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For researchers

We are funding and supporting research into the causes, prevention, management and treatment of asthma through our research grants.

Online Research Management System

Asthma UK uses an online application and grants management system, CC Grant Tracker, which must be used to apply for funding.

Access our online application system

Research is critical to beating asthma long-term and we are leading the way in funding and supporting research into the causes, prevention, management and treatment of asthma through our research grants.

Grant Application Toolkit

We want more asthma research to get funded so we talked to funders and researchers about the application process. We have used their feedback to create a toolkit to help researchers produce the best possible asthma applications.

Researchers told us they spent one day a week preparing applications. This is how to maximise this time.

Funding opportunities

Asthma UK is currently funding research in line with our pioneering 2016-21 Research Strategy and funds research through the following types of awards.

Find out more about how and when you can apply for all of our grants.

Senior Fellowships

The aim of these awards is to identify and invest in a new generation of asthma superstar scientists. Clinical Fellowships are available for up to £250,000 and Basic Fellowships for up to £225,000, both for up to five years.


Studentships are available to provide foundation training in research for graduates and build up the critical mass of asthma researchers in the UK. Studentships are available for up to £100,000 for four years.

Project Grants

These awards aim to enable world-class research teams to tackle challenges in priority areas of asthma research. Project Grants are available for up to £300,000 for up to three years.

Innovation Grants

Innovation Grants are smaller awards to explore original ideas in inherently novel priority asthma research areas and to stimulate innovation in asthma science. Funding is available for up to £50,000 for up to 18 months.

Commissioned research

In 2012, we funded Priority Needs Grants of variable amounts to address some of the major unanswered questions in asthma research and service delivery as highlighted by Asthma UK and people with asthma.


Asthma UK currently funds two Centres, the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research and MRC-Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma. Through the Centres Asthma UK continues to fund world-class laboratory based research and is building the UK's expertise in applied asthma science to deliver benefits for people with asthma.

Visit our information page for grantholders for further detail on how we work with our grantholders.

Involving people with asthma in research

Asthma UK has a proud history of involving people with asthma in research and works with a fully trained group of approximately 220 Research and Policy volunteers.

Involving people with asthma in research has the potential to have real impact on the success of projects, for example: it can increase recruitment, improve trial design and feasibility, and ensure the use of relevant outcome measures to people with asthma.

There are numerous ways in which the public can be involved in research, such as:

  • identifying and prioritising research topics
  • being part of research advisory groups and steering groups
  • undertaking research projects
  • reporting and communicating research findings.

Find out more about how we can help you involve people with asthma in your research.