External funding

The list below includes information on upcoming funding opportunities.

Endocrine/Metabolic

Innovators in diabetes programme

Organisation / Charity:
Diabetes UK

This enables early-career researchers to expand their knowledge, gain new skills and network with other researchers by attending an annual residential weekend for three years. All costs associated with attending the weekends are covered.

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Strategic research agreements

Organisation / Charity:
JDRF

These enable single or multiple investigators to address critical gaps and challenges and potential breakthroughs in type 1 diabetes research. Funding is available for up to three years.

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Neurodegeneration

Research involvement awards

Organisation / Charity:
Parkinson's UK

These offer researchers hands-on support with patient and public involvement, at any stage of the research cycle.

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Grants

Organisation / Charity:
Dementia Consortium

These support research to identify novel targets in the areas of neurodegeneration and dementia.

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Dementia consortium funding

Organisation / Charity:
Alzheimer's Research UK

This supports research projects that aim to provide validation of targets for the treatment of dementia or explore the tractability of the target for drug discovery. Grants are typically worth between £100,000 and £250,000 each.

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PhD studentships

Organisation / Charity:
Alzheimer's Society

These support students wishing to embark on a career in dementia research. Awards are worth up to £91,000 each.

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Senior fellowships

Organisation / Charity:
Alzheimer's Society

These support postdoctoral or other successful researchers who wish to build on a number of successful years of dementia research, and who demonstrate ambition and potential to be a leader in their research field. Fellowships are worth up to £400,000 over four years full-time or five years part-time research.

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Junior fellowships

Organisation / Charity:
Alzheimer's Society

These support postdoctoral researchers who have shown promise at the start of their research career and have demonstrated a potential to be independent dementia researchers. Fellowships are worth up to £225,000 each over three years full-time or four years part-time.

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Project grants

Organisation / Charity:
Alzheimer's Society

These support research into the cause, cure, care or prevention of any form of dementia. Grants are worth up to £400,000 each over three years.

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Cancer

Multidisciplinary project award

Organisation / Charity:
Cancer Research UK

This supports collaborations between cancer researchers and scientists from engineering and physical science disciplines. Grants are worth up to £500,000 each over a maximum period of four years.

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Career establishment awards

Organisation / Charity:
Cancer Research UK

These 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.…

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Career development fellowship

Organisation / Charity:
Cancer Research UK

This 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.

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Senior cancer research fellowship

Organisation / Charity:
Cancer Research UK

This 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.

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Project grants

Organisation / Charity:
Bloodwise

These support research projects addressing key questions in the field of blood cancer. Grants are worth up to £250,000 over a duration of six months to three years.

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Programme foundation awards

Organisation / Charity:
Cancer Research UK

These 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.

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Science committee programme awards

Organisation / Charity:
Cancer Research UK

These 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.

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Project grants (neuro-onc, but also pain and acquired brain injury in remit)

Organisation / Charity:
Brain Research UK

These grants support translational research projects that address areas of large unmet need and demonstrate a clear pathway to clinical impact in diseases of the nervous system. Grants are worth up to £300,000.

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Research support awards

Organisation / Charity:
Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund

These provide funding for research laboratories, clinical facilities, research equipment and clinical care activities related to leukaemia.

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Project grants

Organisation / Charity:
Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund

These support research on aspects of leukaemia and related haematological malignancies. Awards are available for up to three years.

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Project grants

Organisation / Charity:
Breast Cancer Now

These enable established researchers to carry out research that supports improvements in the prevention, detection and treatment of all forms of breast cancer. Grants are worth up to £230,000 each for one to three years.

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Experimental medicine award

Organisation / Charity:
Cancer Research UK

This 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.

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Basic Research

Essential open source software for science

Organisation / Charity:
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

This supports open source software maintenance, growth, development and community engagement projects that are essential to biomedical research. Grants are worth between USD 50,000 and USD 250,000 each for one year.

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Royal Society/Leverhulme Trust senior research fellowships

Organisation / Charity:
Royal Society

These 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.

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Early-career fellowships

Organisation / Charity:
Leverhulme Trust

These 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.

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PhD studentship fund

Organisation / Charity:
Dunhill Medical Trust

This enables UK universities and research institutions to offer PhD studentships on the treatment of age-related diseases and frailty or improving health and social care for older people. Up to two awards, each worth up to £200,000, are available to cover a PhD stipend, tuition fees and an additional amount for research expenses.

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Cardiovascular

Project grants

Organisation / Charity:
Stroke Association

These support the entire spectrum of stroke research, from prevention and risk factors through to treatment and rehabilitation in an acute setting and longer term in the community. Funding is worth up to £250,000 over three years.

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Translational awards

Organisation / Charity:
British Heart Foundation

These 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.

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Chronic Inflammatory diseases

Research grants

Organisation / Charity:
National Multiple Sclerosis Society

These support studies related to multiple sclerosis that aim to advance the society’s mission of preventing multiple sclerosis, restoring function and improving quality of life. Grants are awarded for one to five years.

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Innovator awards – inflammatory bowel disease

Organisation / Charity:
Kenneth Rainin Foundation

These awards support innovative research on predicting and preventing inflammatory bowel disease. Grants are worth up to USD 200,000 each for a one-year period.

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Ageing-related

UKRI Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF): Healthy Ageing Catalyst Awards 2020 - Outline Stage

Organisation / Charity:
UK Research and Innovation

The Catalysts Awards will provide approximately 20 grants per year until 2023 for academics based at UK Research Organisations to explore new, innovative, ideas with the potential to transform the physical, mental or social well-being of people across the world as they age.

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Smart Ageing Prize

Organisation / Charity:
Active and Assisted Living Joint Programme (AAL)

This 50,000 EUR challenge prize is seeking solutions that support, empower and inspire older adults to engage in entrepreneurship, for example through the creation of intergenerational teams and skills-sharing, or digital solutions to help bring to life the entrepreneurial ideas and energy of the 60+ age group.

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PhD studentship fund

Organisation / Charity:
Dunhill Medical Trust, GB

The Dunhill Medical Trust invites applications for its PhD studentship fund. This enables UK universities and research institutions to offer PhD studentships on the treatment of age-related diseases and frailty or improving health and social care for older people. While applications can be made for a single studentship, preference will be given to proposals which…

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Mental Health/Neuro Psych

Healthy longevity catalyst awards

Organisation / Charity:
UK Research and Innovation

These support new, innovative, ideas with the potential to transform the physical, mental or social well-being of people across the world as they age. Grants are worth up to £50,000 each for up to one year.

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Fellows award

Organisation / Charity:
MQ: Transforming Mental Health

This supports early-career scientists who are asking challenging questions that will contribute to transformative advances in mental health research as they establish their independence. Funding is worth up to £225,000 for up to three years.

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