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MS Society – Searching for New Panel Members

The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society are searching for new members to join their Biomedical and Care & Services Grant Review Panels (GRPs) and their Research Strategy Committee (RSC). This is a great opportunity to get some insight into how funders award grants and what exactly they’re looking for!

About The Panels

Grant Review Panels: Panel members help to decide which projects will receive funding. There are two panels available; Biomedical Research (GRP1) and Care &Services Research (GRP2).

Research Strategy Committee: This panel looks at the strategic picture, providing advice on broad areas of research, setting priorities and scrutinizing the larger, ongoing research programmes.

Who They’re Looking For

For GPR1, applications are encouraged from individuals with expertise in the following areas:

  • Myelin Biology
  • MRI
  • Epidemiology
  • Stem Cells
  • Genetics

For GRP2, applications are encouraged from individuals with expertise in these areas:

  • Implementation science/health delivery research
  • Neurology
  • MRI

For the RSC panel, individuals whose expertise align with the Research strategy themes (see below) and following areas:

  • Capacity Building (supporting research career development)
  • Clinical Trials 
  • Translational Research
  • Health Economics

The closing date for all applications is Monday 14th January, 12pm 

To apply please email with your CV and a briefcover letter outlining your experience and how that will positively contributeto the work of the panels. 

For more information please contact your Research Development Team or the email address above. 


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Muscular Dystrophy UK Grants

Muscular Dystrophy UK have announced a call for Epidemiological studies of the prevalence and incidence of neuromuscular conditions in the UK. Epidemiological studies are vital for public health research to provide evidence and guidance for the planning and provision of accurate health care services and can be a valuable tool for clinical trials.  

Funding Opportunity

Muscular Dystrophy UK are looking to support a single epidemiological study that will give an up to date analysis of the incidence and prevalence of neuromuscular conditions in the UK clinical population.

Duration: 24 months

Amount: £75,000 per year for any combination of salary and consumables

Deadline: Friday 1st February 2019, 5pm

Applications Should:

  • Study the incidence and prevalence of neuromuscular conditions in the UK (including all devolved nations).
  • Detail the methodology they will use to perform the study, including the time period that will be used for the assessment of incidence.
  • Encourage expertise from both the neuromuscular and epidemiological fields. 

For more information about the call you can visit the webpage here. If you’d like to apply for the opportunity then please get in touch with the Research Development team.

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Alzheimer’s Research UK – Autumn Update

A few updates from the Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Grant Deadlines

Online deadline Grant scheme
23 January Major projects; Interdisciplinary Research Grant; Senior Research Fellowship; Research Fellowship; Clinical Research Fellowship; Network Cooperation Grant; Network Resource Grant; Network Support Grant

ARUK-DMT Clinical Research Fellowship; Race Against Dementia Fellowship

30 January Dementia Consortium
20 March Pilot Project Grant; Extension Grant


Two new schemes have been launched:


The ARUK-Dunhill Medical Trust Clinical Research Fellowship. This will fund a clinically qualified researcher (with previous experience in vascular dementia) up to £240,000 to cover salary, support staff, travel and running costs – see here for more info.

The Race Against Dementia Fellowship. This is a one-off call where the scheme will support Early Career Researchers (no more than 3 years post-PhD) with funds up to £500,000 for five years – see here for more info.

2019 Conference

The ARUK Conference for 2019 will be held in Harrogate on 19th-20th March. There will be a keynote lecture by Prof. Philip Scheltens.

On Monday 18th March an Early Careers Day will be held with sessions designed for PhD students, Postdocs and Fellows.

See here for more information on the conference and here for information on the Early Careers Event.

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Good News for Social Care Research

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has announced that it will be allocating £20 million to social care research and training of researchers working in the field over the next 5 years, boosting research to improve adult social care across the country.

NIHR have said the money will allow it’s partners (which includes the University of Manchester and University of Birmingham amongst others) to carry out research into mental health, dementia and care homes – so now is a good opportunity to get networking!

£1.8 million of the fund will be dedicated to training researchers through the new NIHR Academy which was created last month.

The NIHR’s School for Social Care Research will be opening the call for proposals in Summer 2019.  


For further information please visit Research Professional or the NIHR website.

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Dunhill Medical Trust Research Grants


The Dunhill Medical Trust have announced that they are now accepting outline research project grant applications.

The trust will consider applications in the following areas:

  • Bioscience underpinning the mechanisms of ageing, providing there is a clear statement of how the research will be used for the benefit of older people within a reasonable timeframe.
  • Research relating to improving the effectiveness and efficiency of health services and social care delivery for older people.
  • Research relating to improving technology and the built environment, to meet the needs of an ageing population.
  • Behavioural research.
  • Clinical and applied research.
  • Health services research.
  • Public health research.
  • Research carried out on a multidisciplinary basis.
  • Pilot and proof-of-concept studies that can provide sufficient evidence for larger studies which can attract support from major funding bodies.
  • Activities that will expand the research capacity in the above areas.
  • Research related to modifiable risk factors for well-being and health: for example, environmental factors, diet, stress, exercise, social participation, recreation etc.

The application is a two-stage process with the first stage deadline on 11th January 2019, giving you plenty of time to get started on your outline application. Successful ideas will be invited to submit a full application by 1st February 2019.

Deadline: 11th January 2019

Award Amount: £25k – £300k

Duration: up to 3 years

If you’re unsure on your eligibility to apply then you can take Dunhill’s eligibility quiz! For more information on the scheme please visit The Dunhill Medical Trust website.

If you would like to apply then please get in touch with your Research Development Team.


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New NIHR Funding Opportunities


National Institute for Health Research have just released new calls for funding opportunities around the theme: ‘Tabaco Cessation, Control and Harm Reduction Interventions’. 

The NIHR will be accepting applications that are in (or span across) the following participating programmes:

  • Public Health Research (18/162)
  • Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (18/163)
  • Health Services and Delivery Research (18/164)
  • Health Technology Assessment (18/166)

If your research covers this thematic area and you would be interested in applying the NIHR will be holding a webinar to support the funding opportunities on Thursday 8th November 15:00-16:00. You will need to register for this and can do so here.

For more information about any of these calls please use the links above to visit the schemes or check the NIHR website.

The calls are currently open for first-stage applications and will close on 12th March 2019, 1pm. If you would like to apply to any of these schemes then please get in touch with your Research Development Team as soon as possible!

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New Wellcome Trust Open Research Fund

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The Wellcome Trust have announced a new fund to support researchers to develop and test innovative ways of making health research open, accessible and reusable.

Examples of the type of activities that they’re considering to include (but not limited to):

  • Making outputs findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR).
  • Developing open platforms or tools.
  • Improving research reproducibility.
  • Speeding up ways to find and share data.
  • Looking at the role of blockcahin technology could play in managing and disseminating research outputs.
  • Testing new metrics that offer transparent ways to evaluate open research.
  • Embedding incentives to encourage open research approaches.
  • Developing crowdsourcing approaches to increase participation in research.

Wellcome will review proposals based on the vision for your activity, including its aims, target audience and how you’ll advance open practices in your research field and beyond as well as how you’ll evaluate the outcomes and impact of the research.

Funding Amount: £50,000

Duration: 1 year

Deadline: Tuesday 7th August 2018

For more information please visit the Wellcome Trust website. If you’d like to apply then please get in touch with the Research Development Team via our email