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					Summary of Charitable Research Funding – Draft 13th July 2009
The following document summarises available Charitable Research Funding for the UK*. This was produced in response to Research Advisory Group meeting action. Its primary purpose is to provide an overview of funded theme/disciplines and highlight current open calls for each Charity. At this stage any comments should be forwarded to to feedback to the Research Advisory Group. Discussions will take place in RAG as to what will be done with this information i.e. amendments, dissemination, format, etc. Please note that it is not always possible to specify the amount of funding allocated by theme/discipline, as this is often determined when calls are released.
*This is not a definitive list of possible charitable funders.

Page(s) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Wellcome Trust The Nuffield Foundation British Academy The Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Royal Geographical Society Joseph Rowntree Foundation The Big Lottery Fund 2-5 6 7-8 9-10 11 12 13-14 14

1. Wellcome Trust (
Wellcome Trust has 6 aims which aspire to foster and promote research to improve human and animal health. These aims are as follows: 1. Advancing Knowledge - To support research to increase understanding of health and disease, and its societal context 2. Using Knowledge - To support the development and use of knowledge to create health benefit 3. Engaging Society - To engage with society to foster an informed climate within which biomedical research can flourish 4. Developing People - To foster a research community that can add to the advancement and use of knowledge 5. Facilitating research - To promote the best conditions for research and the use of knowledge 6. Developing the organisation - To use resources efficiently and effectively Welcome have 6 funding categories namely: 1. Biomedical science funding - enables the investigation of health and disease in humans and animals. This includes funding for scientists, clinicians and veterinarians at different career stages. The streams are five science-oriented groupings of staff and activity within Science Funding. These are intended to broadly cover all areas of biomedical science. The streams are:  Immunology and Infectious Disease  Physiological Sciences  Molecules, Genes and Cells  Populations and Public Health  Neuroscience and Mental Health Welcome provides a range of grants to support research projects including research support (programme and project grants), equipment and resources, fellowships and personal awards, PhD programmes and studentships, undergraduate support and other initiatives.

2. Medical Humanities The medical humanities funding supports research into biomedical ethics and the history of medicine, headed under two categories: 2.1 Biomedical ethics - Ethical issues that arise in the development and delivery of healthcare or the use of medical techniques in non-healthcare contexts. This includes: the ethics of biomedical or health research (relating to either humans or animals); ethical issues arising in the translation of such research into practice; ethical issues arising in clinical care; and ethical issues arising from the delivery of care, including policy and public health. Funding is available for Clinical Fellowships in Biomedical Ethics, Research Fellowships, University Awards, Research Support and Dissemination grants with full application deadlines on the 1st August, March and December. 2.2 History of Medicine - Wellcome also support research into the historical study of all factors affecting the medical and health experience of people and animals - in all countries and at all periods. 2

Grant funding under History of Medicine heading comes under six categories:  Fellowships and personal awards (Doctoral Studentships, Master’s Awards, Research Fellowship and University Awards)  Research support (Research expenses, Short-term Research Leave Awards for Clinicians and Scientists, Travel Grants)  Support for archives and records  Conferences, symposia and seminar series, and  Public engagement 3. Public Engagement The public engagement funding promotes interest, excitement and debate around science and society.  People Awards - Provide funding of up to £30,000 to support activities such as events, debates, exhibitions, art projects and drama productions. Deadlines: 16 October 2009; 29 January 2010  Arts Awards - support imaginative and experimental arts projects that investigate biomedical science. All art forms are covered by the programme: dance, drama, performance arts, visual arts, music, film, craft, photography, creative writing or digital media. The Trust invites applications for projects which engage adult audiences and/or young people. For small to medium-sized projects (up to and including £30,000) deadlines are: 16 October 2009; 29 January 2010  Society Awards - are for ambitious and creative projects that engage people with developments in biomedical science on a regional or national scale. The second deadline in 2009 for preliminary applications is 9 October 2009. For this deadline we will accept proposals only on this years theme ‘eating’  Broadcast Development Awards - support the development of broadcast proposals in any genre that engages the audience with issues around biomedical science in an innovative, entertaining and accessible way. Wellcome is interested in funding individuals and organisations with brilliant early-stage ideas for TV, radio or new media projects. Our funding will enable these ideas to be developed into high impact, well-researched proposals to be utilised in securing a broadcast platform and/or further funding. Deadlines: 16 October 2009; 29 January 2010  International Engagement Awards - support projects with grants of up to £30,000 that aim to achieve some or all of the following: to strengthen the capacity of people in developing countries to facilitate public engagement with health research, to stimulate dialogue about health research and its impact on the public in a range of community and public contexts in developing countries, to investigate and test new methods of engagement, participation, communication or education around health research, to promote collaboration on engagement projects between researchers and community or public organisations, to support Wellcome Trust funded researchers in developing countries in engaging with the public and policy makers. Deadline: 30 October 2009 (expressions of interest should be sent by 2 October) 4. Technology Transfer The technology transfer funding supports the development of innovative, early-stage projects with potential medical applications. 3





Translation Awards - are response-mode funding designed to bridge the funding gap in the commercialisation of new technologies in the biomedical area. For applied R&D projects that address an unmet need in healthcare. They are open to academic researchers and companies, and can address almost any area of healthcare. Preliminary applications are considered four times a year. Upcoming dates Preliminary deadline 14th August 2009 – TTCC meeting September 2009 Strategic Translation Awards - support research projects that are viewed as strategically important to the Wellcome Trust's mission. For applied R&D projects that are close to existing Wellcome Trust interests. For example, these may build on Trust initiatives in basic science, such as genome-wide association studies, or in developing country health, in areas like malaria, typhoid or TB. There is an open call for applications. Seeding Drug Discovery - This five-year, £91 million initiative aims to develop drug-like, small molecules that will be the springboard for further research and development by the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry in areas of unmet medical need. To facilitate early-stage small-molecule drug discovery. The awards help applicants with a potential drug target or new chemistry embark on a programme of compound discovery and/or lead optimisation. Preliminary applications may be submitted twice a year. Upcoming dates Preliminary deadline 9th November 2009 & 21st May 2010 R&D for Affordable Healthcare in India - This is a five-year, £30 million India-specific funding initiative. For translational research projects that will deliver safe and effective healthcare products for India - and potentially other markets - at affordable costs. There is an open call for applications

5. Capital funding Capital funding is for large-scale construction or refurbishment projects in the UK that support science, public engagement, medical history, or the activities of learned societies.  Wellcome-Wolfson Capital Awards in Biomedical Science - The Wellcome Trust and the Wolfson Foundation are pleased to announce a call for proposals for science-based capital projects that fall within the Trust’s biomedical science remit. This scheme provides capital funding for large-scale projects (above £1 million), in partnership with the host institution. Preliminary application deadline: 27 July 2009 Full application deadline (if invited): 1 February 2010  Capital funding for public engagement and medical history - This scheme provides capital funding (normally above £200 000) for large-scale projects that support public engagement and/or medical history. Preliminary application deadline: 29 May 2009  Capital funding for learned societies - This scheme provides capital funding (normally above £200 000) for projects that support the scholarly activities of learned societies. Applications can be submitted at any time. 6. Strategic awards Strategic Awards provide flexible forms of support to facilitate research and/or training that is not possible under existing schemes. The aim is to 'add value' to excellent research groups, which may be demonstrated in a number of ways, e.g. capacity building in specific fields through training of research students or fellows, 4

development and establishment of new technologies, facilities or resources thematic and/or interdisciplinary research collaborations involving combinations of basic scientists, clinicians (medical and veterinary) and non-biologists (e.g. mathematicians, physicists, chemists, engineers, social scientists), advancement of specific strategic areas, translation of basic research into policy and practice. - Strategic Awards must involve a partnership with the host institution. Preliminary applications may be submitted at any time and are assessed on a rolling basis. Current highlighted areas
a. Mathematical biology/statistical methods - training and capacity building

All the Strategy Committees have highlighted the urgent need to address the lack of expertise in statistics, study design, data analysis (e.g. from cohort or demographic surveillance studies) and mathematical biology. Applications in these areas are particularly encouraged.
b. Public health research - training and capacity building The Populations and Public Health Strategy Committee has identified a need to address training of and interactions between clinicians, basic scientists and practitioners in public health research. Applications in these areas are particularly encouraged. c. 'In vivo' physiology - training and capacity building The Physiological Sciences Strategy Committee has expressed concern about the lack of exposure that young scientists have to in vivo research, and the imminent loss of skills in this area as the current experts retire. Applications that help redress this are particularly encouraged. d. Neuroimaging - interdisciplinary networks/programmes To take full advantage of the UK strengths in neuroimaging, the Neurosciences Strategy Committee has identified a need for increased networking between major imaging centres and interdisciplinary programmes involving mathematicians, physicists and engineers. e. Emerging diseases – interdisciplinary networks/programmes Research that enables the rapid, accurate diagnosis and response to emerging diseases has been seen as crucial by the Immunology and Infectious Disease Strategy Committee. Applications for networks involving collaborations between epidemiologists, microbiologists, molecular biologists, clinicians and veterinarians, which link surveillance data with research, are therefore particularly encouraged. f. Promotion of interactions at the clinical/basic science interface Several of the Strategy Committees highlighted the need to promote interactions at the basic science/clinical science interface and applications addressing this are particularly encouraged.


2. The Nuffield Foundation (
The Foundation's grant-making reflects the aim of bringing about improvements in society through research and practical experiment. The wide range of activities supported by the Foundation fall into two main categories: 1. Support of research and innovation that will bring about beneficial social change The Foundation currently has three grant programmes that support research and innovation for beneficial social change. These are:  Law in Society - promotes access to, and understanding of, the civil justice system.  Children and Families - helps to ensure that the legal and institutional framework is best adapted to meet the needs of children and families.  Open Door - for projects that advance social well being, but lie outside the main Nuffield programme areas. 2. Development of research and professional capacity with particular emphasis on people in the early stages of their careers in the sciences and the social sciences.  Science Bursaries for Schools and Colleges enable sixth form students to take part in research.  Undergraduate Research Bursaries in Science support summer vacation research projects.  Social Science Small Grants offers research expenses for new and established researchers working on outstanding projects. Rolling application process  Social Science New Career Development Fellowships foster partnerships between experienced social researchers and outstanding post-doctoral social scientists at the early stages of their career. The Foundation also has a Commonwealth Programme that aims to improve services in health, education and civil justice in Southern and Eastern Africa through the development of the expertise and experience of practitioners and policy makers. Programme under review. The Elizabeth Nuffield Education Fund offers grants to women studying to improve their employment prospects.


3. British Academy (
The British Academy provides research funding to postdoctoral level scholars in all subjects within the remit of humanities and social sciences. Its research funding strategy is focussed on supporting ideas, individuals and intellectual resources, and it delivers this strategic priority through schemes for research grants, research posts, research development, conference grants, individual and joint projects and the facilitation of world-class international research. The British Academy can offer grants for travel costs, consumables, research assistance, research leave/replacement teaching, first academic appointment, visits by foreign scholars to the UK and organising a conference.

Funding schemes include:  Small Research Grants - to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. Applications between £500 and £7,500 over two years  British Academy Research Development Awards (BARDAs) - to enable established scholars to develop a significant research project. Applications are particularly encouraged from scholars who can demonstrate that they are developing an innovative line of research, with the potential to make a significant difference to their field and to their career profile. Priority will be given to applicants who have at least five years postdoctoral experience  British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships and British Academy Thank-Offering to Britain Fellowship - administered by the British Academy, the awards provide a period of research leave for one year for established scholars during which they will be able to concentrate on bringing a major piece of research towards completion while their normal teaching and administrative duties are covered by a full-time replacement. The Fellowships are tenable for one year beginning in the autumn of 2009  Funding for International Activities: o Country-specific agreements and special programmes - The Academy is signatory to 40 agreements and memoranda of understanding with partner academies and institutions in 30 countries o Special Joint Project programmes - The Academy has a number of special schemes with partner institutions to support bilateral projects with particular countries or regions  Other relevant Academy Schemes:
o o o o o Special Funds: private funds which support research on and travel to various countries in Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Latin America.

The Academy has the following private funds, from which grants are made for particular and restricted purposes:
Ancient Persia Fund: For the study of Iranian or Central Asian studies in the preIslamic period Elisabeth Barker Fund: For studies in recent European history, particularly the history of Central and Eastern Europe Sir Ernest Cassel Educational Trust Fund: For travel costs relating to a research project (particularly aimed at recent postdoctoral scholars)


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44th International Congress of Americanists Fund : For travel costs relating to Latin American studies Elie Kedourie Memorial Fund: For the study of Middle Eastern and Modern European History, and the History of Political Thought Neil Ker Memorial Fund: For the study of Western medieval manuscripts Stein-Arnold Exploration Fund: For research on the antiquities, historical geography, early history, or arts of India, China, and Iran, including Central Asia

o Sino-British Fellowship Trust: For individual or co-operative research projects
in Britain or China  British Academy Visiting Fellowships - The Newton International Fellowship scheme is overseen by the British Academy, The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society. This scheme aims to improve links between overseas researchers and UK scholars through the provision of two-year research fellowships in the UK for foreign scholars Postdoctoral Fellowships - designed to enable outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment, which will develop their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts by the end of the Fellowship. Applicants are expected to be at an early stage of their academic career Conference Support - designed to promote the dissemination of advanced research. Conference convenors may apply for any combination of the following: (a) financial assistance, whether for bringing key speakers to the UK (or other location if the event is to be held abroad), or for a wider range of expenses; (b) use of the British Academy as a venue; (c) organisational assistance from the Academy’s conference team; (d) subsequent publication of proceedings by the Academy. (Please note that applications will not be entertained for (d) alone.) This scheme also provides an opportunity for a conference to be adopted into the Academy’s own Events diary. Applications between £1,000 and £20,000 will be considered. Conferences attracting the higher levels of support should be at least partly aimed at disseminating the results of research to a broader public, and the Academy particularly welcomes applications that show how public interest might be engaged in the topics discussed




4. The Royal Society
The Royal Society runs a series of schemes that enhance the UK science base and fosters collaboration between UK based and overseas scientists, which includes: 1. Brian Mercer Awards for Innovation - provides funding for individuals or groups to develop an already proven concept or prototype in the general areas of the built environment, nanoscience/nanotechnology, clean technology and energy, through to the creation of a near-market product for commercial exploitation, ie to a stage where an approach for venture capital becomes a reality 2. Brian Mercer Feasibility Awards - provides initial support to test the feasibility of a project in the three general areas; the built environment, nanoscience/ nanotechnology, clean technology, energy and electrotechnology, enabling holders to investigate the technical and economical feasibility of commercialising an aspect of their scientific research, possibly in conjunction with a third party 3. China-UK Science Networks – A bilateral agreement between the UK Office of Science and Innovation (OSI) and the Chinese Ministry of Education, making funding available to establish a networking scheme which aimed to initiate and develop enduring partnerships between the UK and Chinese scientists. The implementing bodies in each country are the Royal Society and the China Scholarship Council (CSC). Types of networking activity includes one-to-one meetings, thematic workshops and exploratory visits 4. Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships - supports excellent scientists and engineers at an early stage of their career. The Royal Society invites in particular female candidates to apply for an opportunity that is designed to help successful candidates to progress to permanent academic positions in the UK 5. The Royal Society Education Research Fellowships 2009 - Support from The Ogden Trust and Shuttleworth Foundation allows the Royal Society to launch a new Education Research Fellowship scheme that seeks to improve the quality of educational research and practice in the UK. The Ogden Trust will support a Fellowship in the area of physics education research. The Shuttleworth Foundation will support a Fellowship in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education research 6. India-UK Science Networks - In 2002, the UK Office of Science and Innovation (OSI) signed a bilateral agreement with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), India making funding available to establish a networking scheme which aimed to initiate and develop enduring partnerships between the UK and Indian scientists. Under each agreement, both sides agreed upon the need to bring together their most excellent scientists in any field of science and technology. Funding is now available from the Royal Society to continue to support the establishment of networking grants between the UK and India. The scheme falls under the umbrella of the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI). Types of networking activity includes one-to-one meetings, thematic workshops and exploratory visits 7. Industry Fellowships Scheme - funded by the Royal Society, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences


Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council, Rolls-Royce plc and Astra Zeneca. The scheme aims to enhance knowledge transfer in science and technology between those in industry and those in academia. It provides opportunities for an academic scientist to work on a collaborative project with industry, or someone employed in industry to work on a collaborative project with a university department or a not-for-profit research organisation. It is anticipated that fellows will establish personal and corporate links between the two sectors in the UK as a foundation for their long-term future development. All sciences subject areas i.e. the disciplines in which the Society will elect researchers to the Fellowship of the Royal Society 8. International Joint Projects - designed to enable international collaboration by providing a mobility grant for researchers to cover travel, subsistence and research expenses. The collaboration should be based on a single project including two teams or individuals: one based in the UK and the other based outside the UK. A relationship between both parties should already be established prior to making an application. The collaboration should involve bilateral visits between the UK and the country with which the overseas collaborator is based 9. International Travel Grants - travel grants, including attendance of conferences outside the UK, are no longer run as two separate schemes, but will be managed under this single programme 10. JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program - provides opportunities to young postdoctoral researchers from other countries to conduct, under the guidance of their hosts, cooperative research with leading research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions. The program aims to help such researchers advance their own research while contributing to the advancement of research in Japan and the counterpart countries


5. Leverhulme Trust (
The Trust is amongst the largest all subject providers of research funding in the UK with annual funding of some £40 million. The Trustees place special weight on:
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the originality of the projects put to them; the significance of the proposed work; the ability to judge and take appropriate risk in the project; the removal of barriers between traditional disciplines.

Many of the award schemes’ deadlines have now passed. However details of open awards are below. International Networks These collaborations enable a Principal Investigator based in the UK to lead a research project where its successful completion is dependent on the participation of relevant overseas institutions. The value of an award is normally up to £125,000, and a network grant can last for up to three years. Applications for research on any topic within the entire array of academic disciplines are eligible for support. However, an exception is made for areas of research supported by specialist funding agencies and in particular for medicine. Full application deadline 1st September 2009 Artists in Residence These awards are intended to support the residency of an artist of any kind or nationality in a UK institution in order to foster a creative collaboration between the artist and the staff and/or students of that institution. The award covers a stipend for the resident artist, plus up to £2,500 for costs associated with the artist's activity, e.g. consumables or materials. The maximum total cost can be up to £12,500 overall for a typical residency. Full application deadline 1st September 2009 Research Project Grants The aim of these awards is to provide financial support for innovative and original research projects of high quality and potential, the choice of theme and the design of the research lying entirely with the applicant (the Principal Investigator). Full application deadline 1st September 2009 Research Programmes The Trust selects on an annual basis two themes of research for which bids are invited. Normally one grant is awarded for each theme. The grants provide funds to research teams for up to five years to enable them to explore significant issues in the social sciences, in the humanities and, to a lesser extent, in the sciences. The scale of the awards (each one at a sum of up to £1.75 million). The themes for 2010 are Beauty and The Impact of Diasporas. (Full application deadline 8th January 2010 and further details can be found on


6. Royal Geographical Society
The Society provides funding for geographical research, fieldwork and teaching. The grants offer support to desk and field researchers, research teams and school teachers. Grants are for work in both the UK and overseas and range in value from £500 to £15,000. Follow the links below to find out more about each grant. Established Researchers Gilchrist Fieldwork Award Peter Fleming Award Ralph Brown Expedition Award Thesiger-Oman International Research Fellowships Postgraduate Postgraduate Research Grants Slawson Awards Hong Kong Research Grant Henrietta Hutton Research Grants Monica Cole Research Grant British Airways Travel Bursaries Geographical Fieldwork Grants Geographical Club Award Dudley Stamp Memorial Award

Early Career Researchers Small Research Grants EPSRC Geographical Research Grants 20th International Geographical Congress Award 30th International Geographical Congress Award Dudley Stamp Memorial Award Jasmin Leila Award Expeditions, Fieldwork and Independent Travel Geographical Fieldwork Grants Journey of a Lifetime Award Land Rover 'Go beyond' Bursary Neville Shulman Challenge Award

Undergraduate Geographical Fieldwork Grants Henrietta Hutton Research Grants Monica Cole Research Grant International Leadership and Capacity Building Bursary Learning and Leading Teaching Innovative Geography Teaching Grants scheme Ray Y Gildea Jr Award Learning and Leading Other RGS-IBG Awards International Leadership and Capacity Building Bursary Learning and Leading


7. Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Responsive Mode Grant Funding The Foundation is inviting ideas for proposals addressing areas within the broad remit of the Foundation and must have relevance to our mission to 'search, demonstrate and influence, providing evidence, solutions and ideas that will help to overcome the causes of poverty, disadvantage and social evil' and be within one or more of our overarching themes:  Poverty: to examine the root causes of poverty and disadvantage and identify solutions   Empowerment: to identify ways of enabling people and communities to have control of their own lives Place: to contribute to the building and development of strong, cohesive and sustainable communities

Proposals can read across all 3 themes as well as proposals that fall within one. The timetable for proposals is as follows:  Deadline for receipt of outline proposals: noon on Monday, 27 July 2009  Notification of shortlisted proposals: Friday, 21 August 2009  Deadline for receipt of final proposals: Friday, 2 October 2009  Trustees' Meeting: Tuesday, 8 December 2009

The social justice implications of climate change in the UK This call for proposals forms a key element of the JRF’s Climate Change and Poverty in the UK, which aims to:  Provide evidence on the social impacts and social justice implications of climate change in the UK, in order to inform our understanding and raise awareness of the consequences of climate change for vulnerable people and places; and  Support the development of fair responses to climate change among policymakers, practitioners and communities undertaking mitigation and adaptation activity at a national and local level. It will support research which will build up the evidence base on both the social impacts and social justice implications of climate change in the UK. It will be followed by work in 2010 to support policy and practice responses to climate change on mitigation and adaptation and work in 2010-11 to support social and technical innovation. It is intended that this research will provide an evidence base to help policymakers and practitioners to develop effective strategic responses to climate change that take account of poverty and disadvantage. Deadline: 31 July 2009 14:00 with a timescale of up to 18 months Budget: up to £230k for a number of projects, no individual project to be over £100k


Young People and Housing identifying policy challenges and solutions for 2020 This project forms a key element of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s policy and research programme of work on Young People and Housing. The programme of work aims to improve the housing options available to young people in the UK by highlighting key challenges facing young people and developing policy and practice solutions (within existing housing supply constraints) that will enable young people aged 16 to 30 to make more successful and sustainable housing choices. This project forms the main research strand to the programme. The other two strands to the programme involve exploring with young people the potential to develop a Young Person led Charter for Change on Housing and examining with practitioners ways of delivering greater flexibility within the current housing system. The aims of this project will support the programme by effectively future proofing the existing housing policy framework through: Identifying and collating plausible drivers of change on young people’s housing choices, options and aspirations; Developing and testing 3-4 evidence based scenarios that will set out the key challenges likely to be facing young people, policy makers and the housing sector in 2020; and Developing appropriate policy and practice responses to meet the challenges highlighted in the evidence based scenarios. Particular issues of concern for the Foundation are: patterns of disadvantage and need for housing and related services; the profile of the housing tenure system in 2020; and gaps between young people’s aspirations and/or housing demands (eg design, quality, scale) and the reality of the housing system. Deadline: 30 June 2009 with a timescale: 12-18 months maximum Budget: up to £120,000

8. The Big Lottery Fund The Research programme closed on 29 May, no information on next year’s funding as yet.