Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC)



Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC)

The AMRC are the national membership organisation of leading medical and health research charities; more information on funding opportunities coming soon. Keep checking back for announcements and if you would like any support with an application, please contact us.

Motor Neurone Disease Association Non-Clinical Fellowships Opening Soon (applied health research)

The MND Association is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on care, research and campaigning for people coping with MND (motor neurone disease), and their carers and families.

The Association launched the Non-Clinical Fellowships to support postdoctoral scientists who are ready to lead a research project as principal investigator.

Junior Non-Clinical Fellowship

  • Supports early career researchers with two to five years post-doctoral experience for projects lasting 24 to 36 months.
  • Maximum funding is £90,000 per year, with an overall maximum of £270,000 for a three year award.

Senior Non-Clinical Fellowship

  • Supports mid-career researchers with four to 10 years post-doctoral experience for projects lasting 36 to 48 months.
  • Maximum funding is £110,000 per year, with an overall maximum of £440,000 for a four year award.

Deadline for summary applications:  9 March 2018

Deadline for submissions:  4 May 2018

For more information, please click here 

Action Medical Research and Borne joint awards

Applications are invited in the fields of:

  • preterm birth and factors leading to preterm birth
  • pre-eclampsia; IUGR; the pathophysiological pathways that trigger the premature onset of labour
  • the maternal environment to ensure healthy babies
  • the maternal microbiome and the maternal immune system in pregnancy
  • the development of the baby during pregnancy
  • monitoring fetal health during pregnancy
  • monitoring the health of the baby during delivery
  • preparation for pregnancy to improve outcomes for the baby including nutrition.

This joint award is focused on the pregnancy period and the factors and conditions in pregnancy that may lead to preterm birth.

Exclusions include assisted conception, maternal health not having an impact on babies and children, and neonatal and perinatal interventions to address the consequences of prematurity.

Outline applications will be graded on both potential clinical impact and scientific quality.

A combination of clinical and science applicants is particularly ecouraged including novel scientific collaborations that could bring new insight into the problems of preterm birth.

Focused high quality research that can be translated into clinical solutions in the short to medium term is encouraged.

Pump-priming Grants – up to £75k, 12-18 months

Project Grants – up to £200k, up to 3 years

Deadline for applications: 27 March 2018

For further information see the Action Medical Research Website

Fight for Sight Small Grant Awards Scheme – Additional Grant Round

Fight for Sight is a UK charity that funds research into blindness and eye disease. The charity collaborates with a number of charities to offer its Small Grant Awards Scheme designed to provide support for clinical research studies in the field of ophthalmology and vision science.

Fight for Sight has announced two new partnerships to extend its collaborative work. As a result, an additional grant round is now inviting applications in the following areas:

  • The Fight for Sight / Aniridia Network UK – One award for research into aniridia.
  • The Fight for Sight / Diabetes UK – One award to fund research into visual impairment associated with diabetes.

Applicants must be affiliated with a UK academic or medical institution and have a contract which extends beyond the termination date of the award.

Funding up to £15,000 is available for 12 months.

Deadline for applications:   27 March 2018.

For more information, please click here

Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale Fellowship

Deadline for applications:  4 April 2018

For more information on how to apply please click here 

Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund Research Award Open to Applications

While the understanding of the biology of pancreatic cancer has increased in recent years, overall survival rates remain abysmally low. The Charity’s aim is to improve patient survival chances and ultimately find cures.  Given that early detection, diagnosis and successful treatment of pancreatic cancer are still major challenges, the charity is making these its priority areas for research funding. They’re interested in innovative, high-quality studies to develop novel therapies and diagnostics. In particular, they’re looking to support research with high potential translational impact and aimed at bringing new lab findings quickly to the clinic.

Deadline for applications: 9 April 2018

For further information see the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund website

 Arthritis Research UK Career Development Fellowship 2018

Arthritis Research UK’s Career Development Fellowships are intended to support UK based postdoctoral scientists and allied health professionals allowing them to progress their career and undertake research relevant to arthritis and musculoskeletal disease. The Fellowships will be awarded for a period of five years and offer a full time salary and various running and equipment costs.

To be eligible applicants should be postdoctoral scientists or allied health professionals normally with at least three years’ postdoctoral research experience. (Medically or surgically qualified individuals are not eligible to apply for the Fellowship).

The applicant should be associated with an established sponsor, preferably within a UK university department, hospital or research institute.

Proposal submission deadline:  11 April 2018

For more information and details on how to apply please  click here

Arthritis Research UK Foundation Fellowship 2018

Arthritis Research UK offers Foundation Fellowships to basic science and non-medical PhD students, allowing them to undertake research relevant to arthritis and musculoskeletal disease with a view to retaining the best researchers within the field.

The Fellowship looks to provide an opportunity for fellows to develop independent research ideas at an early stage in their career whilst offering a salary and covering the costs of basic equipment for up to three years. The amount of award is dependent on age and experience on the appropriate scientific salary scale.

Applications are welcome from basic science and non-medical PhD students (including nurses, allied health professionals and veterinary surgeons) in their final year of training, or within one year of completing their PhD.

Preference is given to applicants looking to move to another laboratory in the UK, or spending a period of time in another laboratory.

Proposal submission deadline:  11 April 2018

For more information and details on how to apply please click here

Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Wellcome Post-doctoral Fellowship

Deadline for applications 18 April 2018

For more information on how to apply please click here 

Arthritis Research UK Connect Immune Research

Arthritis Research UK, JDRF and the MS Society are providing funding to improve the understanding of the causes of individual diseases by encouraging research that works across other autoimmune conditions.

The aim of this joint funding call is to:

  • Bring researchers together to develop research proposals as a consortium.
  • Identify research questions that can be tackled most effectively by collaborating across different conditions.
  • Set out how these questions may be answered.

Research teams affiliated to a university, hospital or other recognised research institution in the UK are eligible to apply. The lead applicant should have previous experience of leading multi-disciplinary research and should be tenured for the duration of the award. Teams should have expertise in a number of autoimmune conditions and related research.

Applications from researchers involved in immune condition research other than arthritis, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis are welcome. Though applications should have a UK focus, collaborations with international and industrial partners are encouraged.

The award is up to £150,000 for 18 months with an expected start date in Autumn 2018.

Applications should be made by the closing date of 19 April 2018.

For further information, please click here

British Heart Foundation – call for Translational Award applications

The Translational Award supports early stage development of cardiovascular medicines and technologies for up to £250,000.

The Translational Awards Committee meets twice a year to consider applications and provide support and advice.

It is a two stage process. All preliminary outlines will be considered by the Committee and if successful, you will be invited to submit a full application, which will be assessed at the next meeting.

April 2018 Round

Preliminary outline application deadline:  23 April 2018;   Full application deadline: 5 September 2018

October 2018 Round

Preliminary outline application deadline:  15 October 2018;   Full application deadline: tbc

For further details please click here

MRC Career Development Award

Deadline for applications 25 April 2018

For further details please click here

The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust (SJTCT): Medically related donations Grant 

This call supports capital expenditure to support innovation in two areas:

In the field of medical research by funding infrastructure development in universities and/or hospitals, which will be used to improve healthcare. The SJTCT’s focus is on the physical facilities in which translational science is undertaken, and may involve laboratory space or patient facilities.

1. In the provision of care. The Trustees have chosen a specific theme which will apply for three years. For 2018-2020 inclusive, that theme will be “the provision of an original care model for the severely disabled”

2. Up to £1.5m per annum is available and they anticipate funding 2 awards in each of the two priorities each year.

For further information please click here