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Upcoming 3Rs Webinars

NC3Rs have created a dedicated resoucre on their website that lists the support provided for researchers and animal care staff which you can visit here. They also have a dedicated hub detailing their upcoming webinars, including the following:

3Rs advice for project licence applicants

Thursday 9th July, 2-2:45PM (BST)

This webinar will provide advice and highlight resources to support Home Office project licence applicants to address the 3Rs aspects of the application form. It will be delivered by NC3Rs Regional Programme Managers who have on-the-ground experience of providing advice to applicants. Anyone involved in the project licence application process is welcome to attend, including in vivo researchers in academia or industry, AWERB members and administrative staff.

Scientific validity and EURL ECVAM recommendations for the replacements for animal-derived antibodies

Wednesday 29th July, 2-3pm (BST)

This webinar will provide an overview of the scientific and welfare benefits of moving to the use of animal-free antibodies and affinity reagents and will highlight the recent Recommendation on Non-Animal-Derived Antibodies from the EU Reference Laboratory for alternatives to animal testing (EURL ECVAM). The target audience is all researchers who use antibodies in their laboratories.

2019 International 3Rs Prize Annoucement

For only the second time in fifteen years, we awarded the 2019 International 3Rs Prize to two joint winners: Dr Francesca Nunn of the Moredun Research Institute and Dr Marta Shahbazi of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology. If you missed our virtual award ceremony featuring talks from the two winners, head to our YouTube channel to catch up on this year’s prize-winning research.

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UKRI and NIHR move to next phase of COVID-19 Research Funding

The initial phase of COVID-19 research funding from UKRI and NIHR was established in February to address urgent needs in the face of the growing pandemic.

To meet the needs of the changing environment, the current NIHR/UKRI rolling call close to new applications on 30th June 2020.

The NIHR has launched a new “Recovery and Learning” call to better understand and manage the health and social care consequences of the global COVID-19 pandemic beyond the acute phase, with outcomes typically expected within 24 months.

The MRC will focus on COVID-19 mechanisms and interventions, and ESRC will continue will continue to accept social science led proposals on health and social care that do not fit with the NIHR call scope. MRC and ESRC applications should be submitted to the UKRI rolling call – the duration of individual grants available under this scheme are up to 18 months in duration.

For further information on the changes to this scheme please visit the MRC Website.

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Second Call for Transformative Healthcare Technologies – Pre-announcement and engagement event

The EPSRC, in collaboration with the MRC, will shortly be inviting proposals for adventurous (high risk, high gain) projects as part of the second phase of Transformative Healthcare Technologies for 2050 call, otherwise referred to as the Transformative Healthcare Technologies 2.0 call.

This call will target projects that are guided by a longer-term vision to pursue new, ideas that develop thinking and approaches supported by the next generation of underpinning science, engineering and emerging technologies in the healthcare space.

Key Dates

EOI for Engagement Event: Thursday 30th July 2020, 4pm.

Virtual Engagement Event: 16th September 2020

Call Opening: Early-September 2020

Outline proposal deadline: Early-November 2020

Outline proposal decision: Mid-December 2020

Full proposal deadline: Early-March 2021

For more information on the call and for the EOI form to attend the Engagement Event (which is not compulsory) please visit the EPSRC website.

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Latest From NIHR

New Statement on Supporting the restart of paused NIHR research activities

It was announced in March that research funded by NIHR would be paused to enable staff to be available for the frontline response to COVID-19.

NIHR are now working towards the restoration of a diverse and active portfolio of research both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 research that does not meet the urgency criteria.

Latest Funding Opportunities

ESRC Research Funding Guide Global Health Research Programme
NIHR Global Health Research Groups
NIHR Global Health Research Units

Programme Grants for Applied Research
Competition 33

Public Health Research Programme
20/46 Health impacts of housing led interventions for homeless people
20/47 Interventions to improve the uptake of the Influenza vaccination in carers
20/48 Food insecurity – health impacts and mitigation

View the full list of funding opportunities on NIHR’s website.

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BBSRC Support Programme

The Research Development Team are happy to announce that we are now launching the second round of our BBSRC Support Programme.

This programme is designed to support academics applying for the BBSRC Responsive Mode Scheme. If you are thinking of applying for either the September 2020 or January 2021 deadline then please visit our Sharepoint for further information on the support available and how to register your interest.

Please visit the Research Development Sharepoint for further Information.

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LifeArc and MRC partnership to create new £16m fund to establish Gene Therapy Innovation Hubs

The Medical Research Council (MRC) and LifeArc are making £16m available to establish a network of Gene Therapy Innovation Hubs, providing access to clinical grade viral vector and translational support for early phase academic-led gene therapy clinical trials. Funding is available through grants up to 5-years, to create a diverse network of centrally coordinated and complementary gene therapy facilities in the UK.

Funded centres will form part of a centrally organised network to facilitate coordinated project selection, skills and training activities and engagement with the wider vector manufacturing and gene therapy communities.

Grants will pay for, but are not limited to key staff posts and infrastructure costs. It is expected that application may be of a range of sizes, from smaller awards of £1-2m to repurpose or import additional platforms to existing facilities, to larger scale investments of £5-7m in new or expanded infrastructure.

Key Dates

Expression of Interest Deadline1 June
Workshop (Virtual)23 June
Call for ProposalsJune (tbc)
Funding Panel Meet November (tbc)

For more information about this call and further details on the application process please visit the MRC website.

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Funding Opportunities from NIHR

NIHR have a range of open calls from their Health Technology Assessment Programme, please use the links below for more information on each specific call:

For a list of all current funding opportunities, please visit the NIHR website.

If you’d like to apply for any of these schemes, or discuss your ideas or eligibility, then please contact your Research Development Team

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Research Funders Response to COVID-19

Below we have summarised the responses from some of our most popular sources for Research Funding around deadlines in the midst of the COVID-19 situation. We will be updating this post daily should the situation change across these funding bodies.

If you have any further queries then please do not hesitate to get in touch with your Research Development Team (for pre-award queries) and Research Delivery Team (for post-award queries).

Last updated: 03/04/20


Staff have been advised to work from home and are still contactable via email. If you were due to visit any of their offices please get in touch to rearrange these meetings. Funding programmes will continue with application systems still operating as normal. Call deadlines are being monitored and extensions/ re-opening calls will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the appropriate councils.

BBSRC have delayed their April deadline until Late June.

British Academy

The Flexi-Grant system is still accessible for all applications. Deadlines for currently open calls currently remain in force and applicants should submit their applications as normal.

Royal Society

Royal Society staff have been advised to work from home and office locations are closed. All funding calls remain open with their currently advertised dates (there have been no postponements).

Leverhulme Trust

Leverhulme will be monitoring the ongoing situation and take it’s usual pargmatic approach. Funding deadlines have not been affected.


All funding schemes are calls are open for applications and deadlines for all stages of applications remain as previously advertised. NIHR have set up a useful FAQ page.


The UKRO has a specific COVID-19 section available on their portal, which is available under the resources tab. There is currently an extension in place for H2020 applications.

Dunhill Medical Trust

Dunhill will not be opening their new outline Research Grant applications (due to open 23rd March). They will be announcing a new strategic plan in Autumn 2020 hopefully with new deadlines and schemes.

Wellcome Trust

Schemes remain open with their current deadlines and extensions will not be granted.

MS Society

There will be new grant rounds opening due to COVID-19 however the situation is being continuously monitored.

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Breast Cancer Now: Project & PhD Grants Now Open

Breast Cancer Now have now opened applications for both their Project Grants and PhD Grants.

Project Grant

Project grants are available to established researchers with a strong track record in their field, who want to work in one of the charities priority areas (prevention, detection and treatment of all forms of breast cancer). They are also committed to support new investigators in breast cancer research and encourage applications from talented researchers at the start of their independent careers.

Amount: Up to £230,000

Duration: 1 – 3 years

Deadline: Monday 1st June 2020

PhD Grant

PhD Grants can be applied for by proposed supervisors and are designed to capture new and highly qualified science graduates into a career of breast cancer researcher. Funding can cover student stipend, fees, research expenses and essential equipment.

Amount: up to £35,000 per annum

Duration: 3 or 4 years

Deadline: Monday 1st June 2020

For more information about either of these schemes or the charities priority research areas please visit the Breast Cancer Now website. If you’re thinking about applying for either of these opportunities please get in touch with your Research Development Team as soon as possible.

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The Brain Tumour Charity – Clinical Biomarkers

The Brain Tumour Charity have a Clinical Biomarkers schemes that supports the identification, validation, and implementation of clinical biomarkers that bring us closer to an early and accurate diagnosis, and/or inform the management of brain tumours.

In order to encourage collaboration between the lab and clinic these grants will be awarded jointly to a Scientific lead and a Clinical lead researcher.

Grants are available up to £100,000 per year for up to 5 years.

It is strongly recommended that applicants access the Research Involvement Network for public patient involvement – this requires a minimum of 3 weeks turnaround time.

This scheme has two deadlines this year

Deadline 1: March 12th, 5pm

Deadline 2: June 25th, 5pm

For more information about this scheme please visit the funder’s website.

If you would like to apply for this opportunity then please contact your research development team.