Society for Endocrinology - a world-leading authority on hormones

Early Career Grant

To provide support to Early Career Members in a variety of ways.

Grants may be awarded for research to gain preliminary data before applying for other external funding and resources for a small project or to finalise a project. This is a non-exclusive list of examples.



The 2023 deadlines are at 11:59am BST on Wednesday 3 May 2023 and 11:59am GMT on Wednesday 8 November 2023.


up to £10,000


  • Applicants should be Early Career members of the Society. The grant is not intended to provide support for a PhD project, however, in exceptional cases, the Grants Panel will consider applications from applicants within the final year of a PhD provided that the project is distinct from that done during their PhD.
  • If an applicant is not an academic or academic-related staff member, a letter of support is required by the principal investigator or clinical team leader
  • Applications submitted by members at recognised higher education research institute and/or medical institution will be considered
  • If there are extenuating circumstances, for instance a career break, please supply details
  • Early Career Members must hold a minimum of six months’ membership
  • One of the successful applications at each deadline will be funded by the Society's Marjorie Robinson Fund which supports research into disease of the adrenal and/or pituitary glands

How to apply

Download and complete the form, and return it to

Download application form


Marking guidelines for applicants

Template for final reports


The Society for Endocrinology is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) non-commercial Partner. This means the studies that we fund may be eligible to access the NIHR Study Support Service which is provided by the NIHR Clinical Research Network. The NIHR Clinical Research Network supports researchers and the life sciences industry to plan, setup and deliver high quality research to agreed timescales and study recruitment targets, for the benefit of patients and the NHS. This includes relevant research in public health and social care in England. In partnership with your local R&D office, we encourage you to involve your local Clinical Research Network team in discussions as early as possible when planning your study. This will allow you to fully benefit from the support available through the NIHR Study Support Service. To find out more about how you can apply for this additional support to help deliver your study, please visit or contact to be put in touch with someone who can provide further information on the support that the NIHR Clinical Research Network offers through the NIHR Study Support Service.

  • Applications submitted by a member based in a recognised Higher Education Research Institute and/or Medical Institution will be considered

  • The Society for Endocrinology is a small charity which is able to support the work of a limited number of early career researchers by providing grants to support the direct costs of research projects.  Acceptance of this grant, if awarded, will imply that the institution is prepared to meet the full economic costs from its own sources of funding
  • Each eligible member may receive one Early Career grant during their career
  • The Society requires two written reports from the applicant no later than 15 months after receipt of the grant.  One academic report (max 1000 words) demonstrating how the grant benefited themselves, and enabled significant advances in endocrine science/medicine as a whole.  This report should also include details of any further funding generated from the initial funding as well as publications resulting from the grant or papers submitted.  The report may be published on the Society’s website
  • We also require a short article (100-200 words) which may be published in The EndocrinologistThis short report should focus on how the award has improved or changed the successful applicant’s career.  Please send any relevant photos electronically for inclusion in the short report. Both reports must be submitted to the Society no later than 12 months after receipt of the grant
  • The Society reserves the right to publish successful applicants' final reports
  • Use of Animals – we provide grants data to the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) on a yearly basis about whether animals are used in an award. Awardees are required to complete an animal studies questionnaire.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that any other researchers who benefit from the grant join the Society, ensure that this is followed up and is written into the project briefing. The membership fee may be included in the grant application
  • The successful applicants must recognise the award on their departmental website with a link to the Society website for a minimum of six months after receipt of the grant
  • If SfE BES abstracts have been funded by the grant this should be publicised
  • Resubmissions are permitted but should be accompanied with a brief explanation of where the application has been updated and improved
  • Only one application permitted per grant cycle
  • Funds awarded are final and do not include overheads
  • Funds must have been used by 12 months after the date awarded
  • Funds are awarded on the understanding that they are used for the purpose stated in the application form.  If support is obtained elsewhere or any part of the grant is unused, the balance will be refunded to the Society for Endocrinology.
  • Grants cannot be awarded retrospectively
  • The decision of the Grants Panel is final and not subject to appeal
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • In the event of your application being unsuccessful, we are unable to provide feedback
  • Student Members are not eligible to apply for these grants