Charities and Foundations


  • The Airey Neave Trust - funds research in the field of human freedom.
  • Arts Council of England - champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives.
  • The British Academy - advances the humanities and social sciences by providing distinct career and research opportunities for outstanding scholars at all levels – including those at an early career stage.
  • The British Council - the British Council's science programme supports scientific collaboration. It funds overseas students to study in the UK and overseas exchange and network programmes for early career researchers.
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) - funds research projects, conferences, seminars, workshops and visiting professors. Supports a wide range of topics which develop the science of management accountancy.
  • The Esmee Fairburn Foundation - funds research that focuses on the Arts, children and young people, the environment, food and social change.
  • The Foyle Foundation - main work relates to learning, arts and health. It distributes grants to UK charities but does not support applications from individuals.
  • Gatsby - Gatsby is currently active in plant science, neuroscience, education, Africa, public policy and Arts.
  • Heritage Lottery Fund - gives grants to a wide range of projects involving the local, regional and national heritage of the UK.
  • Institute of Historical Research - administers a number of fellowships and prizes which aim to help postgraduate, postdoctoral and other historical research.
  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation - funds research that will help overcome the causes of poverty, disadvantage and social evil. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation issues 'calls for proposals' and invites submissions to them. However, it is not a grant-making organisation and does not generally accept speculative enquiries for funding.
  • The Leverhulme Trust - awards funding across academic disciplines, supporting talented individuals in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences to realise their personal vision in research and professional training.
  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation - funds projects that help people overcome disadvantages and lack of opportunity so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling lives. Strategic priorities are: nurturing people and ideas, arts access and participation, education and learning through the arts, arts evidence, investing in young people, migration and integration.
  • The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art - an educational charity committed to supporting original research into the history of British art and architecture of all periods.
  • North West Cancer Research - North West Cancer Research fund cancer research across a range of specialties. We fund research into understanding and stopping cancers that are most important and significant to the needs of the people of the North West of England and North Wales.
  • The Nuffield Foundation – offers grants for research, development, and analysis projects that seek to improve the design and operation of social policy across the three broad domains of Education, Welfare and Justice.
  • Royal Academy of Engineering - The Academy runs a programme of grants and prizes to support and celebrate the pursuit of engineering activities and to enable closer contact between academia and industry.
  • The Royal Society - the independent scientific academy of the UK and the Commonwealth dedicated to promoting excellence in science.
  • Sir Halley Stewart Trust - A grant-giving charity that supports innovative and pioneering social, medical and religious projects, to enable human flourishing and to prevent suffering.

UK: Medical

  • Action Medical Research - supports a broad spectrum of research with the objective of preventing disease and disability and alleviating physical disability.
  • Age UK - funds research on a wide range of issues from social policy to biomedical science.
  • Alzheimer's Research UK - supports scientific and medical research to make progress towards a treatment that will cure or prevent Alzheimer's and related diseases.
  • Blooodwise - dedicated exclusively to funding research into all blood cancers.
  • Breast Cancer Now - funds breast cancer research UK wide.
  • British Heart Foundation - supports pioneering, vital research into the causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and circulation.
  • British Lung Foundation - funds research into understanding, treating and preventing lung disease.
  • Cancer Research UK - supports researchers through a variety of funding mechanisms including research institutes, clinical centres, programme and project grants.
  • Diabetes UK - funds diabetic research in the UK.
  • Heart Research UK - focuses on funding innovative, pioneering research and often supports young researchers on their first steps into heart research.
  • Mental Health Foundation - funds innovative research into the care and treatment of mental illness and mental health promotion.
  • National Osteoporosis Society - supports clinical research into osteoporosis.
  • The Stroke Association - supports and promotes research into stroke prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and long-term care.
  • Wellbeing of Women - funds research into three areas: gynaecological cancers; pregnancy and birth, including pre-term birth, miscarriage and fertility; and quality of life issues, including menopause, incontinence and prolapse, sexual health, menstrual disorders and endometriosis.
  • The Wellcome Trust – supports research that explores ideas in science, population health, medical innovation, the humanities and social sciences, and public engagement.


  • Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation – offers grants to individuals, institutions and organisations to promote links between the UK and Japan across all fields of activity. While the funding has an international focus, the Foundation is based in the UK.
  • Getty Trust - supports individuals and institutions committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world.
  • Sasakawa Peace Foundation – a private Japanese foundation which supports research that promotes international cooperation and understanding.
  • The Wenner-Gren Foundation - a private foundation that is dedicated to the advancement of anthropology throughout the world.

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