BACD-CSPCT Polani Award 2020

funded by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust and 

the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health


The British Academy of Childhood Disability (BACD) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust (CSPCT) are pleased to announce a joint funding award, the BACD-CSPCT 2020 Polani Award, funded by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Up to £60,000 is available for a study of clinically relevant physiotherapy interventions for children with neurodevelopmental conditions, disability, and their families.

The successful research team should gather pilot and feasibility data that leads to an application for a large definitive National Institute for Health Research, Medical Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, Wellcome Trust, or Charity funded study

Applicant eligibility criteria: The lead applicant will be a physiotherapist who is a member the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, working with a multidisciplinary research team. The lead applicant will become a member of the British Academy of Childhood Disability if they are successful in their application.

BACD is a National Institute for Health Research non-commercial Partner. Thus the study might be eligible for NIHR Portfolio project status. If adopted to the NIHR Portfolio, Clinical Research Network support and 'accrual' benefits for NHS Trusts would be available to the project team.

Deadline to apply: midday, Friday 7 February 2020

Download application form

Past award winners are:

Non-invasive assessment of anaemia in children with neurodisability attending community paediatric clinics: A feasibility study (2019) Dr Richard Lee-Kelland, Dr Steve Jones, Dr Clare Sheahan, Professor Pete Blair, Dr Jenny Ingram, Dr Fiona Finlay

Modern illness or a thing of the past? Surveillance study of childhood/adolescent Syndenham's chorea in the UK and the Republic of Ireland (2018) Dr Tamsin Newlove-Delgado, Dr Oana Mitrofan, Dr Eva Woodling, Dr Michael Morton, Dr Ming Lim, Andrew Samuel, Nadine Mushet, Prof Stuart Logan

How Much Does it Cost the NHS to Assess a Child for Possible Autism? (2016) Dr Ian Male, Dr William Farr,  Emma Gowling, Dr Stephen Bremner, Prof Heather Gage and Aaron Gain

The Eating and Drinking Ability Classification System for cerebral palsy: a study of stability and associations with growth over time (2015) Dr Diane Sellers, Dr Liz Bryant, Alison Hunter, Dr Vivienne Campbell and Sam Weddell 

Identification of behavioural risk markers for Challenging Behaviour in very young children with intellectual disabilities (2013) Dr Dawn Adams, Prof. Chris Oliver, Louise Handley, Associate Prof. Doug Simkiss 

The use of taping to improve thumb and wrist posture and hand use in infants with non-progressive brain lesions affecting hand function (2012) Dr Anna Basu, Dr Jill Kisler 

Creation and validation of a tool for identifying children with functional visual impairments in children with hemiplegia (2011) Dr Melissa Gladstone 

Sleep in Children with Severe Cerebral Palsy-Objective Measurement of the Impact of Botulinum Toxin Hip Injections (2010) Dr Charlie Fairhurst, Suzie Turner, Jane Orgill, Claire Lundy, Mat Blackshaw, Dr Paul Gringras

Respiratory function in children with severe motor disorders using night-time postural equipment (2009) Dr Cathy Hill, Dr Kathryn Padoa, Penny Allen, Pam Shults, Dr Romola Bucks 

Measuring the efficacy of computer communication intervention for children with cerebral palsy (2008) Dr Jeremy Parr, Katie Price 

Establishing the Lifestyle Assessment Questionnaire, a measure of participation (2007) Dr Helen McConachie, EC Jessen and Rob Forsyth 

Predicting the development of intelligible speech by children with cerebral palsy: a pilot study (2007) Dr Lindsay Pennington, Dr Mark Pearce, Prof Allan Colver & Dr Mary Gibson 


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