Funding Opportunities

First into Research Fellowships 2019 - RCBC Wales

RCBC Wales will fund up to eight First into Research (FiR) Fellowships. 

FiR Fellowships are for part time study for 12 months on the basis of one day per week. Each award will be for £10,744. Of this, £6,489 will be payable to the employing institution for the day release of fellows, £3,605 towards supervision and training costs in the host HEI and £650 towards research costs, including attendance at the Community of Scholars study days (see the RCBC website for more details)

Application Process
Eligibility check forms are to be completed and returned to any time up to 15TH FEBRUARY 2019.  Applicants will be notified within 10 working days of receipt of the check form whether they meet eligibility criteria.
To assist in refining their ideas, eligible applicants will be invited to participate in a webinar with experts in research design, qualitative and quantitative methods, patient involvement, ethics, and health policy and service improvement.They will also consider maximising impact and managing their project.  The webinar will be held on 5th MARCH 2019.
3. Following the workshop applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal application form by 15TH MARCH 2019.
After shortlisting full proposal applications, selection will be conducted via interviews.  Interviews will be held on 26TH MARCH 2019
Fellowships will commence 1ST APRIL 2019

Funded PhD Studentship with University of South Wales

We are currently advertising a three year, EU funded, PhD studentship available from April 1st 2019 in collaboration with Genomics Partnership Wales. [Closing Date: midnight January 27th]

This longitudinal, cross-Wales, multicentre case study will be looking at the 'what, when and how' to teach genomics to (mainstream) health professionals.

This studentship is funded by the EU through the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS). The successful candidate will be looking at learning needs and preferences of NHS staff; approaches to education delivery and measuring changes in knowledge and attitudes. Wales and other countries are investing heavily to embed genomic healthcare within their health services and so this is a very timely study as staff education has, to date, lagged significantly behind investment in technological infrastructure. I’d encourage anyone with an interest in (health) workforce development and training, (adult) education or behaviour change to apply. The genomics education for NHS staff (that will occur alongside this PhD) will be delivered through Genomics Partnership Wales and so candidates do not need a background in genomics. We have a supervision team that includes an educationalist and a psychologist (who has worked with previously with the Director of Studies on behaviour change, genomics and the health workforce).

 Please see the attached PDF for further details.  I can of course be contacted for further information ( (01443 483156).

People Living With Frailty: Improving care, enhancing leadership

The QNI has announced a new opportunity for nurse-led projects in the community starting in 2019.

Thanks to funding from the Burdett Trust for Nursing, the QNI is delighted to open applications to develop a nurse-led project in the community focused on people living with frailty.

We are seeking ten projects for funding. Each project will receive up to £5000 and a year-long programme of support from QNI staff, including workshops and site visit.

The closing date for completed applications is 31st January 2019.

Further information:

RCN Foundation Education Grants 

Educations available for Nurses, Midwives and Health Care Assistants. 

Our education grants fund a wide variety of learning, development and research opportunities, providing the support individuals need to make a difference to quality patient care. 

The RCN Foundation believes that patients deserve the best possible experience and care, delivered by well trained and high performing professionals. 

For nurses to be able to keep up to date with new developments and use their knowledge and skills to transform the care their patients receive, it is important they engage in development opportunities and shared learning.

There are ten grants available, with various opening and closing dates.

Further information:

British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) provides a wide range of grants for short and long term research projects, essential infrastructure and strategic initiatives.

The BHF fund all types of cardiovascular research, including on stroke, vascular dementia and diabetes, and from the lab to the clinic and the community.

Information about the different types of grants available can be found here

Welsh Government & Health and Care Research Wales

PhD health studentship award - OPEN

The Wales School for Social Care Research (WSSCR) is offering PhD Studentship Awards for social care research. The Wales School for Social Care Research is funded by Welsh Government to build strength in excellent social care research with real-world application and positive impact on the well-being of people in Wales.

The School is a part of the wider Health and Care Research Wales infrastructure, with the School Hub in the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University and staff located at Bangor University and Cardiff University.

Closing date: 11 February 2019

Health research grants - CLOSED

 These grants support capacity-building in health research by funding high-quality research projects that demonstrate a clear benefit to patients, service users and carers or the organisation and delivery of effective healthcare service in Wales. Grants are worth up to £250,000 over a period of 24 months.

Closing date: 05 December 2018

Social care research capacity building grant award - CLOSED

The Wales School for Social Care Research is delighted to announce that the Social Care Research Capacity building grants are now open for applications. The maximum sum available for each award is £10,000. The School anticipates being able to fund up to ten projects in total. Read more and apply

Closing date: 28 November 2018

Social care research fel­lowship award - CLOSED

This award enables individuals to become independent researchers and to under­take high-quality research. The total budget of this call is approximately £900,000. Three to four awards are anticipated, and are expected to be up to three years in duration. 

Closing date: 28 November 2018

Research for patient and public benefit scheme - CLOSED

This scheme supports research directed at achieving benefit for users of the NHS or the public health of the people in Wales. Grants are worth up to £230,000 over a period of 24 months. 

Closing date: 05 December 2018

Clinical research time awards - CLOSED

These awards provide NHS staff with the opportunity to apply for protected time to engage in research activity and to develop their research skills. Applicants are expected to apply for research time of one or two sessions a week for a maximum period of three years. 

Closing date: 25 October 2018

Health research fellowship award - Closed

Health and Care Research Wales is pleased to announce a new call for applications to the Health Research Fellowship scheme. The Fellowships aim to support individuals to become independent researchers and to undertake high quality studies. Applications are invited from across all sectors and scientific disciplines. 

Closing date: 29 November 2017

PhD social care student­ship award - closed

The following information is subject to change. This award supports supports capacity building in social care by funding research pro­jects that aim to provide evidence with relevance to patients, service users, carers, and the organisation and delivery of effective social care services. 

Closing date: 15 September 2017

Excess treatment costs

This scheme provides funding to cover the excess treatment costs of exter­nally funded non-commercial research in secondary care carried out within NHS Wales.

Closing date: None

Butterfield Award Programme

Applications are invited for grants in medicine and health for the Butterfield Award Programme. 

The principal intention of the programme is to enable researchers, practitioners, policy makers and voluntary sector workers in Japan and Britain to share experience and advance knowledge and good practice, and to facilitate UK-Japan professional exchanges and small-scale collaborations. 

Applications can be in any relevant field of medicine and health. Projects in the economics and management of healthcare, public health and the interface between medical and social care are particularly welcome. 

Grants are not available to fund laboratory consumables and equipment nor for the purely clinical costs of joint research projects but are intended, for example, to help towards travel and living expenses of such research collaborations, or towards seminars, conferences, workshops or publications. 

Further background information is available in the link below, and for examples of the kind of projects that have received our funding, our Annual Reports list Butterfield awards made each year and provide examples of the kind of projects that have received our funding in the past. These Reports can be viewed on our website, where you can also download the Butterfield Programme application form: 

The deadline for applications is 15th December 2018 for projects beginning no earlier than 31st March 2019.

NIHR funding opportunities

Health Services and Delivery Research Programme - Commissioned

The commissioned workstream invites applications in response to calls for research on specific questions which have been identified and prioritised for their importance to the NHS and patients. Proposals may include primary research, evidence synthesis, or feasibility and pilot studies. See our current funding opportunities or download a list of potential future research topics currently being developed.

NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme

The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme funds research about the clinical and cost effectiveness and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive care in the NHS.

The commissioned workstream invites applications in response to calls for research on specific questions which have been identified and prioritised for their importance to the NHS and patients. Proposals may include primary research, evidence synthesis, or feasibility and pilot studies. See our current funding opportunities or download a list of potential future research topics currently being developed.

NIHR Public Health Research Programme 

The PHR programme invites applications from researchers whose studies will generate 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. 

The researcher-led workstream offers researchers the opportunity to submit proposals on topics or research questions within the programme’s remit. 

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme - an NIHR and MRC partnership

Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship Programme

  • Round 6 now closed (deadline 14 September). Next call to be announced.
    Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowships (KMRF) are designed to support a balance of innovative knowledge mobilisation and research into the processes and impacts of such innovation. Through innovative practice and systematic study of that practice KMR Fellows should advance knowledge and understanding about research use, influence and impact.

Invention for Innovation Programme (i4i)

Bowel Cancer UK

Bowel Cancer UK are now accepting applications from UK-based researchers for project and pilot grants in the following research areas: 

Improving bowel cancer screening, with a particular focus on:

  • Developing new forms of screening and early detection methods
  • Increasing screening uptake by testing different public interventions
  • Ways to reduce demand for endoscopy tests so capacity can be released
  • Enabling risk stratification to be introduced into the screening programme

Understanding and identifying people at high risk of bowel cancer, with a particular focus on:

  • Improving the identification of people at higher risk
  • Practical improvements in surveillance screening

Understanding bowel cancer in the under 50s, with a particular focus on: 

  • Increasing our understanding of the characteristics of bowel cancer in the under 50s
  • Investigating the causes of growing numbers of cases
  • Enabling the diagnosis of younger people with bowel cancer more quickly

Project grants

Funding is for up to two years with a value of up to £75,000 per year. Funding can cover salaries, consumables (including animal costs) and small items of equipment that are essential to the project.

Pilot grants

Pilot grants are available for up to 18 months of funding for up to £25,000. Funding will cover salaries and consumables (including animal costs) only. 

Deadline for applications: 31 January 2019

Further information:

Research Awards for Health Professionals

This scheme offers practising health professionals the opportunity to carry out humanities or social science research, in any area of health.

  • Career stage: Postgraduate training, Postdoctoral research
  • Level of funding: Salary and research expenses covered
  • Duration of funding: Up to 6 months, or up to 3 years

Deadlines for preliminary application: 11 January 2018 - CLOSED

Further information:

Fulbright Awards for UK Citizens

The US-UK Fulbright Commission provides generous grants to UK citizens for study, research and teaching in the USA, in any subject and at any accredited US higher education institution.

A wide range of exchange opportunities for UK citizens are offered in the following main categories:

  • Postgraduate Student Awards to pursue a postgraduate degree in the US or to attend a US university as a 'visiting student researcher' in any subject;*
  • Summer Institutes for UK undergraduates to experience the US in a unique summer programme.

*Please note that the "visiting student researcher" option should be used for applicants who will pursue research projects at a degree granting accredited education institution while currently enrolled in an UK/European Master’s / Doctorate programme. Applicants will be required to engage in an independent full time research project under the supervision of a research advisor at their U.S. host institution.

In order to apply for a Fulbright award you must be a UK citizen, resident anywhere except the United States. Non-UK citizens are required to apply in their country of citizenship, even if they are resident in the UK.

Each award has additional specific eligibility criteria. Please review the Selection Criteria tab on each award's page for more information.

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