Seed Grants For Research

Grant details

Purpose: To support the development of innovative and original research ideas focused on health-related problems that will form the basis of a larger grant application to another funder or to pump-prime a new academic clinical collaboration.
Level of funding: Up to £50,000
Duration of funding: Up to 12 months

What we are looking for

This funding is aimed at researchers who wish to advance innovative research focused on health-related problems and need funding to generate data, information and experimental details with the intention of applying for follow-on funding from other funders.

You are expected to provide an original and important question, some preliminary data that can be developed over a maximum of 12 months, and a clear plan for how future funding can be secured. We are particularly supportive of pump-priming new academic-clinical collaborations and researchers at the start of their independent career.

In assessing applications we'll look at:

  • Your track record as a researcher, relative to career stage and area of specialty
  • The originality and significance of your research idea within its field
  • The approach and feasibility of the proposed work
  • Expected research outcomes
  • Your plan for how the outcomes will lead to a larger grant in the future

Who can apply

You must hold a post at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London and/or Barts Health NHS Trust hospitals, or City University, School of Health Sciences (if a collaborative project with Barts Health NHS Trust hospital staff). If you hold a Barts Charity Lectureship, you are eligible to apply for this scheme from the second year of your appointment.

For the duration of the award, you must have an independent academic, clinical or research post and either:

  • receive your salary from one of the organisations listed above, or
  • hold a personal award or fellowship that provides your salary with no or only minimal research expenses.

Applicants are not eligible if they are employed as a postdoctoral researcher on another grant.

Co-applicants and collaborators - the lead applicant must hold a post at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London and/or Barts Health NHS Trust hospitals (either employed directly or through a fellowship), but co-applicants and collaborators can be internal or external to these organisations. In addition to the main applicant, an application can include a maximum of 3 co-applicants. We do not have an upper limit on either internal or external collaborators.

An individual can only hold one Seed Grant for Research at a time.

What we offer

Please see the Barts Charity Grants cost policy for what types of cost can be requested.

How to apply

  1. We recommend that you discuss the application with your Institute Director, Head of Department or Senior Leadership before applying.
  2. Complete the online application form.


Funding decision and review

  1. Your application will be checked by Barts Charity staff to ensure it is eligible and within the scheme's remit.
  2. Applications will be assessed by the Scientific Review Panel.
  3. We aim to let you know the outcome of your application within 10 weeks of the deadline.



We consider applications for this scheme four times a year, with the following application deadlines (5pm):

  • 22 May 2020
  • 7 August 2020
  • 30 October 2020
  • 5 February 2021

If you have any questions about this scheme, or would like to discuss your application before you submit:

Contact our Grants Team

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