Funding Music & Health Research

Research into music and health may be eligible for funding from a number of organisations. Links to information about some of these resources are below.

Research Councils

UK Research Councils can support investigators who are affiliated to any eligible Higher Education Institutions receiving grant funding from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), or to certain research institutes or independent research organisations with a demonstrable capacity and capability to undertake and lead research programmes.

  • The remit of the Arts & Humanities Research Council includes building the evidence base for the impact of arts including music.
  • The Economic & Social Research Council aims to develop understanding of the behaviour of people, social groups and organisations, and how to influence them through interventions including those to promote wellbeing.
  • The Medical Research Council (MRC) funds research across the biomedical spectrum to improve human health. Their rapid response Public Health Intervention Development Scheme aims to improve the initial evidence on which development and evaluation of public health interventions are based, by funding qualitative and quantitative primary research from intervention design to feasibility studies (pilot studies are outside the remit).
  • The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funds research in engineering and the physical sciences including a theme on Healthcare Technologies, under which priorities include technologies aimed at retaining and restoring personal function and retaining mobility and independence and tools for self management of health.
  • The European Research Council offers a range of schemes to fund individual researchers in any field at various stages of their postdoctoral career.

A range of academic grants are available for research in the humanities and social sciences from The British Academy.

NHS Research

In Scotland, the Chief Scientist’s Office commissions research into experimental and translational medicine research and health services and population health through the NHS Research Scotland partnership. As well as its own project grants and fellowships, the CSO provides access for researchers in Scotland to certain UK-wide schemes operated by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR):

  • Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation
  • Health Services Design Research
  • Health Techology Assessment
  • Public Health Research
  • Systematic Reviews

Further information on these funding streams is here.

Voluntary sector

Some charitable organisations fund research on health or specific conditions; the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) provides a very useful directory of member organisations. Some examples are below.

The Wellcome Trust offer a range of awards for biomedical and medical humanities research to improve human (and animal) health.

Arthritis Research UK provide grants for research into all types of arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions, from laboratory-based science through to multi-centre clinical trials.

The Dunhill Medical Trust funds research into the care of older people and the causes and treatments of disease, disability and frailty related to ageing.


Scottish research networks provide support for non-commercial studies funded by eligible funding bodies operating peer review of proposals.