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In addition to our message to our scientific community, which you can find here:

PLEASE NOTE: If you are currently preparing an application for an Asthma UK Programme Development Grant at present; we hope to maintain the advertised timing schedule. However, we would be grateful if you could inform us of your intention to apply so that we can contact you directly should this change.


Asthma UK Programme Development Grant 2020

Commissioned call on the use of data from smart inhalers for asthma management in adults. This award will enable the preparatory work for a larger Programme Grant application.

The intent of this award is to fund the development phase of a larger Programme Grant seeking to link real-time data from connected asthma inhalers (smart inhalers) to improve routine asthma care for adults. The ambition is to generate sufficient evidence to achieve guideline body (NICE) and regulatory body endorsement. Please note that Asthma UK is unlikely to be able to fund the larger Programme Grant, but will work with successful development grant holders to support funding applications elsewhere.

Research question:

Can data generated from smart inhalers be used to reduce emergency healthcare use in adults with mild-moderate asthma as part of UK routine asthma care? 

Type of award

  • What:  Call for applications for a Programme Development Grant on the use of data from smart inhalers for asthma management in adults
  • Who: Principal investigators based at UK research institutions
  • Cost: Up to £250,000 per proposal
  • Duration: Up to 18 months

Please email the 2020 AUK PDG commissioned call – Application form as a single attached MS Word document (including the Appendix) with a file name of ApplicantSurname_PDG2020.doc (e.g. Jones_PDG2020.doc) to, cc

Please also send an original signed copy to: Dr Yarunnessa Khan, Research Team, Asthma UK, 18 Mansell Street, London, E18AA.

You are highly encouraged to carefully read the 2020 AUK PDG commissioned call – Guidance notes for applicants before starting your application. It contains important information on the assessment criteria that will be used by the Review Panel.

The deadline for submission of applications is 1pm on 10 June 2020

 If you have any questions about any aspect of the application process, please contact: Dr Yarunnessa Khan, Email:, Tel: 020 7786 4943.

 Key dates for the 2020 Programme Development Grant call

  • 12 March 2020 Applications for call opens
  • 1 pm on 10 June 2020 Application submission deadline
  • June-July 2020 All applications will be reviewed by the Review Panel, comprising of scientific experts and people affected by asthma
  • August 2020 The Review Panel will shortlist applications to be considered at the Panel meeting in September 2020.
  • W/C 14 September 2020 - Review Panel meeting to discuss applications and make recommendations to Asthma UK’s Chief Executive and Director of Research and Innovation for funding.
  • Late September 2020 All applicants and reviewers will be notified of the outcome



Asthma UK/Innovate UK 2019 Project Grants - Diagnostics Themed call: now CLOSED for Expressions of Interest

For more information about Asthma UK's governance processes, please visit our Research Strategy page

Expressions of Interest must be submitted via email using the Expression of Interest Form available below by 1pm 9 October 2019. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to submit a Full Application.

For further information about these awards and if you would like to be kept informed about future funding opportunities, please contact the Research Team at

If you have any questions about this grant round, please contact the research team at

Expression of Interest Form:

Please email the completed application form below as a SINGLE attached MS word document with a filename in the format of SurnameApplicant_PG19_EOI.doc (eg, Jones_PG19_EOI.doc) to

2019 Project Grants – EOI Form

Guidance for applicants:

Before starting an Expression of Interest, researchers who are interested in applying for funding should carefully read the following documentation:

2019 Project Grants – EOI Guidance Notes for Applicants
2019 Project Grants – Frequently Asked Questions
2019 Project Grants – Terms and Conditions
Asthma UK's 2016-2021 Research Strategy
Asthma Diagnostics: A 21st Century Challenge

The deadline for applications is 1pm on Wednesday 9 October 2019.

2019 Asthma UK/Innovate UK Project Grants - Diagnostics Themed call - Objective:

Asthma UK’s vision is to stop asthma attacks and cure asthma, and Innovate UK supports UK businesses to develop and commercialise new products and services to tackle some of the biggest global health challenges. Together, we are investing in exceptional patient-centric science and brokering research collaborations between academia and UK industry to develop new tools that can accurately diagnose asthma and its subtypes so that 5.4 million people with asthma in the UK can benefit from personalised healthcare.

The focus of this call is to develop tools for quick, accurate, effective, non-invasive, scalable and low-cost diagnostics in primary care to prevent the over-, under- and mis-diagnosis of asthma. Research can be focused at any stage of the innovation pathway, however, a clear pathway to adoption or commercialisation must be articulated (including estimated timescales). Any collaboration with partners who can drive research outputs to adoption/commercialisation must be evidenced, and projects which are likely to achieve impact for people with asthma in the short to medium term (5-10 years) will be prioritised.

The awards will offer between £50k and £250k for and will be available for up to three years. All applications must involve at least one UK business (SME); either as lead applicant or collaborating partner.

Key Dates for the Asthma UK/Innovate UK 2019 Project Grants round:

  • 3 September 2019: Expression of Interest open for application
  • 1pm, 9 October 2019: Deadline for Expression of Interest application submission
  • W/C 4 November 2019: Applicants notified of outcomes of Expression of Interest stage. Shortlisted applicants invited to submit a Full Application.
  • 9 January 2020: Full Application submission deadline
  • January – March 2020: Peer and lay review process
  • 2-3 April 2020: Asthma UK's Research Review Panel meeting
  • Late April – Early May: Applicants notified of the funding outcome
  • Earliest Start date: 01 June 2020

Research Review Panel Members

Professor Jørgen Vestbo (Chair) – University of Manchester
Dr Edward Blair - Integrated Medicines Ltd
Mr Tony Davis - West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (AHSN)
Dr Shona Fielding - University of Aberdeen
Dr Clare Murray – University of Manchester/ Royal Manchester Children Hospital
Professor Andrew Wilson - University of East Anglia
Professor Neil Pearce - London School Hygiene and Trop Medicine
Professor Salman Siddiqui - University of Leicester
Dr Clare Lendrem - Newcastle NIHR MedTech and Invitro diagnostics Co-operative
Professor Mike Shields - Queens University Belfast
Dr Nicola Heron - Medicines Discovery Catapult
Dr Cynthia Iglesias - University of York
Professor Dawn Craig - University of Newcastle
Alison Long – Lay Reviewer
Phil Taverner - Lay Reviewer
Toni Gibson - Lay Reviewer

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