BACD and The Castang Foundation support UK research that includes children with neurodisability and their families, and are working together to invite research applications to improve the evidence around what treatments and interventions are effective, or not effective for children and families.

Up to £50,000 funding is available for UK research projects lasting 12-18 months. 

The aim of the award will be to gather pilot and feasibility data that leads to an application for a large definitive National Institute for Health Research, Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust, or Charity funded study into treatments or interventions for children with any type of neurodisability. A key impact of the research will be that the research had the potential to make a real difference to the lives of children with neurodisability and their families within 3-5 years of the definitive application.

The topic for this call is: ‘Using data linkage from parents and/or young people, health, social care and education to answer an important and focused childhood neurodisability research question, creating a publicly available manual about how other researchers can do this in the future, and forming a national network to undertake future research.’

Applications that include support for early career clinical researchers would be particularly welcomed, as would applications that included added value by way of resources from the applicant site (funded research time, or a degree of matched funding). Applicants are encouraged to include stakeholders based in the NHSE, Education and Social Care settings in their team. Applications from multi-centre consortia are encouraged.

BACD is a multidisciplinary organisation and applications from any clinical/clinical academic discipline are invited.

How to apply
There is a two-step application process:

  1. An Expression of Interest form should be completed and submitted to [email protected] by 5pm, 25 Sept 2020.
  2. Shortlisted applicants will be informed by 16 October 2020, and invited to submit full applications by 27 November 2020.

Funding will be awarded in December 2020 and the project must start before or during March 2021.

For full details of the funding award and to download the Expression of Interest form click here.

British Academy of Childhood Disability is registered in England and Wales under charity number 1177868
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