Funding for Research

This page includes a list of both major funding bodies and smaller associations that are often keen to nuture new researchers at the start of their careers as well as current funding opportunities.

Conference funding

The CAHPR bursary scheme is competitive and is primarily aimed at supporting student and early career researchers, who have abstracts accepted for poster or platform presentations at conferences. AHP applicants may request £500 to support attendance at an international conference or £250 for a national conference. Awards will be made on a competitive basis and will be reviewed by volunteers from the hubs. Deadline was 14 August 2019, for details of awardees see link.

General and Educational Trust

GET has a funding stream for conference attendance, see below for more information.



Arthritis Research UK funds allied health professional educational travel awards as well as offering research grants.

Association for International Cancer Research has two funding rounds a year, closing dates in April and October

Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) lists many of the medical research charities, this is a good place to look for funding in your specialism.

BDA General and Educational Trust (GET): the GET Fund exists; “to advance education and other charitable purposes related to the science of dietetics”. The Trust has an annual grant giving budget of around £50,000 a year and can make grants to individuals and to recognised associations or groups of people engaged in dietetic research and related activities.

British Lung Foundation funds research grants and travel awards throughout the year.

Cancer Research UK which funds research.

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is interested in promoting multi-disciplinary research in centres of excellence.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) invests heavily in research methods projects which create, as part of their activities, online training and resource materials. The development of an on-line resource is time-consuming and expensive to ensure that the resource remains available online for a considerable period of time, the ReStore team work with the resource authors and prepare the resource for ReStoration

The Health Foundation is an independent charity working to improve the quality of health care in the UK, it funds research and evaluation activities and has reports of the results available to down load.

Kidney Research UK is keen to support AHP research

Medical Research Council (MRC)

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) commissions and funds NHS, social care and public health research and clinical academic career training.

The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation is interested in funding research into malnutrition.

Welcome Trust has opportunities for research funding.