Alopecia UK Research funding 2022

Alopecia UK funds hair loss and hair-related research through a range of funding schemes, including small grants, public engagement grants and larger Research Pots.

We aim to provide hope and confidence to people with alopecia by funding research, with the aim of identifying causes, treatments, and ultimately, a cure. We are investing in research projects to explore key questions.

For more information, download our Research Strategy.

Apply for an Alopecia UK research grant

Thanks to a generous legacy, Alopecia UK is able to support funding for new Research Pots awards in 2022, for research on causes and cures for alopecia areata. This funding call is open to applications on biomedical, clinical and psychological research, which addresses the biological and physiological processes, as well as the psychological impacts, of alopecia areata. Please note, due to a specific clause in the legacy, the 2022 funding grant is not open to research projects exploring experimental topical treatments. To this end, we are offering two types of funding in 2022 to support research that is relevant to people affected by alopecia areata. All applicants and the involved institutions should agree to accept and adhere to the grant Terms and Conditions before applying for funding.

Research Pots 2022

The aim of the Research Pots Grant Scheme is to provide support for new and innovative alopecia research. The funding can be used for pump priming projects, to help early career researchers to establish an independent career in alopecia areata research or for a specific project. Grants of up to £30,000 are awarded for a period of up to 24 months.

  • Pot 1 (up to £30,000) – ‘The Committee’s Choice’. The winner will be selected by the Research Committee.
  • Pot 2 (up to £30,000) – ‘The Patients’ Choice’. Following the Committee’s Choice, the Research Committee will identify up to three additional high-quality applications. People affected by alopecia will be invited to vote for the project they would like to receive funding. The project with the most votes will be awarded the funds.

Before making any application, please read our Terms and Conditions and other useful documents on our 'Information for Applicants' page here

To apply for one of our Research Pots grants, complete the application form and email it to [email protected]

Closing date for applications for our Research Pots 2022: Monday 16th May 2022 at 12pm midday.

Funding decision:

Following eligibility checks and expert peer review, the Alopecia UK Lay Research Panel and Research Committee will meet to decide the winners of the Research Pots 2022 awards in July 2022.

New for 2022! Alopecia UK PhD bursary

We are soon to launch a new Alopecia UK PhD bursary funding scheme in 2022. Check back to this page for updates.

Previous funding calls:

Alopecia UK have advertised three previous funding calls:

In 2021, Alopecia UK awarded Research Pots funding (up to £20,000 per project) to two new projects (success rate 25%) 

In 2020, Alopecia UK awarded funding to four new projects, for three types of grant:

  • Research Pots (up to £10,000). Success rates for the Research Pots applications were 25%
  • Small Grants (up to £1,500). Success rates were 33%
  • PPI grants (up to £500). Success rates were 50%.

In 2018, we held an open call for applications for our Research Pots grants: application success rates for this call were 28%.

Information about all of our funded projects can be found on our Research Projects page

Interested in applying?

If you have any research project ideas or further questions, or if you would like to be added to our mailing list to hear about future funding opportunities, please email [email protected].