Apply for a grant

We offer funding to UK-based researchers working in our three priority areas - headache and facial pain, neuro-oncology and acquired brain and spinal cord injury.

Grants are awarded in open competition through our two national funding schemes: project grants and post-doctoral fellowships (also incorporating clinical PhD studentships).


Both schemes are focused on funding research in our three priority areas: 

  • Headache and facial pain: research that aims to improve the management and treatment of headache or facial pain disorders. We will fund research that addresses the fundamental causes, mechanisms, diagnosis or treatment of headache and facial pain.
  • Neuro-oncology: research that aims to improve clinical outcomes for patients with primary tumours of the brain or spinal cord. We will fund research that addresses the fundamental causes, mechanisms, diagnosis or treatment or primary tumours of the brain or spinal cord, and associated neurological complications.
  • Acquired brain and spinal cord injury: research that aims to protect or restore function in patients following brain or spinal cord injury. We will fund research that addresses the mechanisms of the injury, the mechanisms of the recovery process, and determinants of outcome.

Research may be pre-clinical or clinical, must be based on a mechanistic hypothesis, and must demonstrate a clear pathway to translation.

Additionally, we will fund the development of biological models of disease that enhance the three research themes and facilitate translation.

Now open: apply for a Post-doctoral fellowship or Clinical PhD fellowship!

These new fellowships provide up to £300,000 for salary funding and research costs for post-doctoral candidates working towards independence, as well as prospective clinical academic PhD students.

Closing date: 10th September 2024

2024 fellowship call: full details

Project grant call: next deadline February 2025

Brain Research UK project grants provide funding of up to £300,000 for projects lasting up to three years. We particularly encourage applications from early career researchers (up to 10 years post-doc), and applications for collaborative projects (including international collaborations, if led by a UK team).

Project grant call: further information

Relevant links

Our Research strategy, updated in 2023.

Our Conflict of interest policy sets out how we deal with potential conflicts of interest arising in the assessment of grant applications.

Our Policy on the Use of animals in scientific research sets out our approach to funding research involving animals.


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.