Please use the left-hand column or follow links below to browse selected current external funding opportunities: some of which are specifically related to metabolic research and others which are open to a variety of disciplines and topics.
Please contact us if you would like to share a research funding opportunity on this page.
Research Professional is a searchable online database which provides comprehensive and up-to-date information on funding opportunities, pre-screened for the eligibility of UK applicants and institutions. It is very easy to create customised searches, and to set up weekly email alerts to receive news of new calls. Research Professional is free to anyone with a cam.ac.uk address, and people accessing the site from within the University are logged in automatically
Research Operations Office provides help and advice with funding bids, and support in coordinating large funding applications. Contact them at an early stage if you are planning to apply for external funding. The Office is organised by School, and the roles and contact details of the staff for each School are on the Research Operations website.
Medical Research Council: the MRC’s main funding opportunities page can be found here. The MRC funds research in the field of medical science by awarding grants to Research Organisations (ROs) to fund research on specific projects. Funding decisions are made by research boards and a number of panels, after the proposals they receive have been assessed by external reviewers.
Wellcome Trust: the WT’s main funding opportunities page can be found here. They support biomedical research and the medical humanities, with the aim of improving human and animal health. A variety of funding schemes is available, including Investigator Awards, fellowships and Strategic Awards, and also support several major initiatives.
European Research Council: It is aimed at major research projects led by researchers with an extremely well-established profile in their field. Excellent researchers who are looking for funding to develop a new project but are at an earlier stage in their careers have the option of applying for one of the ERC’s Starting Grants. Applicants’ proposals can be in any area of ‘frontier research’ and researchers who have between 2 and 12 years postdoctoral experience may apply. The ERC has introduced a Consolidator Grant for researchers with between 7-12 years of postdoctoral experience. More senior researchers can also avail of the Advanced Investigator Grants.
Newton Fund: The Newton Fund is part of the UK’s official development assistance. Its aim is to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries.
This section lists useful resources for writing applications. We are also happy to help with cross-departmental, interdisciplinary applications – please contact us for assistance.
- Research Funding Toolkit has a great selection of useful resources.
- MRC grant application guidelines contain thorough instructions and an applicant’s handbook.
- EU provides detailed guidelines for funding applications.