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.

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 43

Key Information:

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

Two stage process? T- Yes

Next call - Competition 43

Launch date Stage 1 -  22nd July 2020.

Closing date Stage 1 - 11th November 2020.

Stage 2 invitation - TBC

Closing date stage 2 - TBC

Interviews: TBC

Open/Closed - Open


Medical Research Council

Neuroimmunology Data Generation Award for Early Career Researchers

Examination of the cross-talk between the nervous and immune systems in pathophysiological conditions will result in valuable and unique insights into mechanisms of disease. In time this will allow for the development of targeted therapeutic interventions for neurological disorders and mental illness where the immune system plays a significant role.

This call aims to provide funds to support pilot data generation, hypothesis-driven, mechanistic studies which examine the role played by inflammatory and immune processes in neurological conditions and mental illness.

  • Applicants must be early career researchers, however must not have previously received substantial grant income as a Principle Investigator.
  • Applications must demonstrate this is a multidisciplinary team including at least one researcher with expertise in neuroscience/mental health and one researcher with expertise in immunology and justify the complementarity offered by the proposed collaboration.
  • These awards support projects up to a maximum duration of 24 months.
  • We encourage high-risk projects aimed at generating data to provide a strong evidence base and clear rationale for larger programmes of research.

Open date: 10 Aug 2020

Closing date: 22 Oct 2020


MRC Public Health Intervention Development (PHIND) scheme

The MRC Public Health Intervention Development (PHIND) scheme was established to support the early stages of development of interventions that address an important UK or global public health issue. The aim of the scheme is to generate the necessary evidence to underpin the later development and evaluation of novel public health interventions.

Applicants can apply for up to £150K (MRC contribution), for a maximum of 18 months.

Launch date; L31st July 2020

Closing date; 15th September 2020

MRC will host a webinar on Thursday 20 August at 10am. The PHIND Panel Chair, Professor Graham Hart, will join Office staff to provide an overview of the scheme, tips for writing a PHIND application and to answer any questions.

Please register for the webinar by emailing


Experimental Medicine funding call

You should address gaps in our understanding of the causes, progression and treatment of human disease through experimental intervention, or challenge, in humans.

  • Researchers at eligible organisations can submit proposals for academically-led projects.
  • Awards are made every year and there are deadlines every six months.
  • There will be an annual budget of £10million and we will support a range of award sizes

You can apply for academically-led experimental medicine projects, conducted in humans, based round a clearly articulated gap in understanding of human pathophysiology, with a clear path to clinical impact. These grants will produce new mechanistic insights, identifying opportunities to modify disease pathways and enabling novel therapeutic or diagnostic approaches for future development. All disease areas and interventions are welcomed by the Panel.

Open date; 29th July 2020

Closing date; 16th September 2020


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.

Currently closed.


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. 

The 2020 round has been postponed.