Medical Research Grants

The Trustees maintain a medical research reserve account separate from their general charity grant account in order to ensure a proportion of the total funds available is directed in favour of medical research in a fair and efficient manner.

Applications for medical research grants are categorised as “minor grants” (£15,000 or less) or “major grants” (up to £50,000 per annum for a defined research project for 1 -3 years).

Major Grants


"The trustees received a number of very worthy applications during the past year, many of which merited support. As a result, our funding for major medical research grants has been fully allocated for the financial years 2016/17 & 2017/18. The trustees will not consider any grant applications received for funding in these years with any such applications automatically rejected regardless of merit. At present the next occasion on which major medical research grant applications will be considered is the trustee meeting in March 2018 for funding in 2018/19 and beyond".

Applications to be considered for a major grant are assessed en-bloc annually at the Trustee’s March meeting but may be submitted at any time. If material changes occur after submission, applicants should provide an update by 31 January at the latest.

The following information is required:

1. A general outline of the aims, background, relevance and direction of the research project


2. The Institution where the research will be carried out and by whom (principal researchers)


3. Outline of costs and of funding required for the project and details of any funds already in hand.


Further Guidance

1. Work with the potential of improving the well-being and health of the elderly will receive preference over other projects.

2. The Trustees prefer to support research work to be undertaken in or in collaboration with individuals located in the preferred geographical location (Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, Cumbria).

3. The Trustees are keen to support innovative and high quality research projects that do not fall within areas of focus of major national funding organisations.

4. The Trustees are not permitted to support work aimed specifically at children.

A brief (but not too technical) annual report on the progress of each project supported with a major grant is requested from the research team.

Applications will only be accepted using the application form provided – please click here. If you are applying on behalf of a Registered Charity please ensure that the Charity's most recent Annual Report and Accounts are attached to the Application Form.


The application must be countersigned by the appropriate officer of the University or other institution where the research project is to be undertaken and sent to the secretary as detailed in the 'Contact Us' section of the website. Alternatively the countersigned document/letter may be attached the the Application Form in PDF form.

Minor Medical Grants

These are for sums up to a maximum of £15,000 and ordinarily are for areas such as “pilot study costs” or equipment. Applications for Minor Grants are considered at each of the Trustees meeting which are ordinarily held in March, July and November each year.

Applicants for Minor Medical Grants should complete the application form provided - please click here If you are applying on behalf of a Registered Charity please ensure that the Charity's most recent Annual Report and Accounts are attached to the Application Form.


The Trustees regret that applications will not be accepted by post.