Current funding calls
We regularly run both internal and external funding calls for research proposals, with calls running throughout the year.
* PLEASE NOTE: We are not currently running any calls, but details of any future calls will be featured here as soon as these are available.
Past funding calls
For more information about past funding opportunities, please see below.
Call for behavioural research proposals for pilot/feasibility studies relating to consent for deceased organ donation
NHSBT is committed to increasing the number of organs available for donation. To this end it funds high quality research designed to address the shortfall of available organs that the NHS currently faces.
We are now accepting preliminary applications for behavioural research projects, namely pilot/feasibility studies aimed at improving consent rates for deceased organ donation. Behavioural research has been identified as a priority by NHSBT’s Research & Development Committee, and a call to address consent for deceased donation is supported by NHSBT’s Behavioural Research strategy group because of the challenges that are faced by Specialist Nurses in Organ Donation (SN-ODs), the uncertainty of the best approaches to organ donation and the need to improve consent rates to meet the demand for organs. Studies which are aimed at increasing SN-OD involvement in the consenting process will be prioritised. Proposals aimed at increasing consent rates in BAME donors will also be prioritised.
The successful application will be for a pilot/feasibility study that will demonstrate how the data obtained at this stage will support a larger, externally funded study, designed to test an intervention aimed at improving consent rates for deceased organ donation. It is expected that the successful bid will include a health economics component which will state from what perspective costs and benefits will be considered, and how these will be collected. Proposed studies must use an appropriate methodology and involve a multidisciplinary team.
The deadline for receipt of outline research proposals is 22nd September 2017. This is a one stage application process and shortlisted proposals will be subject to independent peer-review and scrutiny by NHSBT’s Research and Development Committee in November 2017. It is anticipated that funding up to £100,000 p.a. over 3 years for an ethically approved study will be available from January 2018.
For further information please contact the NHSBT R&D Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will direct your enquiry on to the appropriate member of staff.
To apply, please complete the three forms available below and email them to the NHSBT R&D Office (email@example.com) by the 22nd September 2017.
This funding call is open to researchers both internal and external to NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT). Researchers working within UK universities/higher education institutions are encouraged to apply. Applications should be collaborative and include a number of staff with the appropriate methodological skill set to undertake the project.
NHSBT does not pay overheads and funding requests must be directly attributable to the costs of the research. Please use the financial form that is available to download below to list all estimated costs. These should include salary and any other costs that will be incurred to undertake the project.
The British Bone Marrow Donor Appeal (BBMDA), which is managed by NHSBT’s Trust Fund, was established to support studies aimed at improving the infrastructure for searching and accessing the British Bone Marrow Registry by clinicians, registry managers, technicians and patients. Applications were accepted to this fund for studies within the remit above. Priority for this call was given to studies that would either lead to improvements in patient outcomes, greater efficacy or efficiency in the use of the registry, or studies that would incorporate ‘omics’ data into existing registries. These priority areas have been identified by NHSBT’s Advanced Therapies Research Strategy Group.
Following a successful workshop on 18th October which focused on potential 'Big Data' pilot studies using NHSBT, NHS and external data, a funding call was put out for Big Data partnerships with external companies in the following areas: Matching and Allocation, Genomics, Donor Behaviour, Quality Control, and Integration with Hospitals. Shortlisting of applications was conducted by NHSBT’s Research and Development Committee and the maximum amount of funding available for any one study was £25,000.
NHSBT funds clinical trials and studies of blood components and alternative strategies in patients who may need transfusion support. In the summer of 2016, we invited calls in the area of acquired coagulopathy in any clinical setting where replacement therapy is currently given. Studies to test novel diagnostic markers were welcome. The indicative budget was £200,000 per year for up to four years. Applications for preliminary or pilot studies were also considered.
A call was put out to NHSBT staff concerning opportunities for funding of up to £50,000 to support the development of pilot or spin-off studies. Applications were shortlisted by members of the R&D Senior Management Team (R&D SMT), and shortlisted candidates were asked to present at the September R&D SMT meeting. Two studies were put forward to the Trust Fund for funding.