Our Early Stage Research (ESR) grants support you at the beginning of your research project. The ESR is designed to support those that have completed a PhD, or are beginning to become independent researchers for one year. It can help fund consumables. 

Applications are particularly welcome from younger members of the Society to give them the opportunity to follow a research plan leading to a full grant application.

Read about the research carried out by other members and supported by the BSH.

Grant details


We will not be accepting applications for Early Stage Research Start-up Grants during 2021. More information on future Early Stage Research Start-up Grants will be provided towards the end of 2021. 


Maximum value 


All members who have been a BSH member for at least one year are entitled to submit an application and will be eligible for a maximum one BSH Early Stage Research start-up grant.
Any and all research must be undertaken at a UK institution.

5 grants are available at each deadline.
Further grants may be available under specific criteria (see Roger Counter Foundation below for more details). 

What to include in your application 
Applications should include all relevant supporting information including a research plan, a detailed budget, previous relevant research, short curriculum vitae of the member and a letter of support from the Head of Service/Supervisor.

How to apply
Apply through our online form (only accessible to members)

Review process
All applications are initially reviewed by an independent expert and a member of the selection panel.
Applicants will then have an opportunity to reply to any queries or comments from the reviewers before their applications are sent to the selection panel for their final decision.
Applicants will have two weeks to provide their responses. If a response is not received in this time, the application will be sent to the panel without further comment from the applicant.

Requirements for successful applicants 
All grant recipients are required to send a report on the outcome of the research supported by the BSH Early Stage research Start-up grant within one year of the award, indicating if further funding has been obtained on the basis of the grant. We will showcase the best reports in our communications, including on website, member bulletins and social media.

For more information, see the terms and conditions of the grantour Grants FAQs, or contact us at grants@b-s-h.org.uk 

Roger Counter Foundation

The Roger Counter Foundation has generously agreed to continue supporting additional research grants in the field of Lymphoma. An extra grant will be available specifically for projects in Lymphoma at 31st October 2020.