Research Funding Opportunities

Latest round of healthcare science research fellowships open for applications

Round five of the National Institute for Health Research and Health Education England Healthcare Science Research Fellowships is now open, offering funding awards at three levels: Doctoral Awards, Post-Doctoral Awards and Senior Clinical Lectureships. Funded by Health Education England, the Schemes are designed to support the development of research infrastructure, capacity and capability in healthcare science. They are designed to support individuals in the NHS healthcare science workforce who wish to bridge clinical/service careers and research. Applications must be submitted by 28 May 2014.

Call for proposals: Bowel & Cancer Research

EU applicants only

Bowel & Cancer Research invites applications for supporting PhD students in bowel research. Each award will be up to £75,000 over 3 years. Awards will be made in November 2014.

Bowel & Cancer Research funds translational research pertaining to diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. For this round, funding for one studentship will be restricted to a project tackling ulcerative colitis and one to a project addressing colorectal cancer.

Support will be given to:

  • Experimental medicine; studying human disease in human tissue
  • Innovation; therapeutic, diagnostic or devices
  • Trials; outcomes research

In general the charity does not fund work using experimental animals.

We encourage applicants to collaborate with clinical and scientific members of the NCBRSI but this is not a condition of funding.

Applicants already in receipt of a PhD studentship award may not reapply.

There is a one stage application process.
Application forms can be requested from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or downloaded from the Bowel and Cancer Research website
Closing date: 5pm on Thursday May 22nd
Final decisions on funding will be made in November.

HS&DR programme funding opportunities

The HS&DR commissioned workstream focuses on evaluating models of service delivery and interventions which have the potential to improve service effectiveness, efficiency and productivity. There are three rounds, with up to nine separate call topics per year. This page contains all the documents and information you need to complete your proposal form. Please read the instructions carefully.

Commissioned call for proposals
The commissioning briefs, application forms and guidance notes for these topics are all available on the HS&DR commissioned call web page. Applicants are invited to submit proposals on the commissioning brief by 1pm 15 May 2014.
14/46 - Research into organisation of surgical services for the twenty-first century
14/47 - Research on workforce implications of moving care out of hospital
13/157 - Research on improving performance and productivity at the clinical microsystem (team) level

14/19 - Follow-on studies to funded HS&DR projects
Applicants are invited to respond to this call by 1pm on 10 April 2014.

Researcher-led call for proposals
The HS&DR Programme is accepting applications to its researcher-led workstream. The closing date for applications is 1pm on 25 April 2014. For more information and to access the application form and guidance notes, please visit the HS&DR researcher-led call webpage.

Proposed research areas for 2014/15 EME commissioned calls

Please note that research in the following broad areas is likely to be commissioned during the next year, although the titles and timings may be subject to change. The individual commissioning briefs, which will be published when the calls open, will define the details of the calls.

Bowel control and faecal incontinence in adults: anticipated opening date June 2014

Novel endoscopic optical imaging interventions and technologies: anticipated opening date October 2014

Inflammatory bowel disease: anticipated opening date February 2015

Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB): Researcher-led proposals

Competition 24 is likely to launch at the end of February 2014. Applications to the RfPB Programme should arise from daily practice in the NHS and must demonstrate a trajectory to patient benefit in the short to medium term. The programme supports applications, which are regionally derived, and applications for feasibility and pilot studies are welcome.

Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme

Researcher-led proposals
The 8th call for i4i Product Development Awards will open on 14 May 2014 at 9am. i4i will support projects developing any innovative medical technology including medical devices, active implantable devices and in vitro diagnostic devices. i4i will also support projects which utilise and develop techniques or technologies from other industry sectors that could have a potential impact if applied in a healthcare setting.

Commissioned Call
The opening date for the 3rd call for i4i Challenge Awards will be confirmed shortly. The i4i Challenge Awards is a new i4i funding stream that aims to bridge the gap between the innovation and development of new medical technology and its adoption into clinical pathways.

HTA programme funding opportunity 13/151: Interventions for small bowel Crohn's disease

The HTA programme is accepting applications to its commissioned workstream for interventions for small bowel Crohn's. This is for primary research (two stage: outline to full proposal) and the call closes 1pm on 8 May 2014. More details are available to download. Various resources are available to download from this web page to help you prepare your application.

HTA programme funding opportunity 13/153: Ablative techniques for liver metastases

The HTA programme is accepting applications to its commissioned workstream for ablative techniques for liver metastases. This is for primary research (two stage: outline to full proposal) and the call closes 1pm on 8 May 2014. More details are available to download. Various resources are available to download from this web page to help you prepare your application.

NIHR Themed Call: Evaluative Research into Long-term Conditions in Adolescents and Young People

The research should aim to provide the evidence base to improve the health outcomes for children and young people (up to age 25) that result from long-term conditions. The following NIHR managed research programmes will be participating: • Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME)Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR)Health Technology Assessment (HTA)Invention for Innovation (i4i)Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR)Public Health Research (PHR)Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB)

Completed application forms must be submitted by 21 May 2014. Funding decisions will be made around March 2015. Please note that the NIHR Fellowships Programme is also participating in this call. The deadline for the next round of the programme (round 8) opens in Autumn 2014.

To support applications to the NIHR long-term conditions in children and young people themed call, the PHR Programme will be running a webinar on 1 April 2014, 10.30am.

UEG Research Prize for 2014

UEG awards €100,000 each year for excellence in basic science, translational or clinical research. By donating this prize UEG aims to support winners in financing their future research and to accompany their scientific projects from early stages to successful conclusion. The recipient must be able to demonstrate that their work has had an impact in its field and its quality has been recognised internationally. It may be used to purchase equipment, research consumables and as salary support. Application is open until May 18, 2014.

Further details are available here.

EME programme funding opportunity 14/02: Stratified Medicine in Non-Cancerous Conditions

The EME Programme is accepting applications to its commissioned workstream for stratified medicine in non-cancerous conditions. The call closes on 3 June 2014. Anyone interested can register for a webinar on 25 March 2014 to learn more about the call. Further information about the EME programme remit, the commissioning brief and tips for making a successful application are available from the EME website. NETSCC strongly advises that potential applicants collaborate and plan - successful EME applications generally involve strong collaborations between an academic unit and/or NHS organisation and/or industry. Build a strong team and start to prepare your bid using your combined expertise.

Pump prime funding for initial feasibility studies

NIHR Enteric HTC aims to identify and address unmet clinical need in the diagnosis and management of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and bowel function. The HTC seeks new ideas for medical device innovations and offers the opportunity to apply to NIHR Enteric HTC for pump prime funding for initial feasibility studies on potential new medical technologies within the field of digestive diseases and GI surgery.

National Societies LINK Award Programme

UEG aims to promote closer ties with and between all its National Societies and to support them in their scientific and professional activities. To fullfill this aim, the National Societies Committee has established this format to help fund cross-border projects co-ordinated by at least two UEG National Society Members.

Application is open until April 18, 2014


Direct benefit to UEG's National Member Societies societies is at the core of this programme and UEG supports projects with funding totalling up to €200,000. The aims in detail are:

  • Encourage the development of cross-border scientific & professional co-operations that have not yet been organised within the UEG community (for example development of clinical guidelines, cross-border fellowship programmes, etc.)
  • Strengthen relationships, knowledge and skills transfer between individual National Societies and with the UEG.
  • Support National Societies as a whole rather than individuals.

MRC Public Health Intervention Development Scheme (PHIND)

The Public Health Intervention Development scheme (PHIND) is a new MRC funding scheme designed specifically to provide support for early phase development of public health interventions. This rapid response funding scheme is aimed at improving the initial evidence on which the development and evaluation of public health interventions are based. Studies should address an important UK or global public health issue and offer an innovative approach to intervention development or applying an existing intervention in a new setting.

The scheme's remit ranges from primary research developing and designing the intervention to feasibility studies, encompassing:

  • developing theory
  • modelling process and outcomes
  • assessing feasibility

Systematic reviews, meta analyses and pilot studies are outside the remit of the PHIND scheme. Applicants can apply for up to £150K for a maximum of 18 months and the scheme will operate three times a year. For further information, please see the MRC website.

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Funding opportunities booklet

This booklet provides information about the NIHR’s research funding and career development opportunities available for researchers based in the NHS, universities, industry and other organisations concerned with health, public health and social care.

A brief overview of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

This leaflet provides an overview of the structure and work of the National Institute for Health Research.

The NIHR has published various documents in which you might be interested. They are available here.