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This page provides links to current public health research funding opportunities in the UK. Click here for information about selected funding opportunities.

Research professional

The Research Professional database enables researchers to search for funding in all disciplines from a wide range of sponsors in the UK and overseas. The database is free of charge for all University members and can be accessed from any computer within the University network.

University of Cambridge

  • Current restricted calls: List of currently open calls in which the sponsor/funder requires the University to coordinate and/or preselect the applications that can be submitted for consideration. 
  • Internal funding opportunities Institutional grants awarded directly to the University and administered by the Research Strategy Office.

UK Government departments

UK Research & Innovation (UKRI): Funding finder lists funding opportunities for all research councils (including Medical Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, Innovate UK), with options to search by Council, funding type, key word.

Medical Research Council (MRC): Part of UKRI, MRC funding opportuities are listed here.

Research councils

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR): Lists current research funding opportunities from topic specific calls to career development funding with the NIHR Academy.

  • Public Health Research Programme including information about what the programme funds.
  • NIHR fellowship programme: supports individuals on their trajectory to becoming future leaders in health and social care NIHR research.
  • NIHR Academy Award: Comprising both personal and institutional awards.
  • NIHR Research Professorship: This fixed 5-year award allows outstanding academics to work at professorial level based at a higher education institution, in partnership with an NHS organisation or another provider of health, public health and/or care services.

Academy of Medical Sciences: Voice of biomedical and health research in the UK, supports researchers through grant schemes and career development opportunities.

Trusts, foundations and charities

Wellcome Trust: Funding opportunities for researchers to take on important questions relating to life, health, and wellbeing, with creative approaches that push boundaries. Wellcome Early Career Awards provides funding for early career researchers from any discipline who are ready to develop their research identity.

The Health Foundation: Current opportunities from this charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK.

British Heart Foundation: Provides grants for short- and long-term research projects, fellowships and strategic awards.

Cancer Research UK (CRUK): Offers a range of funding opportunities including fellowships and bursaries for researchers, PhD and Post Doc opportunities.

Association of Medical Research Charities: 150 member charities that fund all stages of research - from basic science projects to clinical trials - in all areas of health and disease throughout the UK and overseas.

Support in funding applications

Cambridge Public Health

Cambridge Public Health aims to bring together researchers from across Schools and disciplines to apply for interdisciplinary funding. If you would like assistance in finding collaborators for a proposal or project, please contact us.

University of Cambridge

Application support for the development of large collaborative grant proposals

Large Grant Contributions Fund to encourage and support large collaborative research applications and to maximise the University’s outward facing impact.

Bid preparation Fund to enable the preparation of large collaborative bids overseen by the Research Policy Committee.

Support to researchers to help prepare 'Pathways to Impact' statements when applying for Research Council funding from the Centre for Science and Policy.

National Institute for Health and Care Research

NIHR Research Design service: support for health and social care researchers on all aspects of developing and writing a funding application

NIHR Research Design Service East of England

NIHR guidelines on how to Make a Strong Application

NIHR Public Health Research programme – tips for success