Funding Opportunities

THIS Institute PhD Fellowships

The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (THIS Institute) is seeking applications from universities who will recruit and select high-calibre students to undertake PhD student fellowships. Universities may appoint clinical and non-clinical candidates and should propose up to three projects in the area of improvement research to provide a choice to prospective PhD students. THIS Institute is looking for individuals who can demonstrate that they can deliver the highest standards of research excellence and are driven to apply their skills to studying improvement in healthcare quality and safety.

Alongside disciplines already active in this area (such as, for example, health services research, epidemiology, and social science), they are looking for fresh thinking and contributions from many fields within and beyond healthcare, including, for example, law, business studies, philosophy, engineering and many more.

The requirement will be to show how the proposed research will add to the evidencebase and will be of relevance to the UK health system. Fellowship awards will include a salary/stipend, fees (where applicable) and research expenses.

Deadline for applications: 19 March 2018

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Apply for the latest round of funding for clinical lecturers

A call for applications for Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers, offering up to £30,000, has been opened by the Academy of Medical Sciences.

These awards offer 1-2 years of funding to clinical lecturers, supporting them to gather data and make stronger bids for long-term grants. 

Applications close: 16 March 2018

Read more and apply

ESRC-NIHR dementia research initiative 2018

The Economic and Social Research Council and the NIHR are inviting outline proposals to undertake social science research to support innovation in dementia prevention, interventions and care delivery.

Research should advance methodology and social science theory in dementia research and support active career development. Proposals should inform health and social care practice and policy relating to dementia. Read more and apply

Submission deadline for outline proposals: 16:00 on 15 March 2018

Yorkshire Cancer Research

Yorkshire Cancer Research is committed to investing £100m in ground breaking research and services, with the ambitious goal of saving 2000 lives a year in Yorkshire by 2025. This year we have allocated £4m to support the 2018 Funding Round and have also committed £6m to support commissioned research which will be available later in the year. Collectively, the synergy of both response-mode funding and commissioning will allow us to make progress on our target of 2000 lives.

The 2018 Funding Round will focus on three areas:

  • Early Diagnosis and Cancer Screening
  • Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Trials

Preliminary application deadline: 15 March 2018

Further information

Welsh Government & Health and Care Research Wales

PhD health studentship award - OPEN

The scheme supports capacity building in health and care research by funding high-quality research projects providing robust evidence which addresses the health and care needs of service users, carers and the wider population, and/or the organisation and delivery of efficient and effective services in Wales.  

Studentship calls may incorporate topical themes which align with Welsh Government policy priorities, which will be indicated in the call documentation. Where this applies, applicants can apply to the general scheme or specifically to the themed call.

Closing date: 27 March 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: 20 December 2017

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: 8 January 2017

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: 16 October 2017

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

COMING SOON: Social care research fel­lowship award

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: Not known

COMING SOON: Health research grants

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in November 2018. The following information is subject to change. 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: Not known

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

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

17/110 EME Mental Health Themed Call  
Deadline: 13:00 on 27 March 2018
Read more and apply

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)

Policy Research Programme

Round 20 including:

Deadline: 17 April 2018

European Structural Funds 2014 - 2020 Research and Innovation funding call now open

A call for research and innovation proposals across Wales is currently underway, with £30 million available. The theme of this funding call is ‘accelerating world-class collaboration in research and innovation.' 
Read more and register your interest

Deadline for proposals: 28 March 2018

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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