Funding Opportunities

Health Foundation: Scaling Up Improvement Programme

The Health Foundation invites applications for funding via its scaling up improvement programme. Funding supports projects that aim to improve health care delivery or the way people manage their own health care, through the redesign of processes, practices and services. Projects should use ideas, interventions and approaches that have been tested and shown to be successful at small scale and have the potential to be widely adopted across the health service. The programme is specifically concerned with projects that:

  • equip people to manage their conditions and health care more effectively;
  • equip health care providers to improve the quality of care provided to their patients on a daily basis, by making improvements in direct services for people with health
  • will lead to direct benefits for patients within the programme timescale.

Applicant organisations are expected to work in partnerships. Lead applicants should be health or social care providers in the UK where NHS services are free at the point of delivery, and where the proposed intervention is being implemented. Partner organisations may include: non-NHS provider organisations, such as charities, voluntary organisations, patient-led organisations, education bodies, companies and consultancies; royal colleges; specialist societies; evaluation or research organisations; collaborations for leadership in applied health research and care; academic health science networks and improvement organisations; clinical commissioning groups. Private companies or profit-making organisations are not eligible to receive more than 15 per cent of the project funds.

Funding is worth up to £500,000 per project, with up to seven projects expected to be funded in this round. The foundation also provides access to quality improvement experts through webinars, workshops and seminars.

Closing Date: 2 June 2015

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Pilot project grants: Alzheimer's Research UK

Closing Date: 09 Oct 15

Alzheimer's Research UK invites applications for its pilot project grants. These fund small, innovative research projects and pilot studies that, if successful, can lead to a major project or programme application to ARUK or other funding body. The work should address the causes, cures, prevention, diagnoses and treatments of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

The lead applicant and point of contact must be based in a UK academic or research institution, however the application may include researchers or institutions outside the UK. If the lead applicant does not hold a fixed-term or tenure appointment for the duration of the grant, the application must include a co-applicant who does.

Grants are worth up to £50,000 each over a maximum period of two years. Funding may be used to cover staff salaries, equipment, animals, running costs or any combination of these.

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New funding opportunities with the NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme

Commissioned funding opportunities

Proposals are invited on the following new commissioned topics in the area of primary research:

15/26 Interventions for rotator cuff disorders
15/27 Treatment for a dorsally displaced fracture of the distal radius
15/28 Occupational advice initiated prior to planned surgery for lower limb joint replacement
15/29 Fibrin glue for pilonidal disease
15/30 Family-based intervention for the management of asthma in children of south Asian origin
15/32 Antibiotics for acute otitis media with discharge
15/35 Interventions for painful diabetic neuropathy
15/36 Interventions to improve eating ability in children with neurodisability
15/37 Care and support for bereaved parents
15/38 Treating children with simple phobias severe enough to interfere with daily functioning
15/39 Treatment of avascular necrosis of the femoral head
15/40 A clinical decision aid to inform the management of lower urinary tract symptoms in men in primary care
15/41 Interventions for adults with spasticity due to Cerebral Palsy
15/42 Multi-modal retinal imaging for surveillance of patients with treated diabetic eye disease
15/43 Extended rehabilitation for older frail people after acute illness or injury
15/44 Thresholds for intervention in fever among critically ill children
15/45 Specialist intensive rehabilitation for lower limb amputees
15/46 Methylphenidate in cancer-related fatigue

Full details including closing dates, commissioning briefs, guidance for applicants and other commissioned topics are available on the HTA commissioned funding opportunities webpage.

NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme - Latest funding opportunities

Researcher-led applications invited for the multimorbidities in older people themed call

The HTA Programme is participating in the NIHR themed call for multimorbidities in older people. They are inviting applications for both Primary Research and Evidence Synthesis in this area identified as a national priority for research.

The full specification document can be found on the themed call page. Applications are welcome in any area covered in this document, but in particular the HTA Programme invites applications that:

  • aim to improve the management of frailty and multi-morbidity in surgical patients, prior to admission or to facilitate discharge
  • improve physical, mental or cognitive function
  • increase or maintain the ability for independent living
  • reduce the likelihood of admission to hospital or care home
  • address issues concerning the applicability or interpretation of evidence or guidelines that are based on single diseases or organs

If you have a research idea and would like to know if it fits within this call you can e-mail a summary of it to

15/11 - Multimorbidities in older people

The deadline is 1pm on 20 May 2015. For more details and to apply, please visit the HTA themed calls webpage.

Early Career Academic Grants 2015 

To mark its Centenary, the ACU committed to awarding a total of 100 Early Career Academic Grants to staff at ACU member universities to cover the costs of travel to and attendance at relevant conferences or academic meetings in another Commonwealth country. The scheme is aimed at early career academics who have not yet had the opportunity to work, study, or travel outside their own country.

As a result of the first two rounds of awards, 57 awardees have been able to attend conferences in countries like Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Canada, Tanzania and the UK. The award holders receive a grant of up to GBP 2,000 affording them the opportunity to attend a conference or academic meeting abroad where they can exchange ideas and build strong connections with fellow academics from all around the world.

Travel and other expenditure under the grant must take place between 1 June 2015 and 31 December 2015.

Application close on 22 February 2015.

For more details please see:

NISCHR Funding Schemes - January 2015 - NOW OPEN

The following two funding opportunities are now open for applications:

  • Health Research Awards
  • Research for Patient and Public Benefit Wales (RfPPB)

Both these schemes close to applications on Wednesday 25 March at 1pm.

Please see the website for further information and guidance documentation

New funding opportunities with the Public Health Research (PHR) Programme

Researcher-led funding opportunities

The PHR Programme is accepting applications to the latest round of the researcher-led workstream. The deadline for applications is 1pm, 2 April 2015.

For more information and to apply, please visit the PHR researcher-led funding opportunities webpage.

New funding opportunities with the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme

Commissioned funding opportunities

Applicants are invited to submit proposals on the following commissioning briefs by 1pm, 14 May 2015:

  • 15/24 - Assessing service models of community mental health response to urgent care needs
  • 15/25 - Evaluating group clinics for people with longterm conditions

For more information and to apply, please visit the NIHR HS&DR website.

BMA 2015 research grants – now open for applications

The 2015 BMA research grants are now open and we are accepting applications online at

The grants provide approximately £500,000 of research funding annually across ten different grants. Funding areas range from heart disease to schizophrenia to novel technologies to assist in patient care. Applications are invited from medical practitioners and/or research scientists for research in progress or prospective research.

Details of funding available, deadlines and contact details for the 2015 grants can all be found below. Please feel free to disseminate this information as widely as possible, in particular to any potential applicants.

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The Dunhill Medical Trust Research Grants

The key aim is that the Trust’s funding should encourage and support high quality research aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of older people.

Applications in the following areas are of particular interest to the Trust:

  • care of older people, including rehabilitation and palliative care 
  • research into the causes and treatments of disease, disability and frailty related to ageing.

Research project grants are normally within the range £25k to £300k.

Research programme grants are normally within the range of £300k to £1 million.

For more details please see: