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

NIHR Artificial Intelligence Funding

The NIHR has two new funding streams to support applications for health and care research involving artificial intelligence (AI).

The £23m Artificial Intelligence for Multiple Long-Term Conditions (Multimorbidity) call (AIM) is due to launch in late spring/early summer 2020. This call will support research to spearhead the use of advanced data science and AI methods, combined with existing methodology and expertise in clinical practice, applied health and care research and social science, to systematically identify or explore clusters of disease and trajectories to develop insights for the prevention, identification, management and treatment of multiple long-term conditions (multimorbidity) or MLTC-M.

For further details, please see the NIHR AIM website.

The Artificial Intelligence Health and Care Award (AI award) supports solutions addressing the strategic aims of the NHS Long Term Plan across the whole development pathway, from initial feasibility to clinical implementation. It is funded by NHS England and NHS Improvement and is run in partnership with the Accelerated Access Collaborative and NHSX.

For further details of the different phases available to apply to please see the NIHR AI Website.

Global mental health seed funding

The NIHR and Grand Challenges Canada have launched seed funding for proof-of-concept global health research into innovations that focus on the mental wellbeing of young people in low- and middle-income countries.

This new funding call is seeking research proposals that have the potential to transform mental health services for young people aged 10 to 24 in low- and middle-income countries. The innovative approaches should seek to enhance mental health literacy and/or provide youth-friendly services, while accounting for the complex social and environmental factors that contribute to young people’s mental health and wellbeing. 

Funding of up to $250,000 CAD (£146,000 GBP) is available for projects of 18 to 24 months' duration.

Closing date: 17th July 2020

NIHR Global Health Research Workshop Fund Award Pilot (2020)

The NIHR Global Health Research (GHR) Workshop Fund scheme funds awards of up to £10,000 per individual. It allows NIHR Academy members (PhD and post-doctoral only) based in the NIHR GHR Programmes the opportunity to plan and lead a workshop with a defined output, on a topic that is pertinent to them as an individual and relevant to other participants.

Key Information:

Open to: Doctoral and Post-Doctoral

Two stage process? - No

Launch date Stage 1 -  24th March 2020.

Closing date Stage 1 - 01st December 2020.

Open/Closed - Open


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.

Research for Patient Benefit Programme - Competition 42

Key Information:

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

Two stage process? - Yes

Next call - Competition 42.

Launch date Stage 1 -  25th March 2020.

Closing date Stage 1 - 15th July 2020.

Stage 2 invitation - TBC

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