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Funding Opportunities


Medical Research Council (MRC)

MRC Fellowships are personal awards made to talented researchers at key points in their careers. With an MRC fellowship you have your own funding for a challenging research project and an ambitious programme of research training and personal development.


The BBSRC offer a series of fellowships including, the Anniversary Future Leader Fellowship, David Phillips Fellowships, Early Career Research Fellowships and their Enterprise Fellowships.

Royal Society

The Royal Society offer a variety of Early career schemes including:

  • University Research Fellowship: For outstanding scientists in the UK at an early to mid-stage of their research career who have the potential to become leaders in their field.
  • Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship: For outstanding scientists in the UK at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues.
  • Sir Henry Dale Fellowship: For outstanding post-doctoral scientists wishing to build their own UK-based, independent research career addressing an important biomedical question.
  • Newton International Fellowship: For non-UK scientists who are at an early stage of their research career and wish to conduct research in the UK.

Alzheimer's Research UK

Alzheimer’s Research UK has a large number of different grant schemes through which you can apply for funding.

Alzheimer's Society

The Alzheimer' Society research programme funds high-quality peer reviewed research, across the spectrum of cause, cure, care and prevention of all forms of dementia. Applications should be in line with their research strategy. Funding is available for research carried out at an academic institution or clinical department in the UK. Lead applicants must be based in the UK.

Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight offer a variety of Early career schemes including: Small Grant Awards Schemes; Fight for Sight Award; PhD Studentships; Project Grants; Project Grants using UK Biobank Datasets; Clinical Fellowships, Early Career Investigator Awards; Investigator Awards, New Lecturers' Small Grant Awards and the Fight for Sight Partnership Fund.

Parkinson's UK

Parkinson's UK career development awards are aimed at supporting outstanding scientists undertaking research into Parkinson's. Senior research fellowships are part of their career development award scheme and are for people who want to specialise in Parkinson's research by establishing their own research group. Applications for these career development awards are invited annually.

Wellcome Trust

Opportunities for support are available for scientists at all levels who are working on research projects relevant to the biomedical sciences. Research projects can be based in the laboratory, the clinic or the field and may involve experimental or theoretical approaches. Where appropriate, applications are encouraged from candidates trained in disciplines outside the biomedical sciences who are applying their expertise to biomedical problems.

Research Facilitators

The Research Facilitators aim to improve grant application success rates and increase the volume of externally funded life and medical sciences research at UCL. They identify and communicate funding opportunities, work with researchers to support the development of competitive, high-quality research proposals, and organise outreach activities such as grants skills and funder workshops.

Research Facilitators can help you with:

  • Finding funding opportunities for your research
  • Assessing your eligibility for funding schemes, e.g. fellowships via reviewing your CV
  • Improving your funding application by providing review and advice on drafts
  • Finding academic reviewers for your funding application
  • Organising practice interviews
  • Gaining further support through grantsmanship workshops and other information sessions
  • We also implement internal selection procedures for certain funding schemes

Contact the relevant Research Facilitator

European Funding

The European Research and Innovation Office (ERIO) provides a range of professional services to the UCL community, particularly in relation to the €79 billion "Horizon 2020" European Framework Programme.

These services include:

If you require advice or assistance or would like to discuss UCL's participation in a Horizon 2020 project please call +44 20 7679 9638 (internal 09638), email erdo@ucl.ac.uk or visit our contacts section.


GRANTfinder 4 Education

What is GRANTfinder 4 Education? 

GRANTfinder 4 Education runs RESEARCHconnect, an online funding database containing thousands of funding opportunities for the UK research community.

RESEARCHconnect is free for everyone in UCL and allows you to:

  • use the advanced or freetext search function to find relevant funding opportunities 
  • save commonly used searches, set up email alerts and create tailored reports of results 
  • share and comment on funding opportunities with selected individuals or groups.

How can I access RESEARCHconnect?

To register, please email Jacob Sweiry.

Internal Funding Opportunities

There are a number of research funding initiatives that are coordinated and funded from within UCL. Links to further information about these opportunities are below.