Key funders for LSHTM fall into these categories:
- Charities - Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research, etc
- UK Research Councils - MRC, ESRC, BBSRC
- UK Government - DoH, NIHR
- EC - FP7, ERC, Marie Curie, EDCTP
- Overseas - Gates, NIH, WHO
Competitive opportunities to receive funding are announced on funder websites, facebook and twitter and by email. These opportunities are subject to the terms and conditions set by the funder.
Other non-competitive opportunities arise from formal and informal contacts between researchers and funders (commercial and non-commercial). These opportunities are individually negotiated.
Information about recent funding opportunities and a calendar of Fellowship deadlines.
Types of Funding
Non-commercial funders hold open competitions to provide grants for projects (normally smaller, self-contained pieces of work), programmes (larger, collaborative) and fellowships (for individuals).
Opportunities are announced on funder websites, facebook and twitter and by email.
It is important to establish whether the funder accepts applications at any time (‘Responsive Mode’) or whether there is a call for proposals with a set deadline (‘Direct Mode / Managed’).
Funders of competitive research usually publish their rules on eligibility and budgeting and issue contracts based on standard terms and conditions.
Commercial funders typically commission research using contacts developed from academic/commercial networks.
Many smaller non-commercial funders (such as small charities) work in this way, too.
Funders of contract research usually expect to negotiate both the budget and the contractual conditions.
Consultants provide a service to the funder based on existing knowledge. Typically, the consultant is using his/her expertise to advise the funder. This is different to undertaking original research, where work adds new knowledge to the pool of expertise. However, consultancy can be a valuable means of building relations with the funder, or increasing the impact of previous research.
Consultants charge a daily rate which includes payment for their time plus a profit element. Consultancy work for UK funders must also charge VAT.
Some funders (eg. WHO, DFID) do not make the distinction between competitive or contract research and consultancy work. They may use the term ‘consultant’ to cover anyone who is contracted to work on a research project.