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Local Funding

Calls and deadlines

The Spring 2018 Call for Joint University Hospitals Bristol (UHBristol) Research Capability Funding (RCF) and Above and Beyond grant call is now open.

The closing date for submission is 09:00, Monday 16 April 2018.

Sample application forms and guidance can be downloaded via the boxes at the bottom of the page; but please check you have the most recent application form for the relevant call (the deadline will be on the form).

We are running workshops in February 2018, aimed at anyone who is planning to apply for one of these grants.  Please visit  research-innovation/information-for-researchers/research-funding-and-applying-for-grants/local-and-national-funding-opportunities/local-funding/workshops/ to book a place.

UHBristol Research Capability Funding (RCF)

Research Capability Funding (RCF) is a research funding stream 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. To that aim, the  UHBristol RCF grant scheme 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

The scheme will only fund studies which will directly generate data for NIHR grant applications, and applications should clearly illustrate the need for the research and its potential impact for the NHS. The maximum award per grant is £20,000. Grants for research sessions/PAs only should last a maximum of 12 months. For pump-priming grants, the research project should normally last no longer than 12 months, but the total time may be extended up to a maximum of 18 months to include writing the grant (provided the £20,000 limit is not exceeded).

Above and Beyond Grants

Above & Beyond have generously allocated monies for research in University Hospitals Bristol for Above & Beyond research grants (up to £20,000). 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. Applications are welcomed from any medical or non-medical UHBristol employee or university academic holding an honorary contract with UHBristol.

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 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. 

Closing date for applications is 31st January 2018.

For more information see box below, or contact  Tel 0117 3422461

Download RCF or Above and Beyond application forms and report templates.
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Download the latest RCF or Above and Beyond guidance and conditions of award.
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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
Information about recently-awarded and ongoing grants.
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Completed grants
Information about completed grants.
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David Telling Charitable Trust
Information about David Telling Charitable Trust awards.
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