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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:

Funder Call Closing Date
AHRC Research Grants – Standard and Early Career No fixed deadline
Leadership Fellows Scheme – Standard and Early Career No fixed deadline
Research Networking Scheme No fixed deadline
BBSRC Responsive Mode – deadlines 2/10/19 and 15/1/20
New Investigator Scheme 2/10/19
Fellowships See link for types of fell.
EPSRC Standard Research Grants No fixed deadline
First Grant Scheme No fixed deadline
Fellowships No fixed deadline
ESRC Research Grants No fixed deadline
Research Seminars & Strategic networks No date as yet
ESRC Festival of Social Science – BU is a partner and so applications are through us. 2019 call now closed – contact Genna West for more details.
Listed to the right are those Boards and Fellowships that are relevant to BU research. See the individual links for further opportunities.
Research Boards:
Population & Systems Medicine 25/09/19, 15/01/20
Neurosciences & Mental Health  02/10/19, 22/01/20
Career Development Award 18/09/19
Senior Non-Clinical 18/09/19
Senior Clinical 01/04/20
Clinical Research Training (pre-Doctoral) 02/09/19
Clinical Research Training (post-Doctoral) 02/09/19
Clinician Scientist 01/04/20
Skills Development No date as yet
NERC Standard Research Grants 16/1/19 – NERC has capped BU and so contact RDS if you’re interested in applying
Large Grants Outline – 12/03/19 Full – 05/11/19 (no date for 2020 yet)
Fellowships See link for types of fell.
British Academy Small Research Grants 05/06/19
  • Outlines – 16/10/19, Full – 02/20
  • 2019 TBC
  • 2019 TBC
  • Not currently open for applications
  • 19/02/20
Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grants Outlines at any time
Early Career Fellowships 27/02/20
Research Fellowships 07/11/19
Royal Society Research Grants Open call
Newton Fund Various – see link
Wellcome Trust
Listed to the right are their funding areas with links to different schemes and calls
Biomedical Science See links for calls to: Investigator awards, fellowships, collaborative awards, etc.
Humanities and Social Science
Population Health
All calls
Public Engagement
NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) 3 comps, with stage 1 apps. closing date for 2019 TBC
Programme Development Grants Stage 1 apps. closing dates 20/11/19
Public Health Research (PHR) Res-led no date; commiss. no date; Rapid funding scheme – 31/12/19
NIHR Fellowships Programme Post-Doc and Doc. dates to be issued for 2019
European Commission Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Fellowships 11/9/19
Horizon 2020 Multiple calls
COST 05/09/19
Future and Emerging Technologies see individual calls for more details See link for specific calls
 Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)
Contact Rachel Clarke in RDS Innovation grants for businesses and research organisations
02/10/19, 11/12/19, 05/02/20, 01/04/20

Various see link

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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