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- to 18-month period, to provide support for their research or to provide seed-funding to start a new project.

The grants offer flexibility to conduct pilot studies, develop a new technique or finalise a project. Funds can be used to cover experimental consumables, animals costs and small equipment purchases (excluding PCs). Funding cannot be used for to support salary costs or to attend conferences. However, consumables for projects undertaken by PhD, MRes or summer students are allowable.

Have a look at the 2018 grant holders list to see the projects we funded last year.

Terms and conditions 

Research Grants are available to physiologists returning to a permanent position after a career break or who are less than three 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 three 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 (this does not apply to those on University-funded, tenured fellowships).

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.

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 2019, 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.


Applications for the 2019 Research Grant Scheme open on Tuesday 11 December.

For more information, please contact edufunding@physoc.org.