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.


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: 


We want to fund research addressing the fundamental causes, mechanisms, diagnosis or treatment of primary tumours of the brain or spinal cord, and associated neurological complications.

Acquired brain and spinal cord injury

We want to fund 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.

This theme does not include neurodegenerative conditions or research focused on neuro-protection.

Headache and facial pain

We want to fund research addressing the fundamental causes, mechanisms, diagnosis or treatment of headache and facial pain.

Project grants

Brain Research UK project grants provide funding of up to £300,000 for translational research projects under the three priority themes outlined above. We provide funds for the employment of research staff and the purchase of essential equipment and consumables for projects lasting up to three years.

Our next call for project grant applications will be issued in September/October 2020.

PhD studentships

Brain Research UK PhD studentships are open to both clinical and non-clinical candidates, providing funding of up to £120,000 for completion of a PhD on either a full-time or part-time basis.

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.

This year's call for applications is now closed. The next call will be issued in July/August 2020 for candidates wishing to embark on a PhD course beginning autumn 2021.

Find out about the awards made under the previous studentship call


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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