A Guide to Funding Opportunities and Resources available.  

Below are links to current Fellowship and funding opportunites.

You can also visit each funding provider for more details and a link direct to their website.


Funding Opportunities

COVID-19 Specific Calls

Funding calls that are specific to COVID-19 only - please note some are rolling deadlines.  If you have any queries please contact your BDO.


Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund


The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund is part of government’s Industrial Strategy, the long-term plan to raise productivity and earning power in the UK.  The fund is a core pillar in the government’s commitment to increase funding in research and development by £4.7 billion over 4 years to strengthen UK science and business. It will invest in the world-leading research base and highly-innovative businesses to address the biggest industrial and societal challenges today.

How does the ISCF work?

ISCF adopts a challenge-focused approach and aims to bring together researchers and UK businesses to tackle some of the key issues affecting industry and society including productivity, economic growth and global competitiveness. ISCF funding seeks to build on the UK’s strengths from industry and the research base. By building consortia of multi-disciplinary expertise from academia, industry and other stakeholders it is anticipated that ISCF funding will generate transformative solutions to drive the UK’s long-term competitiveness to benefit industry and society.

Four ‘grand challenges’ underpin all ISCF investment priorities:

  • Artificial intelligence and the data economy
  • Healthy ageing
  • Clean growth
  • Future of mobility

Current Calls

You can see all ISCF and other Innovate UK calls here.

Research Grants

A Research Grant is suitable for focused research projects that may be short- or long-term in duration. The grant can be used to support the development of new methods and techniques, the development and continuation of research facilities and may involve more than one research group or institution. Increasingly research grants utilise multi-disciplinary teams to develop solutions for challenges of global significance.

Please note that this document represents a snapshot in time.  If the funding opportunity you are looking for is not here please contact the Grants Academy who will get the details for you.


A Fellowship is a personal award, designed to provide you with the necessary support to establish or further develop yourself as a leader of the future. This type of award enables you to devote most of your time to a programme of activities to deliver your proposed research vision. 

Please note that this document represents a snapshot in time.  If the Fellowship you are looking for is not here please contact the Grants Academy who will get the details for you.

Research Councils


The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) was established in April 2005 as successor to the Arts and Humanities Research Board and is a British research council; non-departmental public body that provides approximately £102 million from the government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from languages and law, archaeology and English literature to design and creative and performing arts.

Guidance on AHRC Funding can be found here.

For current funding opportunities please see see the AHRC Website.


The Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) deliver funding, training and knowledge transfer in the biotechnology and biological sciences.  They are the largest UK public funder of non-medical bioscience.  It predominantly funds scientific research institutes and university research departments in the UK.

Guidance on BBSRC funding can be found here.

To view current BBSRC Funding Opportunities please visit their website.


The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is a Research Council that provides government funding for grants to undertake research and postgraduate degrees in engineering and the physical sciences (including mathematics, artificial intelligence and computer science), mainly to universities in the United Kingdom.

Guidance on EPSRC Funding can be found here.

Current Funding Opportunites are available by visiting their website.


The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) provides a range of funding and support for research and training in social sciences.  It is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues.

The ESRC Funding Guide sets out their funding rules.

Current Funding Opportunities are available on their website.


The Medical Research Council (MRC) is responsible for co-coordinating and funding medical research in the United Kingdom.  The MRC focuses on high-impact research and has provided the financial support and scientific expertise behind a number of medical breakthroughs, including the development of penicillin and the discovery of the structure of DNA. Research funded by the MRC has produced 32 Nobel Prize winners to date.

Guidance on MRC Funding Opportunities is available here.

To browse the current Funding Opportunities, visit the website.



The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) are the UK's largest funder of independent environmental science, training and innovation, delivered through universities and research centres.

NERC research grants & fellowships handbook.

Please see the NERC website for current funding opportunities



STFC are a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

STFC Research Grants Handbook.

STFC Funding Opportunities

Major Charities

British Academy

The British Academy provides a variety of grants and fellowships to support academic research, career development and wider engagement across the full range of the humanities and social sciences. Funding opportunities cover UK and international research from the postdoctoral level upwards, supporting the best ideas, individuals and intellectual resources.

A live link to current funding opportunites can be found here.

British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundation fund vital research into the causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart and circulatory diseases.

More information can be found on what is funded and how to apply by visiting the website.

Funding opportunities can be found here.

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK are the largest independent funder of cancer research in Europe and the world's leading charity dedicated to cancer research. Cancer Resesarch UK work with both commercial and non-commercial research partners across the world to achieve their ambitious vision of bringing forward the day when all cancers are cured.

For more information on how to apply and manage a grant and also to see current calls visit their website here.

Leverhulme Trust

The Leverhulme Trust is a large national grant-making foundation in the UK.  It operates across all the academic disciplines, providing funding for research projects, fellowships, studentships, bursaries and prizes to support talented individuals as they realise their personal vision in research and professional training.

Funding schemes at a glance can be viewed here.



Royal Society

The Royal Society are the independent, scientific academy of the UK and the Commonwealth, dedicated to promoting excellence in science.

Making a grant application guidance see here

Royal Society funding FAQs.

 See the Royal Society's website for grant scheme opportunities

Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust support thousands of scientists and researchers in more than 70 countries, as well as innovators, educators and artists.

Browse the current funding schemes here.

Funding Guidance is available on the website.

US Funders


The National Institutes of Health is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world.

A link to the current grants available can be found here along with the NIH Guide.


The National Science Foundation funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering. It does this through grants, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations throughout the United States.

Browse the funding opportunities.