Funding for researchers


Borne offers funding to take the most promising ideas in the field forward, encourage collaboration and support career development.

2021 Research Grant Call

We are announcing a research funding call to identify a research group or consortium of scientists capable of delivering a study that confirms the feasibility of a systematic study of the biological interactions across different cells and tissues in the human uterus; and the outline of opportunities to test and expand on novel discoveries that can help prevent the onset of preterm labour.  

Borne is initially offering funding of up to £500,000 to support such a study over the next 18-24 months before announcing a multi-million pound effort that will also be competitively awarded to launch Borne’s Uterine Mapping Project (BUMP).

Applications should be sent to Mei Li Powell at  They must be received by 17:00 GMT on Friday 5 March 2021

Other Project funding

Borne’s Scientific Advisory Board meets twice a year to consider applications for research funding. 

All applications are subject to expert peer review. The SAB puts forward their funding recommendation to Borne’s Board of Trustees.


Borne offers two prestigious fellowships in partnership with UKRI’s Medical Research Council.

The joint funded Clinical Research Training Fellowship supports a clinician to undertake a PhD or other higher research degree. 

Borne and Action Medical Research jointly award up to £500,000 each year to scientists who apply for project grants in our area of interest. The 2020 grant round is now closed.

The Career Development Award supports talented post-doctoral researchers to lead their own research plans and establish their own research team to make the transition to independent investigator.

For more information on applications for research funding from Borne, please contact Mei Li Powell at