The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Research and Innovation

Funding opportunities for research projects

14 February 2022

I am Sam, the Grant Funding Development Manager for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT). I am here to support existing and new researchers and their teams to prepare and submit high quality grant applications and to make the run up to the funding application process as simple and stress-free as possible.

I have an academic background and I completed my PhD in January 2021 at the University of Leeds. During my time at the Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine (LICAMM), I was fortunate enough to collaborate with clinicians from LTHT, where I saw first-hand how difficult it can be to incorporate research alongside busy clinical practice.

I have always had a keen interest in research; I decided to make the move away from pure academia into the NHS, to better understand the difference that research can make to patients and the NHS as a whole. To date, I have really enjoyed hearing about the exciting and innovative projects within the Trust. I strive to make the possibility of conducting research available to colleagues that are interested in becoming clinical academics, while advocating for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals (NMAHPs) and those who have taken an alternative pathway in their careers, be that a career break or a later introduction to research. I am more than happy to listen to your proposals and to discuss the best route into research on an individual basis. 

My role, as LTHT Funding Development Manager is to support applicants from the beginning of the funding process, through to the point of submission. I can help find relevant funding opportunities, go over application processes and give advice for costing requests and Schedule of Events Cost Attribution Templates (SoECATs). I can also review your application and sign post you to other sources of support. I am developing a system that researchers can use to engage potential collaborators and I am available to facilitate those key initial discussions where necessary.

I work closely with the Leeds Hospitals Charity, developing new funding opportunities to help address unmet needs within the local research community. I have links with the University of Leeds Research and Innovation teams to bridge the gap between the clinic and academia, supporting collaborations between the Trust and the university. 

I will be updating the blogs section of the R&I website on a regular basis, with insight from a variety of people involved in different aspects of research. If you would be interested in having your say, please send me your topic and we can arrange a meeting to discuss it.

Creating a culture in the work place where you feel safe and empowered to ask questions is key to research and innovation, my inbox is always open and I look forward to hearing all about your exciting research proposals and your ideas on how to streamline this process.

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Find out more about current funding opportunities 

NIHR In-Practice Fellowship Round 16
Deadline: 24 March 2022

Development and Skills Enhancement Award Round 9 (

Deadline 29 March 2022

Programme Grants for Applied Research - Competition 38 (

Deadline 06 April 2022

MRC Career development award: April 2021 – UKRI

Launch 01 March 2022

Deadline 21 April 2022