Large Project Grants For Research

Grant details

Purpose: To support innovative and original research focused on health-related problems to generate research outputs of international significance which could form the basis of substantial ongoing support from other funders.
Level of funding: £50,000 - £500,000
Duration of funding: Up to 3 years (4 years when the request is for a PhD studentship)

What we are looking for

This funding is for:

  • Researchers who wish to advance innovative and original research focused on health-related problems of local and international significance
  • Research to support the delivery of safe and compassionate care to patients

Applicants are expected to have an original and important question (or group of questions) and preliminary data that can be developed over a maximum of 3 years (4 years if a PhD student is requested) to generate research findings of international significance and which could form the basis of ongoing support from other funders.

In assessing applications we'll look at:

  • Your track record as a researcher, relative to stage and area of speciality
  • The originality and significance of your research idea within its field
  • The approach and feasibility of the proposed work
  • Leverage of local research and clinical networks (where appropriate)
  • Expected research outcomes, and potential for future funding

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 or City University, School of Health Sciences.

For the duration of the award, you must have either:

  • an academic, clinical or research post and receive your salary from one of the organisations listed above rather than from another research grant
  • a personal award or fellowship that provides your salary

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 (either employed directly or through a fellowship), but co-applicants and collaborators can be internal or external to these organisations. In these situations, a strong case must be made for why the expertise cannot be provided from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London and/or Barts Health NHS Trust.

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.

What we offer

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

How to apply

We have two calls for Large Project Grants for Research a year. To apply, complete an Expression of Interest form and email it to our Grants Team to receive an initial assessment of fit for the funding scheme you are applying for. If your proposal is eligible, you will be invited to submit a preliminary application via our online application form. Our Grants Committee triages preliminary applications.

If you are invited to submit a full application, we'll send a link to our online application form, along with the relevant endorsement documents. You should ensure the application is fully costed and agreed by the by the Queen Mary Joint Research Management Office (JRMO).

Key dates for our Large Project Grants for Research scheme

Latest for receipt of Expression of Interest

Preliminary application deadline

Full application deadline

Committee meeting

19 July 2019

30 August 2019

25 Nov 2019

Spring 2020

25 Feb 2020

8 April 2020

22 July 2020

Autumn 2020

1 July 2020

30 August 2020

25 Nov 2020

Spring 2021

Dependent on the number of applications received it may be necessary for an application to reach a later Committee date than that noted above. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within two weeks after the Committee meeting.

Funding decision and review

The Barts Charity Grants Committee makes the funding decision on Large Project Grant for Research applications. The Grants Committee are supported by assessment and recommendations from external peer-review and the Barts Charity independent Scientific Review Panel. You can provide a rebuttal to external peer-review comments on your application before Grants Committee consideration.

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