Rosetrees Trust Medical Research Grants

Funding is available to researchers across Great Britain for innovative research projects in all areas of biomedical sciences.

Fund Information

Funding body:
Rosetrees Trust
Maximum value:
£ 20,000
Application deadline:

Extended Description

Established in 1987 by a family business, Rosetrees Trust uses venture philanthropy to locate and fund medical researchers working across a broad range of illnesses. The aim of the Trust is to provide the funds for researchers, from early-career to established-career stage, to conduct projects which will allow them to achieve outstanding improvements in human health and become future leaders in their field. Rosetrees Trust currently supports over 250 projects.

The medical research grants support innovative research into all areas of biomedical science, generally within Great Britain, and applications of a cross-discplinary nature are encouraged. Grants are available for the following types of activities:

  • Part funding for PhD studentships, MBPhD studentships and Clinical Fellowships (where the applicant is seeking to convert a 1-2 year fellowship/MD into a full length PhD).
  • Pilot study project grants: seed corn funding.
  • Postdoctoral project grants.
  • Part-funding of other project grants.

Awards are provided for between one and three years and the Trust works on a pyramid approach whereby first time applicants will receive less funding than more experienced researchers who are working on outstanding projects.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications are invited from researchers based at academic institutions in England, Scotland or Wales.

Value Notes

Projects of between one and three years will be funded at between £5,000 and £20,000 (experienced researchers may be afforded access to higher levels of award). The funding may be used for salaries and consumables costs.

PhD Studentships will be funded for three years within the region of £5,000 to £17,500 a year for stipends (with a consumables allowance of up to £7,000 per year for one to three years) and up to £7,500 a year for consumables only.

All payments are made to the applicant’s institution and not to individuals.

Match Funding Restrictions

All applicants should have agreed with their Department/Institute that EU/UK tuition fees will be paid from in-house resources.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Overheads.
  • Equipment or capital.
  • Conferences.
  • Travel & accommodation.
  • Technology transfer.
  • Tuition fees.
  • Projects based overseas or in Northern Ireland.
  • Researchers who are pre PhD level.
  • PhD Studentships that have already begun.
  • Research into illness affecting only a handful of people.
  • Basic research that has no translational vision.
  • Psychology/social research.
  • MDs.

Projects that are under one year are not generally funded unless they are an extension.

Terms and Conditions

Applicants are advised to review the guidelines document for information on terms and conditions prior to submitting an application. Applications will be peer reviewed by a scientific committee and applicants will be informed of a decision within two to four months of the application deadline.

PhD applications will be assessed using the following criteria questions:

  • Is this a focused, coherent, and feasible project which can be completed realistically within the timeframe of a PhD studentship?
  • Is the methodology to be employed appropriate, timely, and will it provide good quality data?
  • Is the outcome likely to advance knowledge and understanding of human disease and/or advance treatment possibilities?

Candidates considering submitting a cancer-related application should be aware that only the highest scoring applications (grade 1 – top 5%) will be considered, due to the large number of such applications currently being received by the Rosetrees Trust.

Previous Successes

Examples of research areas supported to date include:

  • Alzheimer’s and dementia.
  • Arthritis and rheumatology.
  • Brain research.
  • Cancer.
  • Coronary and lung disease.
  • Digestive and urinary disorders.
  • Eye disease and hearing disorders.
  • Immunology and transplantation.
  • Maternity and children.
  • Multiple sclerosis.
  • Parkinson’s disease.
  • Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

Application Procedure

Applications may be made at any time for postdoctoral grants, pilot grants and other project grants and will be considered at one of the Rosetrees Committee meetings, which are held at two-monthly intervals.

There are two annual deadlines for PhD Studentship grants, one for stipends and consumables and one for consumables only:

  • 31 October 2017 (applications accepted from 1 August 2017) for stipends with a consumables allowance.
  • 30 March 2018 (applications accepted from 1 January 2018) for consumables only.

Application forms are available to download from the Rosetrees Trust website. The relevant form should be completed and submitted by email to Richard Miller at the Trust.

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