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Funding and support

for research

Find organisations with dedicated funding schemes for different areas of research, and organisations that can support your research design and implementation.

funding for research

One of the main challenges in starting a project is finding funding for research, but there are organisations that can help through dedicated funding programmes.


These can include funding schemes for specific projects, as well as personal awards for doctoral and post-doctoral research. 


We’ve listed some below, but your local research and development (R&D) department or Research Design Service (RDS) will be able to help you identify funding schemes that could be a good fit for your work. They may even know about local charities or smaller funding bodies that are looking to support projects just like yours.

Funding for research & other support

  • Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) Wessex Academy: This NIHR funded Academy provides training opportunities and access to career development which allows members of the Academy access to funding, research tools, support, and expertise.  View website

  • Cancer Research UK (CRUK): This organisation is dedicated to cancer research and committed to supporting the next generation of cancer researchers, whether you are new to the lab, or growing your fully fledged independent research group. View website

  • HEE Internships: Research internships offer an introduction to all aspects and roles across clinical academic research from trial design, data management through to undertaking practical research in a clinical environment. View website

  • HEE/NIHR ICA Programme: This programme provides research training awards for health and social care professionals, excluding doctors and dentists, who wish to develop careers that combine research and research leadership with continued practice and professional development.  View website

  • Medical Research Council UK: This integrated website provides information from the seven research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. View website

  • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Funding Opportunities: This webpage provides links to various funding opportunities. View website

  • Royal College of General Practitioners: RCGP supports the development of research knowledge and skills; provides grant funding for high quality research. View website

  • Royal College of Surgeons of England: RCS offers a wide range of research fellowships, awards, grants and lectureships to support all career stages, from medical students through to consultants working in university departments and hospitals throughout the UK and abroad, enhancing the College’s surgical research aims and ambitions. View website

  • Wellcome: There are several grants and awards available to researchers at all stages of their career.  View website 

If you’re an organisation that offers funding for research and you’d like to be featured on this list, please get in touch.



The DCTU is a dedicated unit which has been set up with a specific remit to design, conduct, analyse and publish clinical trials and studies. The Unit aims to accelerate clinical research in the Dorset region and is open to providing support for other researchers in the Wessex region.


HHFT R&D department is a small but successful department. The purpose of our team is to champion exceptional research across Hampshire Hospitals. We have a robust and safe governance framework plus enthusiastic staff that can facilitate the expansion of research activity.


The SCTU is a UKCRC registered CTU with expertise in the design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials and other well designed studies. We work in partnership with investigators to deliver high quality trials that will directly influence routine clinical practice. 


The Council for Allied Health Professionals Research (CAHPR) aims to develop AHP research, strengthen evidence of the professions’ value and impact for enhancing service user and community care, and enable the professions to speak with one voice on research issues, thereby raising their profile and increasing their influence. 


A collaboration between Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Portsmouth. They have a broad portfolio of studies including observational studies and qualitative research. They specialise in working with commercial partners to develop research trials in new health care technologies.


The Southampton Academy of Research (SoAR) helps to support healthcare professionals and scientists working at University Hospital Southampton or the University of Southampton to explore and pursue a career that incorporates health-related research.


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