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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.

Key dates:

13th November 2019: submission deadline for applications for PhD studentships

25th February 2020: submission deadline for preliminary project grant applications


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.

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PhD studentships

Brain Research UK PhD studentships are open to both clinical and non-clinical candidates, providing funding of up to £120,000 over three to four years.

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 2019/20 call for PhD studentship applications is now open. Find out how to apply.  

Find out about the candidates funded under last year's call.

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.

The 2020 call for preliminary project grant applications is now open. Find out how to apply.   

Find out about projects that have been previously funded.  


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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