NIHR | Manchester Biomedical Research Centre

Funding opportunities

You can find information on funding opportunities for translational and experimental medicine research projects from Manchester BRC and partners below.

Manchester BRC Core Pump Priming Call

We invite researchers and collaborators from various disciplines to apply for funding of up to £35,000 to help support and facilitate early translational and experimental medicine clinical research which align with our strategic aims.

The key aim of this pilot ‘Core Pump Priming Call’ is to support new cross-theme, cross-cluster research projects or collaborations, which tackle wider health issues. This is so we can move those projects or collaborations further along the translational pathway and help pave the way for larger, follow-on external funding.

The call will consider all eligible applications; however, we have identified a number of strategic areas from which projects and collaborations would be particularly welcome:

  • Polygenic Risk Scores
  • Health Inequalities
  • Adherence
  • Fatigue
  • Projects focused on our core themes including Children’s Research, Data Science, Global Health and Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE)

Applicant eligibility:

This call is open to both BRC and non-BRC associated staff and we encourage applications led by:

  • Early Career Researchers
  • Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals

We endorse and champion Team Research principles and collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams are expected to be evidenced in applications.

The lead applicant must hold an appropriate contract with a BRC partner organisation and/or with a Higher Education Institute (HEI) within the Greater Manchester area. This contract must exceed the duration of the proposed project.

Please read the call guidance document and terms and conditions for further information.

Submission deadline Friday 1 December 2023

Please complete the application form and submit it to Lynsey Priest (Lynsey.Priest@mft.nhs.uk).

Application outcomes will be confirmed the week commencing Monday 11 December 2023.

MAHSC Inflammation & Repair Research Domain funding awards

The Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) Inflammation & Repair Research Domain, part of Health Innovation Manchester, is offering the opportunity to apply for awards of up to £10,000 to fund cross-discipline, multi-institution, research-led projects that have potential to generate clinical impact and patient benefit.

Academic Health Science Centres are designated by NHS England and the National Institute for Health and Care Research for demonstrating excellence in health research, health education and patient care. MAHSC is one of only eight academic health science centres in England – and the only one in the North West.

The projects should focus on topics or specialties allied to Inflammation and Repair and take into account the specific health needs of the Greater Manchester area, with a view to ongoing impact, publications, and potential for securing definitive funding. Consideration will be given to any new collaborations between organisations. Multiple awards are available, up to £10,000 per project.

Submission deadline Tuesday 5 December 2023

For more information and to apply, please visit the Health Innovation Manchester website.

NIHR funding opportunities

View current funding opportunities from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) on their website.

Research Collaboration Fund

The Research Collaboration Fund aims to provide support to research staff to establish a collaborative research project with a cross disciplinary partner.

The fund is an opportunity for research staff to build their interdisciplinary research and develop a collaborative research grant or fellowship application.

Applicants can apply for costs up to a maximum of £5,000. The funds can cover networking costs, workshops costs, staff and consumable costs for feasibility and pilot studies or preliminary research data collection in an interdisciplinary area which has the potential to lead to an external funding bid.

For the purposes of this call research staff are defined as individuals employed on a substantive contract whose primary responsibility is to conduct research and who are usually supported by grants which are of a fixed duration. This includes research assistants, research associates, postdoctoral research associates and research fellows including Presidential Fellows.

Application deadline – midnight on Monday 4 December 2023

The application form and guidance can be found at: