Funding opportunities

Funding scheme


EBI TRACK & Confidence in Concept Scheme (CiC)

These schemes provide funding to support health related translational projects. Funding is available to support projects which are at the stage of concept development (TRACK) and proof of concept (Confidence in Concept). We are running a single application process for both of these schemes, with an initial outline application. Applicants that are successful at the outline stage will be invited to submit a full application for either concept development funding or proof of concept funding. These schemes are open to all academic staff members. The scheme is currently closed for outline proposals.

EBI Research for Health challenge

This scheme aims to encourage healthcare practitioners and University of Bristol researchers to work together to develop innovative thinking around clinical problems. This scheme is currently closed. 

EBI Workshop Funding

EBI is offering support for interdisciplinary workshops in health research at a new or emerging interface between two or more disciplines. This scheme is open to all permanent academic staff or senior, independently funded, research fellows. This scheme is open and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Advisory Board. 

EBI Catalyst Fund

Pump priming awards can support the most promising and ambitious ideas across the widest interdisciplinary boundaries. These projects will be identified largely through the running of workshops to explore new possibilities and identify the big questions. The scheme is open to all University of Bristol permanent academic staff or senior, independently-funded, research fellows. Collaborations with external partners are allowable, as long as the principal investigator is a salaried employee of the University of Bristol. This scheme is open and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Advisory Board.

EBI Clinical Primer Scheme

This scheme is aimed at is aimed at exceptionally motivated clinically qualified medical and veterinary trainees who are at an early stage of their career and is designed to give them the chance to experience a world-class research environment for the first time. Applicants must either be fully-qualified medical doctors and will have started, or be ready to start, their specialist training OR have completed a degree in veterinary medicine or veterinary science; an intercalated degree or other research experience (e.g. undergraduate vacation project) is also desirable. All applicants should be entitled to work within the European Economic Area (EEA). This scheme is currently closed.

EBI Early Career Fellowships

Early Career Fellowships are designed to support exceptionally talented and motivated researchers who wish to further their career by applying for prestigious, independent, externally-funded fellowships to be held at Bristol. This scheme is available to internal (University of Bristol) and external applicants. This scheme is currently closed.

EBI Bridging Funds for Senior Fellows This scheme is designed to support a small number of academic staff at the University of Bristol who currently hold an externally funded research fellowship. This scheme is currently closed.
EBI Postgraduate Extension Fellowships This scheme is designed to support a small number of postgraduate researchers currently enrolled on one of the University of Bristol Wellcome Trust-funded 4 year PhD programmes (‘Dynamic Cell Biology’, ‘Neural Dynamics’ and ‘Molecular, Genetic and Lifecourse Epidemiology’). This scheme is open and the deadline for applications is 09.00 GMT Monday 27 June 2016.

EBI Identifying Candidates for Wellcome Trust Investigator Awards

This scheme is designed to support a small number of permanent academic staff at the University of Bristol within the first five years of their appointment, who are planning to apply for an Investigator Award from the Wellcome Trust. This scheme is currently closed.

EBI Proximity to Discovery Industry Engagement Fund

Medical Research Council (MRC) have awarded the University of Bristol £155,000 for short term two-way people exchanges between industry and academia which align to MRC strategic priorities in population health, cardiovascular research, infection and immunity, neuroscience and cancer. MRC see these secondments as a key way of exchanging skills and knowledge and developing longer term working relationships. This scheme is currently closed.

Returning Carers' Scheme

The University of Bristol has introduced a Returning Carers’ Scheme (RCS) to support academic staff across all faculties in re-establishing their independent research careers on return from extended leave (16 weeks or more) for reasons connected to caring - such as maternity leave, adoption leave, additional paternity leave, or leave to care for a dependant. This scheme is open and the deadline for applications is 30 April and 31 October each year. 



The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute is able to provide funding to support a range of strategically important research activities across the University of Bristol. Faculty Deans, the Wellcome Trust and the University itself have kindly provided this support.

This includes funding to develop new or emerging ideas at the interface between two or more disciplines; support the career development of the very best young clinical and non-clinical talent from Bristol and elsewhere, as well as carers returning to work after a career break.

The table above gives an overview of the EBI funding schemes. You can find out more about each individual scheme by clicking on the scheme title. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the EBI Manager, Dr Nina Couzin, email

Previously funded projects

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute has funded over 100 different projects. These have varied from support of our most promising young researchers to interdisciplinary workshops to research projects including those with translational/commercial potential. You can download lists of EBI funded projects from 2013, 2014 & 2015 here.

EBI Awards 2013 Summary (PDF, 206kB)

EBI Awards 2014 Summary (PDF, 301kB)

EBI Awards 2015 Summary (PDF, 260kB)

Wellcome Trust Open Access Policy

Any original research article arising out of research funded wholly or partially by the Wellcome Trust (WT) must be deposited in PubMed Central (PMC) and Europe PMC immediately upon publication or at the latest within six months of the journal publisher's official date of final publication (PMC and Europe PMC mirror each other so the article only needs to be deposited in one).  There is also a requirement for scholarly monographs and book chapters to be made open access.

Full details of the Wellcome Trust Open Access policy can be found on the WT website []

Further guidelines and information on claiming an open access publication fee payment can be found on the University of Bristol Library’s pages []

Where Trust-funded researchers have not complied with the Open Access Policy, sanctions will apply. [].

If you have any questions about Open Access, please contact


The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute gratefully acknowledges financial support from the University of Bristol and the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund