Open Calls for Major Funders

This page provides an overview of some standard funding calls with open or rolling deadlines, many of which support responsive mode or 'researcher-led' research and across career stages.

Please contact your School DoR and CRSO at the earliest possible opportunity if you are interested in applying to any of these schemes. In some instances the number of submissions is limited by the funder and internal processes and deadlines will be operational. In other cases, we can help determine whether the scheme is suitable for your career stage and experience, and aligned with your research plans and trajectory. 

Please also initially discuss your research ideas with peers and School DoRs to ensure that proposals being put forward to these schemes are original, suitably mature and of high research quality. 

Most competitive applications require several months of preparation and will allow time for elements such as; a pitch to peers, internal review, engagement with external stakeholders, considered design of the research programme, generation of relevant application documentation, budget preparation, securing of institutional commitments, requesting external letters of support, and obtaining institutional approvals.  

Project/ programme grants

Typically delivered by a research team

(Career Stage: Early   Mid-onwards   Any)

Funder

Scheme

Deadline/Demand Management

Career Stage

 

AHRC

 

Standard Grants (Early Career)

 

 

No fixed deadlines

 

 

Early

 

AHRC

 

 

Standard Grants

 

No fixed deadlines


Mid-Senior

 

ESRC 

 

Standard Grants

 

No fixed deadlines

 

 

Mid-Senior

 

ESRC

 

New Investigator

 

No fixed deadlines. UoB manages number of submissions with 3 rounds per year. Please contact your School DoR initially to discuss your research plan. The DoR will notify your Research Facilitator to register for the next available internal submission deadline.  

 

Early 

 

ESRC

 

Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI)

 

* IMPORTANT NOTE - the ESRC Secondary Data Initative will be paused from 30 June 2022 to 1 January 2023. Prospective applicants will be able submit a proposal from February 2023 onwards.

 

Any 

 

Leverhulme Trust

 

 

Research Project Grant

 

No deadline for Outline Stage. 3 Full Stage deadlines per year. 

 

 

Mid-Senior

 

British Academy 

 

 

APEX Awards

 

Annual, autumn/winter

 

Mid-Senior

 

Nuffield Foundation  

 

Grants for Research, Development and Analysis

 

Under £750k, bi-annual - Outline deadlines in September and March.

Between £750k and £3 million, annual - Outline deadline March.

 

Any 

 

Esmee Fairbairn

 

Research Grants

 

No deadline 

 

Mid-Senior

 

Wellcome Trust Discovery Awards

 

Discovery Awards

 

Bi-annual, next deadline July 2022

 

Mid-Senior

 

NIHR 

 

Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Programme

Standard researcher-led scheme

 

Three times a year, with Stage 1 deadlines in January, April and September.

 

Mid-Senior

 

NIHR 

 

Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Programme

Evidence synthesis

 

Three times a year, January, April and September.

 

Mid-Senior

 

NIHR

 

Public Health Research (PHR) Programme – standard researcher led scheme

 

Bi-annual

 

Mid-Senior

 

NIHR

 

Policy Research Programme – standard researcher led scheme 

 

Annual, August

 

Mid-Senior

 

NIHR

 

Research for Social Care (RfSC)

 

Bi-annual, check website for dates 

 

Any 

 

Fellowships

Typically delivered by a single investigator with some support; strong focus on career development

 

AHRC

 

Research, Development and Engagement Fellowships (early career)

 

No deadline

 

Early

 

AHRC

 

Research, Development and Engagement Fellowships

 

 

No deadline

 

Mid-Senior


ESRC

 

Postdoctoral Fellowship

 

Annual, March

CRSO will primarily be assisting with finances for the application. Please contact the Graduate School team at studentships@contacts.bham.ac.uk for all non-financial queries. 

 

 

Early

 

Leverhulme Trust 

 

Early Career Fellowship

 

Annual call. An internal selection process applies - please contact your School Research Facilitator for further details.

 

 

Early

 

Leverhulme Trust 

 

International Fellowships

 

Annual, November 

 

 

Mid-Senior

 

Leverhulme Trust 

 

Visiting Professorship

 

Bi-Annual, May and October

 

Mid-Senior

 

Leverhulme Trust 

 

Major Research Fellowships

 

Annual, May

 

Mid-Senior

 

Leverhulme Trust 

 

Philip Leverhulme Prize

 

Annual, May

 

Early

 

Leverhulme Trust 

 

Research Fellowships

 

Annual, November

 

Mid-Senior 

 

Leverhulme Trust 

 

Research Leadership Awards

 

Every 2 years. This scheme is demand managed. Please contact your Research Facilitator for further details.

 

Early-Mid

 

British Academy -Leverhulme Trust

 

BA-Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships

 

Annual, Autumn

 

Mid-Senior 

 

British Academy 

 

Mid-Career Fellowships

 

Annual, September 

 

Mid

 

British Academy 

 

Postdoctoral Fellowships

 

Annual, Stage 1 deadline in Autumn

 

Early

 

British Academy 

 

Newton International Fellowship

 

Annual, March

 

Early

 

British Academy 

 

Newton Advanced Fellowships

 

Several times a year, focus countries vary.

 

Mid

 

Wellcome Trust

 

Early Career Awards

 

Bi-annual, next deadline June 2022

 

 

Early

 

Wellcome Trust

 

 

Career Development Awards

 

 

Bi-annual, next deadline July 2022

 

 

Mid

 

European Research Council

 

 

Starting Grant

 

Annual, September 

 

Early

 

European Research Council

 

Consolidator Grant

 

Annual, October 

 

Mid

 

European Research Council

 

Advanced Grant

 

Annual, July 

 

Senior

 

 

NIHR

 

Advanced Fellowship

 

Annual, July and January 

 

Early-Mid

 

 

NIHR

 

Senior Investigator

 

Annual, August

 

Senior

 

 

ISRF

 

Early Career Fellowship

 

Every 2 (odd numbered) years, February

 

Early

 

ISRF

 

Mid-Caeer Fellowship

 

Every 2 (even numbered) years, July

 

Mid-Senior

 

Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness 

 

Mildred Blaxter Postdoctoral Fellowship

 

2 deadlines, Spring and Autumn

 

Early

 

THIS Institute

 

Postdoctoral Fellowship

 

Annual, May

 

Early

 

Urban Studies Insitute

 

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

 

Annual, October

 

Early 

Colleges

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