The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Research Project Grants

A research project grant provides funding for a specific research project, typically over a duration of twenty four to thirty six months. Research funding for project grants is often capped at a fixed sum. Research project grants can be based at a single site or they can be multi-centred. Research project grants are a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to address a specific research question. 

When applying for a project grant, the Principle Investigator and the research team should have a record of successfully delivering high quality research.

There are a range of opportunities offered throughout each year by the  National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Medical Research Council (MRC) and Wellcome.

For details of eligibility, duration and costs included, please click on the relevant scheme.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Research and Innovation department have a dedicated team to support the research funding application process. For further information about where to begin with the funding, application process, and study set up please contact us.

National Institute Health Research

Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB)

The Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) is researcher-led and does not specify topics for research. Research proposals should have a clear trajectory towards benefiting the health or wellbeing of patients and users of the NHS.

Key Information:

Open to: Medical, non-medical and other healthcare professionals.

Two stage process? - Yes

Next call - Competition 42, dates TBC.


Competition 41 - open

Launch date Stage 1 -  27th November 2019.

Closing date Stage 1 - 18th March 2020.

Stage 2 invitation - April 2020.

Closing date stage 2 - TBC.

Interviews: TBC.

Open/Closed - Open.

Medical Research Council

Research Project Grants

MRC research grants are suitable for focused research projects that may be short- or long-term in nature. In addition, they can be used to support method development or the development and continuation of research facilities and may involve more than one research group or institution. Research project grants are considered three times each year.

Key Information:

Open to: The minimum academic qualification required is a graduate degree, although usually a PhD is required. Less experienced researchers should apply in collaboration with a more senior colleague.

Two stage process? - No.

 Full application closing date - Depending on the remit of the science, Programme grants should be submitted to one of the four research boards rounds: Infections & Immunity, Molecular & Cellular Medicine, Neurosciences & Mental Health, Population & Systems Medicine. Deadlines for the Boards can be found here:

Outcome: Various, please see the funding call page for further details.

Open/Closed - Application deadlines are usually in January, May and September. 

Deadlines for the Boards can be found here:


Innovator Award

These awards support researchers who are transforming great ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health.

Key Information:

Open to: You can work in any scientific discipline, including a discipline outside life sciences

Two stage process? - No

Next call - You can apply at any time. Shortlisting meetings happen every three months

Open/Closed - Open throughout the year


Joint Health Systems Research Initiative

This scheme supports research based in low- and middle-income countries to improve health systems in those locations. The scheme is jointly supported by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Wellcome Trust. The Medical Research Council considers applications once a year. Research grants last up to three years. Foundation grants last up to two years.

Key Information:

Research grants - Currently closed.

Foundation grants - Currently open. 

Two stage process? - No.

Submission deadline - 28th May 2020

Panel meeting - October 2020

Next call - You can apply at any time. Shortlisting meetings happen every three months.

Open/Closed - Open throughout the year.


Open Research Fund

This funding supports researchers to develop and test innovative ways of making health research open, accessible and reusable. You can apply to the Open Research Fund if you want to develop, pilot and evaluate innovative approaches that aim to make health research more open. 

Key Information:

Open to: Medical, non-medical and other healthcare professionals.

Two stage process? - Yes

Next call - Anticipated to open early 2020.

Preliminary application closing date - Closed at present. 

Full application closing date - TBC.

Outcome: TBC.

Open/Closed - Anticipated to open early 2020