Life Science grants

For more information or to apply for any of the below funding opportunities, get in touch.

Alzheimer’s Research UK Grant schemes

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Alzheimer’s Research UK has a large number of different grant schemes through which you can apply for funding.

A brief overview of each of our schemes can be found below, with examples of some of our currently funded projects on the Research portfolio page.

Applications are made via our grant application website.

All applications must fall within Alzheimer’s Research UK’s remit which covers biomedical research in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Alzheimer’s Research UK funds research into cause, diagnosis/detection, prevention and treatment (disease modifying and symptomatic). Of particular importance is research which has translational potential for patient benefit. This includes basic preclinical as well as clinical research, but not care or service delivery research.

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British Heart Foundation

Life science grants Preliminary outline deadline 15 April 2019, full application deadline 11 September 2019
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Translational Awards

To support the pre-clinical development of new cardiovascular medicines and technologies so that they are attractive for follow-on funding.

The award will help to bridge the funding gap between promising innovations and the clinic with the aim of accelerating advances in cardiovascular science for patient benefit.

More information can be found here

Cancer Research UK Drug Discovery

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Cancer Research UK Funding Schemes

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Innovate UK Funding Competitions

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants Open call
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Various funding competitions – you can apply for funding to test the feasibility of your idea, research and develop it and demonstrate it in a prototype.

If you’re a UK-based business or research organisation, you may be able to compete for government-backed funding to:

  • research and develop a process, product or service
  • test your innovation ideas
  • collaborate with other organisations

Use this service to:

  • search and apply for innovation funding
  • submit, track and manage your applications

Start now on the InnovateUK innovation funding finder

More information can be found here.

Invention for Innovation i4i advances healthcare technologies

Life science grants Various dates during 2019
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As a translational funding scheme, i4i advances healthcare technologies, devices and interventions for increased patient benefit in areas of existing or emerging clinical need.

We fund collaborative R&D projects in medtech SMEs, universities and the NHS that have demonstrated proof-of-principle and have a clear pathway towards adoption and commercialisation. The aim is to de-risk projects, making them attractive to follow-on funders and investors.

The expected i4i output is an advanced or clinically validated prototype medical device, technology or intervention.

All our awards are based on a two stage application process.

Product Development Awards and Connect: What we fund

  • Research and development of medical devices, active implantable devices and in vitro diagnostic devices as defined by the relevant EU directives, across all areas of existing or emerging healthcare needs
  • Product or technology development required to enable a technology for clinical use, which may include manufacturing, intellectual property protection, freedom to operate and market analysis or business case development
  • Research and development of techniques or technologies from a different industry sector, which could have a potential impact if applied in a healthcare setting
  • Feasibility studies if a technology from a sector other than health is being developed
  • Studies to provide data relating to safety and effectiveness of a device including first-in-man and pivotal studies
  • Health economic analyses and clinical utility studies looking at a device’s real-life implementation and use
  • CE marking and other regulatory requirements including any associated safety trials
  • Activities associated with the adoption of new technology
  • Training associated with the implementation of new technology

Projects must have already demonstrated ‘proof of principle’. Applicants are expected to have generated experimental data to support the case for further development and illustrate technical feasibility. Early stage research or discovery science is not fundable.

Work packages must not include animal studies or work on animal tissues. If animal studies are required as part of the project, we expect applicants to seek parallel funding to cover such studies, details of which can be provided in the application form.

Contact us

We offer a wide variety of assistance during all stages of the research process. If in doubt, please get in touch.

Isaac Newton Trust Research Grants

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants Deadlines TBD – usually three rounds per year to coincide with Lent, Easter, and Michaelmas
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The Isaac Newton Trust provides financial support for high-quality research and educational projects across all subjects in the University of Cambridge.  Since its foundation in 1988, the Trust has funded many hundreds of researchers, mainly at postdoctoral level.

We have helped to secure millions of pounds in grant income and donations from external bodies by providing matching funding in a supple, responsive and innovative way.

The Trust has only modest resources (its annual spend on research is currently no more than about £4m in total) – for details of our budget and how we spent it last year, please see our Annual Report

Our grants, while generally small in comparison to those from the major external funding bodies, often create opportunities for individuals and projects that might otherwise be missed.

The Isaac Newton Trustees review their funding activities continually against an ever-changing background of research funding and educational needs.

Before applying

1)  Read our ‘Guiding Principles’ which apply to most of our research grants, across all categories

2)  See the summary outline of our research grant funding categories

3)  Find out more about the category that interests you

4)  Consult the comparative table of research grant categories

5)  Then go to How to apply

Go to ‘Guiding Principles’

Isaac Newton Research Grants:  timetable 2018-19

Emergency, Project and Equipment Grants: there are three rounds per year

Strategic Research Programme & Project Grants: there is one round per year  (Michaelmas) (selected applications will then be asked to submit a full application in Lent Term, following the timetable set out below)

 

APPLICATION TIMETABLE Michaelmas 2018 Lent 2019 Easter 2019
Submission of draft applications to Head of Department

 

28 September 2018 11 January 2019 26 April 2019
Deadline for submission of draft applications to the Newton Trust

(electronic copy)

5 October 2018 18 January 2019 3 May 2019
Deadline for submission of final applications to the Newton Trust

(electronic copy; hard copies to follow within a week)

19 October 2018 1 February 2019 17 May 2019
Trustees’ award meeting

 

29 November 2018 14 March 2019 4 July 2019
Announcement of application outcome

(letters sent to departments by this date)

7 December 2018 22nd March 2019 12 July 2019

 

MRC – Biomedical Catalyst: Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme (DPFS)

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The DPFS scheme is a key part of our Translational Research Strategy and supports the translation of fundamental discoveries toward benefits to human health. It funds the pre-clinical development and early clinical testing of novel therapeutics, devices and diagnostics, including “repurposing” of existing therapies.

DPFS is an ongoing scheme, with outline deadlines every 4 months.

More information can be found here.

National Institute for Health Research Funding Opportunities

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Funding opportunities

The NIHR plays a key role in investing in the research fabric of the nation to support research in health, public health and social care.

We make this investment by funding NHS and research active organisations to provide research infrastructure or support, such as through our Biomedical Research Centres or Clinical Trials Units, or to address other NIHR priorities such as through our Research Schools, Research Design Service and Research Units with partner academic institutions.

On these pages you can find out more about how we support research and how to apply for any funding opportunities.

https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/

Research Professional Database

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The Research Professional Database contains various information regarding funding, and can be found here.

UK Research and Innovation

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences grants Round Four: October 2019
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Future Leaders Fellowships

The UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) will grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure that UK research and innovation continues to be world class.

Who can apply

This cross-UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) scheme will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user environments including research councils’ institutes and laboratories.

The FLF scheme welcomes applications from both UK and international applicants and individuals should use the person specification to assess and justify their suitability for the scheme. The support of the institution will be a critical component of all fellowships which will enable the fellow to transition to or establish their research/innovation independence in any area supported by UKRI.

The objectives of the scheme are:

  • to develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK
  • to foster new research and innovation career paths including those at the academic/business and interdisciplinary boundaries, and facilitate movement of people between sectors
  • to provide sustained funding and resources for the best early career researchers and innovators
  • to provide long-term, flexible funding to tackle difficult and novel challenges, and support adventurous, ambitious programmes.

These Fellowships support applicants from diverse career paths, including those returning from a career break or following time in other roles. We also encourage applications from those wishing to work part-time in order to combine the fellowship with personal responsibilities. Review panels will take into account time spent outside an active research or innovation environment, whether through career breaks, flexible working or as a consequence of working in other roles.

How to apply

There will be six calls for these fellowships; two calls per year between 2018-19 and 2020-21 (financial years), typically awarding at least 100 fellowships per call across UKRI’s remit (with the initial round being smaller, aiming to award ~50 fellowships).

This is a single scheme across the entire UKRI remit, with no ringfenced budgets for specific areas and no barriers to interdisciplinary or cross-sector research.

Timing for Second and Third Rounds

Outline Proposals (Expressions of Interest) are mandatory for each applicant intending to submit to the second round of this call. Host Organisation support for the submission of the Outline Proposal must be sought and agreed before the Outline Proposal is submitted. The call for Outline proposals for Round 3 will open on 2 April 2019.

  • Outline Proposals for applicants to be based at academic host organisations or business host organisations who are Je-S registered should be submitted via the Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S) (available from 2 April 2019).
  • Outline Proposals for applicants to be based at business host organisations who are not currently Je-S registered should be submitted via an online form (available from 2 April 2019).
  • Full applications for Round 3 must be submitted via Je-S by 16:00 on 30 May 2019 or the second round of this call. Full details are available in the ‘Overview of the scheme’ and ‘Completing the application form’ documents below.Expected closing dates for future rounds:
    • Round Four: October 2019
    • Round Five: May 2020
    • Round Six: October 2020