Funding opportunities in FHMS

The University of Surrey’s International Office is centrally based and serves all faculties. We work closely with our colleagues in the Faculty Research and Innovation Offices (FRIOs) as well as with the Associate Deans for Research and Innovation (ADRIs) for all research proposals and awards. 

The International Office is responsible for all research proposals submitted to and funded directly by overseas funders, excluding applications related to consultancy and industry. Its purpose is to:

  • Serve as the liaison for international partners, facilitating collaborative research and innovation efforts
  • Identify and establish new partnership opportunities, contribute to strategic research bids and lead partnership strategies for major projects.

International research funding

Horizon Europe

As of 1 January 2024, UK organisations are eligible to participate in Horizon Europe proposals either as a coordinator or a partner. Horizon Europe is the EU’s flagship research and innovation programme with a total budget of €95.5 billion between 2021 and 2027. All work programmes are published on a two-year cycle, allowing sufficient time to do networking and find the right partners. Calls for proposals and submission can be accessed directly on the EU portal. Horizon Europe consists of three main pillars:

  • Pillar I: Excellent Science
    • European Research Council
    • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions
    • Research Infrastructures
  • Pillar II: Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness
    • Health
    • Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society
    • Civil Security for Society
    • Digital, Industry and Space
    • Climate, Energy and Mobility
    • Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment
  • Pillar III: Innovative Europe
    • European Innovation Council 
    • European Innovation Ecosystems
    • European Institute of Innovation and Technology 

Innovative Health Initiative (IHI)

Innovative Health Initiative (IHI) is an EU public–private partnership funding health research and innovation. By leveraging the skills of a range of scientific fields – from pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to medical technology and big data – IHI funds projects that will address public health needs, improve patients’ lives, and boost the competitiveness of Europe’s health industries. IHI open calls for proposals can be accessed in the EU portal. 

National Institute of Health (NIH)

The United States’ National Institute of Health (NIH) is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world. In fiscal year 2022, NIH invested most of its $45 billion appropriations in research seeking to enhance life and to reduce illness and disability. NIH-funded research has led to breakthroughs and new treatments helping people live longer, healthier lives and building the research foundation that drives discovery.

NIH update daily their open calls for proposals. You can subscribe to receive updates.

The Templeton Foundation

The mission of the John Templeton Foundation is to support interdisciplinary research and catalyse conversations that inspire awe and wonder. They are working to create a world where people are curious about the wonders of the universe, free to pursue lives of meaning and purpose, and motivated by great and selfless love. The Templeton Foundation supports the following research areas: character virtue development; individual freedom and free markets; life sciences; mathematical and physical sciences; public engagement; religion, science and society.

Other international organisations 

Other international organisations relevant to FHMS include:

  • National Health Medical Research Council Australia: NHMRC is Australia’s leading expert body in health and medical research. NHMRC facilitates Australian researchers' participation in collaborative research projects with international researchers through both bilateral and multilateral arrangements.
  • The American Tinnitus Association: ATA serves the needs of the tinnitus community, accepts applications on an annual basis for its Innovative Tinnitus Research Grants Program. Researchers, in the United States and abroad, who are working on novel approaches that may contribute substantively to scientific understanding of tinnitus, breakthroughs in treatments and possible cures are encouraged to apply for an ATA grant award.
  • Hevolution Foundation: The Hevolution Foundation is a global non-profit organisation that provides grants and early-stage investments to incentivise independent research and entrepreneurship in the emerging field of healthspan science. The aim is to drive efforts to extend healthy human lifespan and understand the processes of ageing, leveraging a broad set of tools through diverse approaches.
  • Hong Kong Jockey Club: The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust works in partnership with Government and non-profit-making agencies to improve the quality of life of the Hong Kong people in 10 major areas, namely arts, culture and heritage, education and training, elderly services, emergency and poverty relief, environmental protection, family services, medical and health, rehabilitation services, sports and recreation, and youth development.
  • Morris Animal Foundation: The Morris Animal Foundation is a nonprofit organisation that invests in science to advance animal health. Since their founding in 1948, they have invested more than $160 million toward 3,000+ studies that have led to significant breakthroughs in diagnostics, treatments and preventions to benefit animals worldwide.
  • Laudes Foundation: The Laudes Foundation’s grants fund partners to work collaboratively on brave initiatives that can contribute to systemic industry change.
  • Simmons Foundation: The Simmons Foundation is advancing the frontiers of research in mathematics and physical sciences, life sciences and autism research.
  • Swedish Research Council: The Swedish Research Council is the largest public funding body for research at Swedish universities and higher education institutions. It funds research within all scientific disciplines by issuing calls for grant applications in open competition. 
  • American Kennel Club: The AKC Canine Health Foundation is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to the prevention and treatment of diseases in all dogs. Since 1995, the Foundation has been awarding grants to scientists and professionals to advance canine health research, while providing professional information and resources for dog owners.
  • Spencer Foundation: The Spencer Foundation is a leading funder of education research focusing exclusively on supporting education research that is transformative and helps to create a better society.

International Research Team

Maria Sega-Buhalis

Strategic Research Development Manager International

Winnie Chow

International Partnership Manager

Edina Tozser

International Research Development Officer

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