Apply for a grant

We fund two types of research projects, that we run annually: PhD studentships and project grants. Neither are currently open for application but some further information on each is below. 

Through both the studentships and the project grants, we are interested in funding cause - and mechanistic-based research that addresses areas of large unmet need and demonstrates a clear pathway to clinical impact in diseases of the nervous system.

Both of the schemes focus on 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.

Apply for a research grant

PhD studentships
Brain Research Trust PhD studentships are intended to enable outstanding graduates to gain the necessary skills and training to set them on course for the development of an independent career in neuroscience or neurology research.

The studentships, which may be held by clinicians or non-clinicians, provide funding of up to £120,000 for three to four years.

We run an annual competition for studentship awards. The next call for applications is expected to be issued in autumn 2017, with a December deadline.

Project grants
Brain Research Trust project grants provide funding for translational research projects under the three priority themes outlined above. The grants provide funding for the employment of research staff and the purchase of essential equipment and consumables for projects lasting up to three years.

This scheme is run annually. Our 2017 call is now closed, with awards due to be made in September. A further call will be launched early in 2018.

Please contact Katie Martin via email or telephone 0117 909 4809 if you have any queries concerning our research funding or if you would like to be notified of future funding opportunities. 

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