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Research Grants

Some of the top recurring research grants are listed below. Follow the links for up-to-date information on each funding scheme.

You can also click here to see some Top Funders, or here to see some Fellowships.

NIHR Research grants

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME)
The EME programme funds ambitious studies evaluating interventions with potential to make a step-change in the promotion of health, treatment of disease and improvement of rehabilitation or long-term care.
https://www.nihr.ac.uk/explore-nihr/funding-programmes/efficacy-and-mechanism-evaluation.htm

Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR)
The HD&DR programme aims to produce rigorous and relevant evidence to improve the quality, accessibility and organisation of health and social care services.
https://www.nihr.ac.uk/explore-nihr/funding-programmes/health-services-and-delivery-research.htm

Health Technology Assessment (HTA)
The HTA programme funds research about the clinical and cost-effectiveness and broader impact of NHS healthcare treatments and tests.
https://www.nihr.ac.uk/explore-nihr/funding-programmes/health-technology-assessment.htm

Invention for Innovation (i4i)
The i4i programme supports the development of innovative healthcare technologies.
https://www.nihr.ac.uk/explore-nihr/funding-programmes/invention-for-innovation.htm

Policy Research Programme (PRP)
The PRP grants funds research to enable evidence-informed policy making in health and social care.
https://www.nihr.ac.uk/explore-nihr/funding-programmes/policy-research.htm

Programme Development Grants
Programme Development Grants are available to carry out targeted preparatory work to strengthen a future full Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR).
https://www.nihr.ac.uk/explore-nihr/funding-programmes/programme-development-grants.htm

Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR)
The PGfAR programme funds collaborative, multidisciplinary programmes of applied research to solve health and social care challenges.
https://www.nihr.ac.uk/explore-nihr/funding-programmes/programme-grants-for-applied-research.htm

Public Health Research (PHR)
The PHR programme funds research to generate evidence to inform the delivery of non-NHS interventions to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health.
https://www.nihr.ac.uk/explore-nihr/funding-programmes/public-health-research.htm

Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB)
The RfPB programme funds health, public health and social care research to improve the lives of people with health and care needs.
https://www.nihr.ac.uk/explore-nihr/funding-programmes/research-for-patient-benefit.htm

Health & Care Research Wales Research grants

Health research grant
These projects will provide robust evidence to support the development or appraisal of new treatments, interventions, service organisation and delivery innovations or other activities designed to improve the health and wellbeing of the Welsh population.
Upcoming calls: Opens September 2022
https://healthandcareresearchwales.org/research-funding-scheme-health-research-grant

Social care grant
Research funded under this scheme should provide robust evidence to support the efficient and effective organisation and delivery of social care services in Wales, and/or improved service user or carer wellbeing.
Upcoming calls: Opens September 2023
https://healthandcareresearchwales.org/researchers/funding-schemes/research-funding-scheme-social-care-grant

Research for patient and public benefit
The Research for Patient and Public Benefit (RfPPB) scheme supports capacity and capability building in NHS Wales (including Public Health Wales) by funding research related to the day-to-day practice of the health service, including integrated health and social care practice, and associated patient and public benefit.
Upcoming calls: Opens September 2022
https://healthandcareresearchwales.org/researchers/funding-schemes/research-patient-and-public-benefit-rfppb-wales

Wellcome Trust

Early-Career Awards
This scheme provides funding for early-career researchers from any discipline who are ready to develop their research identity. Through innovative projects, they will deliver shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. By the end of the award, they will be ready to lead their own independent research programme.
Upcoming calls: February 2022
https://wellcome.org/grant-funding/schemes/early-career-awards

Career Development Awards
This scheme provides funding for mid-career researchers from any discipline who have the potential to be international research leaders. They will develop their research capabilities, drive innovative programmes of work and deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing.
Upcoming calls: November 2021
https://wellcome.org/grant-funding/schemes/career-development-awards

Discovery Awards
This scheme provides funding for established researchers and teams from any discipline who want to pursue bold and creative research ideas to deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing.
Upcoming calls: November 2021
https://wellcome.org/grant-funding/schemes/discovery-awards

Academy of Medical Sciences

Starter grants for clinical lecturers
This scheme provides small grants to enable clinical lecturers to pursue their research work, gather preliminary data and strengthen their applications for longer-term fellowships and funding.
Upcoming calls: March annually
https://acmedsci.ac.uk/grants-and-schemes/grant-schemes/starter-grants

Springboard awards
Springboard Awards provide small grants to support basic biomedical scientists as they develop their independent research careers.
Upcoming calls: March annually
https://acmedsci.ac.uk/grants-and-schemes/grant-schemes/springboard