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.

If you have received funding from us please see our Acknowledging EBI guidance (PDF, 283kB)

Wellcome Trust Open Access Policy: new for 2021

All peer-reviewed research articles supported in whole, or in part, by Wellcome must be freely available by the official final publication date and published under a Creative Commons attribution licence (CC BY). Full details

Schemes that are currently open for applications

Elizabeth Blackwell Institute COVID-19 support scheme for early career researchers

This scheme is designed to support early career academic staff in areas related to health research, from all Faculties at the University of Bristol, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Deadline for applications 17:00 Tuesday 16 November 2021.

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.

Elizabeth Blackwell Institute/Rosetrees Trust Early Career Fellowship 2021

With support from the Rosetrees Trust and Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute has funding available for a researcher in the area of mental health for young people. 

EBI Global Public Health: Round 3

A funding call for global public health research focused on low- and middle-income countries.

EBI Global Public Health: workshops

A funding call to support workshops focusing on research into public health issues in Low- and Middle-Income Country (LMIC) settings.

EBI Rapid Response call COVID-19

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


EBI/DARO scheme for COVID-19 research: support for impactful research led by early career staf

With support from the University of Bristol's Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO) the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute has support available for research into SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19 and the COVID-19 pandemic. The call is for applications from early career staff.

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). 

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

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

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 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.

EBI Rapid Response call: COVID-19 Global Public Health Round 2

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

Rosetrees Trust Interdisciplinary Award 2021

Rosetrees Trust Interdisciplinary Award 2021 to stimulate collaborative research between Medicine and Engineering.

Elizabeth Blackwell Institute and Cabot Institute for the Environment: Joint call on Climate Change and Health

This scheme will support projects in the area of the Climate Change and Health with the funding from the PVC-RE’s strategic fund 2020/21.

Health Data Science Funding Call

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Health Data Science research strand has funding available to support exemplar projects involving interdisciplinary collaborations across computer science/mathematics, engineering, health and social care, epidemiology and applied statistics and social science.

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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