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Internally managed funding calls for life and medical sciences researchers.

Sometimes external funders will limit the number of applications that an institution can submit for a particular funding call, or require applications to undergo an internal review and approval process before submission.

UCL has an internal selection process for such calls. Listed below are details of funding calls where our Research Facilitation team manage this process, along with supporting guidance for applicants.

Open calls

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships (Round 7)

Scope
UKRI's seventh call for the Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) scheme aims to grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure that UK research and innovation continues to be world-class. This call will fund ~100 fellowships. Full details of the scheme are available on the UKRI website.

Details
•    Funding: no cap but applicants should include justification for costs over £1.5 million total UKRI contribution within a cover letter attached to the full proposal.
•    Number of UCL applications: 10
•    Departments/Divisions/Institutes to inform BEAMS RCO of candidate names: 31st August, 12pm (noon)
•    UCL EOI deadline: 5th September 2022, 5pm.

Supporting documents

Closed calls (for reference)


Previous internally managed calls (by funder).

AXA

Postdoctoral Fellowship 2021

Scope

The 2021 AXA Post-Doctoral Fellowship is for early career researchers (defined as no more than five years past the completion of their PhD) to undertake a two-year research program on ‘Preventing Long-Term Exposure to Harmful Substances and Mitigating its Impacts’.

Details

  • Funding: Maximum of €125,000 to be used over the two years, plus support for career development and dissemination activities during the fellowship.
  • Number of UCL applications allowed: 1
  • UCL deadline: 19 May 2021

Supporting documents

    Academy of Medical Sciences

    Springboard Award 2021: Round 7

    Scope

    Springboard supports biomedical (non-clinical) researchers at the start of their first independent post (and who are yet to receive substantial funding support) to help launch their research careers.

    Details

    • Funding: Up to £100,000 over two years, plus access to the Academy’s acclaimed mentoring and career development programme.
    • Number of UCL applications allowed: 4
    • UCL deadline: 23 March 2021

    Supporting documents


    Academy of Medical Sciences: Springboard Award 2022

    Scope
    The Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) has opened its 8th call for the Springboard Award. The AMS Springboard Award offers a bespoke package of support to biomedical researchers at the start of their first independent post to help launch their research careers. This includes funding of up to £100,000 over two years and access to the Academy’s acclaimed mentoring and career development programme.

    Proposals are accepted across the breadth of biomedical research. For example, applicants from molecular, cellular and structural biology to anatomical, physiological, psychological, epidemiological, and public health research areas are eligible. This also encompasses maths, physics, or engineering approaches, as long as the research aims at improving human health.

    Find out more about the Springboard Awards on the AMS website: https://acmedsci.ac.uk/grants-and-schemes/grant-schemes/springboard

    Details

    • Funding: Up to £100,000 over two years plus access to the AMS mentoring and career development programm
    • Number of UCL applications allowed: 4
    • UCL deadline: 4pm, 7 April 2022

    Due to the limit on the number of applications allowed per institution, an internal selection process for applications has been implemented for this call. Further information can be found in the internal selection process guidance below. Applicants are invited to submit their interest using the expression of interest (EOI) form. The internal selection panel will review eligible applications 3 weeks after the internal deadline.

    Supporting documents

     

    Kennedy Trust

    Senior Research Fellowships

    Scope

    Third call for the Kennedy Trust's Senior Research Fellowship scheme. The fellowship should be in the field of rheumatology or related musculoskeletal disease (clinical or pre-clinical subject).

    Details

    • Funding: Up to £2.5million over 5 years
    • Number of UCL applications allowed: 1
    • UCL deadline: 27 September 2021

    Supporting documents

    Leverhulme

    Philip Leverhulme Prize

    Scope

    For researchers at an early stage of their careers whose work has had an international impact and whose future research career is exceptionally promising. The subject area for the 2021 call was Psychology.

    Details

    • Funding: £100,000 per prize, which may be used over a 2-3 year period for any purpose related to the advancement of the research of the prize-holder.
    • Number of UCL applications allowed: 1
    • UCL deadline: 16 March 2021

    Supporting documents


    Leverhulme Research Centres

    Scope

    Funding to set up a Centre for original research aspiring to achieve a step-change in scholarship. The Trust’s aim is to encourage new approaches that may establish or reshape a field of study and so transform our understanding of a significant contemporary topic.

    Details

    • Funding: £1 million per year for 10 years
    • Number of UCL applications allowed: 1
    • UCL deadline: 8 March 2021

    Supporting documents


    Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships

    Scope

    For UK universities to fund 15 Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships in a priority research area for that institution.

    Details

    • Funding: 10 awards of £1.35 million each.
    • Number of UCL applications allowed: 1
    • UCL deadline: 27 January 2020

    Supporting documents


    Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Awards 2022

     

    Scope

    The Research Leadership Awards aim to support scholars who have successfully launched a university career but who need to build a research team to address a distinctive research problem. Funding of up to £1,000,000 is available for a period of 4 to 5 years towards staff salaries and associated costs. Eligible applicants will have held a university post (research and/or teaching) for at least two years, be at an early stage of an academic career and hold a contract with a university in the UK that extends beyond the end of the grant award

    Application Process

    Each Faculty Dean is invited to put forward one candidate from their faculty. The identified candidate should submit a CV and a maximum two-page outline statement of intended research, addressing the points mentioned in the Application Help Notes.

    Applications must be submitted to lms.facilitators@ucl.ac.uk with the relevant Faculty Dean cc’d by 1pm on Thursday 5 May.

    Details

    • Funding: £1,000,000
    • Number of UCL applications allowed: Each faculty Dean is invited to put forward 1 candidate from their faculty only. The relevant Faculty Dean must also be cc’d into applications submitted to lms.faciltitators@ucl.ac.uk to show their approval.
    • UCL Deadline: 1pm, 5th May 2022

    Supporting documents

    For further information visit the Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Award Scheme pages. You may also wish to consult Leverhulme’s approach to grant-making.

    Mental Health Research UK

    PhD Scholarships 2022

    Scope

    PhD scholarships in the following areas are open for eligible principal and subsidiary supervisors to apply (students do not apply themselves):

    • John Grace QC Scholarship
    • New approaches to treating schizophrenia
    • Impact of COVID 19 on understanding mental health, race and intersectionality

    Details

    • Funding: Visit the Mental Health UK website for details
    • Number of UCL applications allowed: 1 per scholarship
    • UCL deadline: 31 March 2021

    Supporting documents


    Mental Health Research UK: UK PhD Scholarships 2023

     

    Scope

    Mental Health Research UK have announced the next round of PhD Scholarships: www.mentalhealthresearchuk.org.uk/phd-scholarship-competition

    Scholarships are available in the following areas:

    1. The John Grace QC Scholarship 2023 – Early Intervention in psychosis.
    2.  Mental Health Research UK Scholarship 2023 – Health Inequalities and mental illness.

    Details

    • Funding: Funding for a four-year PhD studentship, including fees (UK fee status) and stipend for the first three years, and stipend and thesis fee only for the fourth year.
    • Number of UCL applications allowed: 1 per scholarship
    • UCL deadline: 1pm, Monday 25 April 2022 [Internal EoI]
    • NIHR deadline: 20 May 2022

    For the internal triage process, applicants are asked to complete the funder’s template application forms below.

    Internal applications should be sent to Ana Antunes-Martins (IoMH Research Coordinator) via email: a.antunes-martins@ucl.ac.uk

    Supporting documents

    NIHR

    Global Health Research Centres

    Scope

    This funding call will support 5-year programmes to undertake high-quality Global Health research through partnerships between the UK and Low and MIddle-Income Countries (LMIC). This call comprises two schemes:

    • Global Health Research Centres In Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD)
    • Global Health Research Units

    Details

    • Funding: NCD - up to £10 million over five years; Research Units - up to £7 million over five
    • Number of UCL applications allowed: NCD - 2; Research Units - 1
    • UCL deadline: 19 January 2021

    Supporting documents


    Research Professorships (Round 12) & Global Health Research Professorships (Round 5) 2020/21

    Scope

    Five-year personal awards to fund outstanding early career academics to develop research capacity in translational research, promote effective translation of research ('bench to bedside [T1] and 'campus to clinic' [T2]) and strengthen research leadership at the highest academic levels.

    Details

    • Funding: Up to £2m (average cost of bids to be between £1.5m-£1.7m)
    • Number of UCL applications allowed: 2 - Research Professorships; 2 - Global Health Research Professorships
    • UCL deadline: 12noon, 13 September 2021

    Supporting documents


    Research Professorships & Global Health Research Professorships 2020/21

    Scope

    Five-year personal awards to fund outstanding early career academics to develop research capacity in translational research, promote effective translation of research ('bench to bedside [T1] and 'campus to clinic' [T2]) and strengthen research leadership at the highest academic levels.

    Details

    • Funding: Up to £2m  (average cost of bids to be between £1.5m-£1.7m)
    • Number of UCL applications allowed: 2 - Research Professorships; 1 - Global Health Research Professorships
    • UCL deadline: 2 September 2020

    Supporting documents

    Rosetrees Trust

    Interdisciplinary Award

    Scope

    The Rosetrees Trust has invited UCL to submit one application to its 2022 Interdisciplinary Award call. An internal selection process is being coordinated by the Research Coordination Office for Life and Medical Sciences.

    The Award aims to encourage collaboration between Clinicians/Scientists and experts in Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) to foster innovative research that addresses unmet clinical needs. Proposals must include details on how AI and ML can result in patient benefit within 5-10 years.

    Projects that address logistical problems within the NHS that will result in more efficient services, reduce costs and/or improve patient experience are of interest.

    Details

    • Funding: £300,000 over 3 years
    • Number of UCL applications allowed: 1
    • UCL deadline: 1 March 2022

    For further information about this call, please visit the Rosetrees Trust website. UCL applicants are asked to complete an internal Expression of Interest (EOI) following the guidelines below.

    If you have any questions regarding this call, please contact David Wiseman (d.wiseman@ucl.ac.uk).

    Supporting documents

    Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust

    Award for Biomedical Research 2022

    Scope

    The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust is seeking to support an outstanding research project, in any discipline or disease area, which is at an advanced stage of translation and demonstrates a clear pathway to benefit for patients. This will be awarded to one recipient in the UK.

    Details

    • Funding: Up to £1.7million is available (direct costs only) with no defined time period
    • Number of UCL applications allowed: 1
    • UCL deadline: 12noon, 13 September 2021

    Supporting documents


    Award for Translational Biomedical Research

    Scope

    The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust is seeking to support an outstanding research project, in any discipline or disease area, which is at an advanced stage of translation and demonstrates a clear pathway to benefit for patients. This will be awarded to one recipient in the UK.  

    Details

    • Funding: Up to £1million is available (direct costs only) with no defined time period
    • Number of UCL applications allowed: 1
    • UCL deadline: 19 January 2021

    Supporting documents

    UKRI (including Research Councils)

    BBSRC/EPSRC/MRC/NERC Transition Awards

    The BBSRC are deliving this funding call, on behalf of URKI partners, for research, community and capacity development in engineering biology. This funding comes from the Engineering Biology Transition Awards. Projects must align with the themes of the proposed National Engineering Biology Programme (NEBP). Applications are encouraged from other disciplines and communities, as well as applications with industrial partners.

    Institutions are encouraged to rigorously consider and prioritise applications submitted to this funding opportunity and while there is no limite on the number of applications per institution, where more than one application is submitted from a single lead institution, it should be clear in the cover letter of each the complementary and thematic distinction between the applications. For this reason, UCL is asking potential applicants to take part in the light touch review process outlined in the internal process guidance below, to allow us to oversee the applications being submitted from across the college.

    Details

    • Funding: Up to £1,875,000 at 100% full economic cost (FEC), funded at 80% FEC over 24 months starting no later than 31 January 2022.
    • Number of UCL applications allowed: No limit (institutionally coordinated)
    • UCL deadline: 12 August 2021
    • Internal process: Interested applicants should send a completed Expression of Interest (EOI) form downloaded below to slms.facilitators@ucl.ac.uk

    Supporting documents


    BBSRC Strategic Longer and Larger (sLoLa) Grants

    Scope

    The BBSRC has launched the 2021-22 call for strategic Longer and Larger (sLoLa) grants with a focus on frontier bioscience. Advancing the frontiers of bioscience discovery is a key theme in the UKRI-BBSRC Strategic Delivery Plan. This call invites proposals focused on frontier bioscience: leading-edge discovery research that addresses significant fundamental questions in bioscience. Proposals are expected to be ambitious and have the potential to lead to a major advance in our understanding of living systems and how they function, the ‘Rules of Life’.

    Details

    • Funding: programmes of research over £2m (100% FEC). The indicative budget for the 2020/21call is up to £16million for approximately 3-5 grants
    • Number of UCL applications allowed: Limited (institutionally coordinated)
    • UCL deadline: 7 June 2021

    Supporting documents


    BBSRC 2021 ALERT Mid-Range Equipment Funding

    Scope

    Applications are invited for mid-range equipment costing over £200,000 and up to £1,000,000 including VAT. Applications must enhance the capability of the UK research base in areas of science in UKRI-BBSRC’s remit.

    This is a capital funding call. Applications will typically be from groups of researchers in one or more eligible institution(s) for instrumentation to be deployed collaboratively on a multi-project and multi-use basis. Collaboration and wide access to the instrumentation for users within industry, public sector, and other research organisations is highly encouraged.

    The Research Coordination Office for Life and Medical Sciences is running a light-touch internal review to provide feedback on applications, confirm fit to the scheme’s remit and ensure that there are no duplicative bids.

    The Expression of Interest form should be submitted to Matt Wakelin (m.wakelin@ucl.ac.uk) by the internal deadline.

    The BBSRC Alert 21 website can be found here.

    Details

    • Funding: See internal oversight process document for details
    • Number of UCL applications allowed: No limit
    • UCL deadline: 5 November 2021

    Supporting documents


    Innovate UK: Enabling integrated diagnostics for early detection

    Scope

    Up to £20 million is available for multidisciplinary consortia to develop and evaluate integrated diagnostic solutions for early detection and diagnosis. This includes funding from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). Further details are available on the gov.uk website.

    Details

    • Funding: Max. £3.5 million grant per consortium. Total eligible project costs for each consortium, including industry contributions and any other co-funding, must not exceed £10 million
    • Number of UCL applications allowed: 2
    • UCL deadline: 16 August 2019

    Supporting documents


    MRC/NIHR Clinical Academic Partnerships

    Scope

    This MRC/NIHR scheme is for research-qualified (PhD, MD or with equivalent experience) healthcare professionals at consultant level or equivalent, not currently undertaking any substantial research activity, to take part in collaborative high-quality research partnerships with established leading biomedical and health researchers.

    Applicants must hold a contract of employment, or will hold an honorary contract, with UCL for the duration of the award. All projects must identify an academic research partner.

    Details

    • Funding: Awards are for a minimum of one year and a maximum of three years. Each award will provide between 20% to 50% of the applicant’s basic salary to support protected research time and reasonable costs to undertake the project. Please see internal guidance for full details.
    • Number of UCL applications allowed: N/A
    • UCL deadline: 6 October 2021

    Supporting documents


    NERC Capital Call

    Scope

    The Natural Environment Research Council is accepting applications for Capital Call 2019. Divisions/Institutes are not limited by how many bids they can submit to the internal UCL panel, but applicants must have full support from their Division/Institute.

    Details

    • Funding: See guidance document for information
    • Number of UCL applications allowed:
    • UCL deadline: 5 July 2019

    Supporting documents


    UKRI Innovation Scholars Data Science Training in Health & Bioscience

    Scope

    UKRI has recently launched a new call for multidisciplinary applications to develop innovative training programmes to upskill health & bioscience researchers in data management and analysis. Programmes may be relevant to a number of inter-related areas such as bioinformatics, computational biology, healthcare informatics and systems biology, neuroscience, the social sciences including health economics, computational social science and psychology, in addition to researchers working at the interface of the social and biosciences e.g. biosocial.

    Details

    • Funding: max. £3.5 million  per consortium, total eligible project costs must not exceed £10m
    • Number of UCL applications allowed: N/A
    • UCL deadline: 16 September 2020

    Supporting documents


     

    BSRC Strategic Longer and Larger (sLoLa) Grants

    Scope
    The BBSRC has launched the 2022-23 call for strategic Longer and Larger (sLoLa) grants with a focus on frontier bioscience. Advancing the frontiers of bioscience discovery is a key theme in the UKRI-BBSRC Strategic Delivery Plan. This call invites proposals focused on frontier bioscience: leading-edge discovery research that addresses significant fundamental questions in bioscience. Proposals are expected to be ambitious and have the potential to lead to a major advance in our understanding of living systems and how they function, the ‘Rules of Life’.

    Details
    •    Funding: programmes of research over £2m (100% FEC). The indicative budget for the 2022/23 call is up to £16 million for approximately 3-5 grants
    •    Number of UCL applications allowed: Limited (institutionally coordinated)
    •    UCL deadline: 23 May 2022

    Supporting documents

    Wellcome

    Multi-User Equipment & Biomedical Resource and Technology Development schemes

    Scope

    Applications are being sought for these three schemes that are run in parallel. Wellcome expects a contribution of at least 25% from the host organisation for equipment items costing over £100,000. Therefore, UCL candidates must submit an Expression of Interest for a process of internal review.

    Details

    Multi-User Equipment (MUE) Grants scheme
    • Funding: £100,000-£1m
    • UCL deadline: 10 November 2020
    Biomedical Resource and Technology Development Schemes
    • Funding: Up to £1.5m
    • UCL deadline: 10 November 2020

    Supporting documents

    World Economic Forum

    World Economic Forum Young Scientists

    Scope

    The World Economic Forum has recently invited UCL to nominate candidates for the Forum’s Young Scientists Class of 2020. Each year the Forum welcomes 25 extraordinary researchers into the Young Scientists community, which helps leaders to engage with science and the role it plays in society and provides an opportunity for community members to develop themselves into global leaders.

    Details

    • Number of UCL applications allowed: 4
    • UCL deadline: 28 January 2020

    Supporting documents

    1907 Research

    Trailblazer Award

    Scope

    Each year, 19 provide the 1907 Trailblazer Award to early-career MDs and PhDs. The 1907 Trailblazer Award was established to encourage high-impact, step-change approaches to research in the brain and mind sciences for mental health. In addition to supporting a specific research project, the Award intends to increase the size of the talent pool of early career investigators researching causes and cures for mental illness. Projects must be grounded in the study of biological mechanisms underlying brain function, cognitive processes, and/or consciousness. 

    Details

    • Funding: $120,000
    • Number of UCL applications allowed: 2
    • UCL deadline: 27 March 2020

    Supporting documents