Our Early-Stage Research (ESR) Start-up grants can support you at the beginning of your research project. The ESR is designed to provide support for one year to those who have completed a PhD or are beginning to become independent researchers. It can help fund consumables.

Applications are particularly welcome from members of the Society in the early stages of their career to give them the opportunity to follow a research plan leading to a full grant application.

Read about the research carried out by other members and supported by the BSH.

Grant details

Deadline: 7 November 2024

Maximum value:

Open to all BSH Members who have been with the Society for at least one year. A member can receive no more than one BSH Early-Stage Research Start-up grant.

Any and all research must be undertaken at a UK institution.

Five grants of up to £40,000 

What to include in your application:
Applications should include all relevant supporting information, including:

  • a research plan
  • a detailed budget
  • previous relevant research
  • short curriculum vitae of the member
  • a letter of support from the Head of Service/Supervisor

How to apply:
Please read the grant terms and conditions before completing the online form.

Review process:
All applications are reviewed by BSH's Research and Grants Committee 

Requirements for successful applicants:
All grant recipients are required to send a report on the outcome of the research supported by the BSH Early-Stage Research Start-up grant within one year of the award, indicating if further funding has been obtained on the basis of the grant and are expected to submit an abstract to our ASM to present their research.

We will showcase the best reports in our communications, including our website, member bulletins and social media.

For more information, see the terms and conditions of the grant, our Grants FAQs, or contact us at [email protected].