Funding Opportunities

Below is a list of possible funding opportunities for care home related research. If you would like to add to this list, please email

Organisation Scheme Notes
National Institute for Health Research (EME, HTA, HS&DR and PHR)


A call for applied health research studies to increase the evidence base to support health and care services to help people at the end of their lives to live as well as possible and to die with dignity, compassion and comfort. The scope for research includes the impact on patients, families, carers, workforce, as well as an evaluation of the burden on and uncertainties within the health and social care system. We welcome research proposals for end of life care in any disease, service or setting, including hospitals, specialist centres and services, community services and care homes.

For the purposes of this call ‘end of life care’ involves identifying and caring for “people who are likely to die within 12 months”, including those with advanced, progressive, incurable conditions and people with life-threatening acute conditions that are expected to result in early death. It covers care provided in any health and social care setting, for both adults and infants, children and young people. It also embraces support for families and carers.

Given the scope of this call, we would welcome applications that span the remit of one or more of the participating research programmes (EME, HTA, HS&DR and PHR) and which comprise of co-ordinated teams of investigators spanning different specialties/disciplines and geographical centres.

Deadline for proposals:

There will be two deadlines for stage 1 applications, 6 November 2018 and 19 March 2019. Applicants can choose the call deadline which allows them to fully build their team and develop their research proposal.

A webinar to support applicants will be held on 4 July 2018, 10 am to 11 am. To register for the webinar please email your name and email address to by Friday 29 June 2018. We will send attendees a webinar invitation with details of how to log on to the webinar on Monday 2 July.

For support developing applications, applicants are also encouraged to contact their local NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) or equivalent in the first instance.

Specific areas of interest for research

For the purpose of this call, some broad categories, informed by Marie Curie’s grant mapping analysis on palliative and end of life care research, have been described below with examples of particular areas of interest for research. However, these are examples and do not represent an exhaustive list.

1. Workforce and skills issues in end of life care Workforce issues including both home/community and hospital care. Future proofing of the health and social care workforce remains an important issue e.g. the pipeline of trainee staff, role changes and developing universal end of life care skills across health and social care, and the pool of available staff due to other external forces.

2. Referral / transition across health and social care services, particularly continuity of care, this includes transition within any care services. Patients in end of life care are likely to transition multiple times. The quality of handover will have a significant impact on both the patient and their carer/family. This is challenging during out of hours transition, particularly in relation to ensuring document sharing is managed well, ensuring patient safety and meeting expressed patient needs. Enabling the most compassionate care is an area of interest. This also includes the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of different service models for addressing unscheduled urgent needs for people in their last year of life – including rapid response services, 24 hour helpline, hospice at home, etc.

3. Managing symptoms and care needs in end of life care Fluid retention, managing patient agitation and delirium, anticipatory prescribing / repurposing of drugs; and care after death. The use of technology to support the management of symptoms and pain levels.

4. End of life care for infants, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, this includes end of life care planning, choice or preferred place of death, impact of timely perinatal palliative care, emotional and psychological support needs, managing breakthrough pain, and recognising that a child or young person may be dying.

5. Time and place of access to services this includes identifying the key components of personalised care and support planning that link most closely to improved outcomes and experience as well as how these can be best delivered to improve person centred outcomes and service effectiveness. This area may include the use of technology for remote patient monitoring.

6. Bereavement support - Including impacts on wellbeing for patients, families and carers and care after death service delivery.

7. Reducing health inequalities in end of life care - This includes provision of services, particularly for specific vulnerable groups for example people with learning difficulties, mental health conditions and provision for homeless people in need of end of life care. The opportunity for developing compassionate communities and enabling /developing programmes or service models for self-care are also of interest.

HNN2.0 - Office for EU and International Research Projects Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available and running from 2014 to 2020. It stems from the combination of Europe2020 and Innovation Union, aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness by driving economic growth and creating jobs.

Through investment support on research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.


Alzheimer's Society Dissemination grants

Dissemination grants support researchers to communicate their findings to a defined audience with the specific purpose of moving dementia research into practice. These grants are for researchers to:

  • apply research methods and approaches to generate insights that enable more effective implementation of dementia research
  • facilitate decision making on best available evidence
  • enable take up of research interventions where they are of strategic importance, helping them to develop further and implement findings on a practical level. 
Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) Open Call

If you have an excellent idea for a research project, the best way to seek funding for it is through our Research Grants open call. Awards ranging from £350,000 to £1 million (100 per cent full Economic Cost (fEC)) can be made to eligible institutions to enable individuals or research teams to undertake anything from a standard research project through to a large-scale survey and other infrastructure or methodological development.

There is considerable flexibility when it comes to subject area, too. As long as you always make sure that your suggested topic falls within ESRC's remit, you are free to concentrate on any research area.

University of Reading Modelling Personal Environments for Dementia Support

The aim of this project is to investigate and model how the Internet of Things (IoT), defined as a network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment [1], can be used to support people with early to mid stages of dementia to live independently and enjoy an active lifestyle for as long as possible after diagnosis.

University of Birmingham PhD - Planning for the Future: Legal Decision-Making and Dementia

Applications and enquiries are invited from candidates who wish to develop a doctoral research project exploring the ways that people with a diagnosis of dementia approach putting their affairs in order following diagnosis, and how they make decisions about the future. I am especially interested in supervising projects using feminist and critical theoretical frameworks and empirical, socio-legal methodological approaches. Proposals relating to legal contexts anywhere in the world are welcome, as are comparative approaches to mental capacity law.