Apply for a grant

We offer two types of research grant: PhD studentships and project grants. These grants are available to UK-based researchers through open, national competition in our annual calls.

Our call for PhD studentship applications is open now, with a deadline of 23rd November 2018; a call for project grant applications will be issued in January 2019.


Through both the studentships and the project grants, we are interested in funding mechanism-based research that addresses areas of large unmet need and demonstrates a clear pathway to clinical impact in one of our three priority areas: 

Acquired brain and spinal cord injury
Research to advance understanding of how to deliver interventions that promote recovery at the level of impairment in people with acquired brain or spinal cord damage. This may be through behavioural interventions, enhancement of plasticity mechanisms, or both.

Research addressing the fundamental causes, mechanisms, diagnosis or treatment of primary tumours of the brain or spinal cord, and associated neurological complications.

Headache and facial pain
Research addressing the fundamental causes, mechanisms, diagnosis or treatment of headache and facial pain.

Apply for a research grant

PhD studentships

Brain Research UK PhD studentships are open to both clinical and non-clinical candidates.

The studentships are intended to enable outstanding graduates to gain the necessary skills and training to set them on course for the development of an independent career in one of our three priority research areas, or to support clinicians entering a clinical academic career pathway focused on one of these areas.

The studentships provide funding of up to £120,000 over three to four years.

The current call for applications for PhD studentships closes at 8am on 23rd November 2018, for students aiming to commence in Autumn 2019. Find out how to apply here

Project grants

Brain Research UK project grants provide funding for translational research projects under the three priority themes outlined above. The grants provide funding for the employment of research staff and the purchase of essential equipment and consumables for projects lasting up to three years.

This scheme is run annually, the next call will be issued in January 2019


Please call Katie Martin on 0117 909 4809 or email if you have any queries concerning our research funding or if you would like to be notified of future funding opportunities. 

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