BLAST Pump-Priming Call – Round 5 – now Open

May 24, 2024

Following our Workshop What’s Next? Careers And Opportunities In Ageing Research Applications are now open to Early Career Researchers for BLAST’s 5th Round of Pump-Priming Funds.

We welcome applications for empirical, theoretical and feasibility studies, testing or development of prototype devices or analysis of secondary data sets relevant to our primary mission of increasing scientific understanding of the mechanistic drivers of biological ageing that diminish healthspan and lifespan, and predictive/diagnostic biomarkers of age-related poor health.

BLAST can offer two grants of £5,000 each at 100% FEC.

The submission date for the pump-priming application for Round 5 is 30th June, with a view to notification of the award taking place in the first week of July and contract signed by the end of the month.

Each project must be delivered by January 31st 2025.

To apply please complete the following BLAST Pump-priming application form

Any queries, please write to


  1. Can I apply if I am based outside of the UK?  Unfortunately no, no Overseas Costs are eligible under the terms and conditions of this call.
  2. What is the definition of an ECR?   For the purpose of grants eligibility , we will draw on the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC – another UKRI research council) definition of an ECR as someone who is either:
    • within eight years of their PhD award (this is from the time of the PhD ‘viva’ oral test), or equivalent professional training
    • within six years of their first academic appointment (the first full or part time paid employment contract that lists research or teaching as the primary function).
    • These periods exclude any career break, for example due to:
      • family care
      • health reasons
      • reasons related to COVID-19 such as home schooling or increased teaching load