Latest Health Research Funding Opportunities

Money by CJ IsherwoodFunding Opportunities: Projects and Programmes

National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative Research Call 3 Deadline 13 September 2013.

The National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative (NAEDI) is a partnership between the Department of Health, National Cancer Action Team and Cancer Research UK. It aims to promote earlier diagnosis of cancer, increasing access to optimal treatment and thereby improving survival rates and reducing cancer mortality. NAEDI Research Call 3 will accept high quality, researcher driven project grant applications on any topic within the field of early cancer diagnosis including the following key questions where the evidence is currently lacking:

•  Investigating reasons for late presentation (to primary care or A&E) and low uptake of screening.

•  Developing effective interventions to prompt change, at both individual and systemic levels, to reduce late presentation and low uptake of screening.

•  Investigating reasons for delays occurring within primary care and onward referral.

NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Programme – Researcher-led work stream Deadline 3 October 2013, 1pm.

The Health Services and Delivery Research Programme invites research proposals which aim to produce rigorous and relevant evidence on the quality, accessibility and organisation of health services, and improve the quality, effectiveness and accessibility of the NHS. This includes both primary research and evidence syntheses, depending on the existing research and the most appropriate way of responding to important knowledge gaps.

NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research Deadline 15 October 2013, 13:00

The NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research programme invites Stage 1 research proposals to develop individual programmes. 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. Individual awards are for a maximum of £2 million over a period of three to five years. The amount of funding awarded is determined by the scale and nature of the research activity to be conducted.

Programme Development Grants Deadline 15 October 2013.

Applications are invited for Programme Development Grant funding. PDGs are designed to increase the rate and number of successful applications for a full Programme Grant by supporting the completion of the necessary preparatory work to suitably position the research team to submit a competitive Stage 2 Programme Grant application. Individual awards are for a maximum of £100k over a period of six to eighteen months. The amount of funding awarded is determined by the scale and nature of the research activity to be conducted. Successful applicants, on completion of their development work, proceed straight to a Stage 2 Programme Grant application.

Funding Opportunities: Fellowships

Senior investigators Department of Health including NIHR, GB Deadline 30 July 2013

The Department of Health’s National Institute for Health Research invites applications for its senior investigators position. This aims to attract, develop and retain the best research professionals in the NIHR to conduct clinical and applied health and social care research.

Only NIHR investigators are eligible to apply under this call. This refers to researchers who are employed by an NHS organisation, university or registered charity based in England, who receive research funding from NIHR projects, programmes, units, centres, and schools, NIHR and MRC partnership programme or from the NIHR policy research programme.

Senior investigators will receive an award of £15,000 per year to support their research work, and their institution will receive a further £75,000 of research capability funding.

NIHR HEE healthcare science research fellowship programme Deadline 7 August 2013

The Department of Health’s National Institute for Health Research in partnership with Health Education England invites proposals for its healthcare science research fellowship scheme. This supports the development of healthcare science research capacity and capacity building, by providing funding to undertake research for patient benefit. Doctoral fellowships provide funding for individual research on doctoral level and as support for undertaking a PhD. Postdoctoral fellowships provide funding for individual postdoctoral research projects.

Applications are invited from individuals working in England from one of the three main healthcare scientist areas: biology, physiology, and physics and engineering.

Doctoral fellowships may last three years full time, four years part time or five years part time. Postdoctoral fellowships may last up to two years full time, three years part time or four years part time. Awards cover the fellow’s salary, direct research costs, tuition fees as well as costs of formal courses, training and development in research.

PhD scholarship Alzheimer’s Research UK Deadline October 2013

Alzheimer’s Research UK invites applications for its PhD scholarships. The scheme supports a full three-year PhD programme. It does not cover funding gaps for PhD students who have already started their studies.

The lead applicant and point of contact must be based in a UK academic or research institution, but the application can include researchers or institutions outside the UK.

Applications must be made by individual or joint supervisors, not students. The lead supervisor must have a contract with the institution covering the duration of the scholarship. If the lead supervisor does not hold a tenure or tenure-track appointment, the application must include a co-supervisor who does.

Scholarships last for three years and provide a stipend of £15,000 per year (£16,000 in London), full PhD tuition fees, and research and travel costs of £10,000 per year.

Funding Opportunities: Studentships

Medical Research Council Industrial CASE studentships Deadline 31 July 2013

The Medical Research Council invites applications for its industrial CASE studentships. These aim to provide doctoral students with challenging research training within the context of a research collaboration between academic and partner organisations in the private, public and civil society sectors. Each student will have two committed PhD supervisors, one academic and one from the non-academic partner. Approximately 30 to 35 studentships are funded each year. At least five of these should be awarded to small and medium sized enterprises.

The competition is open to applications form scientists within UK higher education institutions, research council institutes, independent research organisations, companies with an established UK-based research or commercial production capability, and other non-academic partner organisations able to provide students with research training and experience not available in an academic setting. Funding is provided to research organisations and is not given to students directly.

Arthritis Research UK PhD studentships Deadline 7 August 2013

Arthritis Research UK invites applications for its PhD studentships. These are awarded to university departments for projects that have clear relevance to the aims of Arthritis Research UK and provide training in research in a multidisciplinary environment.

Applications may include a named student or, alternatively, students may be recruited after the studentship is awarded. Proposals may also be submitted for collaborative studentships by universities with an industrial sponsor. Awards consist of a tax-free incremental stipend, worth a maximum of £23,673 per year, UK tuition fees and limited running costs over three years.

British Skin Foundation Studentship award Deadline 23 August 2013

The British Skin Foundation invites applications for its studentship award. This is available to any research institution based in the UK or Republic of Ireland seeking to fund dermatological research at PhD level.

The studentship is worth a fixed amount of £81,000. The maximum duration is three years, although this may be extended by negotiation where there are issues around flexible working, career breaks or maternity leave.

Diabetes UK PhD studentship Deadline 30 September 2013

Diabetes UK invites applications for its PhD studentship. The scheme enables outstanding science graduates to study for a PhD in the field of diabetes research.

Applications must be from potential supervisors only. Supervisors must be able to show that they have a full-time position at a UK-based institution for the lifetime of the grant.

The stipend is worth up to £52,500 for a period of three years. Support for materials and consumables can be requested and should not exceed £10,000 per year.