Funding Eureka moments


Kick-starting proof-of-concept research building a platform for wider innovation


What do we fund?

  1. Innovation Award Research Projects
  2. PhD Studentships and Research fellowships
  3. Cutting edge-equipment to facilitate the research project

Pioneering researchers need to be given the opportunity to scope new ideas and methods.

Research is expensive but the ability of the Foundation to provide seed-funding remains a crucial catalyst that enables the WHR researchers to start new lines of truly innovative work.

WHR Grant Awards 2017-18

  1. Dr Julie Borgel, a 12-month period for research on,"Trauma induced DNA methylation signatures - a novel prognostic biomarker and therapeutic target for post-traumatic acute and chronic immune dysfunction"
  2. Professor Francesco Dell’Accio, 12-month period for research on, "The mode of action of a new therapeutic target tyrosine kinase receptor in osteoarthritis"
  3. Dr Fiona Lewis, 12-month period for research on, "Exosomal microRNAs as diagnostic biomarkers of heart failure"
  4. Professor Mauro Perretti, 12-month period for research on, "The development and characterisation of pro-resolving therapeutics as novel anti-inflammatory drugs"
  5. Professor Chris Thiemermann, three-year period for research on, "The role of MIF in trauma-associated haemorrhagic shock"
  6. Dr Mathieu-Benoit Voisin, 12-month period for research on, "The investigation into the dynamics of neutrophil trafficking and function within the lymphatic system during the development of arthritis by multi-photon confocal microscopy"

WHR Grants Review Committee

Our Grant Review Committee ensures our modest grants are used to the best possible effect in credible research projects.  We are proud to have been awarded best practice in medical and health research peer review by the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC).

The Foundation's Grants Review Committee is responsible on behalf of the Board of Trustees for reviewing grant proposals and prioritising funding for specific research projects.

In supporting research in a manner that is consistent with the purpose, objectives and principles of the Foundation, the Grants Review Committee recommends to the Board of Trustees financial support for research that ensures the allocation of research funds achieves high quality research results and demonstrates to them that a robust mechanism of prioritising of financial support for projects underpins each decision.

It submits a report following its grant reviews to indicate the basis for its funding recommendations, including average scores for each grant, reasons underlying award decisions - positive and negative - and feedback to applicants.

Committee membership

Members of the Grants Review Committee appointed in 2015 for three-year terms are:

Professor Susan Brain, King's College London (Chair)
Dr Anthony Davenport, University of Cambridge

Professor Rod Flower, WHRF Trustee
Professor Derek Gilroy, University College London

Mr Peter Marshall, WHRF Trustee
Professor Andrew Pitsillides, The Royal Veterinary College




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Research is expensive. The William Harvey Research Institute competes successfully for funds from government and biomedical research charities for its established projects but your donations will allow the Foundation to support the Institute's researchers in starting new lines of work.


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