External Funding Opportunities


CSO: NRS Career Researcher Fellowships 

The aim of this scheme is to support General Practitioners and NHS-funded clinical staff with research experience to develop research within their post. The award provides funding for protected time to contribute to, conduct and lead clinical research to strengthen the research culture in the NHS. 

  • For more information, guidance and application forms please see the website.
  • Deadline 29th November 


CSO Response Mode: Translational Clinical Studies

The Committee considers applications for research aimed at improving treatments and / or diagnostic approaches for conditions of clinical importance to the population of Scotland. Applications must demonstrate the clinical relevance of the research and its potential for translation into clinical practice. Applications that seek to address questions of clinical importance in small patient groups (e.g. rare diseases) are welcomed.

  • The funder’s deadline is 6th January but it is essential that you complete the CMVM Intent to Submit form by this Friday 1st December if you wish to apply. ERO will not approve applications where the Intent to Submit has not been submitted before 1st December.
  • Deadline for requesting sponsor signature from the ACCORD Research Governance team is Friday 15th December 2023.


MND Accelerator programme

The MND Translational Accelerator (MNDAcc) is a £6 million investment by the Medical Research Council and the National Institute for Health and Care Research to quicken the development of treatments for MND, and the related condition of Frontotemporal dementia (FTD). MNDAcc is part of a national drive to translate new discoveries into treatments, providing infrastructure, facilities, services, and funding for high quality in-human research. 

  • This programme is open to human-based proposals which have a clear route to patient impact. The successful projects will include: people with, or at risk of, MND; clinical studies with samples, tissues, cell-lines, or data derived from people with, or at risk of, MND. 
  • 8-12 projects will be accepted to join the Accelerator programme and are expected to start within 3 months and to complete within 6-18 months. Single and multi-site consortia can take part.
  • Deadline for Expressions of Interest 1st December 2023


Parkinson’s UK project grants 

The project grant scheme supports research looking into the following areas (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • to better understand the causes of Parkinson’s
  • drug discovery at all stages of the drug discovery pipeline
  • cohort studies
  • early clinical investigations looking at biomarkers
  • pilot clinical trials
  • areas of unmet needs
  • Parkinsons’s UK are also interested in pump priming early stage research and welcome smaller scale pilot projects in the above areas.
  • The duration of a grant is up to a maximum of 3 years. There is no fixed maximum value for project grants, however, the cost of applications is usually up to £400,000 and the average amount awarded is £250,000
  • Pre-proposal deadline 10th January 2024, full application deadline 10th April 2024 (for invited applicants, who have been successful at the preproposal stage)
  • Pre-proposal form available on online application system


Parkinson’s UK Drug Accelerator Grants

These awards will help pioneer and accelerate novel drug development for the treatment of Parkinson’s, providing researchers the opportunity to plug essential gaps in existing datasets to get their projects/compounds ready to enter full scale drug discovery with an industry partner or the Parkinson’s Virtual Biotech. Parkinson’s UK are looking for projects that will have a clear focus on translational drug development to make a difference to those affected by Parkinson’s.

  • The duration of a grant is up to a maximum of 12 months.
  • There is no minimum value and the maximum award amount is £100,000.
  • For projects involving in vivo work, a duration of 12 to 18 months and award amount up to £150,000 will be considered.
  • You can sign up for a virtual workshop on Friday 8th December 2023 at 10am to find out more about this funding scheme and discuss your research ideas with members of the Parkinson's UK research and drug discovery team.
  • Pre-proposal deadline 15th January 2024, full application deadline 12th March 2024 (for invited applicants, who have been successful at the pre-proposal stage)


Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

This fellowship is meant for early career researchers, with a research record but who have not yet held a full-time permanent academic post, to undertake a significant piece of publishable work. It is intended to assist those at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, and it is hoped that the appointment would lead to a more permanent position for the individual, either within the same or another university.

  • Application deadline 22nd February 2024


Academy of Medical Sciences Cross-sector experience award

QApplicants from all career stages (except undergraduate students), including those not working in research, are encouraged to apply for this flexible funding to work in a new organisation, in a sector different to their own whose work relates to the improvement of human health.

  • Funding: up to £100,000  Duration: 3-12 months  
  • Deadline: 29th February 2024, 4 pm


For further funding opportunities, please explore the ERO Funding Calendar. ERO have also put together a new SharePoint page on major funding bids and a toolkit for targeting these.