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BGS Specialist Registrar Research Start Up/Travel Grant

The SpR Research Start Up grant offers up to 4 grants per year of up to £10,000 each, to support research related activities in geriatric medicine. The grant is intended to provide some financial assistance for young doctors which is not already available from other sources.

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What does it fund?

The scheme will provide grants to enable SpR’s to follow through ideas at relatively short notice, to enable advantage to be taken of unique or rare opportunities, to provide short-term assistance to speculative and innovative research that may be at an early stage.

These grants support a complete project or, where appropriate, support a pilot study to enable an application for external project grant support to be made. If this is the case, the rationale and timescale for such an application should be made clear in the application.

BGS SpR Grants are eligible for NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) non commercial partner status.

Being an NIHR non-commercial Partner brings a number of benefits. For the studies we fund, decisions about eligibility for Network support can be reached more quickly and, once confirmed, those studies will be included in the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio. This means our grant recipients will have access to the research delivery infrastructure in the NHS, essential training and ISRCTN registration Studies included in the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) Portfolio have access to NHS infrastructure for research, training and ISRCTN (a simple numeric system for the unique identification of randomised controlled trials worldwide) registration as well as NHS Service Support and Research Management and Governance

Support via the Clinical Research Network which provides:

  • Access to a local network of dedicated skilled research support staff including research nurses and other allied health professionals, who can help identify eligible patients, arrange consent to participate in the study and monitor patients as they progress through the study
  • Support to ensure that your study can be successfully undertaken in the NHS including pharmacy, imaging and pathology services and the possibility of securing protected time for NHS staff to conduct research
  • Access to experienced Research Management and Governance staff that can advise on governance aspects of undertaking clinical research in the NHS and facilitate the rapid approval of your study through the NIHR Coordinated System for gaining NHS Permission (NIHR CSP).

The Travel Grant
These grants are specifically designed to enable an SpR to visit a centre to learn one or more research techniques when this is not available in their home base or city. The justification for the proposed visit must also justify the choice of centre. If appropriate, this may be an overseas centre. Travel grants will not be made available for any other purpose.


The grants are available only to members of the British Geriatrics Society and are intended for doctors holding substantive posts at Specialist Registrar or equivalent grade in the United Kingdom.

The scheme is not intended to provide funding for undergraduate or postgraduate teaching, to provide rescue funding for the continuation of established projects, to supplement existing grants or to support any activity not directly related to research.

Grants will not be made for the organisation of conferences, for attendance at conferences or courses, for postgraduate students, for computer equipment, for the costs of publications or printing, for field trips or for principal investigators' salaries.

Applications are considered twice a year by the Research and Academic Development Committee. The deadlines are listed below:

1st January – 1st May(all applications to be in by 1 May)
1st July – 30th November (all applications to be in by 30 November, 5 p.m.)

How to apply

Please use the application form (MSWord format) and send with supporting papers. Please see below for list of inclusions:

Research Grant

  1. Background to research;
  2. Methodology and analysis;
  3. Power calculations (as appropriate);
  4. Timeframe for research;
  5. Potential problems which may be encountered and how these will be overcome;
  6. Who will be supporting this research locally and who will be acting as mentor/supervisor
  7. Confirmation that the proposed research has approval from the Local Ethics Research Committee (if required)

Travel Grant

  1. The specific reasons for the need to travel to that particular unit/department which cannot be achieved locally elsewhere.
  2. What are the exact aims of the visit and how will these be achieved.
  3. Has study leave (if applicable) been applied for and granted (attach evidence).

Applications and supporting documents should be sent to Joanna Gough by email only to

If your application is successful you will be contacted by email or mobile phone.

Successful applicants will be required to submit a six monthly interim report and on completion of their project will be asked to give a small presentation either to the Research and Academic Development Committee or at a BGS bi -annual conference.

Should you have any queries, please contact Joanna Gough Scientific Officer:  

Last reviewed 29 Sep 2017

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