Apply for a research grant

Find out how to apply for funding for your research project.   

What we fund 

Myositis UK offers flexible and wide-range funding opportunities for those looking to carry out research related to myositis to improve diagnosis, treatment, understanding and prognosis.

This includes small grants (scroll down for more info), seedcorn grants, funding for research consumables, top-up funding, PhD studentships and overheads, to name just some examples.

The types of the condition we focus on include dermatomyositis (DM), juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM), polymyositis (PM), inclusion body myositis (IBM) and myositis antisynthetase syndrome.

All applications are considered on their own merit, with our members closely in mind. All our available funding comes from the generosity of our members and supporters, so it’s extremely important it is used well.

NIHR support

Myositis UK is an NIHR non-commercial Partner. This means the studies that we fund may be eligible to access the NIHR Study Support Service which is provided by the NIHR Clinical Research Network within the NHS, and the wider public health and social care environment, across England.  Read the full policy: Eligibility Criteria for NIHR Clinical Research Network Support. (.PDF)

In partnership with your local R&D office, we encourage you to involve your local NIHR Clinical Research Network team in discussions as early as possible when planning your study. This will enable you to fully benefit from the support available through the NIHR Study Support Service. Find out more about the Study Support Service.If your study involves NHS sites in England you will need to apply for Health Research Authority (HRA) Approval. Guidance on submitting an application for approvals is available on the HRA website.

Small grants scheme

Myositis UK awards small grants of up to £20,000 to UK researchers working within the field of myositis.

Each year, up to 4 such grants will be supported by Myositis UK, with funding calls taking place every 6 months.

The next funding call deadline is Friday 29 September 2023 (5pm), when 2 separate grants (each up to £20,000) will be available.

These grants will be available for all type of myositis research, including dermatomyositis, juvenile dermatomyositis, polymyositis, antisynthetase syndrome myositis and others.

To start your application, please download and complete the Small grant scheme application form and send it along with a copy of your mini 4-page CV to Mr Paul New (research coordinator on behalf of Myositis UK ) at This should be send as a single PDF file.

For further details on how to apply and what happens if your application is successful, please read the Small grant scheme application process flow diagram.

Other opportunities

To discuss other opportunities for funding outside of those listed above, please contact us directly.


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