Other funders

HEE/NIHR ICA Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) Round 4

The HEE/NIHR ICA Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) scheme supports early career researchers to become competitive applicants for a doctoral level research training fellowship.
ICA PCAFs support health and social care professionals who are not doctors or dentists, but are registered with an ICA approved regulatory body.
PCAF candidates may:
  • have little formal academic training/ research experience or
  • have completed some Masters level training or
  • have completed a Masters level qualification or
  • require Masters level training/ a full Masters
However, all applicants must be committed to a career as a clinical academic.

Please find more details here

Deadline for application: 1pm on 18 March 2021

NIHR In-Practice Fellowship

The NIHR In-Practice Fellowship (IPF) provides pre-doctoral academic training to fully-qualified general practitioners, general dental practitioners, and community dentists.

Awardees’ time should be split equally between a clinical position and the academic training funded through the award. Applicants should have a guaranteed clinical placement for 50% of the working week from the time the award starts.

Please find more details here.

Deadline for application: 1pm on 25 March 2021

Pre-doctoral Fellowship Round 3

NIHR Pre-doctoral Fellowships are designed to support people who are looking to start or advance a career in health and social care research methodology, specifically in one of the following areas:

  • medical statistics
  • health economics
  • clinical trial design
  • operational research
  • modelling
  • bioinformatics
  • qualitative research
  • mixed methods
  • epidemiology

Applicants without a Masters degree should use the Fellowship to undertake a Masters degree in one of the areas listed. Those already holding a relevant Masters degree (or currently completing one) should use the Fellowship to gain additional support and training to advance to the next level of their career. The Fellowship can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis.

Please find more details here

Deadline for application: 1pm on 25 March 2021

20/120 Food taxes and subsidies

The NIHR Public Health Research programme invite applications to address what impacts could food taxes and subsidies have on incidence and prevalence of, inequalities in, and consequences for chronic non-communicable diseases.

Please find more details here

Deadline for application: 1pm on 30 March 2021

Development and Skills Enhancement Award

The Development and Skills Enhancement Award (DSE) provides a maximum of 1 year of funding for post-doctoral NIHR Academy Members to gain skills and experience for the next phase of their research career.

Please find more details here
Deadline for application: 1pm on 31 March 2021

NIHR Pre-doctoral Local Authority Fellowship Scheme

This pilot scheme has been designed to support the academic ambitions of individuals wishing to develop as health and/or social care researchers whilst remaining employed, or at least engaged, within local authorities or local authority supporting services. A companion doctoral fellowship scheme is also being developed and will launch in spring 2021.
These fully funded pre-doctoral fellowships will enable awardees to retain their existing employment contracts and salaries, whilst protecting their time to prepare an application for a PhD fellowship and undertake a fully funded programme of relevant Masters level training.
Please find more details here
Deadline for application: 1pm on 31 March 2021

Programme Grants for Applied Research – Competition 35

Applications are invited for Stage 1 research proposals to develop individual programmes of research. Research funded through a Programme Grant typically consists of an interrelated group of high quality projects focused on a coherent theme and hence require multidisciplinary approaches, including clinical, health economics, statistics, qualitative and behavioural sciences, to ensure that research objectives can be met. The amount awarded and the length of the funding period will depend on the nature of the proposed work, in particular whether or not the proposal includes a substantial powered trial.

Please find more details here.

Deadline for application: 1pm on 7 April 2021

21/01 Health Technology Assessment Programme Researcher-led (primary research)

The NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme is funded by the NIHR, with contributions from the CSO in Scotland, Health and Care Research in Wales and the HSC R&D Division, Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland.
The NIHR HTA Programme funds research to assess the effectiveness of technologies within the NHS. In this researcher-led workstream, grants are available for primary research and evidence synthesis on topics proposed by the researchers.
Please find more details here
Deadline for application: 1pm on 5 May 2021

21/04 Children and young people’s mental health

The Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme is collaborating with What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC), and looking to receive applications for high-quality, evaluative research to improve the quality of care, support and access to services for children and young people (CYP) with mental health conditions, including children who have, or have had a social worker.

Applications received with a focus on CYP with mental health conditions who currently have or previously had a social worker will be considered for joint-funding by the HS&DR Programme, and WWCSC.

Please find more details here

Deadline for application: 1pm on 3 June 2021


Getting EU Funding

Although the UK has left the EU you’ll continue to get any EU funding you’ve already been awarded. This includes funding you’re due to continue getting after 31 December 2020.

Funding you can apply for under the current spending framework

You can apply for:

Funding you can apply for throughout the next spending framework

From January 2021, the UK will take part in the Peace Plus programme under the next EU spending framework from 2021 to 2027.

The UK also intends to continue participating in the following programmes under the next EU spending framework:

This page will be updated when more information is available.

European Commission (Horizon 2020)

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

Horizon 2020 underwrite guarantee update

Following the publication of the technical notice regarding the Horizon 2020 underwrite guarantee, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is now asking recipients of Horizon 2020 grants to input basic information about their awards into a bespoke portal. This will ensure that UKRI can keep UK researchers and businesses informed of the next steps if the government needs to underwrite Horizon 2020 payments. The new system was rolled out on 27 September 2018, follow this link to find out more this portal.

Other organisations

Diabetes UK – Committed to improving the care and treatment of diabetes, preventing it from developing in those at risk and, ultimately, finding a cure. Relevant grants: Project grants, clinical and basic research fellowships, PhD studentships, equipment grants, small grants, AHP nurse and midwife fellowships, travel fellowships.

Wellcome – Supports research into all aspects of biomedical science: from molecules and cells vital to life, through the spread of diseases or the vectors of disease across the globe, to clinical and public health research to improve the quality of healthcare. Relevant grants: PhD studentships, fellowships, strategic awards, investigator awards.

Medical Research Council – Dedicated to improving human health. Relevant grants: Supporting research across the entire spectrum of medical sciences. Studentships, fellowships, partnership grants, programme grants, biomedical catalyst grants, new investigator research grants.

Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council – Investing in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Relevant grants: Studentships, fellowships, new investigators, strategic awards, industry partnerships, international collaboration grants.

European Research Council – Encourages high quality research in Europe through competitive funding. Relevant grants: Starting grants, consolidator grants, advanced grants, synergy grants, proof of concept grants.

European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes – Encourages and supports groundbreaking diabetes research and promotes the next generation of leading diabetes researchers. Relevant grants: Research grants, Albert Renold Travel fellowships, EXPAND Programme, Young Investigator Award and Rising Star Fellowship, Future Leader Mentorship Programme, Future Leaders Award.

Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation – Research fellowships are given for research related to causes, cures or complications of diabetes. Occasionally, additional proposals which comply with the charity’s strategy for finding a cure for diabetes; improving treatment options and improving quality of life for people with diabetes will also be funded based on merit. Relevant grants: Research fellowships, occasional additional proposals based on merit/funds being available.