UK and European Union funding
European Union Funding
Current governmental EU funding is awarded under the “Seventh Research Funding Programme” or FP7. The following is the mechanism by which SGI members working in public organizations can participate in FP7:
1. The biggest in budgetary terms, with € 32.4 billion, called Cooperation, has the
ambition to help Europe gain leadership in key areas of science and technology by
having our best brains from across Europe working together.
2. The second programme is called Ideas, with a budget of € 7.5 billion to foster
competition and excellence in frontier or fundamental research.
3. The third programme, People with € 4.7 billion will enable tens of thousands of
researchers to benefit from fellowships for research training. The programme will
help with training and career development in different sectors both public and
4. The fourth programme is Capacities, with a budget of € 4.2 billion to ensure
scientific and technological capacity-building, for example in the area of
infrastructures or in helping European regions to gear up their scientific potential.
The European Commission will fund FP7 research by selecting project proposals submitted following the publication of a ‘Call for proposals’. When the first calls are published they will be announced on the FP7 Calls page.
The proposal process is triggered by the call. The legal text of the call defines the necessary specifications to prepare and submit a proposal, i.e. research theme, funding instruments used, address and other technical means for submission, deadlines etc. Proposals that do not meet the specifications in the call will be disqualified.
Further information is available at the website
UK funding bodies
Medical Research Council
The Medical Research Council (MRC) is a publicly-funded organisation dedicated to improving human health. We support research across the entire spectrum of medical sciences, in universities and hospitals, in our own units and institutes in the UK, and in our units in Africa. There are a variety of funding streams available within the MRC. Further information is available at: http://www.mrc.ac.uk/index.htm
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
The NIHR commissions and funds National Health Service and social care research that is essential for delivering its responsibilities in public health and personal social services. Its role is to develop the research evidence to support decision making by patients, professionals and policy makers, make this evidence available, and encourage its uptake and use. It is for other organisations to develop guidance and services. It funds research, not implementation or service development. More information is available at http://www.nihr.ac.uk/programmes.aspx
UKcharities funding research relevant to SGI members
The Wellcome Trust is an independent charity funding research to improve human and animal health. Established in 1936 and with an endowment of around £15 billion, it is the UK's largest non-governmental source of funds for biomedical research. Again, there are a variety of funding streams available. Further information is available at: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/
Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK supports over 500 research group leaders throughout the UK, through a variety of funding mechanisms including research institutes, clinical centres, programme and project grants. We are committed to the research funding of both scientists and clinicians and support a number of personal award schemes. Further information is available at http://science.cancerresearchuk.org/
Wellbeing of Women
1. Wellbeing of Women funds research into the following three areas:
2. Pregnancy and Birth; including pre-term birth, miscarriage and fertility
3. Quality of Life issues; including menopause, incontinence and prolapse, sexual health,
menstrual disorders and endometriosis
Further information is available at: http://www.wellbeingofwomen.org.uk/
Action Medical Research
Action Medical Research is looking for answers to many serious illnesses, selecting the best research projects in those areas where we are most likely to find cures or treatments.
Its research is not restricted to any single part of medical science; instead, it prefers to see the bigger picture.
This means that everyone in the country, from the youngest babies to the growing number of elderly, stand to benefit from the results of its work. Further information is available at http://www.action.org.uk/research_projects/
Sparks is the children’s medical research charity. its sole remit is to fund research across the whole spectrum of paediatric medicine. Its goal is for all babies to be born healthy and stay healthy. Further information is available atwww.sparks.org.uk.
Australian governmental funding
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
NHMRC invites all researchers in Australia to apply for funding through schemes ranging from scholarships to research programs. Further information is available at http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/grants/index.htm