Funding opportunities

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LSRNW is not currently offering any funding, however, we are happy to assist you with collaborative funding applications – just email us at nrn@cardiff.ac.uk.

This page is a list of current open calls that are for collaborative and translational funding. This page is regularly updated, so bookmark us and check back for the latest developments.


BBSRC/NC3Rs joint funding call: development of next generation non-animal technologies

Deadline: 08.09.2022

A total of £4M is available through a new collaboration between the BBSRC and NC3Rs focused on supporting alternatives to in vivo models in bioscience research. The call aims to enhance the capacity of, and confidence in, non-animal technologies, as well as support researchers to form collaborations with SMEs and industrial partners. If you are interested in applying for the call, contact the NC3Rs Regional Programme Manager Jess Eddy for advice on your application (Jessica.eddy@nc3rs.org.uk). You can also watch the applicant webinar here

CRUK – Early Detection and Diagnosis Primer Award

Deadline: 08.09.2022

Supports researchers at all stages to develop early, novel and outside-the-box ideas and collaborations to build and make progress in the ED&D field.


NIHR’s Research for Social Care call to run twice per year, with expanded remit to include children and young people’s social care

Deadline: 14.09.2022

NIHR’s Research for Social Care (RfSC) call will now run twice per year instead of once, thanks to increased NIHR investment into social care research. The programme also has a new commitment to fund research in the area of social care for children and young people, working in partnership with the Department for Education. 


CRUK – Early Detection and Diagnosis Programme Award

Deadline: 29.09.2022

Funds long-term, integrated and renewable programmes of exceptional science to transform how and when early cancers and pre-cancerous states are diagnosed.


CRUK – Career Establishment Award

Deadline: 04.10.2022 Preliminary / 15.03.2023 Full

The Career Establishment Award supports new group leaders who have a salaried independent position to establish their own independent research group.


NIHR – Policy Research Programme – Policy Research Units

Deadline: 11.10.2022

The Government is committed to enhancing the contribution of research and evaluation to health and social care. The NIHR Policy Research Programme (PRP) invites applications for NIHR Policy Research Units (PRUs) to run from January 2024-December 2028.


22/103 Delivering a Sustainable Health and Care System (HSDR Programme)

Deadline: 16.11.2022

The Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Programme is accepting stage one applications to this funding opportunity.


22/66 HSDR Health Communication and public health messaging

Deadline: 16.11.2022 at 13.00

NIHR has a call open across its HSDR, HTA and Public Health Programmes for research into the most effective forms of health communication and public health messaging to use during a period of infectious disease/pandemic.

The scope is not limited to COVID-19 patients and studies should be relevant to any infectious disease health communication and public health messaging. Several broad themes have been described within the commissioning brief, with examples of particular areas of interest for research. All research proposals should address the potential impact on health inequalities and equity of access, and the research should be co-produced. 

This call is also supported by the Public Health Research and Health Technology Assessment Programmes, and therefore proposals are also welcomed which sit within the remit of two/all of the participating programmes. Stage 1 deadlines in November (HTA and HDSR; PHR yet to be announced).  


NIHR HSDR Funding Call

Deadline: 16.11.2022

The Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Programme is accepting stage one applications to this funding opportunity.


22/104 HTA Application Acceleration Award – platform studies in areas considered strategic priorities

Deadline: 29.11.2022

The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting straight-to-stage 2 applications to their commissioned workstream, for this primary research or evidence synthesis topic.


22/91 Rescue packs in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Deadline: 29.11.2022

The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this primary research topic.


22/94 Optimal management of perianal Crohn’s disease

Deadline: 29.11.2022

The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this primary research topic.


Future Leaders Programme

Deadline: 27.01.2023

This step-changing funding programme will fund the future leaders of scientific and clinical research into brain tumours. Over 12 years, this award could provide the right researcher with up to £1.7 million in funding and the support needed to set up their own lab.

We have established this funding to support and encourage the future leaders of scientific research in the brain tumour field. We will identify excellent early stage academic and clinical researchers and provide support so they can establish themselves as leading researchers in our field.


EU Cancer Mission – Proposed Topics for Call 2022

  • ​At the recent national information events promoting the EU Cancer Mission, the European Commission has shared draft topic ideas for the next round of call for proposals for research and innovation projects. The next update of the Horizon Europe Missions Work Programme 2021-2022 is expected soon and the following topics are planned for the prospective deadline in September 2022 (subject to change):
    • HORIZON-MISS-2022-CANCER-01-01: Improving and upscaling primary prevention of cancer through implementation research (RIA; indicative budget €50 million; indicative project size: €3-8 million);
    • HORIZON-MISS-2022-CANCER-01-02: Pragmatic clinical trials to optimise treatment for patients (RIA; indicative budget €60 million; indicative project size: €4-6 million);
    • HORIZON-MISS-2022-CANCER-01-03: Strengthen Comprehensive Cancer Infrastructures (CSA; indicative budget €3 million);
    • HORIZON-MISS-2022-CANCER-01-04: Towards the creation of a European Cancer Patient Digital Centre (CSA; indicative budget €3 million);
    • HORIZON-MISS-2022-CANCER-01-05: Creation of national Mission Hubs supporting the Mission on Cancer (CSA; indicative budget €3 million).
    • As a reminder, three topics under the Cancer Mission Call 2021 call are currently open for submission in April.
  • UKRO also provides information and support for subscribers to engage with EU Missions. We have a factsheet, recently held a webinar on How to Mobilise for EU Missions In Horizon Europe which can be watched on our Portal and reported on the European Commission’s Info days about Missions, the recordings and presentation slides from those events are now available on their website. Please contact Keith (Sextonk@cardiff.ac.uk) if you plan to join/lead a consortium to take on these challenges.

SMART Cymru

CO-INVESTING IN BUSINESS RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND INNOVATION FOR SUSTAINABLE GROWTH

SMARTCymru supports Welsh businesses to develop, implement and commercialise new products, processes and services.

So far we have supported over 390 Welsh businesses to carry out over 540 projects, creating and building on their capability to innovate.

We can assist your business at every stage of your Innovation Journey, with a phased approach to supporting Research and Development activity;

  • Feasibility‘ – to investigate the viability of your innovative ideas
  • Industrial Research‘ – to undertake practical research to develop proof of concept
  • Experimental Development‘- to show the results of your research in operation
  • Exploitation‘ – to exploit your new product or process successfully

Support is delivered by a team of highly experienced Innovation Specialists who will provide advice on the options available, to make the most of your innovative ideas.  Your Innovation Specialist will guide you through each stage of the application.

To get started you can contact the Business Wales Helpline on 03000 6 03000

Funding for the SMARTCymru project is provided by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


ESRC – New investigator grants – Get support to develop your application

Deadline: Apply Anytime

The new investigator grant is the ESRC’s main scheme for early career researchers (ECRs). It enables social scientists who have yet to lead a major research project to make the transition to being independent researchers. As they deliver their high quality, impactful research, principal investigators will gain experience of managing and leading projects and teams with the support of an experienced mentor.