ESRC New Investigator Grants

The Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) New Investigator Grants scheme replaces its Future Research Leaders scheme. It aims to support new UK based researchers and academics to develop their careers through gaining experience of managing and leading research projects and teams. Applicants must be the principal investigator on proposed projects and be able to show how an award would have a demonstrable impact on their career progression in becoming an independent researcher. Have a maximum of four years’ academic research experience between submitting their PhD thesis and submitting the New Investigator proposal (or be of equivalent professional standing). Career breaks are excluded from the four-year period and periods of part-time academic employment can be calculated on a pro-rata basis. Co-investigators are permitted, and encouraged for interdisciplinary proposals or where they would provide specific technical expertise that is essential to the project.

As part of their proposal, applicants should include a programme of training and development activities that will ensure their continued progression towards being an independent researcher. Programmes could incorporate elements such as project management, research methods development, knowledge exchange and user engagement, impact, national and international networking and research development, and should be developed in consultation between the applicant, their mentor and the host organisation. Applicants must also demonstrate how they will identify, address and monitor the training needs of any staff employed on the grant.

Grants of between £100,000 and £300,000 (100% fEC) are available for the duration of up to five years. ESRC will contribute 80% of full economic costs (fEC).

Applicants must submit applications through the Research Councils’ Joint Electronic Submission System (Je-S). Following peer review, projects will be assessed by the Grants Assessment Panels (GAP), which meet in March, July and November of each year. It is expected that 10 to 12 proposals will be funded at each GAP round.

There is an open call for research proposals under this scheme; there is no deadline and applications can be submitted at any time.

ESRC New Investigator Grants Information

ESRC Remit Query Online Form

Leverhulme Pharmacy Research Fellowship

The Leverhulme Pharmacy Research Fellowship, funded by the Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust, is one of Pharmacy Research UK’s Personal Research Awards which are intended to develop pharmacy practice research capacity through providing funding for researchers who need support for postdoctoral or PhD research as well as for practitioners who are new to research.

The Leverhulme Fellowship supports research related to community pharmacy.

The awards can be used to fund new areas of research, e.g. pre-pilot and feasibility studies that would not be considered by other funding bodies.

All applicants must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Society (GPhC). The following groups have been particularly identified as suitable for funding:

  • Those requiring funding between PhD and postdoctoral grants.
  • Those requiring funding to go from MPhil to PhD.
  • Practitioners new to research.
  • PhD students requiring ‘research costs’ to enhance their PhDs.

All applicants must identify an appropriate supervisor(s). Normally supervisor(s) will have a good track record in health services research and will be a senior member of an academic department of a university, or an experienced researcher acceptable to the Scientific Advisory Panel. Supervisor(s) must declare that they support the application.

The funding must be used for research that is of benefit to community pharmacy and/or the applicant must be a community pharmacist. Lead applicants must be the person who is going to undertake the majority of the research activity.

An application form is available to download from the Pharmacy Research UK website:

Deadline: 1st May 2019

Being Human Festival 2019

Being Human aims to deliver a high-profile, cohesive series of events across the country. The richness and diversity of contemporary humanities research will be highlighted, showcasing innovation and engaging the public by providing them with a sense of what goes on in the humanities and why it is relevant to their lives.

In 2019, the festival’s theme is ‘Discoveries and Secrets’.

There are three pathways to getting involved in the Being Human festival:

  • Small awards: HEIs and IROs can bid for support of up to £1,500 under this pathway.
  • Hub awards: Universities (not IROs) willing to act as Festival Hubs for Being Human can apply for up to £4,000.
  • Open Call awards: Being Human festival is keen to feature and promote ‘unfunded’ activities that do not require financial support from the festival. Self-funded activities can also include already timetabled activities such as public talks and lectures which meet the criteria of the festival and would benefit from additional marketing and promotion.

Eligible costs include venue and equipment hire; consumables (excluding catering for audience members); and travel. Requests for professional fees will be considered, but this cannot include payments to existing staff members.

Applications for funding for the 2019 Festival should be submitted by the closing date of 8 April 2019.

Applicants applying for unfunded ‘open pathway’ festival activities should submit their applications by 3 June 2019.

For further information on the Being Human Festival is available here:

Nuffield Foundation Research, Development and Analysis Programme

The Foundation’s research, development and analysis portfolio is central to the delivery of their mission to advance educational opportunity and social well-being across the UK. It is expected that funded projects will work to improve the design and operation of social policy, especially in those areas in which the Foundation has always identified as underpinning a well-functioning society: Education, Welfare and Justice.

Grants will normally range in size from £10,000 up to £500,000, with most lying between £50,000 and £300,000.

Maximum Value: £ 500,000


  • Outline application deadline: 15th March 2019
  • Full application deadline: July 2019 (date TBC).

Further details for the grant are available here:

UK Data Service – Free Data Management Costing Tool and Checklist

The UK Data Service has prepared this costing tool and checklist to help formulate research data management costs in advance of research starting, for example for inclusion in a data management plan or in preparation for a funding application.

The tool considers the additional costs – above standard planned research procedures and practices – that are needed to preserve research data and make them shareable beyond the primary research team. The checklist indicates the activities to consider and cost to enable good data management. Such additional activities may require extra researcher or administrative staff timer input, equipment, software, infrastructure or tools.


Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Innovative Training Networks

The Innovative Training Networks (ITN) aim to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers, able to face current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit.

ITN will raise excellence and structure research and doctoral training in Europe, extending the traditional academic research training setting, incorporating elements of Open Science and equipping researchers with the right combination of research-related and transferable competences. It will provide enhanced career perspectives in both the academic and non-academic sectors through international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral mobility combined with an innovation-oriented mind-set.

Deadline: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 – 17:00

Further information on this call is available here:

EPSRC – Establishing a NetworkPlus in Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security

For further info including deadlines see:

EPSRC would like to establish a NetworkPlus to develop and build on industry-academic relationships in Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security (TIPS). This network will bring together relevant parts of the TIPS community and a variety of stakeholders, including the CyberInvest members and other users, to identify the key opportunities where industry-academic collaboration is needed, build collaborations and grow the area of research and innovation for the benefit of the UK.

It must involve a broad range of disciplines relevant to TIPS, including those beyond the purely technical elements, such as psychology, politics, legal and ethical studies among others. Non-academic stakeholders, including CyberInvest partners, will be essential participants. The NetworkPlus could undertake a variety of activities including workshops, events, feasibility studies, secondments and horizon scanning. Applicants are encouraged to be innovative in their approach.

We envisage supporting a single NetworkPlus that is UK-wide and from a consortium of Research Organisations, the main aim being to ensure the team has the appropriate depth, expertise and coverage across the full spectrum of the topic.

Up to £1.7 million (at 80 per cent fEC) is available for this call, to support one single NetworkPlus.

There will be a webinar on 18 October at 14:30 which will feature a presentation from EPSRC contacts and an opportunity to ask any questions. To register to participate, please complete the registration form embedded on this call page. Please note: registration for the webinar will close on 17 October 2018 at 17:00.

Mental health

Round 2 of the Mental Health Themed Call is now open for applications.

The NIHR 2018 Themed Call is ‘Promotion of good mental health and the prevention or treatment of mental ill health’ across the whole life course.

We welcome proposals for clinical and applied health research that evaluate healthcare interventions, health services, social care or public health measures operating at either the individual, or the population level. Issues of particular interest include proposals that utilise new digital health technologies or investigate their effects.

The remit for this call includes conditions listed in the Health Research Classification System (HRCS) category ‘Mental Health’. Studies may include individuals with co-morbidities included in HRCS category ‘Neurological’, provided the main focus remains the mental health condition.

Applications are encouraged that include geographic populations with high disease burden which have been historically under-served by NIHR research activity. Relevant information is available as a guide for applicants (2015 Compendium) and NIHR recruitment data provided by the Clinical Research Network.

Applicants should justify the importance of their proposed research and identify how these support aspirations for research in mental health set out in the Five Year Forward View For Mental Health and the ‘Framework for Mental Health Research in the United Kingdom’ led by the Department of Health and Social Care.

For examples of funded projects please see the Journals Library and the Dissemination Centre website. You may also find it useful to see the priorities for research published by JLA PSPs. If you are interested in funded research in a specific programme please see the relevant programme page.

For more information please see the specification document.

Brain tumours

The NIHR is calling for research on brain tumours. See our current funding opportunities.

This call supports the report of the Department of Health & Social Care Task & Finish Working Group on Brain Tumour Research.  It encourages collaborative applications that demonstrate how they build on recent initiatives and investment in the area made by the NIHR, the MRC and other research funders.

Research may involve any aspect of the diagnosis, treatment, support or care of patients with brain tumours, including access to or the delivery of services.  Applications must be in the remit of one or more of the participating NIHR programmes.  Research methods may involve primary research or evidence synthesis, including systematic reviews, modelling studies or the analysis of existing datasets.

Proposals should clearly identify the research context of their proposal in terms of recent and currently funded UK and international research in the area and the potential impact of their proposed research for patients and the NHS.

For more information, including opening dates for different programmes, please see the highlight notice.

For examples of funded projects please see the Journals Library and the Dissemination Centre website.  If you are interested in funded research in a specific programme please see the relevant programme page.

Complex health and care needs in older people

‘Complex Health and Care Needs in Older People’ is an ongoing research priority for the NIHR. See our current funding opportunities.

We welcome proposals for clinical and applied health research into the evaluation of healthcare interventions, health services, social care or public health measures for older people with complex health and care needs.

The NIHR welcomes all relevant applications, and particularly those addressing the key themes identified at a stakeholder workshop:

  • Frailty,
  • Transitions in care, service delivery and models of care,
  • Medicines management/polypharmacy,
  • Promoting healthy ageing/preventing ill health,
  • Patient-centred decision making.

For more information, including opening dates for different programmes, please see the highlight notice.

For examples of funded projects please see the Journals Library and the Dissemination Centre website.  If you are interested in funded research in a specific programme please see the relevant programme page.

See information about the previous themed call in this area.