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Project grants for research into neurological disease and injury: call for applications now open

We are now inviting applications for the funding of translational research projects under our three priority themes: acquired brain damage, neuro-oncology, and headache and facial pain

We are interested in cause and mechanistic-based research that addresses areas of large unmet need and demonstrates a clear pathway to clinical impact in diseases of / or injury to the nervous system.

We will accept applications in the following three priority areas:

Acquired brain damage: research into interventions that promote recovery at the impairment level, particularly those that bring together enhanced plasticity or stimulation with rehabilitation.

Neuro-oncology: research addressing the biology, treatment and diagnosis of primary brain tumours and associated neurological complications. 

Headache and facial pain: research addressing the fundamental causes, mechanisms and relief of headache and facial pain.

The application deadline is Wednesday 29 March 2017.

What can be funded?

Our project grants are intended to provide funds for the employment of research staff and the purchase of essential equipment and consumables for projects lasting up to three years.

The maximum grant amount is £500,000 for projects involving human patients or £300,000 for projects not involving human patients.

As well as more typical research projects, we will consider requests for research infrastructure support where they demonstrate rapid patient benefit and are highly collaborative.

Requests for the support of pilot studies are also welcomed.

Who can apply?

Proposals must be submitted by a UK academic institution (university, hospital or research institute). 

We will consider funding international collaborations where they are led by a UK team. 

Application process and timetable

Potential applicants should first read the full application guidelines and the other documents provided below.

The deadline for submission of completed applications is 5pm on Wednesday 29 March 2017. 

Submitted applications will be reviewed and short-listed by our Scientific Advisory Panel. Short-listing decisions will be based on:

• each project’s fit with our remit, its perceived need and potential impact

• each project’s feasibility including the capacity of the research team to successfully carry out the research.

Short-listed applications will then be subject to full external peer review before final decisions are made in September 2017.

Documents for download


If you have any problems with downloading or and questions, please email katie.martin@brt.org.uk or call Katie Martin on 0117 909 4809 with any items not addressed in the Guidelines document.