Research Councils

Medical Research Council

Awards project grants for the development and evaluation of healthcare interventions and implementation studies. Also supports basic medical research, e.g. systems based neuroscience and neuroimaging.

MRC Developmental Clinical Studies Scheme Deadline depends on the Research Boards in your scientific area

Further details: http://www.mrc.ac.uk/Fundingopportunities/Deadlines/index.htm

Developmental Clinical Studies can be considered as a subset of Experimental Medicine (EM). They are early stage clinical studies which are on the development pathway for a new therapeutic/ diagnostic/ device/ public health intervention (or a new indication for an existing intervention). Studies should be aimed at proof of concept. Interventions may include drug or cell‐based treatments, vaccines, devices and instruments, diagnostics, surgical, dietary, psychological interventions, and novel applications of existing therapeutics.

Further details: http://www.mrc.ac.uk/Fundingopportunities/Grants/DCS/index.htm

MRC Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme

The objective of the Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme is to support the translation of fundamental basic and clinical research findings towards the clinic. The Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme (DPFS) is a new, rigorously‐assessed, funding scheme set up by the MRC to help strengthen the translation of fundamental research towards patient benefit. It does not fund basic discoveries but will support the development of novel therapies, interventions and diagnostics, and the research tools used in the development of therapies, interventions or diagnostics.

Further details: http://www.mrc.ac.uk/fundingopportunities/Grants/DPFS/index.htm

Engineering and physical Sciences Research Council

Relating to rehabilitation and social care, grants from the EPSRC are suitable for the development of rehabilitation and assistive technologies.

Economics and Social Research Council

The ESRC funds research reflecting economicl and social concerns, for example lifestyles and health, employment and social exclusion.