Small grants

Our small grants provide funds for small-scale research projects and pilot studies.


There are up to 3 small grant deadlines each year. The deadlines for 2017 have now passed.

The deadlines for 2018 are:

  • 4pm on 7 February 2018
  • 4pm on 9 May 2018
  • 4pm on 3 October 2018


Applications are invited for grants of up to 24 months and for a maximum of £50,000.


Grants are tenable only at a United Kingdom university, NHS Trust, statutory social care organisation or other research institution.

Principal applicants should hold employment contracts that extend beyond the period of the grant.

Co-applicants and collaborators may be based at institutions outside the UK or at pharmaceutical or biotech companies.

Please note that funding for cohort studies is only available through a cohort study grant.

In 2016, we received 46 applications and awarded 4 grants.

A complex network of neurons develops as stem cells (iPSCs) derived from the skin of a sporadic Parkinson’s patient are differentiated in vitro into dopaminergic neurons. By Hugo Fernandes, University of Oxford, runner-up in Picturing Parkinson's 2016

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