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.

The BACD-Castang Foundation 2020 funding award

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.’

Scope: Data linkage from parent/young person reported data, NHS data, education data, social care data

Population: Children and young people with any type of neurodisability, and their families.

Setting: Young person/parent reported data, NHS, Education, Social care.

Context: Applicants must build on existing resources or datasets.

Study design: To be determined by applicants. 

Important outputs: The primary aim must be to answer an important research question via data linkage. The main secondary aim must be to create a manual about how other researchers can do this in the future, which is made publicly available online through both BACD, The Castang Foundation, and the host organisation. The expectation is that the successful applicants would also form 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; the project must start before or during March 2021.

Download the Expression of Interest form

Past award winners are:

Researching Allied health In Schools and Education (RAISE) (2018) Jennifer McAnuff, Dr Sarah Crombie, Dr Jenny Gibson, Aimee Grayston, Kulwinder Kaur Bola, Dr Lindsay Pennington, Rob Webster

Promoting social participation to prevent mental health problems in children and young people with neurodisability: an interventions development study (2017) Dr Rob Brooks, Dr Niina Kolehmainen, Dr Lindsay Pennington, and Dr Laura Coulthard

The Identification of young children at the highest Risk for developing Severe Challenging behaviour (i-RiSC): Proof of principle and appraisal of feasibility (2016) Professor Chris Oliver 

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