CAM Funding

Research Funding Bodies

The charitable sector offer research grants and funding, check national charities websites associated with the area of health or disease in which you wish to research for example: Alzheimer's Research UK or Cancer Research UK.
Association of Medical Research Charities
Tel: 020 7269 8820 / Fax: 020 724 2484
The objective of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) is to further medical research by representing and forming a collective body of medical research charities. Details of medical research charities can be accessed through the AMRC web site.
British Homeopathic Association (Homeopathic Trust)
Tel: 020 7566 7800 / Fax: 020 7566 7815
Contact: Pauline Prempeh (Administrator).
The Association ensures that high quality homeopathy is an integral part of general and specialist healthcare by: raising awareness of the benefits of homeopathy; promoting access to treatment; educating doctors and other statutorily regulated healthcare professionals; researching to develop the evidence base of homeopathy and improve its applications.
Types of funding: Project grants; occasional equipment and capital grants.
Department of Health
Telephone: 0207 210 4850
Contact: See ‘calls for proposals’ info below.
The purpose of the Department’s Policy Research Programme is to provide, through high quality research, a knowledge base for health services policy, social services policy and central policies directed at the health of the population as a whole. Details of specific topics commissioned through the Policy Research Programme and NHS Research and Development Programmes can be found on their web pages. Key DH priority areas include are: cancer, mental health, coronary heart disease, ageing and older people, research capacity, primary care, national programmes, public health research and development, genetics and diabetes.
Please note that research applications must only be submitted in response to calls for proposals and should not be sent directly to the lead people identified within the strategic research areas.
Economic and Social Research Council
Contact: Christine McCulloch, Politics, Economics and Geography Team – email:
Contact: Martin Kender, Sociology, History, Anthropology and Resources Team –
Contact: Management, Psychology, Linguistics and Education Team – email:
Tel: 01793 413000
The ESRC is the UK’s largest public funding agency for research and postgraduate training in social and economic issues. Its goals are to support high-quality research and training for researchers, and to broaden the public’s knowledge and understanding of the contribution that the social sciences can make to policymakers, businesses and the public at large.
Types of funding: The ESRC have a variety of funding schemes. Some of them are targeted deliberately towards the following nine priority themes of research: Economic Performance and Development; Environment and Sustainability; Globalisation Regions and Emerging Markets; Governance Regulation and Accountability; Technology and People; Innovation; Knowledge, Communication and Learning; Lifespan, Lifestyles and Health; Social Inclusion and Exclusion. Other types of awards, however, respond to the questions posed by researchers. Grants of up to £750,000 can be applied for at any time. Although proposals can cover any topic under the remit, many clearly relate to the nine research themes.

Fetzer Institute
Tel: +1 616 375 2000 / Fax: +1 616 372 2163
Contact: Varies depending on award; see website.
The Institute is dedicated to research, education and service in mind-body-spirit health and healing. They encourage scientific research to better understand the relationship between the interior and exterior aspects of life.

Types of funding: Fellowships and annual awards.
Horticultural Development Council
Tel: 01732 848 383 / Fax: 01732 848 498
Contact: Dr. Sarah Ball, Technical Director. Email:
The main purpose of HDC is to use the horticultural levy collected from eligible producers (c. £3,000,000 a year) to commission scientific research on behalf of the horticulture industry, and to disseminate the results to ensure uptake by growers.
Types of funding: Project grants.
John Templeton Foundation
Tel: +1 610 687 8942 / Fax: +1 610 687 8961 
Contact: See website.
The Foundation funds work that links the sciences and all religions. Awards are also made in spirituality and health by promoting collaboration and clinical research into the relationship between spirituality and health and by documenting the positive medical aspects of spiritual science.
Types of funding: Grants and awards.
King’s Fund
Tel: 020 7307 2400 / Fax: 020 7307 2801
Contact: Grants Dept. Direct phone: 020 7307 2495.
The King’s Fund supports the health of people in London, aiming to influence health policy and promote good practice in health and social care. Work includes: grant making, information provision, service and management development, policy analysis and audit.
Types of funding: Project, programme and stimulus grants.
Leverhulme Trust
Tel: 020 7822 5220 / Fax: 020 7822 5084
Contact: Depends upon award; see website for further details.
The Trustees award grants mainly for original research at postdoctoral level but also, to a very limited extent, for the support of students and instruction (mostly in the performing and fine arts), and for schemes of academic interchange involving groups of universities and research institutes.
Types of funding: Grants to institutions; research fellowships and grants; Emeritus fellowships; study abroad studentships; special interest fellowships.
Medical Research Council
Tel: 020 7636 5422 / Fax: 020 7436 6179
Contact: See website.
The MRC supports high-quality basic, strategic and applied research and related postgraduate training in the biomedical and other sciences. The Council wants to advance knowledge and technology and provide trained researchers to contribute to human health, the economic competitiveness of the UK, and the quality of life. It also aims to provide advice on research in the biomedical sciences and to promote the public understanding of research.
Types of funding: Centre grants; programme grants; cooperative group grants; cooperative development grants; career establishment grants; innovation grants; strategic grants; trials grants. 
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (USA)
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) promotes and funds research into all aspects of complementary medicine. Details of NCCAM can be found at
RD Info/Funding
The Wellcome Trust
Tel: 020 7611 8888 / Fax: 020 7611 8545
Contact: Rebecca Christou (Grants Information Officer). Tel: 020 7611 7215; Fax: 020 7611 8700. Email:
The Wellcome Trust’s mission is to foster and promote research with the aim of improving human and animal health. The Wellcome Trust funds a diverse range of schemes, from research centres through programme and project grants to individual support. It supports the work of academic staff in universities, medical and veterinary schools and other institutions of higher education, in all types of research. The Trust also encourages and supports research in developing and restructuring countries through various schemes. In addition to biomedical research there are numerous programmes in the history of medicine, biomedical ethics and public engagement with science.
The Trust funds most areas of biomedical research and this is primarily achieved through the four UK funding panels: infection and immunity; molecular and cell; neurosciences; and physiology and pharmacology.
Types of funding: Project grants; programme grants; equipment grants. Also, see website for other types of UK funding schemes.
Last updated on30 August, 2018 - 11:35
Created on29 December, 2010 - 12:41