Funding opportunities

Research and Enterprise Development (RED) provides information about current and future funding opportunities and fellowships, this information is updated fortnightly. (Please be advise that this information is only available to UoB staff and students).


Internal funding opportunities

  • The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research at the University of Bristol provides funding for workshops and multidisciplinary pilot research projects. 
  • Above and Beyond grants- Above and Beyond is the charity for Bristol's city hospitals. They regularly fundraise for the Bristol Heart Institute. Their grants aim to promote high quality biomedical research in the NHS Trust. Research must have the potential of a clear patient benefit, be of high quality, and with an emphasis on translational and applied health services research.
  • UH Bristol Research Capability Funding (RCF)- a funding stream designed to help research-active NHS organisations attract, develop and retain high-quality research, clinical and support staff by supporting salaries. NHS organisations are able to use NIHR RCF to create and maintain a sustainable capacity for people and patient-based research.  RCF is also provided to fund:
    • the part of an NIHR Faculty member's salary which is not covered by other NIHR sources
    • new staff, who are expected to be Faculty members, but who have not yet obtained funding from the other NIHR sources
    • existing Faculty members who are "between grants"
    • the time spent by Faculty members in preparing grant proposals
    • the time spent by Faculty members in contributing to wider research needs, for example, in peer review panels
    • the research-related time of NHS-employed administrative and secretarial staff who are supporting Faculty members in their NIHR-related work
    • in addition, some R&D team costs can be met from RCF
  • North Bristol NHS Trust - Springboard fund. Distributes charitable funds through an annual call for applications. The scheme supports high quality research projects: pilot, feasibility or proof of concept, to feed into larger funding bids with the potential for impact within the NHS.
  • Bristol Health Partners - Health Integration Team. Health Integration Teams (HITs) tackle health priorities by working in new ways, harnessing the best research, innovation, care and education to make a difference to people's health. HITs draw their membership from some or all of their partner organisations and work across disciplines. HITs must evaluate, involve patients and the public and have a whole system approach. This pioneering approach to research, health service and public health integration can help solve seemingly intractable problems. Reasons to become a HIT include:
    1. Deliver the very best evidence-based care for patients and population, leading to outcomes that meet or exceed national and international standards and targets. Becoming a HIT will enable you and your colleagues to have a direct, positive impact on the standard of public health and health care in Bristol and beyond.
    2. Increase grant income: research funders increasingly emphasise the importance of collaboration and impact. HITs harness local strengths and address clear priorities. Their cross-organisational, multi-disciplinary nature, plus their potential for rapid and substantial impact will appeal to funding bodies.
    3. Influence future investment in research infrastructure and staff. A successful HIT with a coherent, integrated, cross-institutional strategy and clearly defined milestones and health outcomes will be in a good position to identify staffing gaps, and therefore make successful business cases for new appointments. Similarly, business cases for maintenance, enhancement or new development of resources or facilities will be improved.
    4. Accelerate the adoption of research findings, new methodologies and technologies. HITs will be the vehicle through which our research and the global research evidence base will inform and transform public health, health service delivery, health outcomes, training and education in Bristol and beyond.
    5. Work with others to break down barriers. By taking a health system, holistic approach and working with a dedicated cross-institutional team a HIT will identify barriers and be in a position to remove them.

External funding 

Please note this list is NOT exhaustive, but will give you an idea of where to start looking for funding. 

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