BACD-Castang Foundation 2020 Funding Award Launched

The British Academy of Childhood Disability (BACD) and the Castang Foundation are working together to fund research to improve evidence regarding which treatments and interventions are effective, or not effective, for children with neurodisability and their families.

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

The aim of the award is 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 other 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 has the potential to make a real difference to the lives of children with neurodisability and their families within three to five 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 are accepted from researchers in any clinical/clinical academic discipline. Applications that include support for early career clinical researchers are particularly welcomed, as are applications that include added value by way of resources from the applicant site (such as funded research time, or 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.

At least one applicant must be a member of BACD, or become a member of BACD prior to the full application stage.

Expression of Interest forms must be submitted by the deadline of 25 September 2020.

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.

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