L’Oreal-Unesco – Deadline: 16 Feb 2018

L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science UK & Ireland Fellowship Awards Programme.

The fellowship awards are open to female early-career researchers working in the field of life and physical sciences, engineering, mathematics and computer sciences. Five outstanding female early-career scientists will be awarded a bursary of £15,000. This unique award is designed to provide practical help to aid female researchers in continuing their cutting-edge research. The fellowship can be spent as the fellow wishes; it could buy a piece of scientific equipment, help to cover child care costs or be used to fund conference travel.

Applicants should apply online at www.womeninscience.co.uk.

Eligibility criteria and FAQs are available here: www.womeninscience.co.uk/faq

If you have any questions  please contact: ForWomeninScienceUK@loreal.com


Daiichi Sankyo – Deadline 19 Feb 2018

TaNeDS (Take a New Challenge for Drug diScovery)

TaNeDS program provides close partnership between you and scientists in Daiichi Sankyo to tackle unmet medical needs.

The program is open to principal investigators affiliated with research institution in academia and small biotech located in Europe and the east coast of the United States.


This is Daiichi Sankyo’s open competition grant program. To help realize our corporate philosophy – “Passion for Innovation. Compassion for Patients.” –this program serves as an interactive platform that gathers and nurtures the wisdom of researchers from diverse scientific backgrounds.

Areas of particular interest include:

    • Pain/Sensory neuronal systems
    • Oncology
    • Cardiovascular and renal diseases
    • Other diseases
      • Rare diseases, Gut microbiome-related diseases, Stroke and Anaemia
    • Cell therapy
    • Technology and related research

For more information please visit the Daiichi Sankyo website.

Cancer Research UK – Deadline: 22 Feb 2018

Science Committee Programme Awards

Programme Awards provide long-term support for broad, multidisciplinary research where the aim is to answer questions spanning basic and translational research.

Cancer Research UK – Deadline: 22 Feb 2018

Programme foundation awards

This allows excellent cancer researchers with 8-14 years’ experience post-PhD to establish or further develop their independent research group.

Funds for Women Graduates: Deadline 22 Feb 2018

Foundation Grants

FfWG offers Foundation Grants to help women graduates with their living expenses (not fees) while registered for study or research at an approved institution of higher education in Great Britain. The criteria are the proven needs of the applicant and her academic calibre. Foundation Grants will only be given for the final year of a PhD or DPhil. The closing date for applications for 2018/2019 is 2nd March 2018 and the grants are awarded in July for the following academic year. Request for applications must be made by 22 February 2018.
For more information please visit FfWG website.

NIHR Imperial BRC – Deadline: 22 Feb 2018

ITMAT Call for Proposals 2018

To accelerate the translation of patient-based discovery research and experimental medicine across the NIHR Imperial BRC, we are pleased to announce two calls for proposals: ‘Developing Capacity’ and ‘Push for Impact’. The deadline for applications to both opportunities is 12.00 (midday) on Thursday 22nd February 2018.

Developing Capacity

This call for proposals aims to build clinical academic capacity in patient-based discovery research and experimental medicine across the NIHR Imperial BRC, by providing up to 18 months of ‘seed’ funding to researchers at the level of late-stage Clinical Research Fellow, Clinical Lecturer or early stage Lecturer. It is expected that funding from this call will facilitate the generation of additional data and/or evidence that will support follow-on Fellowships/awards from other funders, within a period of 6 months from project completion.

The NIHR Imperial BRC has allocated approximately £160,000 of funding to support this call which we expect will fund up to 4 projects. It is recognised that costs for some proposals may be higher than others. However, an indicative cost per proposal is likely to be between £25,000 and £40,000 over the 18-month period.

To apply, please read the ITMAT Developing Capacity Call Guidelines (PDF) and complete the ITMAT Developing Capacity Application Form. Applications should be submitted to brcofficer@imperial.ac.uk before the deadline of 12.00 on 22 February 2018. Please note that all projects must start by 1st June 2018.

Push for Impact

The Push for Impact call aims to accelerate the translation of patient-based discovery research and experimental medicine to encourage innovative projects to deliver clinically-focused outputs for the NIHR Imperial BRC by exploiting the resources and capabilities within ITMAT. Similar to previous calls, the intention is to support the ‘pull-through’ of discovery science into potential clinical application. Successful proposals in this call will generate high impact publications and demonstrate a feasible route to more comprehensive clinical studies to be funded externally.

With a total budget of £850,000 this call will support up to six, 18-month multi-disciplinary projects that can demonstrate a strong promise of success. Requests for funding are expected to be in the region of £100,000 – £150,000. The call also aims to encourage multi-disciplinary collaborations from across the Imperial Faculties of Medicine, Engineering and Natural Sciences to generate potential clinical impacts within the NHS.

To apply, please read the ITMAT Push for Impact call guidelines and complete the ITMAT Push for Impact application form. Applications should be submitted to brcofficer@imperial.ac.uk before the deadline of 12.00 on 22 February 2018. Please note that all projects must start by 1st June 2018.

Francis Crick Institute – Deadline: 23 Feb 2018

Crick Networking Fund:

The new Networking Fund has been set up to support staff to develop connections across disciplinary boundaries with researchers at the Crick. The fund holds £40k and will support networking activities of typically between £2-5k. The call for applications has a rolling deadline, the first of which is 23 February 2018 for consideration in March. Find out more and apply.

The Networking Fund has been introduced to:

  1. Create and promote a range of opportunities for the Crick-HEI Group Leaders and Principal Investigators to build professional networks within the Partnership and beyond their own discipline.
  2. Support interdisciplinary researchers to make connections, share and develop ideas and apply for research funding from external sources.
  3. Encourage applications that cross disciplinary boundaries, particularly at the Clinical and Physical Sciences interfaces.
  4. Foster the use, and building, of skills for those directly involved in these funded initiatives (e.g. communication skills, leadership, etc.).

To find out more information on the opportunities available, the Imperial Crick team are holding an information and networking event at the Crick on 28 February 2018 to showcase the opportunities and to facilitate networking with Crick staff to spark some new collaborations. Professor Maggie Dallman will also host a Q&A session at South Kensington on 15 March 2018 for the chance to hear from staff already collaborating

Physiological Society – Deadline: 28 Feb 2018

Research grants

This grant scheme is intended to support physiologists in their first permanent academic position or returning to a permanent position after a career break (at an institution in the UK or Republic of Ireland) . Funds of up to £10,000 are available for a 12- to 18-month period, to provide support for their research or to provide seed-funding to start a new project.

Funds can be used to conduct pilot studies, develop a new technique or finalise a project. Funding cannot be used to fund PhD studentships or pay staff, to pay for attending conferences, personal salary or general office costs. However, the grants offer flexibility and animal costs, experimental consumables, and small equipment purchases (excluding PCs) are permitted.

For more information please visit the Physiological Society website.

AstraZeneca – Deadline: 28 Feb 2018


Although there are more women than ever studying science in general, and pharmacology in particular, those who reach the pinnacle of the profession remain sadly few and far between. The British Pharmacological Society runs a number of innovative initiatives to address this important issue. One of these initiatives was the creation of a prize to celebrate women in pharmacology.

The prize

The winner will receive £2,000 and be given the opportunity to present a lecture at a meeting of the Society.


Women whose career achievements have contributed significantly to our understanding of a particular field through excellence in research.


Self-nomination or nomination by a member. Nominee must be a female member and will ordinarily be expected to have been a member for at least 2 years. There are no restrictions on age, nationality, place of residence or work of nominees.

Deadline & nomination form

Please submit the nomination form by 28 February 2018.

HEE/NIHR – prospective launch Feb 2018

Pre-Doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship

PCAFs are 2 year awards (or can be taken up part time over 30 or 40 months).  Award holders split their time equally between clinical service and academic training.

 PCAFs Fund:

  • Up to 50% of the award holder’s salary
  • Costs of a tailored training and development programme (as detailed in the application) comprising:

– £5,000 towards Masters level training

– £1,000 bursary for conference/meeting expenses; travel, subsistence and

registration fees

– £1, 000 towards the cost of supervision and mentorship

In addition, where applicants are proposing the completion of a full Master’s degree as part of their training and development it is possible to request a supplement to cover the Masters course fee if over and above the £5,000 limit.

For more information please visit the NIHR website.