We support bold and creative discovery research that has the potential to improve human life, health and wellbeing.
This includes research into the:
Research can involve experimental or theoretical approaches. It can be carried out in the laboratory, office, clinic or field.
Inclusivity is at the heart of our approach and we fund people at all career stages, from a broad range of disciplines.
This includes, but is not limited to:
We fund individuals and teams of researchers.
Our schemes are open to applicants based in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and low- and middle-income countries, and coapplicants from the rest of the world if applying as part of a team.
We particularly welcome applications that bring together different disciplines to tackle problems creatively and with new perspectives.
Under our discovery research remit, we don’t support:
Research doesn’t have to be related to our three health challenge programmes: mental health, climate, and infectious disease. Each programme will fund research and other activities according to its goals and defined set of outcomes. This may be through directed funding or through one-off open calls from time to time. We'll provide more information as our strategy for each programme develops.