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Current Funding Opportunities  

This research funding database provides an alert to a range of funding opportunities that might be suitable for applications on counselling and psychotherapy research, along with the relevant links to find out more detailed information on each funding opportunity. Because the scope of research questions in counselling and psychotherapy research is so vast the funders listed in the research funding database will not necessarily match all research questions in counselling and psychotherapy.

Funders have a whole range of criteria for applications. They might have targeted population groups and priorities for funding, so if you are looking at a research project for counselling children and young people in schools, some of the funders who may consider funding such a project will be different to those, that for example, might fund a research project about counselling for asylum seekers. So the funding opportunities listed here may be relevant for some projects and not others.

Please note that the research funding database is continually under development so funding opportunities will continue to be updated. If you have a funding opportunity you want to include in the research funding database please forward further details to charlie.jackson@bacp.co.uk. Also, inclusion in the database does not imply endorsement by BACP.

For more information or to apply for any of the funding available click on the funding body or the name of funding.

Funding Body

Name of Funding

Amount

Length of Funding

Area of research

Restrictions

Deadline

AHRC

Leadership Fellows Scheme - Early Career Researchers

£50,000 to £250,000

6 to 24 months

Research in any areas within the AHRC's remit

This route supports applications from early career researchers with outstanding future leadership potential who meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the Funding Guide.

Available all year

AHRC

Leadership Fellows Scheme - Standard

£50,000 - £250,000

6 to 18 months

Applications to the scheme will be welcomed for research in any subject area within the AHRC's remit.

The scheme provides opportunities for mid and senior career researchers who meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the Funding Guide.

Available all year

AHRC

Research Grant - Early Career

£50,000 to £250,000

Up to 5 years

Assists new researchers in gaining experience of managing and leading research projects. Applications to the scheme will be welcomed for research in any subject area within the AHRC's remit.

This scheme is not intended to support individual scholarship.

Available all year

AHRC

Research Grant - Standard Route

£50,000 - £1,000,000

Up to 5 years

The Research Grants Schemes are intended to support well-defined research projects enabling individual researchers to collaborate with, and bring benefits to, other individuals and organisations through the conduct of research.

This scheme is not intended to support individual scholarship.

Available all year

AHRC

Research Networking Scheme

up to £45,000

2 years

Support forums for the discussion and exchange of ideas on a specified thematic area, issue or problem.

Must be submitted by eligible research organisation and involve collaboration with at least one other organisation.

Available all year

Alzheimer's Society

Clinician and healthcare professionals training fellowship

Up to £225,000

3 years

Clinician and healthcare professionals training fellowship is for practicing professionals working in dementia health and care services to undertake study towards a higher research degree (usually a PhD) and who wish to develop a dual career that combines research and practice.

The award is open to all professions working in dementia clinical and health services.††

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.

The host institution must be in the UK.

Deadline: Midday 29 September 2017

Call opens: Week commencing 3 July 2017

Alzheimer's Society

Project Grant

Up to £400,000

3†years

Project grants are for researcher led applications to enable world-class research in to the cause, cure, care or prevention of any form of dementia.

Project grants must be held at a UK based University, NHS site or other recognised higher research institution.

Principal investigators should have a contract of employment with the host university that exceeds the planned finish date of the research by at least 12 months.

Deadline: Midday 29 September 2017

Call opens: Week commencing 3 July 2017

Alzheimer's Society

PhD Studentships

Up to £85,000 (including a stipend of £15,000 - £16,000 per year)

Up to 3 years

The objective of Alzheimer's Society PhD Studentship grants is to provide funding for new PhD studentships in the areas of cause, cure, care or prevention of all types of dementia.

  • The host institution must be in the UK.
  • Funding is not available for studentships that have already commenced.
  • Students must have at least a 2.1 degree.
  • Students do not need to be from the UK, nor resident for any amount of time before the award begins. However, Alzheimer's Society will provide student fees up to the UK/EU rate only.

Deadline: Midday 29 September 2017

Call opens: Week commencing 3 July 2017

Alzheimer's Society

Junior Fellowships

Up to £225,000

3 years full time

Junior Fellowships are for post-doctoral researchers who have shown exceptional promise at the start of their research career.

Applicants should have submitted their PhD at the point of application or be within four years since the date of PhD viva. Allowances will be made for career breaks.

Deadline: Midday 29 September 2017

Call opens: Week commencing 3 July 2017

Alzheimer's Society

Undergraduate bursaries

A stipend of £200 per week can be requested for up to 8 weeks. Up to £500 can be claimed towards project expenses

 

Undergraduate bursaries aim to give undergraduates experience of research within the field of dementia to encourage them to consider a career in scientific research.

All students must be registered at a UK institution for the majority of their undergraduate degree. Students must be in the middle years (i.e. 2/3, 2/4 or 3/4) of their degree when commencing the studentship.

 

Deadline: January 2018

Call opens: December 2017

 

BACP

Funded PhD studentships

£7,500 per year

Up to 5 years

BACP has launched a Doctoral Bursary scheme to provide financial support for counselling doctoral students to pursue PhD research at a university of their own choice on a topic relevant to the BACP strategic intents.

See website for details

 

30 June 2017

 

British Geriatrics Society

Therapists Study Grant

Up to £300

One-off payment

For qualified therapists (or therapists in training recognised by their Association or College) with an interest in care of older people. The primary purpose of the scheme is to provide a source of funds enabling at least one therapist of a multidisciplinary teams to be exposed to innovative educational experiences relevant to the special needs of older patients.

See website for details

Available all year

British Heart Foundation

New Horizons Grant

Up to £300,000

Max. 3 years

To encourage scientists from outside traditional cardiovascular biology to engage in cardiovascular research and bring novel expertise to the field.

Principal investigator must be a senior researcher working in an established research institution in the UK.

Available all year

British Heart Foundation

Non-clinical PhD studentships

Student stipend at current BHF rates, tuition fees at standard home student rate and research consumables directly attributable to the project.

3 years

To provide a foundation training in research to enable a graduate to proceed to a PhD degree at a university in the UK.

The application must be made by an established investigator who will be the supervisor and may be for a named or unnamed student. The primary supervisor must devote a minimum of 10% of their time to supervising the student and a second supervisor should also be included.

Available all year

Charles Hayward Foundation

Main grant programme

£15,000 - £25,000 per annum depending on project

Usually 1 - 3 years depending on project

The overall aim of our funding in the criminal justice area is to reduce re-offending and prevent

people entering the Criminal Justice system.

Only for UK registered charities with an annual income of more than £350,000

Available all year

Charles Hayward Foundation

Small grant programme

Up to £7,000

One-off payment

Will fund a number of preventative or early intervention research projects for older people or those involved or at risk of being involved in the criminal justice system.

Only for UK registered charities with an annual income of less than £350,000

Available all year

Children In Need

Main Grant

£10,000 to £100,000

1 - 3 years

Any research which makes a difference to disadvantaged children and young people, including those with behavioural or psychological difficulties.

Please see the website

Available all year

Children In Need

Small Grant

Up to £10,000 per year

1 - 3 years

Any research which makes a difference to disadvantaged children and young people, including those with behavioural or psychological difficulties.

Please see the website

Available all year

Clothworkers' Foundation

Main Grants Programme

No maximum but average grant £25,000

Not specified

Must work in one or more of the programme areas either exclusively or most of the time.

For UK registered charities/not-for-profit organisations with an annual income of less than £15million.

Available all year

Clothworkers' Foundation

Small Grants Programme

Maximum £10,000

Not specified

Must work in one or more of the programme areas either exclusively or most of the time.

For UK registered charities/not-for-profit organisations with an annual income of less than £250,000.

Available all year

Diabetes UK

Project Grant

Usually between £15,000 and £500,000 but there is no limit where costs are justified

Up to 5 years

The project grant provides support for high-quality, diabetes-related research. Applications should normally be for hypothesis-driven projects.

Applicants must have a tenured post or be able to demonstrate that they will have a salary and position at the institution they are applying from for the lifetime of the grant.

1 December 2017

ESRC

ESRC Studentship

See individual Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs) for details

See individual DTC's for details

†We provide funding for over 600 new postgraduate students each year through our network of 21 DTCs.

†DTCs have strict internal processes for selecting students and must abide by UK Government regulations in determining residential eligibility. As such, students should contact the DTC at the earliest opportunity.

Dates vary but in general call opens in January and closes in April. Please see individual DTCs†for closing dates.

ESRC

New Investigator Grant

†£100,000 to £300,000

†Between 3 and 5 years

†The call is open to high-quality candidates from anywhere in the world who have a maximum of four years' postdoctoral experience and the support of an eligible UK research organisation.

†Proposals are welcomed across the full disciplinary range of the social sciences and at the interface with the wider sciences, however the social sciences must represent at least 50 per cent of the research focus and effort.

Available all year

ESRC

Standard Research Grant

£350,000 - £1m

Not specified

Individuals or research teams to undertake anything from a standard research project through to a large-scale survey and other infrastructure or methodological development (flexible in subject area)

Social sciences must represent 50% of the research focus and effort.

Available all year

Forces in Mind Trust

Grant

Not specified

Not specified

We are particularly interested in the following areas but this is not exclusive:

  • Finding a job, training, education and transition services
  • Early Service Leavers
  • Finding a home
  • Impact on families
  • Support for spouses, dependants and partners
  • Improving the well-being of the Armed Forces Community
  • Ex-Service personnel in the Criminal Justice sector
  • Access to information, help and guidance

See website for details

Available all year

Gerald Micklem Charitable Trust

 

£3,000 - £4,000

Not specified

Research into a variety of areas including disability, medical research and disadvantaged children and young people.

Does not make grants to individuals or organisations that are not UK-registered charities.

Available all year (preferably not December)

Henry Smith Charity

Main Grant

Over £10,000

Up to 3 years

Grants are made for groups or communities working with minority groups.

Available to UK registered charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Available all year

James Tudor Foundation

 

Not specified

1 year

There are six areas set out by the Foundation, which they are willing to support:

Palliative Care

Medical Research

Health education, awards and scholarships

The direct relief of sickness

Overseas funding for the relief of sickness

The fulfilment of charitable objectives by other means.

The Foundation accepts applications from UK registered charities, who have at least 2 years standing. It generally supports smaller to medium-sized charities.

Available all year

Leverhulme Trust

Research Project Grant

£250,000 to £500,000

Up to 5 years

Applications for research on any topic in any academic disciplines are eligible for support.

Available to universities, other institutions of higher education and registered charities in the UK. See website for further restrictions.

Available all year

Lottery Fund

Awards for all - England

£300 - £10,000

Up to 1 year

Awards for All offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 for grassroots and community activity that aims to improve life for local people and neighbourhoods.

You can apply to Awards for All England if you are a community or not-for-profit group, parish or town council, health body, or school. You do not need to be a registered charity to apply. You must have a bank account that requires at least two people to sign each cheque or withdrawal.

Available all year

Lottery Fund

Awards for all - Northern Ireland

£500 - £10,000

Not specified

Awards for All provides funding to support you to work with local people to bring about positive changes in your community

Please see website for details

Available all year

Lottery Fund

Awards for all - Scotland

£500 - £10,000

Up to 1 year

Awards For All Scotland gives groups a chance to apply for a grant of between £500 and £10,000 for projects that aim to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need.

You can apply to Awards For All Scotland if you are a not for profit / voluntary or community group, social enterprise, community council, school or statutory body.

Available all year

Lottery Fund

Awards for all - Wales

£500 - £5,000

Up to 1 year

We will fund projects which support community activity, extend access and participation, increase skill and creativity or generally improve the quality of life of people in their area.

You can only apply to Awards for All if you are a community group, not for profit group, Community or Town Council, Health body or school.

Available all year

MRC

New Investigator Research Grant (Neuroscience and mental health)

Not specified - The MRC will usually fund on the basis of 80% of the full economic cost of your research to your institution. Your proposal must show 100% of the full economic cost throughout.

3 or more years

The New Investigator Research Grant (NIRG) is aimed at researchers who are capable of becoming independent principal investigators and who are now ready to take the next step towards that goal.

Applicants must hold a PhD, DPhil or MD. The scheme does not cover research involving randomised trials of clinical treatments.

Deadline: 4 October 2017, 4pm

†Call opens: 24 July 2017

MRC

Research Grant (Neuroscience and mental health)

Will not usually exceed £1million

Up to 5 years

MRC research grants are suitable for focused research projects that may be short- or long-term in nature. In addition, they can be used to support method development or development and continuation of research facilities and may involve more than one research group or institution.

Research grants do not cover programmatic approaches or research involving randomised trials of clinical treatments. The minimum academic qualification required is a graduate degree, although usually a PhD is required. Less experienced researchers should apply in collaboration with a more senior colleague.

Deadline: 3 October 2017, 4pm

†Call opens: 24 July 2017

NIHR

Public Health Research Programme - public mental health

Not specified

Not specified

Seeking to fund research which answers the following question: What are the most effective interventions, outside the NHS, aimed at enabling populations to achieve good mental health and to prevent mental health problems?

See website for details

Deadline for outline proposal: 1 August 2017, 1pm

NIHR

Public Health Research Programme commissioned call - Health and wellbeing for older employees in the workplace

Not specified

Not specified

Seeking to fund research which answers the following question: Which interventions are effective in promoting health and wellbeing among older employees in the workplace?

See website for details

Deadline for outline proposal: 1 August 2017, 1pm

NIHR

Health Technology Assessment Programme commissioned call - Cognitive behavioural therapy-based treatment for adults with intellectual disability and harmful sexual behaviours

Not specified

Not specified

Seeking to fund research which answers the following question: What is the clinical and cost-effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy-based treatment for adults with intellectual disability and harmful sexual behaviours?

See website for details

3 August 2017, 1pm

NIHR

Health Technology Assessment Programme commissioned call - Standardised diagnostic assessment tool as an adjunct to clinical practice in child and adolescent mental health services

Not specified

Not specified

Seeking to fund research which answers the following question: Does the use of a standardised diagnostic assessment tool improve the detection and treatment outcomes of emotional disorders in young people referred to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)?

See website for details

28 September 2017, 1pm

NIHR

Public Health Research Programme commissioned call - Promoting independence in older people

Not specified

Not specified

Seeking to fund research which answers the following question: What are the most effective interventions which support (or create the conditions for) independence in the everyday lives of older people, or disabled people of any age?

See website for details

14 November 2017, 1pm

The ACT Foundation

Charity Grant

Not specified

Not specified

Research with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need - specifically the mentally and physically disabled.

For registered charities only.

Available all year.

The ACT Foundation

Individual Grant

Up to £2,500

Not specified

ACT provides grants of up to £2,500 to individuals with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need (specifically people living in poverty, those who have a physical and/or mental disability or the aged).

Applicants are required to be permanently resident in the UK.

We will only accept postal applications and are unable to accept applications sent by e-mail.

Available all year

Wellcome Trust

Small Grant

£5,000

Not specified

For small-scale research projects, scoping exercises or meetings in the medical humanities, including projects in research resources.

Applicants must be based in, or travelling to, the UK or the Republic of Ireland or a low-to-middle-income country.

Available all year

 

 

 
       
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