Grants and fellowships to enable medical research in hospitals or research institutions across the UK that aims to prevent disease and disability and alleviate physical disability with a focus on child health.
Project Grants are normally available for up to £200,000. Consideration will be given to requests at a lower level of funding including grants below £50,000.
A research team can only apply for one grant per grant round.
In 1952 Duncan Guthrie set up the charity which was to become Action Medical Research. Originally established to find a preventative vaccine for polio, the charity has expanded and now funds the most comprehensive range of innovative medical research.
The aim of the charity is to prevent and treat disease and disability by funding vital medical research in hospitals or research institutions across the UK.
Support will focus on child health to include problems affecting pregnancy, childbirth, babies, children and young people. A broad spectrum of research will be supported with the objectives of:
- Preventing disease and disability.
- Alleviating physical disability.
Emphasis is placed on biomedical clinical research or research at the interface between clinical and basic science.
Support is also available for research and development of equipment and techniques to improve diagnosis, therapy and assistive technology. Applications in the field of medical engineering are encouraged.
Grants are not provided for the following:
- Service provision or audit studies.
- Purely for higher education, although Research Training Fellows are strongly encouraged to independently register for a PhD.
- Course fees for degrees or subsistence costs.
- Medical or dental electives.
- Work undertaken outside the UK.
- Any indirect costs such as administrative or other overheads imposed by the University or other Institution.
- Costs associated with advertising and recruitment of staff.
- Top up funding for work supported by other funding bodies.
- Costs to attend conferences (current Action Medical Research grantholders may apply separately as the need arises during the grant).
- General appeals from other charities. Applications would normally come directly from research teams and projects need to be passed through the scientific peer review system.
- Research into complementary / alternative medicine.
- How best to train clinical staff.
- Psychosocial aspects of treatment.
- Social research, family relationships or socioeconomic research.
- Very basic research with little likelihood of clinical impact within the short to medium term.
Applicants must work within a university, teaching hospital or other recognised research institution in the UK.
Applicants based in core funded units can apply but need to demonstrate added value. Work of notable excellence or innovation is favoured by the charity.
Project Grants - support may be obtained for up to three years under this scheme in support of one precisely formulated line of research. The principal investigator (PI) for a project grant is normally employed in a permanent position in a UK university or institution. Fixed term employees on a long term contract may be eligible to be a PI, providing the term of employment extends at least six months beyond the duration of the proposed research project and the host research institution is prepared to give all the necessary support to the individual and the project. Funding will not cover the salary of a PI.
Support covers salary costs, consumables and items of dedicated equipment essential for carrying out the work. The university or research institute should provide standard laboratory equipment and standard office computers. The application should not include any indirect costs such as administrative or other overheads imposed by the university or other institutions and funding is not normally available to pay salary costs for those already employed on salaried positions.
The next deadline for project grant applications is 21 November 2017 with outcomes expected in July 2018.
All applicants should complete the relevant two-page outline proposal form and e-mail it to the Research Department. The purpose of the outline is to establish that the proposed work clearly falls within the remit and priorities of Action Medical Research.
If the outline proposal is acceptable, applicants will be invited to complete a full application form online.