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Standard Calls for major funders

Given below is a snapshot of the most common rolling calls for major funder’s and where known, deadlines for closing dates (note that if a date is in the past, this is shown as an indication of when a future call may occur): Page updated – 25/5/22

Funder Call Closing Date
AHRC Research Grants – Standard and Early Career No fixed deadline
Research, Development and Engagement Fellowships – The scheme has two routes:

No fixed deadline
Research Networking Scheme No fixed deadline
BBSRC Responsive Mode No fixed deadline
Discovery Fellowships 5/5/22 – next date TBC
Fellowships See link for types of fell.
EPSRC Standard Research Grants No fixed deadline
New Investigator Award No fixed deadline
Fellowships No fixed deadline
ESRC Research Grants No fixed deadline
New Investigator Grants No fixed deadline
ESRC Festival of Social Science – BU is a partner and so applications are through us. 2022 call closed 25th April – contact publicengagement@bournemouth.ac.uk for more details and future dates.
MRC – Fund through Boards Research Grant Application deadlines
New Investigator Research Grant Application deadlines
Programme Grant Application deadlines
Partnership Grant Application deadlines
Fellowships Various
NERC Standard Research Grants 23/5/22 (next call expected Oct.22) – NERC has capped BU and so contact RDS if you’re interested in applying
Large Grants Outline – 9/03/21 Full – 16/11/21 – no new date for 2022 yet
Fellowships See link for types of fell. and deadlines
British Academy Small Research Grants 01/06/22 – next date to be confirmed
  • Outlines – TBC, Full – 9/2/22 then TBC
  • 7/9/22
  • 16/11/22
  • 8/12/21 – 2022 TBC
  • 2022 TBC
Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grants Outlines at any time
Early Career Fellowships 2022 TBC
Research Fellowships 2022 TBC
Royal Society Research Grants 19/5/22 – next date TBC
Newton Fund Various – see link
Wellcome Trust Discovery awards See links for calls for deadlines

Discovery, Early career, and Career Development awards have quarterly rounds. Springboard awards are annual. Public engagement deadline 31/5/22.

Early career awards
Springboard awards
Public Engagement
Career Development Awards
NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) 3 comps, with stage 1 apps. closing date: 27/7/22
Programme Development Grants Next round opens in July 2022
Public Health Research (PHR) 16/8/22
NIHR Fellowships Programme See fellowship calls for dates
European Commission Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Fellowships Expected Sep.22
Horizon Europe Multiple calls
COST 20/10/22
 Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)

Innovate UK Smart grants



If you intend to apply to any of the above calls then please contact the RDS Funding Development Team in the first instance.

Do have a look at the Research Lifecycle on the blog to see how RDS can support you with your research plans. You can also see what training and development opportunities are available to support you when applying for funding – visit the RKE Development Framework to find out more.dev_framework


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