Post-doctoral Grants, Pilot Projects and Other Project Grants

Seed Corn Awards

Seed corn awards are aimed at enabling researchers to advance novel ideas related to prevention, diagnosis and/ or treatment of human diseases. Applicants are expected to have some preliminary data that can be developed over 1-2 years for pre-clinical research and up to a maximum of 3 years for clinical research to form the basis of future larger grant applications. In addition, by the end of the award period applicants will be expected to have demonstrated how their projects will can progress towards the clinic and patient benefit.


Applications for seed corn projects will be accepted twice a year as part of two separate rounds. The first round opens on the 1st March 2018 and closes at 5 pm on the 30th April 2018. The second round opens on the 1st October 2018 and closes at 5 pm on the 30th November 2018. We aim to inform the outcomes approximately three months after each round closes.


Project and Post-doctoral Awards

We also fund project grants where the research is more advanced, and post-doctoral grants aimed at post-doctoral scientists coming towards the end of their funding who wish to continue their research with the aim of publishing their findings or applying for a major grant. These grants are for a maximum of three years.


For the time being funding of these grants can be made at any time of the year. On receipt of your application, if suitable we will immediately request at least two external peer reviews. When we have received this feedback, and assuming it to be favourable, we will prepare your application for discussion at the next scientific committee meeting. These take place every 2 months towards the end of January, March, May, July, September and November. We advise that the peer review process can sometimes take a couple of months plus to be completed, although outside of our control we do our best to turnaround your application as quickly as possible.



Rosetrees can consider solely between £5,000 and £30,000 per annum for one to three years. Any request above £30,000 can only likely be considered if one of our co donor partners contributes with us.


Further information on the suitability and eligibility of your proposal can be found in our summary of guidelines excluding-PhD grants.


Making an Application

Please click on the link below to download an application form for any of these grant types:


We ask you to complete the form as concisely as possible but with enough detail for us to understand what your research is about, this is best achieved by answering in simple lay terms. Applicants must stipulate on the application form which funding stream they are applying for.

Please submit your application by email to Richard Miller at, enclosing as separate attachments:

  • The completed application form
  • More detailed technical / scientific report (any format but ideally no more than 5 pages so not to overburden the peer reviewers who we send this report to)
  • A more detailed cost breakdown showing how the funds requested will be spent
  • A CV for the project supervisor and the main named researcher, including up to 5 most recent, and up to 5 highest impact publications if applicable
  • A short covering letter

We promise to acknowledge all the applications we receive.

General Notes

Payments can only be made to academic institutions and not to individuals. Applications should be made by the research team, and Rosetrees prefers not to fund through charitable foundations.

Rosetrees Partners

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