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Funding Opportunities and Bid Development

Liverpool Translational Hub - Funding opportunities and bid development

The University holds external awards which fund regular internal competitions for key translational/Impact acceleration projects, coordinated by HLS and Research and Partnerships Development. These are listed in the table below.

Support for applications to external translational awards is available from HLS Research and Impact Directorate staff (Dr Jiafeng Feng, Translational Bid Development Officer, HLS) and colleagues in Central Professional Services, including RPD and the peer review college (Dr Rebecca Lace, Partnership Development Manager, RPI).

Costings support will be available from the Research Support Office, for which we can advise on the most relevant contacts.  For NHS costings support, your RSO contact will involve Liverpool Health Partner’s SPARK office, who will be able to advise.



Internal funding available



Policy Support Fund

Deadline: 9am on Monday 16 October 2023

This fund will be used to enhance the capacity of staff at the University to undertake research in collaboration with policymakers to better understand and respond to local, regional, national and international challenges.  This includes working with local, regional, national and international structures (including parliament, central government, devolved administrations, local government, health and education bodies, the justice system, third sector organisations and other regulatory organisations) to deliver policy impact.

Relevant research activity includes:

  • New research activity working in partnership with policymakers, particularly to better understand local, regional, national or global challenges
  • Extending existing research activity
  • Facilitating the use of existing research and the exchange of knowledge between universities and policymakers
  • Activity aimed at improving the dialogue between universities and policymakers
  • Activity and training to better equip academics, including postgraduate researchers and early career researchers, to communicate effectively with policymakers
  • Partnerships and collaborations aimed at supporting evidence-based policy making
  • The exchange of people, e.g. staff secondments, contributing towards professional doctorates in policy, joint PhDs, etc.
  • Work with practitioners, service users and stakeholders that have the potential to contribute to evidence-based policy interventions
The minimum application value is £10k, though bids of between £30k and 50k would be the normal expectation. LINK 

The Pandemic Institute: Recover Funding Call

CLOSED The Pandemic Institute (TPI) launches its second funding call, thanks to a generous donation from Aviva to fund research into how we recover from pandemics and emerging infections.

This investment by Aviva aims to build strong, sustainable, resilient communities that are better prepared for future crisis events on the scale of COVID-19 pandemic. The work to be supported will sit within the Recover pillar, one of five strategic themes of focus for TPI.

This funding scheme is seeking to support activity that covers the following four topics:

  • Resilience planning with local communities, for example ‘What was the real impact of the pandemic through the experience of communities, including sections of the community whose voices are often ignored or not heard?’
  • Understanding the impact of mortality and morbidity in crisis situations, for example ‘Did the pandemic create a mortality jump or cause a mortality shift in different countries?’
  • Sustainable business models in a post-pandemic worldfor example ‘What is the effect of the pandemic on insurance market sustainability?’
  • Pricing pandemics: new mathematical models for insurancefor example ‘How can we estimate medical costs during a pandemic or catastrophic event?’


The Pandemic Institute launches £225k Aviva-sponsored funding call - News - University of Liverpool

Applications for projects with budgets between £10,000 – £50,000 are invited from investigators based at TPI founding partner institutions. These include the University of Liverpool, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool City Council, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Knowledge Quarter Liverpool. Applications from other external partners are also welcomed, as long as they include co-applicants from TPI founding partners  LINK

Wellcome Institutional Translational Partnership Award (ITPA)

CLOSED . The ITPA and HLS co-fund the Translational Research Access Programme (TRAP) which provides pump priming funding with the explicit intention of promoting translational research via new collaborations between the University of Liverpool and its local healthcare community, primarily to address health issues of the Liverpool City region

Contact: Research and Impact Officer, FHLS Research and Impact Directorate, Rosie Corbin

Up to £100k per project, up to two years in duration.

Two calls per year, £600k per year available.


Wellcome Institutional Translational Partnership Award (ITPA)

Early Career Researcher Dragon’s Den Translational Award

The ITPA has a pilot Early Career Researcher pump priming fund with the explicit intention of promoting translational research 

Contact: Research and Impact Officer, FHLS Research and Impact Directorate, Rosie Corbin

Up to £15k per project, up to one year in duration.

Pilot, £60k total available. 
Medical Research Council Impact Acceleration Award (formerly ‘Confidence in Concept’ (CiC)) 

CLOSED Pump priming funding to accelerate the transition from discovery science to the early stages of therapeutic/ diagnostic development

(n.b. HLS will not know until later this year whether it has been awarded funds to run a 2021/22 competition).

Contact: Impact Officer, FHLS Research and Impact Directorate, Amanda Fitzgerald
Up to £50,000 per project (upper limit may be increased beyond 2021 round) up to one year in duration LINK
UKRI: new harmonised Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)

CLOSED The Research, Partnerships and Innovation Directorate (RPI) are delighted to announce the launch of the new harmonised Impact Acceleration Account (IAA), designed to fund innovative projects capable of accelerating impact, improving industrial collaboration and fostering greater entrepreneurship.

This award, funded by multiple UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAA) totalling just under £2 million across three years, will be used to support various impact creation activities.

The submission deadline is 5pm on Wednesday 30 November 2022.

It is intended that the IAA awards will:

  • Continue to support impact via typical acceleration pathways
  • Fund more opportunities facilitating translation of novel interdisciplinary research outputs
  • Help develop partnerships with industry and public sector bodies
  • Foster new engagements leading to collaborative work with industry and non-commercial external organisations to solve real world problems
  • Include building capacity, driving entrepreneurship culture and training and professional development activities.
The scope and level of funding differs depending on the research council/council your project falls under the remint of. A brief overview can be found in the table on the call page: UKRI harmonised Impact Acceleration Awards - Knowledge exchange and impact intranet - University of Liverpool LINK
Hugh Greenwood Legacy Fund

CLOSED The ‘Hugh Greenwood Legacy for Children’s Health Research’ Awards are to support outstanding children’s health research that will directly improve the lives of children looked after by Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust (Alder Hey), undertaken in close collaboration with the University of Liverpool, and that serves to strengthen and develop further that partnership.

Applications must foster collaborative research projects which have improving children’s and young people’s health outcomes at their core. Projects must address an unmet children’s health need affecting children cared for by Alder Hey. Specifically, they must address one of more of the Liverpool Health Partners ‘Starting Well’ Strategic Priorities

 To be eligible for Hugh Greenwood funding, the application must:

  • Be a collaboration between the University of Liverpool and Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Be jointly led by a senior applicant at the University of Liverpool (who must be substantively employed there and not just hold an honorary contract) AND a senior healthcare or research professional at Alder Hey (who must be substantively employed there and not just hold an honorary contract).
  • The lead applicant at the University of Liverpool can be based in any of the three faculties (Health and Life Sciences, Science and Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences)


Awards up to £20,000 per project, up to 12 months in duration.


Final call opens November 2021, and closes 31 January 2022.

Pump Priming Award for ECRs in ISMIB


In ISMIB there is a small pump priming fund that the Research & Impact committee has assigned to support early career researchers (ECRs[1]).  Three awards will be made (£5,000 each) to support new collaborations.  These partnerships must be either inter-departmental, cross-institute, cross-faculty, or outside of the University of Liverpool.  It is essential that these awards are led by an ECR in ISMIB and allow new research avenues to be initiated.

These funds may be used for consumables, travel, or equipment[2].  Staff costs are not allowed.

Note that activities that are a reworking or mere extension of current research will not be eligible for funding.

If you want to be considered for funding, please read the details attached and fill out the proforma and submit to Amanda Penney ( before 4 pm on Friday 18th February 2022.

[1] ECR definition for these purposes: you must be a PDRA, TTF, Fellow, or New Lecturer within 5 years of your first appointment.

[2] Equipment this must be new and not already available within ISMIB. Matched funding from HoDs is encouraged, but not a necessary requirement.

Up to £5k per project. For successful applicants the funds must be spent by the end of July 2022. 

Committed but not spent funds are not eligible. 

This means for travel (e.g., to set up a new collaboration or learn a new technique in someone’s laboratory) that the trip should have taken place, not just pre-booked.

Pump Prime Rl-2022
Lean Launch Programme

For Early Career Researchers

Lean Launch is a game-changing 10-week online customer discovery programme that allows researchers to rapidly test whether there is a market for their commercialisation idea, product or service from the comfort of their workplace/home.

The Lean Launch Programme offers a 10-week online market programme that is designed using lean start-up methodology.

Lean start-up takes the scientific method and applies it to business ideas. Researchers will learn how to use this approach to test what potential customers think about commercialisation idea, product or service.

The project provides £2.5k for market discovery activities, and £1.2k towards Business Advisor support.

The programme offers a pathway towards a further £30k of ICURe funding plus follow-on funding support. 

Lean Launch Programme - University of Liverpool

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