Alopecia UK Research funding call 2020: Closing 15th April 2020

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we are operating a more flexible submission date system: if you are intending to submit a grant application and are unable to complete the application by the 31st of March, please contact [email protected] to register your intent to apply.

Alopecia UK is inviting applications for our 2020 research funding call. The intention of the Alopecia UK research funding call is to further alopecia research in the UK.  The charity’s overall research aim is to provide hope and confidence to people with alopecia by funding research into its causes, with the aim of finding treatments, and ultimately, a cure.

We offer a range of funding opportunities. Find out about them, and how to make an application, below.

Funding Opportunities Available:
  • Research pots (up to £10,000): for research into all types of alopecia
  • Small grants (up to £1,500): these grants will be aimed at research students and early career researchers
  • A patient and public involvement grant (up to £500): for researchers who want to involve those affected by alopecia in designing or disseminating research projects

How to apply for a grant:

You will need to complete and submit the appropriate application form to [email protected]. Before doing so check out our information for applicants page.

Application forms:

Research Pots application form   Small grants application form  Involvement grant 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.

For more information about the Hair Loss Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) priorities, please click here. 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: 31st March 2020. Applications received after this date will not be considered.


Types of Grant

Research pots (up to £10,000):

Grants for research into all types of alopecia.

In 2020 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 £10,000) – ‘The Committee’s Choice’. The winner will be selected by the Research Committee.

Pot 2 (up to £10,000) – ‘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.

Apply for Research Pots funding

Small grants (up to £1,500): 

Grants aimed at research students and early career researchers. 

At Alopecia UK we recognise that financial constraints can have a significant impact on the feasibility of conducting research.  Our small grants are aimed at supporting individuals for research that is of value to people affected by alopecia.

Our small grants can provide funding of up to £1500. Priority will be given to early career researchers applying for these grants (including Masters and PhD students).

Apply for a small grant

A patient and public involvement grant (up to £500): 

Grants for researchers who want to involve those affected by alopecia in designing or disseminating research projects.

Alopecia UK are keen to support innovative practice in patient and public involvement in health and social care research. This grant aims to help researchers involve patients and the public in their research with small grants of up to £500. Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in research refers to the active involvement of patients or the public in the research process – for instance in helping to plan, design or carry out research. It does not refer to more general awareness raising activities or to the recruitment of people as participants in research studies.

Apply for a patient and public involvement grant


Timeline and processes involved:

  • Tuesday 31st March – Closing date for applications
  • April – Applications will be reviewed and scored by the Alopecia UK Research Committee, the lay panel and larger grants will be sent for external peer review.
  • Wednesday the 17th June – 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. Applicants for small grants and involvement grants will also be notified of outcomes at this time.
  • Tuesday 23rd June – Patients Choice projects go to a vote by those with alopecia
  • Tuesday 7th July – Voting closes and the ‘Patients’ Choice’ winner is notified.

For guidance on filling in our application forms, please see our Tips for writing an application for Alopecia UK funding. For further information please contact [email protected].

Complete all sections of the application form, and submit your application via email to [email protected]