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NIHR funding roundup

NIHR Senior Investigators
Call 14

Public Health Research Programme
20/68 Targeted mass media interventions for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic populations

View the full list of funding opportunities on our website.

NIHR shares progress on implementation of the Restart Framework – On 21 May 2020, the NIHR published a Framework for the restarting of research paused due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This was intended to provide a structure to guide the restarting of a full range of NIHR research, while maintaining local decision-making and flexibility. You can read more about the progress made.

NIHR and UKRI move to new phase of COVID-19 research funding – The NIHR and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have announced an evolution in their funding of COVID-19 research, having awarded more than £32 million into urgent research to tackle the acute phase of the pandemic.

As the UK moves through the first wave of the COVID-19 outbreak, the nature of the questions that need to be addressed are changing. To meet the needs of this new environment, the NIHR-UKRI rapid response rolling funding call closed on 30 June 2020, and other funding opportunities at NIHR and UKRI have opened.

Research Professional Updates

More than 50 NIHR studies axed due to Covid-19

Despite ‘good progress’ in restarting research, challenges remain and some studies have had to close.

NERC announces £13m environmental omics facility

Facility will provide environmental researchers with access to technology, expertise and training.

UKRI diversity data raise alarm bells among academics

Researchers criticise gender and ethnicity gaps in grant success rates from national research funder.

Government promises ‘ambitious alternatives’ to Horizon Europe

R&D roadmap promises Discovery Fund offering ‘sizeable grants over long periods of time’.


Innovation after lockdown – Innovation has a huge role to play in our COVID-19 recovery, but the way it has been cultivated and supported has resulted in deep economic and regional inequalities.

Nesta’s new report Innovation After Lockdown sets out how the UK can move towards an innovation system that works better for everyone.

Going Green – To tackle the climate crisis, the UK Government has set a target of net-zero greenhouse gases by 2050. Our new report analyses the scale of this transformation and considers how sectors and workers can prepare for the green economy.

For more articles from Nesta, click this link.

Medical Research Council

Clinical Academic Research Partnership (CARP) scheme – free webinar on 15 July –

The MRC is running a free webinar on the Clinical Academic Research Partnership (CARP) scheme on 15 July, 10:00-11:00. The scheme is joint with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and open across the UK – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Email to sign up or for any questions.

The scheme is open to clinical staff at consultant level or equivalent with a PhD, or MD (or equivalent postgraduate qualification) who are not undertaking any substantive research activity but, wish to develop their research interests through collaborative high-quality research partnerships with established leading biomedical and health researchers. Applicants should be a member of NHS staff, staff contracted to the NHS or working within the public health or care sector. This includes, but is not exclusive to doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives, allied health professions, healthcare scientists, pharmacists, clinical psychologists, registered public health practitioners and others, in either primary care, secondary care, community care or public health.  To sign up please email  

NIHR Opportunities

The following new funding opportunities are available:

20/45 COVID-19: Recovery and Learning

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme
An NIHR and MRC partnership
20/57 Novel strategies and interventions to reduce overtreatment
20/58 Interventions in Paediatric Care

NIHR launches new UK wide funding call for longer-term COVID-19 research
The NIHR has launched a new research call to better understand and manage the health and social care consequences of the global COVID-19 pandemic beyond the acute phase, to help mitigate the impact of subsequent phases of the pandemic and its aftermath. Read more
For more information and a list of all current funding opportunities, please visit the NIHR website.

Leverhulme Trust Update

Annual Review 2019 – The Trust’s 2019 Annual Review is now available to download:

In addition to a financial overview and full list of grants awarded, the Annual Review highlights the breadth and significance of the research supported, with brief accounts of over twenty projects funded during the year.

Interviews with past winners of the Research Leadership Awards give an insight into the investment made in teams tackling distinctive research problems.

Coronavirus: Information for applicants and grant holders – The Trust will continue to review our policies and will update our website when we have new information:

Upcoming closing dates

Leverhulme International Professorships – 3 July 2020

Research Project Grants – detailed applications – 1 September 2020




British Academy

Funding Call: The Humanities and Social Sciences Tackling Global Challenges Programme 2020 – The British Academy is inviting proposals from researchers in the humanities and social sciences, in collaboration with those in other disciplines where appropriate, wishing to undertake problem-focused, interdisciplinary research projects aiming to enhance our understanding and response to global challenges. Continue reading British Academy