Our Early-Stage Research (ESR) Start-up grants can support you at the beginning of your research project. The ESR is designed to provide support for one year to those who have completed a PhD or are beginning to become independent researchers. 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 provide more information on future Early-Stage Research Start-up grants towards the end of 2022.

Maximum value:

Open to all BSH Members who have been with the Society for at least one year. A member can receive no more than one BSH Early-Stage Research Start-up grant.

Any and all research must be undertaken at a UK institution.

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

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
  • a letter of support from the Head of Service/Supervisor

How to apply:
Applications are currently closed.

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 within 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 our website, member bulletins and social media.

For more information, see the terms and conditions of the grant, our Grants FAQs, or contact us at [email protected].

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 on 31 October 2020.