Funding opportunities

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute provides funding to support a range of strategically important research activities across the University of Bristol. All our funding is administered through the schemes described on this page or through the EBI Research Strands

Schemes that are currently open for applications

MRC Confidence in Concept (CIC)

With support from the MRC, the University has funding available to support health related translational projects which are at the stage of proof of concept (Confidence in Concept Awards). 

Deadline for invited full applications 09:00 Wednesday 16 December 2020.

EBI Support for researchers applying for Wellcome Trust Investigator Awards

This scheme is designed to support a small number of permanent, early career academic staff at the University of Bristol, who are planning to apply for an Investigator Award from the Wellcome Trust.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

EBI Seed Fund: Public Engagement with Health Research

Seed funding is available for health researchers who would like to deliver public engagement events and activities. 

This scheme is currently closed to submissions for any projects focusing on face to face engagement.

If you would like to apply for funding to support an engagement activity which adheres to social distancing guidance relating to coronavirus, please get in touch to discuss this in more detail.

EBI Workshop Support

EBI is offering support for workshops in health and biomedical research to facilitate new interdisciplinary connections.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Returning Carers Scheme

The University of Bristol is running a Returning Carers Scheme (RCS) to support academic staff across all faculties in re-establishing their independent research careers.

The following schemes are currently closed for applications

Please watch this space for updates or register your interest in a scheme by contacting

EBI Clinical Primer scheme

This scheme is aimed at clinically qualified medical, veterinary and dental trainees who are at an early stage of their career.

EBI Rapid Response call COVID-19

A funding call for research looking into COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus.


Elizabeth Blackwell Institute/Rosetrees Trust Mental Health Research funding call 2020

Funding available for challenge-led research projects addressing mental health.

EBI Rapid Response call: COVID-19 Global Public Health

A funding call for global public health research on COVID-19/novel coronavirus focused on low- and middle-income countries.

EBI Translational Acceleration and Knowledge Transfer (TRACK)

This scheme provides funding to support health related translational projects. 

This scheme has run annually since 2013 and is currently under review. Please watch this space for updates.

EBI Early Career Fellowship

This scheme aims to support early career researchers who wish to develop towards independent research careers. 

This scheme has run annually since 2012 and is currently under review. Please watch this space for updates.

EBI Postgraduate Discipline Hopping 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.


EBI MRC Proximity to Discovery Industry Engagement Fund (PtoD)

With support from the MRC, funding 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. 

Rosetrees Trust 2020 Enterprise Fellowships

These fellowships are aimed specifically at recently qualified postdoctoral researchers primarily in the fields of engineering, physical sciences, maths and computer science, who wish to develop a long-term programme of biomedical research within a UK University.

Wellcome Trust Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for grant applicants and grantholders

This page has information for anyone applying for, or who holds, a Wellcome grant.

We will keep this page regularly updated.

Wellcome Trust Open Access Policy

Any original research article arising out of research funded wholly or partially by the Wellcome Trust 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. More details.

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

EBI funding career stages

The Concordat to support the career development of researchers

The University of Bristol has signed up to The Concordat to support the career development of researchers (PDF, 2,074kB) which is an agreement between funders and employers of research staff to improve the employment and support for researchers. It sets out clear standards that research staff can expect from the institution that employs them, as well as their responsibilities as researchers.

For more information please visit the Bristol Clear website

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