Large project grants for research
We want to help advance research focused on health-related problems of local and international significance and which supports the delivery of safe and compassionate care to patients. We’d love to hear your ideas and proposals.
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Level of funding: £50,000 – £500,000

Duration of funding: Up to 3 years (4 years when the request is for a PhD studentship)

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.

We’re interested in applications that have an original and important question 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 your application, we’ll look at:

  • Your track record as a researcher, relative to your career 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
  • A good level of preliminary data

Who can apply 

You’ll need to hold a post at one of the following organisations:

  • Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London
  • Barts Health NHS Trust hospitals
  • City, University of London School of Health Sciences (if a collaborative project with Barts Health NHS Trust hospital staff)

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

You can apply with up to 3 co-applicants. They may be external to your organisation, but you’ll need to explain why their specific expertise is needed.

Please note that you are not eligible if you are employed as a postdoctoral researcher on another grant.

What we offer

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

How to apply

Stage 1: Expression of Interest  

Please complete an Expression of Interest form below to receive an initial assessment for the funding scheme you are applying for.

Stage 2: Preliminary Application

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.

Stage 3: Full Application

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 Queen Mary Joint Research Management Office (JRMO), or the School of Health Sciences Research Support Manager.


We have three calls for Large Project Grants for Research a year:

Latest for receipt of Expression of Interest 

Preliminary application deadline 

Full application deadline 

Committee meeting 

1 July 2020 

30 August 2020 

11 Nov 2020 

Spring 2021 

3 February 2021 

8 April 2021 

1 July 2021 

Autumn 2021 

2 July 2021 

1 September 2021 

12 November 2021 

Spring 2022 

Funding decision and review

The Barts Charity Grants Committee makes the funding decision on Large Project Grants 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.

How colleagues have used Large Project Grants for Research

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