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.

MRC Public Health Intervention Development (PHIND) Scheme

The MRC Public Health Intervention Development scheme (PHIND) supports projects that will develop innovative new interventions that address an important UK or global public health issue, and seeks to encourage a novel, high risk approach to intervention development. Complex, population level interventions, with a focus on non-health care settings (such as: transport, education, employment, leisure and the built environment), are considered particularly suitable. Health care settings are not excluded, but projects should demonstrate potential for improved health of general, high risk or vulnerable populations.

Proposals should address the early stage of development of new interventions including qualitative and quantitative primary research, developing theory and designing the intervention.

Examples of the types of research within scope are:

  • defining the intervention
  • specifying content
  • developing theory
  • modelling process and outcomes such as developing logic models
  • identifying components and their inter-relationships
  • developing procedures and protocols
  • creation of new interventions where active components of existing interventions are recombined to create a new intervention

Where appropriate, investigators are strongly encouraged to include user participation in their developmental study, as absence of user engagement at an early stage can reduce the success of the intervention.

Deadline for applications:  11 January 2018

For more information and details of how to apply please see the MRC website.

The Dunhill Medical Trust  Research Project Grant Scheme

Applications are invited from academics and clinicians from all health professions (including allied health professionals) who wish to undertake a research proposal aimed at improving the understanding of the mechanisms of ageing, the treatment of age-related disease and frailty or identifying and developing new and effective ways to improve the lives of older people.

Applications should be made by the Principal Investigator – PI – (Lead Applicant), as the person responsible for the research. As part of the application process, the PI will be expected to demonstrate that he/she is based in a strong research environment with a suitable skill mix in the research team (with other members of the team being named as Co-Investigators). The Trust does not consider single applicant proposals.

Lead applicants for whom this is a first grant as Principal Investigator will not be precluded, indeed, the Trust wishes to encourage the development of research capacity by providing opportunities for career development. The Trust would, however, expect to see a more experienced researcher as a Co-Investigator with a clear plan for mentoring and support.

Research Project Grants should be completed in a maximum period of three years. The minimum grant available is £25k and the maximum is £300k.

Host institutions for the research project grant should be a recognised university department, teaching hospital or other recognised research centre within the UK.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on 5 January 2018

Scheme guidelines and details of how to apply:

National Osteoporosis Society

Offering research grants is one of the many ways in which the Charity works to advance its vision – ending osteoporosis.

Ten core research areas have been identified that support progress against the Charity’s mission to Prevent, Care, Support and Cure osteoporosis. 

Deadlines for applications: 8 January 2018

For further information and details of how to apply please see National Osteoporosis Society Website

Muscular Dystrophy UK Research Grants and PhD Studentships 2018

For the 2018 application round, Muscular Dystrophy UK is offering funding for PhD studentships and project grants (including shorter, proof of concept projects such as pilot studies of up to one year) that have relevance to one or more type of muscular dystrophy or a related neuromuscular condition.

Support is available for research across the breadth of conditions supported by the charity. Applications will be accepted for rare and ultrarare conditions as well as the more common conditions, including:

  • Limb girdle muscular dystrophy.
  • Myotonic dystrophy.
  • Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
  • Nemaline myopathy.
  • Becker muscular dystrophy.
  • Congenital muscular dystrophies (Ullrich, LMNA)

Applications are particularly welcomed for LMNA congenital muscular dystrophies. As well as funding scientific and translational projects, funding is available for research that will have a direct, positive impact on people’s quality of life, for example social or psychological research or projects with a focus on exercise or physiotherapy.

PhD Studentships will cover stipend, consumables and fees for four years, to a maximum of £7,000 per year. Project grants will cover any combination of salary and consumables for 2-3 years, to a maximum of £75,000 per year (salary increments will be capped at 3% per year). Up to £30,000 for salary and consumables will be available for shorter project grants lasting up to a year.

Applications should be submitted via the online system.

The deadline for applications is 12 January 2018.

MRC Mental Health Data Pathfinder Awards

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has made available pump-priming awards to be used to create a foundation for the development of a UK Mental Health Research Platform, with further funding expected in the future. This is a call under the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF).

Mental Health Data Pathfinder awards can be used flexibly by institutions to fund preliminary-stage projects to support the development of a Mental Health Data Platform in the longer term. It is expected that successful applications will support a range of projects aiming to address key challenges or demonstrate exemplar studies that might be expected to contribute to a future platform. It is also expected that awardees will form collaborative networks focused on specific themes in a way that enhances the UK’s research capability in mental health.

Up to £10 million is being made available and institutions can apply for an award of up to £1.5 million for a duration of up to 24 months. It is expected that six to 10 awards will be supported.

Applications should be submitted to the MRC by the closing date of 18 January 2018.

For further information, please see the MRC website

Alzheimer’s Research UK Clinical Research Fellowships

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity. Its specialism is funding world-class research to find preventions, treatments and a cure for dementia.

Accordingly, it offers the following Fellowships as part of its suite of programmes:

  • Clinical Research Fellowships – for Clinical Psychiatrists, Clinical Neurologists, Clinical Psychologists and Related specialists.
  • Research Fellowships – for PhD qualified non-clinical researchers.
  • Travelling Research Fellowships – clinical or non-clinical Fellows, who have obtained their terminal degree within the last 10 years.
  • Senior Research Fellowships – for outstanding researchers who have a strong track record in dementia research but have not yet achieved tenure status.

These fellowships provide the successful applicants with between three and four years’ support, covering costs such as salary, travel and running costs.

Deadline for applications:  24 January 2018.

For further information please see the Alzheimer’s Research UK website

John Goldman Fellowships Open for Applications

The charity Leuka, founded by the late Professor John Goldman in 1982, is dedicated to curing leukaemia and blood cancers by translating research into new treatments.

The charity’s John Goldman Fellowships are designed to enable research/clinical scientists to test a novel hypothesis and get their research and careers off the ground in a supportive, well-funded environment so that they can pursue their work creatively. Proposed research must have relevance to leukaemia, other blood cancers and/or related diseases.

Applications are invited from scientists and clinician-scientists from across the UK. There is no age limit, although awards are designed to provide an opportunity for talented early-career scientists to develop as independent investigators.

The scheme is open to researchers (who may or may not be medically qualified) who can demonstrate genuine potential to become the leading scientists of the future.

Awards of up to £125,000 can be made to span a one to two year period. These may be used for salary and direct costs of a project.

Deadline for applications:    31 January 2018

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

Arthritis Research UK: Call for Pushing Frontiers in Health Research

Through this call, Arthritis Research UK seeks to fund ambitious and innovative research that will make significant strides towards better management of musculoskeletal diseases, building on and expanding previous work in the field, as well as inspiring new original research. Funded research resulting from the call will be expected to take a multidisciplinary approach to deliver these studies.   There are three priority areas that this call seeks to address.

  1. Equity and access to MSK services (including timeliness in diagnosis and treatment)
  2. Evaluating system and organisational change in services for MSK and new models of care (including health and social care)
  3. Evaluation of non-pharmacological treatments. At this stage we are only interested in systematic reviews of promising non-pharmacological interventions for MSK conditions rather than primary research.

Outline application deadline: 7 February 2018
Full application deadline: 13 June 2018

For more information and details of how to apply please visit the Arthritis Research UK website

Bloodwise: Call for Applications

Bloodwise is the UK’s specialist blood cancer research charity dedicated to improving the lives of people living with and beyond blood cancer. The charity’s research is targeted at understanding more about blood cancer, finding causes, improving diagnosis and treatments and running ground-breaking clinical trials for patients.

Projects are for up to £250,000 and up to three years for clearly defined research projects addressing key questions in the field of blood cancer. The remit of the project grant scheme also includes research projects that maximise the value and outcome of a clinical trial.

The deadline for applications is 4:00pm on Thursday 15 February 2018.

For more information and details of how to apply please see the Bloodwise website.