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Open Calls

 Open Calls and Pre-Call Announcements

*Internal Restricted Call Information for Cambridge ResearchersThe University of Cambridge runs an internal selection process for calls where the number of applications per institution is limited. Contact the Research Strategy Office or Coordinator for further details on this process for any specific call. Potential applicants must ensure they are aware of any internal Departmental deadlines for approval by Head of Department before submission.


Open Calls 

Please note a current summary of all public health related calls can be found in the Institute of Public Health Network's page

Research Grants 

Royal Society.

This scheme is for scientists in the UK who are at an early stage in their career and want to purchase specialised equipment and consumables.

Closes: 06 June 2018

UK-China antimicrobial resistance funding competition  

Innovate UK, GB and other funders

Closes: 06 June 2018

UK-São Paulo neglected infectious diseases joint centre partnerships

 Medical Research Council, GB.

Supports collaborative partnerships between researchers from Brazil and the UK to enable the pursuit of shared research interests in the field of neglected infectious diseases. Partnerships may request up to £1.15 million over three years.  Max award: £1,150,000

Closes: 08 Jun 2018

Newton Bhabha Fund researcher links workshop – India 

British Council, GB and other funders

This brings together early-career researchers from the UK and India to make international connections that can improve the quality of their research within the chemical sciences. Proposals related to the following challenge areas are particularly welcome:•human Health including antimicrobial resistance, neglecteddiseases, medical chemistry, bio-materials, HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases, child mortality and maternal health;

Closes: 08 June 2018

Newton institutional links grants – UK, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam

British Council, GB and other funders. Newton Institutional Links aims to build UK-partner country research and innovation collaborations centred on shared research and innovation challenges which have direct relevance to social welfare and economic development. £50-£150k.

Closes: 08 June 2018

Newton researcher links workshop grants – Brazil, China, India, Jordan and Peru

British Council, GB and other funders
Recurring opportunity Consortium required

Closes: 08 June 2018

Newton researcher links travel grants – Peru, Philippines, South Africa

British Council, GB and other funders

Closes: 08 June 2018

Epidemic preparedness – social science research protocols

Wellcome Trust, GB.

This supports social science researchers who want to develop new standardised ways to conduct research for epidemic preparedness and response. A total of £2 million is available to support several awards of two-year duration.  

Closes: 11 Jun 2018

7th Joint Call on antimicrobial resistance surveillance networks

Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance, EU. JpiAMR supports research on surveillance to standardise, improve and extend surveillance systems on antibiotic use and on AMR in humans, animals, food and the larger environment. up to 50k Euros.

Closes: 12 June 2018

JPI-AMR 6th Call

This 6th call targets research on the following topic: Innovations against antibiotic-resistant bacteria: New targets, compounds and toolsFundamental, translational research, with the exception of clinical trials.

ClosesMarch 7 2018 pre-proposal submission; June 14 2018, full proposal submission deadline

Wellcome Trust University Awards in Humanities and Social Science: Internal deadline 15 June

MRC NIHR causal models of complex interventions: Closing date 20 June

Ending the Pandemic Threat: A Grand Challenge for Universal Influenza Vaccine Development

Grand Challenges, Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation.

Closes : 22 June 2018

Strategic Longer and Larger grants: Frontier bioscience 


The 2018/19 strategic Longer and Larger (sLoLa) call invites proposals focused on frontier bioscience: leading-edge discovery research that addresses significant fundamental questions in bioscience. Proposals must be over £2 million (100% FEC project value) and can be up to five years in duration. We anticipate awarding 3-5 sLoLa grants in the 2018/19 call.

Registration deadline: 22 June 2018
Outline application deadline: 12 July 2018, 16:00
Full application (invite only) deadline: 16 January 2019, 16:00 (TBC)

Genomic centres for infectious diseases (U19 clinical trial not allowed)

NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, US

This aims to promote broad use and expand the application of genomics technologies and computational analysis to understand infectious diseases. Grants are worth up to USD 3.75 million each per year over five years. Max USD 18,750,000

Closing date: 22 Jun 18

Sanofi-Institut Pasteur international awards

Institut Pasteur, FR These recognise scientists whose research demonstrates scientific progress in immunology or microbiology and infection. Awards are worth up to €200,000 each. Maximum award: €200,000

Close: 25 Jun 2018 (recurring)

EPSRC Healthcare impact partnerships: Internal deadline 27 June

Wellcome Trust seed awards in humanities and social science: Deadline 26 June

African career accelerator awards

Francis Crick Institute, GB and other funders. The Crick African Network's African Career Accelerator (CAN ACA) awards will provide Fellowship support for African Post-Doctoral researchers aiming to make the transition to becoming an independent researcher and launching their own research group. It is expected that up to six fellowships will be awarded in this round, each with a value of up to approximately £130,000. 

Expression of Interest deadline: 01 July 2018; full applications 01 August 2018

JPI-AMR 8th Call : Building the virtual research institute

Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance, EU and other funders. This supports the establishment of networks to conceptualise and develop the JPIMR virtual research institute. The institute will be a global network connecting research performing organisations, institutes, centres and infrastructures. Up to 50K Euros.

Closes: 04 Jul 2018

Research fellowships in humanities and social science 

Wellcome Trust

These support postdoctoral researchers in health-related humanities and social sciences to carry out an extended period of independent research. Fellowships are usually worth up to £275,000 each for up to three years.

Closing: 06 Jul 2018

Public health intervention development scheme 

Medical Research Council

This supports the early stages of development of public health interventions. Awards are worth up to £150,000 for a maximum of 18 months.

Closing: 12 Jul 2018

Healthcare Infection Society research grants

The Healthcare Infection Society invites applications for its major research grants. These support PhD students, MDs or other research workers in the subject of healthcare infection control. Preference is given to translational research rather than pure science topics.

Deadline 31 July

Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale fellowships:

These support postdoctoral researchers who aim to become independent scientists leading their own groups in the field of public health. 

Deadline 7 August

Wellcome Trust Clinical Research career development fellowships: 

These enable medical, dental, veterinary and clinical psychology graduates to continue research at postdoctoral level and develop scientific independence.

Closing date 13 August

Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award: 

The Wellcome Trust fund teams of researchers, consisting of independent research groups, to work together on the most important scientific problems that can only be solved through collaborative efforts.

Deadline 20 August

NIHR Mechanisms of Action of Health Interventions: Deadline 21 August

UK-Indonesia Joint Partnership on Infectious Diseases Open 16 May 
The Medical Research Council (MRC) and Kementerian Riset Teknologi Dan Pendidikan Tinggi Republik Indonesia (RISTEKDIKTI) are pleased to invite research proposals to the UK-Indonesia Joint Partnership on Infectious Diseases through the Newton Fund. This initiative will provide funding for high-quality three-year collaborative research projects focusing on infectious diseases of relevance to Indonesia.

Closes 24 Aug 2018

Global Challenges Research Fund – networking grants  

Academy of Medical Sciences, GB and other funders.

Provides up to £25,000 over one year to support collaborations between developing countries and the UK and to hold networking events aimed at addressing global challenges.  Round 3 of the scheme will open in June 2018, and will close in August 2018.

Rolling deadlines: Next deadline August 2018 

Major Research Grants (up to £33,000 per annum for 1-3 years)

Healthcare Infections Society

Major Research Grants are to support work on the subject of healthcare associated infection and are to be carried out in the UK or the Republic of Ireland only. This grant would be suitable to support a PhD studentship, MD or other research worker and related consumables/equipment, with a preference towards translational research rather than pure science topics. Grants will be subject to satisfactory annual progress reports. The grant is awarded annually.

Deadline : 01 September 2018

MRC Adolescent health in LMIC settings: Deadline 18 September 2018

Pre- Call Annoucements - Coming Soon 

Healthcare impact partnerships EPSRC Closes 23 Aug 2018
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.The call will launch for proposals in June 2018. Applicants will be required to complete an Intent to Submit stage by 12 July 2018, with the closing date for full applications on 23 August 2018.


Always Open/Responsive

ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative open callNo deadline

ESRC Research Grants Open Call: No closing date

Rosetrees Trust pilot studies and project grants: No deadline

The Rosetrees Trust invites applications for its pilot studies and project grants. These enable biomedical researchers to obtain data, in order to apply for major grants from larger funders, as well as support post-doctoral researchers and larger projects. Projects must be based in the UK. Applications of a cross-discipline nature are encouraged.

Awards are normally worth between £5,000 and £20,000 each per year, over one to three years. Funding may cover salaries and consumables.