Alopecia UK Research funding call 2021: Open for applications

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.

Alopecia UK is inviting applications to our 2021 Research Pots funding call.  The intention of the Alopecia UK research funding call is to further alopecia research in the UK.  We aim to provide hope and confidence to people with alopecia by funding research into its causes, 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 new Research Strategy.

Funding Opportunities Currently Available:

  • Research Pots (up to £20,000): for research into all types of alopecia.


Upcoming Funding Opportunities:

  • Details about our Small Grants scheme (up to £2000) will be coming soon.  This funding scheme will be open for application year-round.
  • After a legacy donation to the charity we will also be releasing details of a new larger funding scheme specifically for research into causes and cures for alopecia areata later in the year.


How to apply for a grant:

You will need to complete and submit the appropriate application form to [email protected].  For guidance on filling in our application forms, please see our Information for Applicants page which includes ‘Tips for writing an application for Alopecia UK funding’, 'Writing a lay summary', and FAQs.

For further information please contact [email protected].

Application forms:

2021 Research Pots application form


Additional notes: 

  1. These funding schemes are available to anybody wishing to carry out research into alopecia.
  2. Only one project to be submitted per person per grant round.
  3. Not more than 50% of the grant to be used on buying equipment.

Our Research Priorities have been updated and can be seen within our Research Strategy.  All applicants and the involved institutions should agree to accept and adhere to the grant Terms and Conditions, including intellectual property and revenue-sharing elements before making your application.


Closing date for all applications:

Friday 14th May 2021 at 12pm. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Types of funding:

Research Pots

In 2021 there will be up to two ‘pots’ of funding. The aim of the Research Pots Grant Scheme is to support initial pilot/ feasibility work that is in line with the charity research aims. Grants are awarded for a period of up to 24 months.

Pot 1 (up to £20,000) – ‘The Committee’s Choice’. The winner will be selected by the Research Committee.

Pot 2 (up to £20,000) – ‘The Patients’ Choice’. Following the Committee’s Choice, the Research Committee will identify up to three additional high-quality applications.  People with alopecia will then be invited to vote on the project they would like to receive funding.  The project with the most votes will be awarded. 


Timeline and processes involved:

  • Friday 19th February 2021 - Call for funding applications open
  • Friday 14th May 2021 at 12pm – Closing date for applications
  • May & June – Applications will be reviewed and scored by the Alopecia UK Research Committee, the lay panel and sent for external peer review.
  • Mid July – Research Committee Meeting during which the ‘Committee’s Choice’ award will be selected along with up to three potential ‘Patients Choice’ projects. ‘Committee’s Choice’ winner and runners up will be notified.
  • Late July – Patients’ Choice projects go to a vote by those with alopecia
  • End of July – Voting closes and the ‘Patients’ Choice’ winner is notified.

Previous funding calls:

Alopecia UK have advertised two previous funding calls:

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

Applications Procedure

If you have any further questions, please contact the Research Department at [email protected].