Grant Options

The BSRF Research Grant is open to appropriately qualified professionals such as scientists, clinicians, and allied health professionals (nurses, psychologists or physiotherapists). The application deadlines are January 31st and August 1st each year.

All applications will be considered, however, applicants are advised to submit their proposal under one of the following three headings:

• Small exploratory grant

This grant is designed specifically for new investigators who have a preliminary concept they would like to develop into a research project. The maximum grant award for this category is £15 000. The maximum duration of research is one year. This grant does not require pilot data. It should, however, be able to generate pilot data that could be used when applying for a larger grant.

• New investigation grant

This grant is specifically targeted to new investigators. The maximum award is limited to £40 000; however, the duration of research may extend up to two years. Some preliminary data would be desirable although not absolutely required.

• Major research grant

This grant is awarded a maximum of £100 000 per year up to two years’ duration. These grant applications may be in any area of spinal deformity research. These grant applications require evidence that the investigator has the experience and resources to complete the proposed research. As such, preliminary data is generally required. Such grants will be awarded only for outstanding and important research.

If you would like to apply for a BSRF research grant, an application form must be completed. Once the application form is received an extensive review process begins. Our Grants Committee will carry out the initial assessment before sending potential applications for peer review. A decision on funding is ultimately reached by the Grants Committee and the BSRF Council.

The applications are assessed twice a year. The first deadline is the 31st January, with the grant being awarded in July. The second deadline is the 1st August, with the grant being awarded in December.  Applicants must abide by the word counts specified or they will be asked to resubmit.

The BSRF does not usually make awards to applicants from outside the UK unless in collaboration with a UK centre.

Please read the BSRF grant conditions carefully before completing the application form.

Please click on the following links to download the application documents:

Scoliosis Priority Setting Partnership (3.6mb)

BSRF Grant Application (70 KB PDF)

BSRF Terms and Conditions  (334 KB PDF)

Download appeals process (91KB PDF)

Equality and Diversity Policy (159KB PDF)

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact us



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