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Our winning proposals: Stay focused for small-charity funding

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Two British Scoliosis Research Foundation grant winners tell how they shaped their bids for maximum impact

Top tips:

  • For small amounts of funding, pick a simple research question and make sure the methods are well designed to answer it.
  • With medical research charities, include a medical or surgical practitioner as a co-applicant to demonstrate the relevance of your research.
  • Even when there are no formal impact requirements, be aware that medical research charities will always be focused on clinical benefit at least in the long-term.
  • Breaking projects down into discrete work packages saves space on short applications.

The British Scoliosis Research Foundation offers three types of research grant twice a year: Small Exploratory Grants of up to £15,000 for one year; New Investigation Grants, limited to early-career researchers, for a maximum of £40,000 for up to two years; and Major Research Grants for a maximum of £100,000 per year for up to two years.

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