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Funding Opportunities 

We will be regularly posting information about Social Care Research funding opportunities here. If you have a social care research idea or proposal that you think fits into any of the calls listed please get in touch with us to see if and how we can support you.

We are able to:

  • Help find academic collaborators
  • Help find practice and service collaborators
  • Point you in the right direction for help to find existing research materials and refine and review research submissions



New Investigator Grants

The ESRC are pleased to invite proposals for our New Investigator Grants. New Investigator Grants form one element of our support for early career researchers and the scheme is specifically aimed at supporting those looking to make the transition to an independent researcher through managing their first major research project. These grants replace our Future Research Leaders scheme.

The call is open to high-quality candidates from anywhere in the world who have a maximum of four years’ postdoctoral experience and the support of an eligible UK research organisation. Grants ranging from £100,000 to £300,000 full Economic Cost (fEC) can be awarded.

Proposals are welcomed across the full disciplinary range of the social sciences and at the interface with the wider sciences, however the social sciences must represent at least 50 per cent of the research focus and effort.

The call will operate alongside ESRC’s Research Grants open call and you can submit proposals at any time - there are no fixed closing dates. We aim to announce the majority of decisions within 26 weeks of receiving the proposal although we cannot guarantee this, since it is dependent on receiving sufficient good quality peer review comments within the necessary timescale. 

More information here.

Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI) - open call

The Secondary Data Analysis Initiative aims to deliver high-quality high-impact research through through utilising existing data resources created by the ESRC and other agencies in order to address some of the most pressing challenges facing society. Proposals are welcome at any time. Funding is provided for up to 24 months with an overall limit of £300,000 (100% fEC) per grant.

The Initiative operates alongside ESRC’s Research Grants open call. Proposals will be considered by a Grants Assessment Panel (GAP) that has been specifically convened to consider SDAI proposals.

Funding will be available for around 12-15 proposals a year, subject to quality. This may increase with the involvement of other organisations.

More information here.


Research Grants

If you have an excellent idea for a research project, the best way to seek funding for it is through our Research Grants open call. Awards ranging from £350,000 to £1 million (100% full Economic Cost (fEC)) can be made to eligible institutions to enable individuals or research teams to undertake anything from a standard research project through to a large-scale survey and other infrastructure or methodological development.

There is considerable flexibility when it comes to subject area, too. As long as you always make sure that your suggested topic falls within ESRC's remit, you are free to concentrate on any research area. Proposals can draw from the wider sciences, but the social sciences must represent more than 50 per cent of the research focus and effort. Please see the Call Specification and scheme specific Je-S Guidance below for more details of what can be applied for under this call.

You can submit proposals to this call at any time - there are no fixed closing dates. We aim to announce the majority of decisions within 26 weeks of receiving the proposal although we cannot guarantee this, since it is dependent on receiving sufficient good quality peer review comments within the necessary timescale. Please see the FAQs for further details. You must apply using the Joint Electronic Submission System (Je-S).

The content and quality of the application you submit will determine whether or not you are successful. Therefore it is vital that you have a full understanding of what is required, as well as knowing the various stages of the application process, so that you maximise your chances of gaining an award. We offer guidance on how to write a good application.

International collaboration and funding

We welcome the inclusion of international co-investigators on ESRC proposals.

We also have bilateral agreements with funding agencies in several countries.

Call documents

More information here.

Social Care Studentship Award 2019

The Wales School for Social Care Research (WSSCR) is offering PhD Studentship Awards for social care research. The Wales School for Social Care Research is funded by Welsh Government to build strength in excellent social care research with real-world application and positive impact on the well-being of people in Wales. The School is a part of the wider Health and Care Research Wales infrastructure, with the School Hub in the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University and staff located at Bangor University and Cardiff University.

The WSSCR Social Care PhD Studentship Award funds individuals to undertake high-quality research and study leading to the qualification of PhD. Projects undertaken as part of this work will have a social care focus and are expected to have relevance to social care policy/and or practice. The application must demonstrate how the proposed research will contribute to the knowledge base in social care.

Applications must come from the proposed PhD Supervisor, who is defined as the ‘Applicant’ to this scheme. On receipt of an award, successful Applicants must recruit a suitable Student to the project who is able to commence by 1 April 2019

The deadline for submission of applications is 5:00pm on Monday 11th February 2019.

The guidance notes are here.

The application form is here


Email info@walessscr.org for more information.

Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) - Social Innovation

The Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) is a collaboration among key humanities and social science funders in Europe and the Americas. T-AP aims to enhance transnational research collaboration and has identified, with the help of the humanities and social sciences research communities, a series of common challenges and strategic priority areas where such collaboration will bring added value.

Following on from the successful T-AP Digging into Data Challenges we are pleased to confirm our participation in the new T-AP Social Innovation Call (T-AP-SI). The call is intended to support excellent humanities and social science research that can contribute meaningfully to the understanding of societal transformations and the role of social innovation by integrating the local, national, and global levels, as well as the diverse human activities related to the public, social, and private spheres.

The UK funding bodies are the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), who are making a total of £1.5 million available for this activity. Any number of eligible UK institutions can form a combined UK team and the partners should identify one institution as the lead.
Maximum funding per awarded project is £200,000 (at 100% Full Economic Costs (fEC).

 Applications must be submitted via the T-AP website into the online submission system ISAAC, hosted by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

The deadline for proposals is at 14:00 on 14 February 2019

For full details of the call visit the T-AP-SI website.

More information here.  

Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowships

Providing research expenses of up to £22,000 over up to two years to enable senior researchers who have retired from an academic post to complete a research project and prepare the results for publication. 

The maximum value of a Fellowship is £22,000.

Closing date: 31st January 2019.

More information: https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/emeritus-fellowships 

British Association of Counselling

and Psychotherapy

PhD studentship

Applications for the 2019 PhD studentships are now open.

The studentships provide financial support for students undertaking PhD research on topics related to BACP’s strategic aims. The bursaries will cover part-time PhD fees and some expenses up to £7,500 an academic year, for a maximum of five years.

In 2019 they are funding two doctoral bursaries for:

  1. School-based humanistic counselling: using data from ETHOS
  2. Counselling for older people

For more information, please see:

PhD studentships 2019 - Programme aims, eligibility and application process (pdf 0.3MB)

PhD studentships 2019 - Application form (docx 89KB)

The deadline for applications is noon on 31 January 2019. Interviews will take place on 26 and 27 March 2019.

More information here.

Digital technologies to improve health

and care - NIHR


A call for empirical research studies to evaluate digital technologies to improve health outcomes, self-management of health or delivery of health and social care. Some examples of relevant technologies are highlighted below, however, evaluation of any type of intervention with a clear digital component are included under the call. The purpose of this call is to evaluate the potential of developed digital technologies to bring benefit to health and social care – the development of digital interventions is outside of the remit of this call.


The deadline for stage 1 application to this call will be 19 March at 1 pm.


For full details click here.

NIHR: End of Life Care 



A call for applied health research studies to increase the evidence base to support health and care services to help people at the end of their lives to live as well as possible and to die with dignity, compassion and comfort . The scope for research includes the impact on patients, families, carers, workforce, as well as an evaluation of the burden on and uncertainties within the health and social care system. We welcome research proposals for end of life care in any disease, service or setting, including hospitals,  specialist centres and services, community services and care homes.

The call will close on 19th March 2019 at 1 pm.

Applications that span the remit of more than one of the participating programmes (EMEHTAHSDR  and  PHR) are particularly welcomed. Please submit your application to the programme whose remit most closely matches the major part of your work.

The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/funding-opportunities/18167-end-of-life-care-eme-programme/9509

The Health Technology Assessment Programme: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/funding-opportunities/18177-end-of-life-care-hta-programme/9520

 The NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/funding-opportunities/18174-end-of-life-care-hsanddr-programme/9521

The Public Health Research Programme: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/funding-opportunities/18179-end-of-life-care-phr-programme/9514 


Knowledge Transfer Partnership

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships can create a dynamic collaboration between a business and the UK’s world-class knowledge base to power strategic innovation projects, embed expertise and drive commercial growth.

The partnership is designed to realise a transformative business opportunity and can last for anything from one to three years. All of the knowledge gained during this time is embedded in the business, providing a valuable base to build on long after the project has finished.


Dates and Deadlines

The KTP programme 2018 to 2019 is run continuously throughout the year.

Opens: 01/11/18 Closes: 12/12/18

Opens: 07/02/19 Closes: 20/03/2019

More information here: https://ktn-uk.co.uk/news/autumn-funding-round-now-open-apply-for-a-knowledge-transfer-partnership-today

Alzheimer's Society - Implementation grants


Alzheimer’s Society uses the Implementation grant scheme to move tested evidence based interventions into the real world setting, to translate research into practice. By doing this the Society aims to maximise the benefits of research outputs for people affected by dementia more rapidly. Research-based interventions supported through the implementation grant scheme will have potential to be delivered within the real world in a sustainable way.   

Applicants can apply for grants of up to £400,000 over 36 months that will either: 

a) enable the scale-up of evidence based interventions that have been shown to improve care and are ready to be implemented at a larger scale, or;

b) lay the foundations for the scale-up of evidence based interventions; testing the feasibility of bringing dementia research knowledge into the real world. 

Call Opens in December 2018. Deadlines will be in March 2019. 

More information: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/research/researchers/our-funding-schemes/implementation-grants 


Alzheimer's Society - Project Grants


Project grants are for researcher led applications to enable world-class research in to the cause, cure, care or prevention of any form of dementia.

Funding is available for up to three years providing budgets for staff salary, consumables and equipment. All costs must be justified. Applicants may apply for direct research costs up to £400,000 over 36 months to support their research.

Call Opens in December 2018. Deadlines will be in March 2019.

More information: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/research/researchers/our-funding-schemes/project-grants 

Alzheimer's Society - PhD Studentships


The objective of Alzheimer's Society PhD Studentship grants is to provide funding for new PhD studentships in the areas of cause, cure, care or prevention of all types of dementia.


Funding of up to £85,000 is provided for up to three years (up to five years part time) and includes a stipend (£15,000-£16,000 per year), university PhD fees at EU rates, consumables & equipment, and conference dissemination support. All costs must be justified. We have added a London weighting uplift to our PhD studentships of £2,000/annum from October 2015, raising the award total to £91k for London based applications.


Call Opens in December 2018. Deadlines will be in March 2019. 


More information: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/research/researchers/our-funding-schemes/phd-studentships 


Dunhill: Grants for Community-based organisations.


We have two funding schemes available for community-based organisations which work directly with older people who need some form of extra support to make everyday living that bit easier.

It’s really important that you take the following steps before applying as we receive many more applications each year than we can possibly fund.  We know how much work is involved in putting an application together so want to make sure you have the best possible chance of success.

There are two themes:

Project Grants:

Time-limited projects which focus on the development of care and support services for older people which are innovative and/or based on evidence of best practice and which can become self-sustaining within a planned period. Priority will be given to services which are focused on older people, enhance existing mainstream services and which are not currently funded by statutory organisations elsewhere in the UK.  The Trust will expect the beneficiary organisation to have a robust plan to create the ongoing revenue to maintain the service as the charitable funding diminishes and to have processes in place to ensure minimum disruption to the beneficiaries in implementing these plans.

Building and physical infrastructure grants for community-based organisations

The provision of accommodation/developments in the built environment for older people to enhance and maintain their health, well-being and independence and/or specific pieces of equipment or furnishings which can be used for the care and support of individuals (for example, installation of a hearing loop system). Priority will be given to care facilities which are focused specifically on older people and where it has not been possible to obtain the necessary funding from statutory organisations (e.g. health and social services). We will expect the beneficiary organisation to give a written commitment to bear the revenue costs of the environment and/or equipment, including its maintenance and staffing.

Opens for new applications: 7th January 2019.

Deadline: 29th March 2019 at 17:00.

For more information click here: https://dunhillmedical.org.uk/grants-for-community-based-organisations/



The RISE scheme promotes international and cross-sector collaboration through exchanging research and innovation staff, and sharing knowledge and ideas from research to market (and vice-versa).

The scheme fosters a shared culture of research and innovation that welcomes and rewards creativity and entrepreneurship and helps to turn creative ideas into innovative products, services or processes.


RISE involves organisations from the academic and non-academic sectors (in particular SMEs), based in Europe (EU Member States and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries) and outside Europe (third countries).

Support is provided for the development of partnerships in the form of a joint research and innovation project. This is aimed at knowledge sharing via international as well as intersectoral mobility, based on secondments of research and innovation staff (exchanges) with an in-built return mechanism.

Date Opening: 4th December 2018.

Closing date: 2nd April.


More Information here.

Alzheimer's Society - Fellowships

Fellowships are open to researchers from all disciplines, health and care professions, in line with Alzheimer's Society's vision to increase capacity with depth and breadth across all disciplines involved in dementia research.


Junior Fellowships:

Fellowships are open to researchers from all disciplines, health and care professions, in line with Alzheimer's Society's vision to increase capacity with depth and breadth across all disciplines involved in dementia research.


Senior Fellowships: 

A Senior Fellowship is for post-doctoral or other successful researchers who wish to build on a number of successful years of dementia research, and who demonstrate the ambition and potential to be a leader in their research field at the end of the award.

Call Opens in December 2018. Deadlines will be in March 2019. 

Stroke Association

Project grant award

Project Grants are their most popular funding stream and cover the whole spectrum of stroke research - from prevention and risk factors, through to treatment and rehabilitation in a clinical setting and longer-term in the community.

Priorities for funding

The purpose of the proposed research project must be directly related to stroke illness. Applications in the fields of epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis, imaging, childhood stroke, therapy both medical and surgical, assessment and rehabilitation are particularly welcome.

Award amount and duration

These awards are for up to £250,000 over a period of up to 3 years. In exceptional circumstances, awards may be granted for 5 years.


5pm on 6 February 2019


More information here


Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

Offering 50% match-funding for the salary costs of three-year academic research position, the scheme enables early career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work. Applicants must have a track record of research, but should not have held an established academic appointment in the UK.

Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position. Approximately 100 Fellowships will be available in 2019. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.

Date Opening: January 2019.

Closing date: 28th February  

More information: https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/grant-schemes/early-career-fellowships


18/184 Public Health Research Programme: Researcher-led

The closing dates for applications is 1pm 12 March 2019.

The NIHR programmes and research funding schemes have a highlight notice for complex health and care needs in older people. 

This highlight notice indicates the continuing interest of NIHR in receiving research proposals in this area, and particularly those addressing Frailty; Transitions in care, service delivery and models of care; Medicines management/polypharmacy; Promoting healthy ageing/preventing ill health; Patient-centred decision making.

The NIHR programmes and research funding schemes also have a highlight notice for brain tumours.

For details of these two NIHR-wide highlight notices, please see our themed calls page.

Please note that this researcher-led call is open to all relevant research areas, and does not just include this highlight notice. If you are responding to the highlight notice, please indicate this in the application form in Section 6, Question 1 ‘What is the problem being addressed?’

More information here.

Nuffield Trust

Research, development, analysis call

Closes 18th March

The Nuffield Foundation’s research, development and analysis portfolio is central to the delivery of our mission to advance educational opportunity and social well-being across the UK.

We expect the work we fund to improve the design and operation of social policy, especially in those domains that we have always identified as underpinning a well-functioning society: EducationWelfare and Justice.

Research, development and analysis grants normally range in size from £10,000 up to £500,000, with most lying between £50,000 and £300,000.

More information here.

18/151 PHR Themed Call: Frailty

Application dates: 01 October 2018 to 12 March 2019

The PHR Programme are participating in the Themed Call: improving the outcomes of health and social care for frail people and their carers.

Proposals received by 1pm on 12 March 2019, and deemed within remit, will be assessed for their importance to public health by the Programme Advisory Board (PAB) in May 2019. Shortlisted stage 1 proposals from this round will be considered by the Research Funding Board in June 2019, and assessed for scientific quality, feasibility and value for money. Applicants will be informed of the RFB's decisions in late June 2019, and successful stage 1 proposal applicants will be invited to submit a stage 2 proposal. Applicants have eight weeks to complete and submit a stage 2 application for it to be considered at the October 2019 RFB.


More information here.

18/138 Suicide prevention in high risk groups

Application dates: 10 September 2018 to 19 March 2019

The Public Health Research Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this topic: Suicide prevention in high risk

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 19 March 2019.

The PHR Programme funds research to generate evidence to inform the delivery of non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health. Our scope is multi-disciplinary and broad, covering a wide range of interventions that improve public health.

The primary aim of the programme is the evaluation of practical interventions. We will fund both primary research (mainly evaluative, but also some preparatory research) and secondary research (evidence synthesis); precise methods will need to be appropriate to the question being asked and the feasibility of the research. 

Our research serves a variety of key stakeholders including: decision-makers in local government; primary care organisations and other local public services; third sector organisations; relevant national agencies (e.g. NICE) concerned with improving public health and reducing health inequalities; researchers; public health practitioners and the public. 


More information here.

The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund

Doctoral fellowship

Closing 1st March


The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund is a registered charity which was established primarily to aid the research into learning disability and to aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disability by making grants to voluntary organisations working in this field.

In November 2015 the Fund launched the inaugural round of its Baily Thomas Doctoral Fellowships. The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund will award up to two Baily Thomas Doctoral Fellowships per year. Submissions should be emailed to info@bailythomas.org.uk by the deadline of 1 st March each year.


More information here


Proof of concept

Closing 25th April

Have you already received an ERC grant for your frontier research project and now want to explore the commercial or societal potential of your work? The ERC Proof of Concept Grant could be for you.

Who can apply:

All Principal Investigators in an ERC frontier research project, that is either on going or has ended less than 12 months before 1 January 2019, are eligible to participate and apply for an ERC Proof of Concept Grant. The Principal Investigator must be able to demonstrate the relation between the idea to be taken to proof of concept and the ERC frontier research project (Starting, Consolidator, Advanced or Synergy) in question.

The ERC is piloting the use of lump sums as a simplified funding mode for PoC. This will test efficiency and viability of such funding method compared to the current funding mode which is based on the declaration of actual costs.: The financial contribution will be awarded as a lump sum of € 150 000 for a period of 18 months.

More than one Proof of Concept Grant may be awarded per ERC funded frontier research project but only one Proof of Concept project may be running at any one time for the same ERC frontier research project.

More information here.  

Dawkins & Strutt grant for research into gastroenterology

Grant amount: £65,000

To assist research in the field of gastroenterology.

Applicants must be UK-registered medical practitioners or research scientists working in the UK. Projects must relate to the UK only.

More information here: See full terms and conditions.

H C Roscoe grant for research into viral diseases of the respiratory system

Grant amount: £65,000

To promote research into the elimination of the common cold and/or other viral diseases of the human respiratory system.

Applicants must be UK-registered medical practitioners or research scientists working in the UK.

The 2019 application window will open on 1 January and close on 1 March.

More information here: See full terms and conditions.

Margaret Temple grant for research into schizophrenia

Grant amount: £65,000

To assist research into schizophrenia.

Applicants must be UK-registered medical practitioners or research scientists working in the UK. Projects must relate to the UK only.

The 2019 application window will open on 1 January and close on 1 March.

More information here:  See full terms and conditions.

Scholarship grant to promote research into the mental health of medical students

Grant amount: £65,000

Applicants must be UK-registered medical practitioners or research scientists working in the UK. Projects must relate to the UK only.

The 2019 application window will open on 1 January and close on 1 March.

See full terms and conditions.

T P Gunton grant for research into public health relating to cancer

Grant amount: £65,000

To assist research into public health relating to cancer.

Applicants must be UK-registered medical practitioners or research scientists working in the UK.

The 2019 application window will open on 1 January and close on 1 March.

See full terms and conditions.

UK in a Changing Europe Senior Fellowship

The ESRC is inviting proposals from UK-based academics for senior fellowships as part of the UK in a Changing Europe (UKICE) initiative. This is the third round of senior fellowships under this initiative. Under the guidance of the UKICE Director, the role of the senior fellowship is to provide evidence and analysis, which leads to impact and dissemination across the broad range of issues and policy areas affected by Brexit, its implementation and consequences, and the UK’s future relationship with the European Union more broadly. 

The proposed programme of activities under the initiative is intended to run until April 2022. 

We hope to support between eight and 10 Senior Fellows. The maximum amount available for each fellowship is £600,000 at 100% full economic cost (fEC) of which, the ESRC will pay 80%. Funding will be available for a maximum of 36 months.  

All proposals must be submitted through the Je-S system by 16.00 on Thursday 7 February 2019


More information here.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

The ESRC are pleased to announce the second call for our Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) scheme aimed at those in the immediately postdoctoral stage of their career, to provide the opportunity to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, their networks, and their research and professional skills. 

The PDF call forms part of ESRC’s strategy to support early career researchers and will be delivered through our national network of Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT).

The call is open to applicants who have completed their PhD at a research organisation that is part of a DTP or CDT and who are within 12 months of passing their viva voce. At the submission deadline, the applicant must either have been awarded a PhD or have submitted their thesis and passed their viva voce with minor corrections, with the expectation that the PhD will be awarded by the fellowship start date. 


The DTPs and CDTs participating in the second round are:
•    Cambridge Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership 
•    Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership 
•    The London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership 
•    LSE Doctoral Training Partnership 
•    Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership 
•    Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership 
•    North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership  
•    Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership 
•    South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership 
•    South East Network for Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership 
•    South West Doctoral Training Partnership 
•    UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership 
•    Wales Doctoral Training Partnership 
•    White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership 
•    Data Analytics and Society Centre for Doctoral Training 
•    Soc-B Centre for Doctoral Training in Biosocial Research

Key Dates

All applicants must submit a full proposal along with the required attachments by 16:00 on 22 March 2019 to the DTP or CDT they are applying to. 

More information here.

The MS Society Annual grant round for research

The MS Society 2019 Grant Round is now open.

The deadline for applications is at 12 noon on Thursday 11 April.

As in previous grant rounds, all applications will be organised into either our Care and Services or Biomedical research funding streams.  We will have four types of award in the 2019 Grant Round:
    -    PhD studentship
    -    Innovative Awards
    -    Project Grants
    -    Junior Fellowships (Care and Services research only)

More information here.

PhD Studentship

PhD studentships are designed to encourage the best science graduates to embark on a research career in MS.

Eligibility - Project must be based at a UK university or NHS institution - Must be relevant to MS - Must fit with our Research Strategy - Student must have minimum of upper second class honours degree or equivalent.

Maximum duration: Up to 36 months

Innovative Grant

Purpose: To provide support for innovative short-term, small-scale pilot or proof of concept projects


- Project must be based at a UK university or NHS institution

- Must be relevant to MS

- Must fit with our Research Strategy

Funding :amount Up to £40,000

Maximum duration:  Up to 12 months

Project Grant

Purpose: To provide support for research projects designed to answer a single question or a small group of related questions. Such questions must be directed towards our Research Strategy.

Applications should be hypothesis driven.


- Project must be based at a UK university or NHS institution

- Must be relevant to MS

- Must fit with our Research Strategy

Funding amount:  No lower or upper funding limit, however value for money will be one of the criteria to be considered.

Maximum duration: Up to 36 months


Care and Services Junior Fellowship

Purpose Junior Fellowships are aimed at attracting and retaining talented scientists, early in their career in MS research.


- Lead applicant must be the Junior Fellowship candidate

- Project must be based at a UK university or NHS institution

- Must be relevant to MS

- Must fit with the Care and Services programme of our Research Strategy (note that Biomedical applications will not be accepted).

Funding amount:

No lower or upper funding limit, however value for money will be one of the criteria to be considered.

Maximum duration: Up to 48 months


GCRF Gender and intersectionality and Education as a driver of sustainable development network plus

The ESRC are pleased to invite proposals for a new Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Network Plus call. This call will have two separate thematic areas of focus, and applicants can apply to either distinct strand through this call.  One theme will be Gender and Intersectionality and the other theme will be Education as a Driver of Sustainable Development.

GCRF is a £1.5 billion funding stream to support research which addresses the problems faced by developing countries. GCRF forms part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment, and as such funding under this call will be awarded in a manner consistent with ODA guidelines.

The following funding is available for applications and we aim to fund one Network plus under each thematic area in this call:

  • Gender and Intersectionality Network Plus - proposals of up to £4.75 million (UKRI contribution) and up to 48 months duration. 
  • Education as a Driver of Sustainable Development Network Plus – proposals of up to £4.75 million (UKRI contribution) and up to 36 months duration. 

Proposals must be led by a researcher at an eligible UK research organisation and should be submitted through the research councils’ Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system. 

How to apply

A short Expression of Interest (EOI) should be completed by those intending to submit to this call by 16:00 on 11 March 2019. All proposals must be submitted through the Je-S system by 16:00 on 11 April 2019. Grants are expected to start by 1 November 2019. 


More information here.

Opening Soon

GCRF Development-based approaches to protracted displacement

Pre-call announcement

We are inviting proposals for interdisciplinary and innovative research approaches to assistance and protection of refugees and displaced populations that go beyond short term humanitarian responses, that provide measure for their effective support in the receiving societies, and that engage with organisations involved in policy formulation and implementation.

This call has the objective of achieving medium to long term solutions to protracted displacement by taking a developmental approach to understanding the needs of displaced populations with respect to health, education, employment and urban planning.

This call for research aims to:

  • provide research and policy frameworks for incorporating support to protracted displaced populations into SDG planning and programming
  • explore ways of incorporating refugees and internally displaced persons into development strategies of host countries to promote a 'no one left behind' approach
  • foster interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral research and partnerships between academics, policymakers and practitioners to develop ‘best practice’ approaches to education, health and wellbeing, livelihoods, cultures, social protection, access to employment and basic needs. Such approaches should go beyond short-term humanitarian responses
  • critically evaluate the existing durable solutions (repatriation, resettlement and local integration) paradigm with a view towards expanding or modifying them to include new possible solutions (eg mobility-based livelihoods, flexible return arrangements etc).

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