15These enable newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to start independent research careers in high quality research environments. Fellowships are worth up to £300,000 over four years. Preliminary applications due by 5pm BST, 15 April; full applications due by 5pm BST, 23 June 2020.
WellcomeCollaborative awards in science2020-04-142020-04-21These promote the development of new ideas and speed up the pace of discovery in areas relevant to Wellcome. Awards are worth up to £4 million each for up to five years. Preliminary applications due by 5pm BST, 21 April; full applications due by 5pm BST, 16 July 2020.
MRCSenior non-clinical fellowship – transition to leadership2020-04-152020-04-22This enables researchers with a track record of effectively leading their own independent research to make the transition to research leadership and become an internationally recognised leader in their field. There is no limit to the funding that can be requested over the five-year duration. Deadlines on: 22 April 2020, 16 September 2020.
MRCCareer development award2020-04-152020-04-22This enables postdoctoral researchers to lead their own research plans and establish their own research team to make the transition from postdoctoral researcher to independent investigator. There is no limit for funding that can be requested over the five-year period. Deadlines on: 22 April 2020, 16 September 2020.
MRCPrimary and secondary prevention of cancer funding call2020-04-232020-04-30This seeks to generate new knowledge on interventions and their implementation for the prevention of cancer in low- and middle-income countries. The total budget is £6 million to fund several awards.
EPSRCStrategic equipment2020-04-292020-05-06This enhances UK scientific capability and supports a portfolio of high-quality, cutting-edge research of high priority by enabling researchers to purchase strategic equipment. Equipment must have a minimum value of £400,000.
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRHealth technology assessment programme2020-04-292020-05-06This supports primary research for the evaluation of interventions to improve the detection, management or treatment of people across the whole age range with symptoms of bipolar disorder, a diagnosis of bipolar disorder or at risk of bipolar disorder. There are no fixed limits on the duration of projects or funding, and proposals should be tailored to fully address the research problem. This is a one-off opportunity. Stage 1 applications due by 1pm.
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRHealth technology assessment programme – commissioned call on oral and dental health2020-04-292020-05-06This supports research evaluating public health measures, healthcare interventions and health and social care services to promote good oral and dental health, and to improve the prevention, detection and treatment of diseases and disorders of the teeth, gums, oral cavity or jaws across the whole life course. There are no fixed limits on the duration of projects or funding. This is a one-off opportunity. Stage 1 applications due by 1pm.
Leverhulme TrustVisiting professorships2020-04-302020-05-07These enable UK institutions to host distinguished researchers from overseas, primarily to enhance the skills of academic staff or students at the host institution. Funding is worth between £10,000 and £150,000 for between three months and one year.
STFCPublic engagement spark awards2020-04-302020-05-07These support programmes of novel public engagement that focus on a topic within the council’s remit, or align to the science and technology work of the council’s national and international laboratories and facilities. Awards are worth up to £15,000 each. Deadlines on: 7 May 2020, 22 October 2020.
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRHealth services and delivery research programme2020-04-302020-05-07This supports research evaluating public health measures, healthcare interventions and health and social care services to promote good oral and dental health, and to improve the prevention, detection and treatment of diseases and disorders of the teeth, gums, oral cavity or jaws across the whole life course. There are no fixed limits on the duration of projects or funding. This is a one-off opportunity. Stage 1 applications due by 1pm.
WellcomeSir Henry Dale fellowships2020-05-052020-05-12These support postdoctoral researchers who aim to become independent scientists leading their own groups addressing an important research question within their scientific remit. Fellowships are tenable for five years. Preliminary 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 grants2020-05-062020-05-13These support applicants in the preparatory work required for a full programme grant for applied research. Grants are worth up to £150,000 each over one to two years. Deadlines on: 13 May 2020, 23 September 2020.
Leverhulme TrustPhilip Leverhulme prizes2020-05-112020-05-18These recognise researchers in the early stages of their career whose work has had international impact and whose further research career is promising. Prizes are worth £100,000 each over two to three years.
CRUKCancer immunology project awards 2020-05-142020-05-21These aim to catalyse research and build the UK’s research base in cancer immunology by funding immunologists from non-cancer fields. Awards are worth up to £300,000 each over a period of up to three years.
Medical Research CouncilHealth systems research initiative call 7 – providing evidence to strengthen health systems in low and middle income countries, foundation grants2020-05-212020-05-28This supports research that addresses key questions on strengthening and improving health systems in LMICs. Grants are worth up to £200,000 each for up to two years.
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRInvention for innovation (i4i) product development awards2020-05-272020-06-03These support medical innovations at any stage of the translational and developmental pathway, including the clinical development of laboratory-validated technologies or interventions. There 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.
CRUKProspective sample collection awards2020-06-042020-06-11These provide support for the collection of samples within a clinical trial either where specific research questions cannot yet be generated, or where specific questions have been generated but the funding to carry out that work has been or will be obtained elsewhere. Grants are available for up to 10 years. Expressions of interest due at least one month before the full application deadline.
CRUKBiomarker project awards2020-06-042020-06-11These provide funding for biomarker assay development, validation and qualification where there is a clear line of sight to clinical implementation. Grants are worth up to £100,000 each for up to three years. Expressions of interest my be submitted at least one month before the full application deadline.
MRCMRC/NIHR methodology research programme2020-06-102020-06-17This supports research on methods development to underpin the biomedical and health sciences as well as methods in research for developing methods and their implementation in research standards. Grants may be awarded for up to five years.
Leverhulme TrustInternational professorships2020-06-122020-06-19This enables universities to recruit research leaders of any nationality currently working outside the UK. Up to 10 grants, worth up to £5 million each over five years, are available to fund staff salaries and associated costs.
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRPublic health research programme2020-07-212020-07-28This supports research on interactive electronic devices and children and young people's wellbeing. There are no fixed limits on the duration of projects or funding and proposals should be tailored to fully address the problem. This is a one-off opportunity. Stage 1 applications due by 1pm.
John Templeton FoundationSmall research grants2020-08-072020-08-14These support research in science and the big questions, character virtue development, individual freedom and free markets, exceptional cognitive talent, or genetics. Grants are worth up to USD 234,800, for a duration of up to three years.
OECDCRP Research Fellowship Awards 20212020-09-042020-09-11This call will open in April 2020
OECDCRP Conference Sponsorship 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
STFCBeamtime direct access – ISIS2020-10-142020-10-21This provides free access to neutron and muon instruments for academic and industry researchers at the ISIS research centre. UK researchers awarded beam time may request up to £1,200 per experiment for consumables. Deadlines on: 21 October 2020, 21 April 2021.
AHRCUrgency grants pilot2020-10-242020-10-31This enables arts and humanities researchers to respond in an agile way to unanticipated urgent research needs and opportunities that meet a development need or challenge, or have the potential to support LMICs to address the UN sustainable development goals. Proposals may have eligible costs of up to £150,000 for up to one year and are funded at 80 per cent of full economic costs. Applicants 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)2020-11-112020-11-18Full proposal deadline the third Wednesday in November, annually thereafter
National Science FoundationEcology and evolution of infectious diseases2020-11-112020-11-18This supports collaborative research on the ecological, evolutionary and socio-ecological principles and processes that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. Awards are worth up to USD 2.5 million for a maximum duration of five years.
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 scheme2020-12-242020-12-31This scheme supports rapid baseline data collection, as well as other feasibility work, for time-limited opportunities such as evaluations of new public health interventions. Grants are worth up to £50,000 each.