Grants for academic and clinical researchers

Our name might indicate that we only work in the medical sciences.  In fact, we welcome applications for research projects involving the range of academic disciplines: biological and biomedical sciences, health, social care, the built environment, engineering, behavioural science and others.  Project proposals must, however, aim to:

  • further the understanding of the mechanisms of ageing
  • help to treat disease, disability and frailty relating to ageing
  • develop and innovate in the care and support of older people.

We also like to support the development of careers of those who choose to work these areas so:

  • we like to see project proposals which encompass career development support for the project team;
  • we welcome first-time Principal Investigators.  (We would, however, expect to see a more experienced Co-Investigator as a member of the team);
  • we provide funding, either on our own account or in partnership with other organisations, to support aspiring researchers to obtain a higher research qualification and invite them (and research assistants on our project grants) to join our fellows’ network.

Requests for research funding are appraised against criteria set out within our Research Funding Strategy, in addition to the basic criteria set out in our Grant Making Policy.

The Trust is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC).  We welcome high quality research proposals and in return, our applicants can expect that we will:

  • follow the AMRC principles of peer review and its policies on animal research;
  • have a conflicts of interest policy for our Research Grants Committee so that all of our funding decisions are impartial;
  • publish, and keep under review, a research strategy to show how the research we fund benefits people and its place within the UK funding ecosystem.

We are also a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) non-commercial Partner. This means the studies that we fund may be eligible to access NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) support. In partnership with your local R&D office, we encourage you to involve your local CRN team in discussions as early as possible when planning your study to fully benefit from the support the NIHR CRN offers as outlined in their Study Support Service. To find out more about how you can apply for this additional support to help deliver your study, please visit If your study involves NHS sites in England you will need to apply for Health Research Authority Approval. For guidance on submitting an application please visit:

We will also work with our grant recipients to create and support networks and communities of interest and to communicate their research findings and realize the benefits from clearly defined “pathways to impact” plans.

Research project grants


Research fellowships and PhD studentships

Current partnership awards


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