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Local Funding

UHBristol Research Capability Funding and Above and Beyond Grants

Calls for joint UHBristol Research Capability Funding (RCF) and Above and Beyond grants are usually held twice a year, in spring and autumn. These awards are for up to £20,000.

The Spring 2019 Call is now open.  The closing date is Monday 8 April 2019 at 09:00 a.m.

Applications are welcomed from any medical or non-medical UHBristol employee or university (Bristol or West of England) academic holding an honorary contract with UHBristol.

We hold workshops in advance of each call for prospective applicants - new dates announced.

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Application forms and guidance

Please check that you have the most recent application form for the relevant call (the deadline will be on the form).  The Spring 2019 forms will be published in due course, but in the meantime, please see the Autumn 2018 version.

UHBristol Research Capability Funding (RCF)

Above and Beyond (A&B)

RCF Application Form Autumn 2018

A&B Application Form Autumn 2018

RCF Guidance

A&B Guidance

UHBristol Research Capability Funding (RCF)

RCF is a made available by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to help research-active NHS organisations attract, develop and retain high quality research, clinical and support staff. The scheme will only fund studies which will directly generate data for NIHR grant applications..

UHBristol RCF grants can be used to:

  • Fund research sessions/PAs (for medical and non-medical staff) to allow time to prepare one or more NIHR research grant applications; and/or
  • Fund the generation of preliminary or underpinning data to support an NIHR grant application; a "pump-priming" grant

Above and Beyond Grants

Above & Beyond have generously allocated monies for research in University Hospitals Bristol for Above & Beyond research grants. These grants aim to promote high quality biomedical research in the Trust. Research must have the potential of a clear patient benefit, be of high quality, and with an emphasis on translational and applied health services research

For any queries on either of these funding streams please contact the R&I Grants Manager, Dr Elinor Griffiths, on 0117 34 20585 or via


David Telling Charitable Trust

The David Telling Charitable Trust (DTCT) awards monies to medically qualified staff, not usually exceeding £25,000, to encourage pump-priming medical research projects and to support younger medical researchers seeking to establish their academic excellence, rather than existing major grant holders. 

For more information please visit /research-innovation/information-for-researchers/research-funding-and-applying-for-grants/local-and-national-funding-opportunities/local-funding/david-telling-charitable-trust/

Please note R&I does not manage DTCT grants.

Workshops for prospective applicants for an Above and Beyond or RCF grant, or those wishing to know more about the scheme. The next workshops will be held in September 2017.
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Current and new grants
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