Early Career Grants

The purpose of each grant is to support a researcher in the early stages of their career through specific funding of a research project. The scheme aims to invest in the development of the next generation of outstanding osteoporosis researchers, therefore applicants will need to have demonstrated that they are on an upward trajectory with great potential, and are now ready to take the next step towards becoming an independent principal investigator.


Applicants must be based at a university, postgraduate institute, medical school, NHS trust or Health Board in the UK or other British Islands.

Applicants must hold an employment contract at the institution that they are applying from, which covers the proposed duration of the grant.

Applicants should not already have obtained substantial funding from other sources (e.g. fellowship or large project grants).

Applicants should normally be no more than four years from appointment to their first academic position. Allowance will be made for applicants whose career has been subject to interruption for family or personal reasons.

Early Career Researchers, Clinicians, Nurses, pharmacists and members of the Allied Health Professions who meet the eligibility criteria may apply through this scheme.

Applications for any one grant round will be restricted to one per applicant.

If the project requires ethical approval, the award is dependent upon the requisite approvals being granted.

Researchers who do not meet the eligibility criteria for the Early Career Grant scheme may wish to consider applying for a project grant or innovative (pump priming) grant.

Useful Dates

  • Project Grant scheme launch: 2nd October 2017
  • Stage 1 application submission deadline: 9am, 8th January 2017.
  • Applicants will be notified of a Stage 1 decision in early February 2018
  • Stage 2 application submission deadline: 9am, 2nd April 2018
  • Applicants will be notified of a final decision in late July 2018

What is Offered

Early Career Grants provide up to £30,000 over a maximum of two years.

The Charity will only fund direct costs in line with the AMRC policy. This may include: the materials and consumables of the project, the purchase of items of essential equipment and collaborative travel. All costs must be fully justified within the application.

Early Career Grants cannot be used to pay for personal salary costs or to employ research assistants, PhD students or postdoctoral staff.

Early Career Grants are not intended to be used as “top up” funding to meet a supplement funding from another body.

This scheme is not designed to cover phase II/III clinical trials and drug discovery or development.

The Charity does not fund animal research.

How to Apply

The application process consists of two stages. In the first stage an expression of interest is submitted, in the form of a short outline application. Successful applicants at this stage will be invited to Stage 2 and asked to complete a more detailed application. Please read the following Charity documents before completing a full Stage 1 application:

  • Research Grants Programme Overview
  • Research Strategy
  • Research Grant Terms and Conditions
  • Research Code of Conduct
  • Animals in Research Policy

All our grants are reviewed by people affected by osteoporosis, so we recommend applicants involve the perspective of people affected by the condition in developing their application and have a clear plan for public and patient involvement and engagement (PPIE), for the best chance of success.

Applications must be made on the official Stage 1 application form and must be submitted electronically to research@nos.org.uk prior to the submission deadline.


Stage 1 application form

Early Career Grants Summary

Research Grants Process Overview

Research Strategy

Research Grant Terms and Conditions

Research Code of Conduct

Animals in Research Policy

Contact Information

Please contact the National Osteoporosis Society on 01761 473125 or e-mail the Charity at research@nos.org.uk if you have any questions relating to the scheme or your eligibility for the scheme.