Research grants

This grant scheme is intended to support physiologists in their first permanent academic position or returning to a permanent position after a career break. Funds of up to £10,000 are available for a 12-month period, to provide support for their research or to provide seed-funding to start a new project.

Funds can be used to conduct pilot studies, develop a new technique or finalise a project. Funding cannot be used to fund PhD studentships or pay staff, to pay for attending conferences, personal salary or general office costs. However, the grants offer flexibility and animal costs, experimental consumables, and small equipment purchases (excluding PCs) are permitted.

In 2015, there will also be additional funding for projects that have a potential impact on the Replacement, Refinement and/or Reduction of animals in research (the 3Rs). This funding is possible through collaboration with the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs). Applications considered for this ear-marked funding must fit within at least one of the 3Rs:

  • Replacement - methods that avoid or replace the use of animals
  • Reduction - methods that minimise the number of animals used per experiment
  • Refinement - methods that minimise the suffering and improve animal welfare

Applications for the 2015/16 academic year closed on 8 March 2015.

The small print

Research Grants are available to physiologists returning to a permanent position after a career break or who are less than two years into their first permanent academic position (at an institution in the UK or Republic of Ireland) by the time the grant starts. Any period of maternity or paternity leave taken during the first two years of appointment is excluded from this restriction. Applicants must hold a PhD and be in-post before the start of the award. Please note that current fellowship holders are ineligible.

Applicants can either be a full Member or Affiliate of The Society, or have previously presented a talk or a poster at a Society meeting. Applications from non-members need to be sponsored by a full Member of The Society.

Applications should be physiological in nature and should not overlap with existing funding. Each application will be considered by 3 peer reviewers identified by The Society. The marking scheme for the grant review process can be downloaded below.

Applicants that are submitting a proposal with a potential 3Rs impact should clearly indicate this on the application form. These applications will also be assessed by the NC3Rs. The NC3Rs scoring criteria can also be downloaded (see below). 

The applicant’s host institution must be willing to administer the award, and a maximum of two awards will be made to each host institute.

Successful applicants are expected to take up their funding in September 2015, and will be asked to submit an end of grant report and a financial audit of spending no later than three months after the end of the grant. If such a report is not submitted the holder will be deemed ineligible for any other funding from The Physiological Society. Any funds not used at the end of the grant period must be returned to The Society. 

The Physiological Society is committed to the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion, and thereby welcomes applications from individuals of all backgrounds.


For more information, please contact edufunding@physoc.org