NACCS Project Grant


Maximum of £20,000 available

Please note that as of 24/03/20 the NIAA Grants Round 1 is postponed due to COVID-19. Please see news item here

Conditions & Information

This grant is intended to support all or part of a clinical research project in the field of neuroanaesthesia or neurointensive care.

The grant will be awarded in open competition across Great Britain & Ireland. Applicants need not be members of NACCS. The project must be relevant to Neurosciences and should be of clear benefit to the NHS.

Payment of the grant is subject to Research Governance and applicable approvals (NREC, MHRA, etc.). The research must be carried out according to the guidelines stipulated in Good Clinical Practice (GCP).

The Support
Budget for the round is £20,000. Applications for smaller sums would also be welcome. This may be for equipment (excluding laptops, personal computers, filing cabinets and other basic office equipment), consumables, part salary or other expenses that will be directly incurred by the research. If the grant is used to support a salary, the employer is responsible for ensuring that appropriate health checks are made according to local occupational health guidelines and that the employee carries appropriate professional indemnity.

Please note that unless you inform us that your study is suitable for NIHR portfolio adoption, applications for under £5,000 will be reviewed internally by the NIAA Grant Committee and will not be sent for external peer review. If you intend to apply for portfolio support, please confirm this on the application form in the space provided.

Successful recipients must commit to providing a written report on the progress of the research to the NACCS grants officer annually. On completion of the project the researchers may be requested to present a summary of their work at the annual NACCS ASM. NACCS must be also acknowledged in any presentation or publication that arises from the project.

Please note that applicants who do not submit their progress reports on time may not be permitted to apply for further funding until the outstanding report is provided.

How to Apply

  • Complete pages 1 to 4 of the project grant application form available below.
  • Use further sheets of plain A4 paper to provide the following information (head each page with your name and page number - 5 upwards and attach them to the application form):
    • A full and detailed description of the research project in up to 2,000 words (plus references). Use 12pt Times New Roman Font with 1.5 spacing. Typically this will occupy three to four pages of A4 (plus references). Use the following headings:
      • Title
      • Aims, including relevance to the NHS
      • Background
      • Experimental design and methods
      • References
    • Details of Patient & Public Involvement in the research. Any public involvement carried out so far or planned during the research project should be outlined. If no public involvement is planned or necessary, for example in laboratory studies, please explain why this is not required. You can get support for Patient and Public Involvement in your research by contacting your hospital's patient group, your local NIHR Research and Design Service, your local NIHR Clinical Research Network public involvement co-ordinator, patient groups and charities or the NIAA-HSRC's PCPIE Group but we would recommend doing this as soon as possible to incorporate their advice before submitting your application.
    • An abbreviated curriculum vitae of the applicant and individual (if known in advance) to be employed by the grant for the project.
    • Evidence of Ethics committee approval or a Project Licence for animal experimentation is not necessary for submission, but will be required before any grant is awarded to a successful applicant.
    • Details of any support requested for the project from any other sources.
  • The Head of Department must sign the declaration on page 2 of the application form (unless he or she is the Applicant). An officer of the institution administering the grant must also sign the declaration on page 2 of the application form.


Please note that as of 24/03/20 the NIAA Grants Round 1 is postponed due to COVID-19. Please see news item here

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