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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




The Social Care Research Fellowship Award 2018


The Fellowship aims to build capacity in health and social care research by supporting individuals to become independent researchers and to undertake high-quality research projects. Applications are invited from individuals working across any sector or scientific discipline to undertake research which will benefit patients, public, service users and/ or carers in Wales.

Applicants will need to demonstrate how their work will benefit service users and carers, and provide training and development opportunities for the proposed fellow. Applicants are expected to show evidence of a clear commitment to a research career and demonstrate how the award will support the potential to become an independent researcher.

This scheme will close to applications on Wednesday 28 November 2018 at 13:00.

For more information click here.

Alzheimer's Society - Dissemination Grants


Dissemination grants provide funding for researchers who wish to disseminate the findings of a completed research programme or project.

Applicants may apply for up to £2,500 to support their dissemination activity.

This scheme closes on the 30th of November 2018.

For more information click here.

The Abbeyfield Research Foundation


The Abbeyfield Research Foundation seeks applications that clearly demonstrate how they will benefit older people and support our research strategy and priorities.

The deadline for submitting applications is the 11th January 2019.


Click here for more information.


APEX Awards


In partnership with the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society (‘the Academies’) and with generous support from the Leverhulme Trust, the APEX award (Academies Partnership in Supporting Excellence in Cross-disciplinary research award) scheme offers established independent researchers, with a strong track record in their respective area, an exciting opportunity to pursue genuine interdisciplinary and curiosity-driven research to benefit wider society.

The objectives of this scheme are to:

  • support outstanding interdisciplinary research which is unlikely to be supported through conventional funding programmes 
  • promote collaboration across disciplines, with a particular emphasis on the boundary between science and engineering and the social sciences and humanities
  • support researchers with an outstanding track record, in developing their research in a new direction through collaboration with partners from other disciplines
  • enable outstanding researchers to focus on advancing their innovative research through seed funding


This scheme closes at 3pm on Tuesday 18th December 2018.

Click here for more information.



Dunhill Research Project Grants


We welcome applications for research projects involving the range of academic disciplines: biological and biomedical sciences, health, social care, the built environment, engineering, behavioural science and others.  Project proposals must, however, aim to:

  • further the understanding of the mechanisms of ageing
  • help to treat disease, disability and frailty relating to ageing
  • develop and innovate in the care and support of older people.

We also like to support the development of careers of those who choose to work these areas so:

  • we like to see project proposals which encompass career development support for the project team;
  • we welcome first-time Principal Investigators. (We would, however, expect to see a more experienced Co-Investigator as a member of the team);
  • we provide funding for Research Training Fellowships, either on our own account or in partnership with other organisations and invite fellows (and research assistants on our project grants) to join our fellows’ network.

Requests for research funding are appraised against criteria set out within our Research Funding Strategy, in addition to the basic criteria set out in our Grant Making Policy.

Open for Applications: November 5th 2018.

Deadline for applications is 11th January 2019.

For more information click here: https://dunhillmedical.org.uk/grants-for-academic-or-clinical-research/


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/funding/grant-schemes/emeritus-fellowships

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 visit:  https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/funding-opportunities/18173-digital-technologies-to-improve-health-and-care/9555  


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

Opening Soon:


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. 




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


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